Easter Treat: An Interview with Kate Forsyth

Easter Treat: An Interview with Kate Forsyth

Can you believe it? An interview with the great Kate just in time for Easter (and no I’m not talking about Australia’s favourite LOTR elven Queen). Kate has written a number of books for a wide range of genres and audiences. This is my first…

Akhenaten by Dorothy Porter Review

Akhenaten by Dorothy Porter Review

Akhenaten by Dorothy Porter, University of Queensland Press, 1992 Reprinted 2008 Pan Macmillan Australia. $24.95 AUD RRP. I love Dorothy Porter. I own all of her verse novels except for Wild Surmise (It is only a matter of time, only a matter of time). I…

Romance in the spotlight: The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Romance in the spotlight: The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

The Wild Girl, Kate Forsyth, Random House Publishers, 2013. RRP $32.95 Australian. The Wild Girl is Kate’s second foray into the adult historical fiction and romance genre and, much like Bitter Greens, her experimentation does not disappoint. A romance story which should appeal to readers…

10 Steampunk Titles You Should Know About

10 Steampunk Titles You Should Know About

I intended to write this post aons ago but my novel rewrite has made blogging harder than expected. Anyway, I have picked out 10 steampunk books for the newcomer to the genre to start with to get a feel for the genre itself. 1. The…

Silkskin and the Forest Dwellers/Lord of Shalott Novella Reviews

Silkskin and the Forest Dwellers/Lord of Shalott Novella Reviews

Silkskin and the Forest Dwellers/Lord of Shalott, Jay Mountney, Smashwords, 2012, Ebook price: $2.99 US. I was given a free copy of Jay Mountney’s Silkskin and the Forest Dwellers months back but with finishing university and a new job, I scarcely had time to read,…

Steampunk: The New Kid on the Genre Block

Steampunk: The New Kid on the Genre Block

So you thought paranormal romance was hot? Clearly you haven’t read steampunk. So many people ask me what it is that I think a post or two on the topic is in order. In fact, I am dedicating all of December to steampunk. From books…

Genre Spotlight: ‘Insanity’, Women’s Voice and Emilie Autumn’s Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

Genre Spotlight: ‘Insanity’, Women’s Voice and Emilie Autumn’s Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

I had reviewed this book on another blog when it first came out, but since Victorian industrial singer, Emilie Autumn’s new CD, Fight Like a Girl, came out five days ago and falls into the fantasy camp, I will be reviewing the CD soon on this blog.…

Genre Spotlight: Historical fiction, Nation Building Australia and Belinda Murrell’s The Forgotten Pearl

Genre Spotlight: Historical fiction, Nation Building Australia and Belinda Murrell’s The Forgotten Pearl

Belinda Murrell, The Forgotten Pearl, Random House Publishers, June 2012. RRP: $15.95 Australian. Western culture makes much of World War Two and with good reason- its scale was horrific, drawing civilians into war on an unprecedented scale and killing millions. It saw two oppressive dictatorships…

Book Review: Soulmaker by Nadine Cooke

Book Review: Soulmaker by Nadine Cooke

Soulmaker, Nadine Cooke, 2012.  $2.99 USD (Smashwords ebook) $11.99 USD (Amazon) It seems fitting that with the Australian publishing and bookselling industry discussing ebooks and self publishing over at Isobelle Carmody’s Greylands launch site, I should read and review an up and coming Australian author’s…

Bitter Greens: Book Review

Bitter Greens: Book Review

Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth, Random House Publishers, 2012. RRP: $32.95 Aus.  Bitter Greens is Australian fantasy author, Kate Forsyth’s newest offering; adult, historical and a little bit magical. Before I go on to review this book, I have to admit something pretty embarassing to admit for…