Category Archives: random thoughts

2012: The Start

It’s going to be (pardon the language) a bloody hot start to the year here in Adelaide with a predicted high of 41°C (that’s 106°F) which I have decided calls for hunkering down inside with a good book and a … Continue reading

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Buying books to help others

With the aim of generating donations for victims of the devastating floods that have occurred in Queensland, Australia over the past few weeks a swag of Australian authors have donated signed copies of their books, mentoring sessions, manuscript assessments, character … Continue reading

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An opportunity gone begging for women?

Craig Sisterson from Crime Watch reports that Auckland University is planning to run a Continuing Education course entitled “Women Writing Contemporary Crime Fiction”. The course will ponder Why are women such prolific writers – and readers – of crime fiction? Historically … Continue reading

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Adaptable Agatha

A contribution to the Agatha Christie Blog Tour celebrating the 120th anniversary of Christie’s birth, September 2010. If you were in any doubt about the ongoing popularity of the works of Agatha Christie I’ll draw your attention to just a … Continue reading

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Last in, first out

It hardly warrants complaining about but sometimes the sight of my TBR shelves sends me into a tailspin. Which one of the 150-odd books will I read next? I literally dither about in indecision some days (and no we won’t … Continue reading

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Out Of Step

Yesterday’s announcement of the shortlist for the Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime fiction* reminded me, once again, that I am generally out of step with the rest of humanity (or at least judging panels) when it comes to book … Continue reading

Posted in Garry Disher (Aus), Lenny Bartulin (Aus), Michael Robotham (Aus), musings, random thoughts | 10 Comments

Link of the Week – Irritation Insurance

Sometimes I come across a newspaper article, blog post or op ed piece that makes me paranoid about the possibility that other people are reading my thoughts because they’ve written exactly what I’ve been thinking. I am in complete agreement … Continue reading

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Weekly Geeks 2010-19 – Getting Graphic

Terri has posed this week’s discussion topic about graphic novels. She asks Do you read graphic novels or memoirs? Who are your favorite authors? Which books do you recommend? If you haven’t read any, why not? Some people have the impression that graphic … Continue reading

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Weekly Geeks 16-2010 – Secret Pasts and Peculiar Presents

As a new member of the team of book bloggers who look after the Weekly Geeks meme this week was my turn to post a discussion topic (and we will not discuss how much I despise using Blogger in comparison … Continue reading

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Surmounting Series Struggles

Weekly Geeks poses some series related questions this week. As I mainly read crime fiction series are a part of my reading life whether I like it or not though I’d love to find more standalone novels in my favourite … Continue reading

Posted in Elizabeth George, memes and challenges, random thoughts, Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton | 3 Comments