Karen's blog

Stuff and Nonsense

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We've sort of been busy for the last few days - the day job can sometimes be such an imposition on the fun and games that you'd prefer to be doing.   Things are a bit quiet on the reading front as well, although I've started Dorothy Johnston's Eden and my current position on it can be summed up thus:  Wow.

Steve J Spears (1951 / 2007)

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Very sad news from The Age today - Steve J Spears died yesterday - 16th October.  He was 56 years old.  Amongst an enormous body of other work, Steve wrote 3 crime fiction books in the Stella Pentangeli and Investigator Ng series.  Arty, elaborate, and totally unrealistic, they are 3 light-hearted, funny and highly entertaining.

Cliff Hardy is hitting the hard streets of Sydney in another outing

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  Peter Corris has another Cliff Hardy outing Appeal Denied.  Out and about as of June this year (I'm behind as usual) and available via Allen & Unwin's website (for overseas interest). 

All I can say is I'm ignorning the ominous rumblings: 

"Dirty dealings, corrupt cops, computer geeks and a final showdown at an exclusive Sydney beach - is this Cliff Hardy's last adventure?"

NEXT UP....

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Next up will be The Western Banker by Joe Barrett.

The author is a litigation specialist in the City of London dealing with International Trade, financing and shipping.  Currently he is on a sabbatical planning his PhD on the World Trade Organisation.  His next novel is to be based on the exploitation of the environmental agenda by big business.

The blurb from "The Western Banker" is:

Mike Ponder, formerly from NZ (so I've listed him there on here), now living in Australia - artist and writer

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Great to see Mike Ponder's name popup on Random House's website with his new book The Windsor Conspiracy.  

You might also want to have a look at Mike's website - just for a stroll through his art works which are really interesting. http://www.mikeponder.com/

Helen Fitzgerald - Australian born author (Scotland based) her first book is published by Allen & Unwin

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Helen Fitzgerald has a first book out with Allen & Unwin (released in September) - Dead Lovely.

According to her bio Helen was born in Country Victoria, and now lives in Glasgow Scotland.  If anybody's tried her book - let us know what it's like.

Neil Cross and Natural History

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Neil Cross's Natural History just showed up for review which provided me a) with a book I'm looking forward to reading and b) with a bio on the author that added a few things I hadn't been aware of.  Spooks is one of those fabulous British TV dramas, where the pace is taut and the storylines just realistic enough to make you go hmmmmmm.  And Neil Cross, who lives in New Zealand is one of the writers on the upcoming 6th Series of Spooks.

First Tuesday Book Club - access a discussion on The Broken Shore online

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First Tuesday Book Club for October 

The ABC have pushed this program out onto the internet quite well and it is possible to download a video file in either MP4 or WMV format. The most recent four episodes are available on their site as of today.