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Official Launch of Fan Mail - the latest Sophie Anderson book by P D Martin

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Fan Mail will be officially launched on the 7th February with an online webcast - if you head off to:

http://www.pdmartin.com.au/news.asp?id=52

For details of the webcast, where to login and the various times for times in Australia, North America (East and West coast) and UK / Ireland.

Currently Reading - Dry Dock, Cathy Cole

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Back to the pile of unread Australian books that I keep hoarding away.  I must try harder to read the occasional book from this pile - it's threatening to topple and flatten a dog on any given day   The most recent I've grabbed from there starts off:

Bolinda Audio Books

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I just found out that Sensitive New Age Spy (Geoff McGeachin's new book) has just been released by Bolinda Audio (this link will take you directly to the full set of three of his books in audio format),   and then realised it had been a while since I had a wander around their site.

Melbourne Writers Festival - 2008 Dates

This year will be the first year of the Writers Festival at Federation Square, rather than our beloved (albeit somewhat crowded) Malthouse Theatre.

Organisers announced the dates yesterday - 22nd to 31st August, so we'd better start preparing holidays, comfy shoes and the whole box and dice.

Currently Reading - Absolution, Caro Ramsay

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I like reading dedications in books and imaging the story behind them.  Absolution has a ripper - To Jessie Ramsay, born 1904.  You can tell a Sheffield lass, You just cannot tell her much.

The book has two main sections, so I thought a little grab from each:

Anna, Glasgow 1984

White.

Nothing but white.

No sense.  No awareness. Only white.

Nothing.

Then breathing.

Rhythmic breathing.

Nothing more than the ebb and flow of life.

Currently Reading - Power Play, Joseph Finder

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Blurbed as Five Hunters.  Thirteen hostages.  One reluctant hero, the first paragraph of POWER PLAY is:

"If you've never killed someone, you really can't imagine what it's like.  You don't want to know.  It leaves you with something hard and leaden in the pit of your stomach, something that never dissolves."

Review - Fluke, Christopher Moore

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Over on my partner's own blog (which you can now see via News and Views as well), he's been posting some reviews of books read whilst travelling recently. 

The first review is 

Fluke by Christopher Moore

and the second is for

The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

(Both are books which he is recommending incidentally).

Currently Reading - Goat Song, Chantal Pelletier

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Recently, on his way back from Orlando, storms there held Adam up, which meant an unexpected overnight in LA, and a quick trip to Small World Books in Venice Beach - lucky me scored some great Bitter Lemon and SOHO Crime titles.  The first of these I read was Goat Song by Chantal Pelletier.  Opening paragraph: