Mt TBR, History and Fiction, Gillian Polack, Binti, Nnedi Okorafor, Aradia, Charles Leland, Seanan McGuire, Discount Armageddon, Midnight Blue-light Special, InCryptid, tea cup, tea and books

Mt TBR report: June 2016

  Entries for the Aurealis Awards started coming in this month. It has been a challenge to juggle them with reading for the Hugos and reading review books. However, I’m doing a decent job of keeping up with the Aurealis reading and the voting deadline for the Hugos is in a month. Things should ease […]

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The Blackmail Blend, Livia Day, Cafe La Femme, the art of tea, Tabitha Blend, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea

The Blackmail Blend by Livia Day

Published: June 2015 by Deadlines Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: Café La Femme #1.5 Genres: Crime Source: Bought direct from publisher Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Available: Publisher (tea and e-book) ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for previous volumes/books. Six romance writers Five secrets Four poison pen letters Three stolen manuscripts Two […]

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Loose-leaf Links #24

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces on sci-fi and fantasy I’ve come across and share them with you over tea.  Today’s tea is a Lamington tea from T2. With pieces of coconut and cocoa nibs, it’s quite sweet and definitely a sometimes tea. It also goes nicely with […]

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Once Upon A Time, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea, The Opposite of Life, Narelle Harris, Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Ishtar, Amanda Pillar, K.V. Taylor, The Wild Girl, Kate Forsyth

Once Upon A Time X: epilogue

  The Once Upon A Time X reading challenge finished yesterday, so it is time for me to check in with how I went. To recap, OUAT is a reading challenge for lovers of fantasy, fairytale, folklore and mythology. It is organised by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings and runs from 21 March to 21 June. I signed up […]

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Ember, Bettie Sharpe, Cinderella retelling, fairytale retelling, erotic fairytale, fantasy, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, Once Upon A Time X, Earl Grey Editing

Ember by Bettie Sharpe

Published: Self-published in November 2007 Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Genres: Fantasy, fairytale, romance Source: Amazon Reading Challenges: #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, Once Upon A Time X Available: Amazon ~ Kobo ~ Smashwords Everyone loves Prince Charming. They have to—he’s cursed. Every man must respect him. Every woman must desire him. One look, and all is lost. Ember would rather carve out a piece of […]

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Tabletop Games for Storytellers

Back in April, I had the opportunity to run a meeting for the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild on tabletop games for storytellers. Players ranged from first-timers to players who’ve had decades of experience. I had great fun introducing them to some of my favourite games, so I figured why stop there? If you are a gaming […]

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Vigil, Angela Slatter, Verity Fassbinder, Brisbane, books and tea

Vigil by Angela Slatter

Published: July 2016 by Jo Fletcher Books Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: Verity Fassbinder #1 Genres: Urban fantasy Source: NetGalley Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016, Once Upon A Time X Available: Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Dymocks ~ Kobo Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. […]

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Loose-leaf Links #23

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces on sci-fi and fantasy I’ve come across and share them with you over tea. Today’s tea is the Tea Centre’s Pomegranate & Blood Orange. It’s a nicely fruity tea that doesn’t overwhelm. Plus, I love any blend that has orange peel. Awards News The […]

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The Wild Girl, Kate Forsyth, historical fiction, Wilhelm Grimm, the Brothers Grimm, fairytales

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Published: March 2013 by Random House Australia Format reviewed: Trade paperback, 538 pages Genres: Historical Fiction Source:  Pulp Fiction Books Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016, Once Upon A Time X, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Available: Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Dymocks ~ Kobo Dortchen Wild fell in love with Wilhelm Grimm the […]

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Seveneves, Neal Stephenson, Jim Butcher, The Aeronaut's Windlass, The Cinder Spires, The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin, Ishtar, Amanda Pillar, K.V. Taylor, The Wild Girl, Kate Forsyth, books and tea, Earl Grey Editing, Mt TBR

Mt TBR report: May 2016

May was a challenging month for reading. It got off to a slow start, thanks to the way I binge-watched two seasons of Daredevil on Netflix. It also didn’t help that May unofficially turned into the month of chunksters, particularly when the Hugo nominees for Best Novel arrived from the library. My #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks stats are looking reasonable. My […]

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