Liesmith

The Wyrd : book 1 Read an excerpt Sigmund Sussman works in I.T support, answering questions usually with the advice to “switch if off and then switch it back on again”. He lives at home with his Dad, his mother died when was young, and they work for the same company. Sigmund is a geek, […]

The Babadook

Samuel’s father died driving his mother to the hospital the day Samuel was born. Ever since it has just been Samuel (Noah Wiseman) and Amelia (Essie Davis). And life isn’t easy. Amelia tries her best, but single parenthood is not joke, especially when you are struggling with grief, and trying to hold down a job, […]

The Far Country

In Australia Jane and Jack Dorman own a prosperous sheep farm, or station. For the past few years most of the money they earned has gone to pay off loans and debts, but now, for the first time the wool money is all theirs, and its been a good year for selling wool. But Jane […]

A town like Alice

In post World War II England Jean Paget is tracked down by a solicitor. She is the only surviving member of a client of his, and so stands to inherit his wealth. But because the client didn’t trust single women to run their own finances the will stipulates that Jean is not to receive the […]

The isles of the sun

one of the stories in Cracklescape One evening when all the other children have gone home for their dinners Elric sees something. Someones. He calls them pharaohs, for lack of a better word, and because they are tall and thin. And come from sun-beams. All at once he knows what they do, they soothe your […]

The best thing - Margo Lanagan

The best thing

Mel is not having a good year at school. Her friends have turned on her, and her boyfriend one day stopped talking to her, became her ex over night and hasn’t spoken to her in weeks. But she does have Pug. I don’t think I am going to say very much in this review. But […]

Tongues of Serpents

ISBN: 9780007256778
book 6 in the Temeraire series

There were few streets in the main port of Sydney which deserved the name, besides the one main thoroughfare, and even that bare packed dirt, lined only with a handful of small and wretched buildings that formed all the permanence of the colony.

Okay, so because it follows on from plot points in the other books I can’t really tell you exactly why William Laurence and Temeraire are off to Australia, you’ll just have to read and find out. But in Australia they are. And one event leads to another and soon they find themselves in the outback, encountering bunyips and god knows what. The problem is that there is no central plot to hang their adventure on. It is just a journey across the outback, with a couple of dragons thrown in. And, well, it is a tad boring in places. Which is a huge disapointment as I’ve really enjoyed all the other books in this series. Okay, so the first more than any of the others, but they were all good fun.

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Touching earth lightly

ISBN: 1864488239

Growing up is hard. Even when you have encouraging responsibly parents, like Chloe. When you don’t, when your parents are like Janey’s, consistently putting you in harms way and causing your damage how do you cope? Chloe and Janey are best friends, they live their lives entwined in each other. Chloe is sensible and practical. She keeps Janey somewhat rooted. But nothing can keep janey from trouble. Free-spirited is a charitable description of her life-style. Some of the girls from her school used much harsher terms, she was worse than a prostitute, she didn’t even charge for what she did in the boy’s toilets! But free-spirited is the more accurate description. Janey can’t see the dangers in her life. Or perhaps it is because she has so many that she doesn’t look for an escape. There are no ways out for her.

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