Review: The Power

The Power by Naomi Alderman Penguin Books 2017 (2016) Paperback 339 pages Speculative Fiction; Dystopian Fiction

What is it men have that has enabled them to fill the role of dominant gender, right across the world? The pervasive nature of patriarchy leads many to believe it is ‘natural’, ‘normal’, ‘right’ and ‘god-given’. Yet, it […]

Review: One Dark Throne

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake Three Dark Crowns #2 Macmillan Children’s Books 2017 Paperback 450 pages YA Fantasy

I remain both intrigued and puzzled by the premise of this series. This reaction, I think, is part of a larger problem: that too many writers of Young Adult books make use of hefty themes […]

Review: Terra Nullius

Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman Winner of the black&write! Fellowship Hachette 2017 Paperback 290 pages Fiction This deceptively simple novel offers a powerful and damning examination of Australia’s colonial history and the price paid by the continent’s diverse first peoples. It is also impossible to discuss or review this book without destroying the source […]

Reviews: Adult & Young Adult Fantasy

When stressed, I tend to gravitate towards popular fiction – literary and non-fiction books become too much like work, as they do the opposite of helping me switch my brain off: they make me think too much. They make me think too much about work, especially. Not at all restful, and it’s been a hellish […]

Review: The House of New Beginnings

The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond Macmillan 2017 Large paperback 471 pages Fiction

In a large, elegant yet imposing Victorian house in the seaside town of Brighton, England, several women live in hiding: hiding from the pain of the past, from people, from life, from the truth of their lives. Recent arrivals, […]

Review: Avery

Avery by Charlotte McConaghy The Chronicles of Kaya #1 Bantam 2015 (2013) Large format paperback 373 pages YA Fantasy

Ava and Avery are a bonded couple from Kaya, a land where ancient magic ensures that, once bonded, one cannot live without the other. So when Avery is killed while on a mission to assassinate […]

Review: The Beast's Garden

The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth Vintage Books 2015 Large Format Paperback 429 pages Historical Fiction; Fairy Tale Retelling

The Beast’s Garden is set in Berlin from late 1938 until just after the end of the war. A loose retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, “The Singing, Springing Lark” (itself a variant of […]

Review Catch-up #2 - Speculative Fiction

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie Imperial Radch #1 Orbit 2013 Trade Paperback 384 pages Science Fiction; Space Opera; Science Fantasy

The last book I read in 2016 was easily one of the best. I had read a short review of this trilogy in the Review section of the Weekend Australian (the Review section is […]