The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

This book, written in 1912 by William Hope Hodgson is an imaginative tour-de-force, filled with spectacular imagery and grotesque monsters. It’s an epic story that riffs off the Orpheus myths; about a man going entering the underworld to rescue the woman he loves.  Continue reading “The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson”

I Finished the Wheel of Time and All I Got was this Lousy Blog Post

I finished reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time!  I have unlocked an achievement!  After a Herculean marathon, I re-read most of the books over the Christmas break, and have now caught up on the last three books, co-written with Brandon Sanderson.

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Movie Review: Oz, the Great and Terrible

This was a rather pretty film, but well, how do I put it? Well, it’s a bit dumb. Ostensibly a prequel to the famous, 1930s MGM film with Judy Garland, this movie doesn’t really convince me that the origin story for the Wizard of Oz needed to be told. It wasn’t a ‘Wicked’ style revision to the Wizard of Oz character; more just a plodding prequel that ruins the entire point of the Wizard of Oz character.

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The Case of the Infodumping Suspect

My current project is a fantasy-ish detective novel, written in the first person.  Currently I’ve got the problem where the detective finds a suspect and has to get a large chunk of information from them.  There’s a couple of ways of presenting this to the reader, with the goal of making this as interesting as possible.

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GenreCon 2012 Review

I’m just back from GenreCon 2012.  Simply put, I had a ball.  It was also very conveniently located in Parramatta, which all conventions should be in future.  Organisationally, it ran smoothly, and felt rather similar to the Romance Writer’s of Australia convention I went to earlier this year, albeit smaller and covering crime, horror and spec-fic as well as romance.  (Although the orgs admitted that the RWA was their mentor in getting things running so smoothly!)

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Sara Douglass (1957-2011)

I heard that Sara Douglass passed away from  cancer.  I first noticed her book ‘BattleAxe’ with a highly garish cover, at the old Angus & Robertson at the top of the Queen Street Mall. (Last time I went there, that entire bookshop was gone.) Flipping through, I saw that Sara was Australian. Someone who’d written a thick, chunky fantasy novel. BattleAxe was good stuff – a strong action-line, vivid battles, and story that kept me enthralled. I haven’t re-read them since I was a teenager, but I still remember the imagery of the Icarii, the Star Dance, WolfStar’s machinations, Gorgrael’s threats and lonely rule over the icepack and the wonderful themes of magic returning to a land.

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