Review: The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

Published: 2012 by JADD Publishing Format reviewed: Paperback, 170 pages Series: None Genres: Non-fiction Source: Public library The Emotion Thesaurus is pretty much exactly what it says on the label. This non-fiction book has an entry for emotions ranging from adoration to worry. Each entry lists a definition of the emotion, as well as physical […]

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Following up

This isn’t quite a Loose-leaf Links post, but I have found myself with a few bits and pieces relating to previous posts that I’d like to share.   Reviewing and Clute’s Excessive Candour Thanks to everyone who commented on my post Bias and Reviewing. I really enjoyed hearing what you had to say. A little […]

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Review: Phantazein edited by Tehani Wessely

Published: 2014 by FableCroft Publishing Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: None Genres: Fantasy Source: Review copy provided by the publisher Challenges: Dewey’s Read-a-thon Disclaimer: I know the publisher, cover artist and a couple of the contributors In my September review of To Spin A Darker Stair, I anticipated that Phantazein would prove to be more […]

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Review: Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

Published: 2012 by Allen and Unwin Format reviewed: Paperback, 343 pages Series: None Genres: Fantasy. A case could also be made for YA Source: Public library Challenge: Dewey’s read-a-thon Sea Hearts is a dark fantasy that taps into traditional tales of selkie wives. Misskaella is a lonely child, bullied by her sisters and shunned by […]

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Mt TBR report: October 2014

September saw Mt TBR tower ever higher. As expected, Conflux contributed significantly, though wasn’t solely to blame. I’m just not reading as much at the moment and I shudder to think what Mt TBR would have looked like without Dewey’s read-a-thon to get it a little more under control. Mt TBR status Mt TBR @ […]

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Loose-leaf Links for October

I hadn’t intended to make signal boosts a regular part of this blog but I get too many tasty tidbits to resist. So welcome to Loose-leaf Links. Baggage If the gorgeous cover above looks familiar to you, it may be because you’ve seen it in my portfolio. I was a sub-editor on the anthology and […]

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Bias and reviewing

While I was at Conflux, I heard a lot of talk about the importance of reviews. This wasn’t limited to the panel on reviewing, but cropped up at book launches, at other panels and in conversation. With the rise of e-publishing, competition is fierce and it is important to stand out from the crowd. Reviews […]

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Guest post: The Writing Life

I belong to a number of writing groups, including the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild. One of the things I love most about the CSFG is the way it celebrates the achievements of its members… and they have a lot to celebrate. Fellow member and friend Donna Maree Hanson has just had two fantasy novels published […]

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Dewey’s read-a-thon

I’ve always been a bookworm and this weekend I got a chance to really indulge by participating in Dewey’s 24-hour read-a-thon. It started at 11pm local time. Not being masochistic enough to go for the full 24-hours, I made sure to get a good night’s sleep (really, it’s safer for everyone). My tweets tell the […]

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Dewey’s Read-a-thon preparation

With Conflux now well and truly over, I’ve been preparing for the next event on my calendar: Dewey’s 24-hour read-a-thon. I mentioned this event in my September signal boosts, but wanted to give it a bit more attention now that it is drawing closer. The read-a-thon is one of the few things that keeps Mt […]

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