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‘How to Read Water’ by Tristan Gooley

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If you like looking at puddles, ‘How to Read Water’ is for you. If you haven’t spent much time looking at puddles, you should read it anyway. Like so many interesting books, I discovered it by seeing someone else reading it (my Dad), and ‘borrowing’ it.

‘How to Read Water’ is, as the title says, about reading water. It covers puddles to oceans and everything in between, and what it all tells you about your environment. It’s engaging, funny, and after reading it I’ve spent more time than I thought possible looking at puddles.

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‘Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages’ by Frances and Joseph Gies

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I do a fair bit of research when writing, but there’s a limit to the amount of depth I can find in internet sources. So I looked up some books on the Middle Ages and started reading some books by Frances and Joseph Gies. I also read ‘Life in a Medival Castle’ and ‘Life in a Medieval City’, but ‘Marriage and Family’ was the one I most enjoyed (it’s also the longest of the three I read).

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Review: ‘Vigil’ by Angela Slatter

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‘Vigil’ is an urban fantasy set in Brisbane. Brisbane happens to be my hometown, so I was even more excited than when I picked up “How the light gets in” and it opened with a description of a Montreal the tunnel falling down. A non-Brisbanite probably won’t enjoy the setting and details as much as I did. The story follows Verity Fassbinder, half human half-Weyrd as she solves crimes. It’s fun and action-packed and has a lovely sprinkling of humour.

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Review: ‘My Last Continent’ by Midge Raymond

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‘My Last Continent’ is a tragic love story set in Antarctica. The story starts a few years after a devastating shipwreck which killed hundreds of people. Then it switches to a week before the shipwreck and Deb, a researcher aboard the Cormorant, a tourist/research vessel heading down to Antarctica. The story flips back and forth from just before the shipwreck, to years before and then to after. You know the ending well before you get to it, and yet it still affected me.

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Rereading The Lord of the Rings: 10+ years later

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I tried reading ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ years ago. It took me a year to finish ‘The Hobbit’ and I gave up halfway through ‘The Two Towers’ as I found it so dull. My husband doesn’t read much, but this is one of the few series he’s finished, and it’s one of his favourites. So I recently gave it another shot, to see if I could finish and enjoy it this time.

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One thing I always loved however was the cover and the illustrations. The picture above is the version of the books I have.

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Review: ‘Everything I know about writing’ by John Marsden

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I’ve been looking for a book on writing for a while now. I picked up ‘Everything I know about writing’ by John Marsden mainly because I’ve read his work before and he’s written some of my favourite books. Unlike ‘bird by bird’, by Anne Lamont, this book is more about the tools of writing, and Marsden gives concrete examples of his points.┬áIt’s a short book, at 195 pages, but it covers a surprising amount of ground. He uses examples of writing from himself, his students, and other books to demonstrate his points with humour and insight.

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Review: ‘The Last Wish’ by Andrzej Sapkowski

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‘The Last Wish’ is a collection of short stories about Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer known as a witcher. The stories are tied together by an overarching story, ‘The Voice of Reason’, which give structure and direction to the whole selection of stories.

I first read ‘The Last Wish’ many years ago, after finishing the first Witcher game. Since then I’ve read most of the witcher saga, and the other set of short stories ‘Sword of Destiny’, but ‘The Last Wish’ still stands as my favourite.

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