Book review: Shirley – a novel

Saturday, August 30, 2014 Permalink 0

I have to confess I hadn’t heard of American author Shirley Jackson before I read this novel, which is loosely biographical, although had heard of the movie(s) – The Haunting - based on her novel The Haunting of Hill House.

Not a lot was revealed in the blurb about this book - so I’m not entirely sure why I requested it, other than the fact it sounded intriguing.

But I’m really glad I did.

Book review: Already Dead

Thursday, August 28, 2014 Permalink 0

I’ve traditionally been slack when it comes to reading Australian crime fiction, mysteries or thrillers. I am – however – trying to rectify that and thankfully we have authors like Jaye Ford who make that easier. Her latest release, Already Dead  is no exception.

The latest news in pics

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Permalink 0

I don’t watch the news. I don’t read newspapers. I do – however – scan a few different sites for online news each day. Unfortunately (or naturally?!) most of it just pisses me off (and I’m not even talking politics).

Here’s a sample.

A dose of normality

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Permalink 0

One of the reasons I left the Commonwealth Government after my posting to East Timor was because I craved normality.

Life in Dili was pretty stressful – busy work days and less of the usual home comforts. I know this is something people in developing nations deal with all of the time, and I know I shouldn’t be complaining about a few years here and there ‘without’. (#Ungratefulmuch?!)

The brown thumb legacy

Sunday, August 24, 2014 Permalink 1

So, I don’t want to insult all of my christian/religious readers out there but I do need to let you know… I’m thinkin’ I could give Jesus a run for his money.

Oh yeah!

You see, I come from generations of peeps with a brown thumb, or two. Well, neither of my parents could grow stuff, so… #closeenough.

Although I’ve actually had a ‘few’ plants which have survived my tender care over the past year, most haven’t. #RIPpalm #RIPfloweringplant #RIPfloweringplant2 #RIPfloweringplant3 #RIProsemary #RIPcactus (etc)

Book review: One Kick

Saturday, August 23, 2014 Permalink 0

I haven’t read any of Chelsea Cain’s previous novels and am relieved I started with the first in her new series… cos anyone who knows me knows I hate to miss out on the good stuff.

One Kick introduces us to Kick Lannigan – who we first meet as ten-year old Beth living a seemingly happy life with parents Mel and Linda… that is until the FBI breaks down their door to arrest the couple as part of a child pornography ring.

Social media – a one sided affair?

Friday, August 22, 2014 Permalink 0

I know quite a few bloggers and avid social media users. Many of whom I’ve met in real life or just know fairly well – virtually (through their blogs and social media shares). Unlike yours truly, most are paired up and it recently occurred to me that they’re members of a one-social media-user couple.

While their partners ‘may’ have a Facebook or Twitter account, it’s the blogger who’s the social media freak (using the word in the nicest possible way). They’ve often shared stories of how their partner shakes their head as they Instagram their food or live-tweet a TV show… whether it be the intellectually stimulating #QandA or the #ohmygodIrememberthat Puberty Blues.

Book review: Can You Keep a Secret?

Thursday, August 21, 2014 Permalink 0

I really enjoyed Caroline Overington’s last novel No Place Like Home, the first of hers I’d read. As well as an entertaining read, it provided some thought-provoking social commentary on topical issues – immigration and cultural stereotyping.

Her latest release, Can You Keep a Secret, similarly directs our attention to a range of current concerns, such as how much of ourselves we expose online.