Sunday, 19 July 2020
"Sources were scared. Many refused to talk. But others seemed willing."
Saturday, 18 July 2020
"Colonial Australia sought to forget the advanced nature of the Aboriginal society and economy, and this amnesia was entrenched when settlers who arrived after the depopulation of whole districts found no structure more substantial than a windbreak, and no population that was not humiliated, debased, and diseased."A work colleague commented upon seeing me with this book in the lunchroom that it was a "book all Australians should read" and I'm inclined to agree. Certainly putting paid to the fiction of terra nullius in a well-researched and fascinating way. When you consider all the challenges that this wide, brown land of Australia poses due to most of the country being considered arid and inhospitable, its instructive to hear about the different methods of farming and cultivation that provided sustenance for its original inhabitants.
There's nothing new under the sun and we could learn a lot for the future by revisiting the past. Pascoe does a great job of doing just that. So add this to your home library, give it to your kids and gain a better understanding of the importance of the traditional owners of the land on which we live today.
5 out of 5 new crops could rise from these tales of yore.
"It wasn't that I forgot Hanna. But at a certain point the memory of her stopped accompanying me wherever I went."
"Good muscular control had always been his most valuable asset."
"All you know is that when the video finally, mercifully stops, you want to kill salamanders, as many as you can" The release of a new Max Barry book had me chomping at the bit and this was no exception. I hurried out and preordered a copy. I wasn't disappointed and yet, I didn't love this quite as much as some of his other novels such as Syrup and Jennifer Government. This lacks the black humour of those other works. I think that is reflective of the times we live in, where dark humour feels a little hollow. Rather this novel brings a sense of the potential downside of AI mixed with the claustrophobia of deep space and the insidious power of media control.Who is the villain? Are the aliens the real enemy? What is really going on? Well you will just have to read it I guess. I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed.
5 out of 5 - beam me up.
Friday, 17 July 2020
“P.S. Owls are fascinating creatures, but its harder than I thought to convince them to take food. Maybe this one didn’t trust me.”
A love story across time is a trope I’ve always enjoyed and yet this new novel injects life into a well-used conceit. Time consists of strands of endless possibilities and an ongoing war between opposing forces that shift and shake the continuum in never-ending and bloody ways.
Opponents Red and Blue have an inexplicable connection that challenges the status quo. Through their letters they develop a bond that shifts their very being. The love they bear is so much more than a physical longing. It transcends time and space. Written in collaboration by two authors, the fact that each one voiced one of the characters provided additional depth of voice that was compelling to read.
There is a sense of the vague and obtuse to begin with, but as the relationship grows between the two opponents, so does the reader’s appreciation for the ‘world’ in which the book is set.
A book that was equal parts novel and delightful. The cover will make a beautiful addition to any bookshelf and I am totally enamoured by the joint author photoshoot on the flap jacket.
5 out of 5 strands of love that springs eternal.