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Preparation for Dewey’s Read-a-thon, October 2015

My haul from Conflux 11 might have been modest, but I could always use a boost when it comes to keeping on top of Mt TBR. Fortunately, Dewey’s read-a-thon is taking place this weekend! For those unaware, the read-a-thon runs twice a year–in April and October. It runs for 24 hours, but participation for the […]

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Conflux 11, Part 2

Conflux 11 took place from Friday 2 October until Monday 5 October. As is always the case, there was a lot of good programming to see, so I had to split my report into two parts. You can read the first part here. I was fortunate enough to sit on a couple of panels throughout the […]

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Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Published: Self-published, May 2012 Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Genres: Fantasy Source: Amazon Reading Challenges: Diversiverse Available: Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Smashwords For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed. Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and […]

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Conflux 11, Part One

Last weekend I attended Conflux, Canberra’s speculative fiction convention for writers and fans. The theme this year was Light, in line with the UN’s International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Special guests were Isobelle Carmody, author of the The Obernewtyn Chronicles, and Tehani Wessely of FableCroft Publishing. As is always the case, there was a lot of good […]

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Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

Published: October 2015by PanMacmillan Australia Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: Blackthorn and Grim #2 Genres: Historical fantasy Source: NetGalley Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015 Available: PanMacmillan Australia (print and electronic) ~ Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Dymocks ~ Kobo Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this […]

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Review: Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

Published: March 2009 by Gollancz Format reviewed: Paperback, 368 pages Series: Guild Hunters #1 Genres: Fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance Source: Borrowed from the library Reading Challenges: Diversiverse Available:  Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Booktopia ~ Dymocks ~ Kobo Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best—but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. […]

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Mt TBR report: September 2015

September saw me power through the books for the second month running. This is probably a good thing because there was an influx of books in the last few days of the month and October holds the temptation of the dealers’ room at Conflux. Mt TBR status Mt TBR @ 1 January 2015: 202 Mt TBR […]

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A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

Published: September 2015 by Harper Voyager Format reviewed: Trade paperback, 518 pages Series: Sorcery Ascendant Sequence #1 Genres: Fantasy Source: Publisher 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. When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks […]

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Loose-leaf Links for September

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces I’ve come across in the last month and share them with you over tea. This little tin of Afternoon Tea from Whittard comes all the way from England as a souvenir, a companion to the Earl Grey from July. Follow Up Building community takes […]

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Conflux 11 announcements

In her guest post for Brewing Community last week, Leife Shallcross mentioned Conflux: Canberra’s annual convention for speculative fiction writers and fans. This year it is taking place from Friday 2 October until Monday 5 October, so it is just around the corner! The theme this year is Light, in line with the UN’s International Year of […]

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