“Epicurus tells us that there’s no reason to fear death, because we don’t get to meet it. While we exist there is no death. And when death comes, we’re not there anymore.” p122.
We All Looked Up
Simon and Schuster (Australia)
They always say that high school is the best time of your life . . .
Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried ‘they’ might actually be right. Eliza wholeheartedly disagrees; she can’t wait to graduate and get far away from Seattle, if only to escape her reputation. Anita has done everything perfectly in high school, and she has the grades to prove it. But then, she can’t help wondering what is it all worth since she’s never done what she truly loves. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career – the future can wait.
But what if the future was hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth?
As these four seniors – along with the rest of the planet – wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.
What would you do if you were alerted to the fact that the world may not exist in a few weeks’ time? This YA book uses the distinct possibility of the world ending as a device to open up the discussion on so many contemporary youth issues – they are thinly disguised as circumstances in individuals’ lives or as part of the narrative that I felt a little like I was being preached to. I think I am a little too experienced and worldly for this particular book. I didn’t like the main characters, so shallow and selfish and with no redeeming features to speak of. I thought the plot was too busy – a bit like Lord of The Flies – on drugs and with a meteor about to obliterate the world.
I did so want to like this book but it didn’t work for me. I love the cover art, and some of the writing and philosophical quotes/arguments presented are very intelligent but I could not suspend my belief and roll with the flow on this one.
This weekend we spent preparing olives for pickling; that entailed – picking from the tree, then cutting a cross on the ends (both ends) of the individual olives, then placing them in a brine bath which allows some of the bitter acids in the olive to leach away. The olives are left for twenty four hours then they are rinsed and then the brine is replaced, this process is repeated for 2-4 weeks depending on the olive, a taste test is required. Then the olives have a final rinse and are placed in jars and filled with picking solution and left for a few months to develop their flavours and then enjoyed 🙂 This year despite the trees taking a heavy loss of fruit to the parrots we had plenty of olives to meet our needs.
Augusta WA – thank you for an amazing holiday.
I will soon be reading and reviewing Hummer Boy B by Ruth Dugdall – this is the third novel by this author that I will have read – I am a keen follower of her work, she writes powerful, insightful crime fiction narratives informed by her work as a probation officer in prisons for serious offenders. This is guaranteed to be a thought provoking read. I cant wait to start it. The book is due for release in April 2015 by Legend Press – pre order now.
A child is killed after falling from the Humber Bridge. Despite fleeing the scene, two young brothers are found guilty and sent to prison. Upon their release they are granted one privilege only, their anonymity. Probation officer Cate Austin is responsible for Humber Boy B’s reintegration into society. But the general public’s anger is steadily growing, and those around her are wondering if the secret of his identity is one he actually deserves to keep. Cate’s loyalty is challenged when she begins to discover the truth of the crime. She must ask herself if a child is capable of premeditated murder. Or is there a greater evil at play?
No Name Lane
The hunt for a serial killer unearths an unsolved cold case from over sixty years ago.
Young girls are being abducted and murdered in the North-East. Out of favour Detective Constable Ian Bradshaw struggles to find any leads – and fears that the only thing this investigation will unravel is himself.
Journalist Tom Carney is suspended by his London tabloid and returns to his home village in County Durham. Helen Norton is the reporter who replaced Tom on the local newspaper. Together, they are drawn into a case that will change their lives forever.
When a body is found, it’s not the latest victim but a decades-old corpse. Secrets buried for years are waiting to be found, while in the present-day an unstoppable killer continues to evade justice…
A very engaging and compelling story of murders -past and present, secrets and the huge burden that guilt imposes on our lives and mental health. I liked that this book was more than just a murder mystery; there were interesting characters and relationships – work and personal, that we might all be able to relate to. Ethical behaviour was also spotlighted. There was also plenty of local history and commentary on the social mores of the time of the older murder and a glimpse of how the past can and does effect the present.
This narrative presents a few interesting scenarios – the main investigators in this instance are the journalists, more so than the police. They have the energy, they are not bound/restricted by the same protocols as the police and they have a connection with the community which gives them opportunity to discover more about those concerned with the crimes – past and present. I liked the factor of redemption that played a vital role in this narrative.
And the twist at the end in unique and surprising- I did not see this coming!
Congratulation to all involved – some great reads here.
2015 Indie Book Awards Category winners are:
Indie Book of the Year Fiction winner:
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett (Penguin Random House Australia)
Indie Book of the Year Non-Fiction winner:
The Bush by Don Watson (Penguin Random House Australia)
Indie Book of the Year Children’s & YA winner:
Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
Indie Book of the Year Debut Fiction winner:
Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette Australia)
And the 2015 Indie Book Award overall winner therefore the Indie Book of the Year is:
The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia by Don Watson (Penguin Random House Australia).