Category: Books

  • Green Jay and Crow

    We moved interstate earlier this year and in the process I mislaid a great many things, among them my children, my piano, and my writing routine. I’ve been adrift. Perhaps even a little broken hearted. I still don’t feel as if all my pieces have come together. BUT. There was this manuscript. An award winner […]

  • Reading catch up

    I read all the time, but finding the book you can really sink into is rare, at least for me. Yoon Ha Lee is proving to be one of those authors and his recent novel Raven Stratagem was crazy wild and wonderful.  Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless was another beautiful read. And some of the short […]

  • Longing

    I am behind on my RAF reading (I am behind on life in general ), and so this will be a write up of four stories. And though I’m aware of that human bias to find connections where there may be none, I think all of the stories have a certain longing in them. In Issue […]

  • Perfume, Rain, and Chaos. Two New Stories from RAF.

    There are no super powers in the latest Review of Australian Fiction, but each of the main characters possess an extraordinary ability. Do you remember Patrick Suskind’s novel Perfume? What if the protagonist had been somewhat less psychopathic (though as completely self-obsessed) and had become trapped in the kind of corporate dullness that ruins many men? And what […]

  • Two Great Stories from Review of Australian Fiction

    I’m just delighted to be receiving one of the Review of Australian Fiction’s Reading Fellowships. And it started a few days ago with Volume 22 and two wonderful stories by Angela Slatter and Angie Rega. Two fantasy stories, no less. Angela Slatter’s A Little Mermaid, in Passing tells the well known Little Mermaid story from the point […]

  • The unlikeable female character

    I’ve just put aside a short story which has failed to find a home. It was something true and honest, maybe a little too honest, maybe a little depressing, and, at least for now, it’s going back in the drawer. It was about a woman who, despite a magical discovery, only gets older and more […]

  • Aurora

    I’ve just finished Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora. What a book! With one of the main characters a quantum computer on an intergenerational starship hoping to find a new home in the Tau Ceti system. For much of the book, the quantum computer/Ship is the narrator, allowing Robinson to seed the story with all manner of […]