Book Review: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Book Review: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

The Word is Murder Anthony Horowitz Publisher: Harper Collins First Published: August 2017 RRP: $27.99 paperback Anthony Horowitz is one of those authors who has been on my radar for a long, long time. I’ve never read his popular Alex Rider series, but they’ve been…

The Word is Murder: interview with Anthony Horowitz

The Word is Murder: interview with Anthony Horowitz

I’ve long loved Anthony Horowitz and meta-fiction. A match made in heaven! Stay tuned for my review of this novel.

The Ten Problems with Spooks…

The Ten Problems with Spooks…

People who know me well know that once upon a time I was safely what I’d call obsessed with a BBC drama about melancholy spies. That show was named Spooks. It ran for ten series with wildly varying degrees of quality from series to series.…

Feminist and Loving Moffat Who: Why I am Done (Re)Explaining Part 2

Feminist and Loving Moffat Who: Why I am Done (Re)Explaining Part 2

Midway through last year I began a long essay which was intended to be my definitive stance on Steven Moffat, Doctor Who, female characters and feminism. However, the post soon turned mammoth and I decided to cut my post in half. Besides, enough time has…

Feminist and Loving Moffat Doctor Who: Why I am Done (Re)Explaining Part 1

Feminist and Loving Moffat Doctor Who: Why I am Done (Re)Explaining Part 1

I don’t normally post this sort of piece on my public blog or weigh in on fandom issues here – not because I don’t care about said issues – but because often my livejournal is a better home for such posts. However, Doctor Who fits…

Book Review: “Who Could That Be At This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket

Book Review: “Who Could That Be At This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket, “Who Could That Be At This Hour,” Hardie Grant Egmont, 2012. RRP: $8.99 online from Dymocks I will forever wonder why Lemony Snicket is classified as a children’s author. Though his marketers have gone for that age group, his style, his themes and…

NSW Writers Centre: The Speculative Fiction Festival

NSW Writers Centre: The Speculative Fiction Festival

Yes, yes, I know this is a whole week late but as regular readers know by now, I am always doing a million things- it must be written into my DNA or something (Incidentally I went into my work yesterday to speak to my boss…

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…

Sydney Writer’s Festival 2012: A Neverending Story: Fantasy Worlds Panel with Isobelle Carmody, Justine Larbalestier, and Scott Westerfeld

Sydney Writer’s Festival 2012: A Neverending Story: Fantasy Worlds Panel with Isobelle Carmody, Justine Larbalestier, and Scott Westerfeld

Yesterday I took notes at the Sydney Writer’s Festival on this panel, so I thought I’d write up a post for those that couldn’t make it. Any mistakes in the notes are my own, as no recording devices were allowed. I tried to only scrawl…

Genre Spotlight- The changing face of ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

Genre Spotlight- The changing face of ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

‘Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd, His skin was pale, and his eye was odd. He shaved the faces of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard of again…’ So begin’s one of Broadway’s most chilling musical pieces… I first saw Burton’s movie in 2008 when…