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Apr 23,2014

Ever read a book or seen a film and just hated the end? (If you've said no you must be a unicorn!)

The team at HISHE (How it Should Have Ended) decided Frozen had some issues and propose some interesting plot developments.  

Is there a book or film conclusion that you wish you could re-write?

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Apr 22,2014

I went to the Yarra Valley for Easter Sunday. Near the park where my family and relatives hung out was a charming little town square where I was met with more antique and craft stores than I knew what to do with. Just thousands of bits and bobs and...stuff waiting to be explored and romanticized? Oh, goody!

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The first thing that strikes me about such stores is the smell. One step in and your nostrils are overcome with the aroma of aging leather, rusting silver and the dust of days gone by. I wonder what the previous owners of these items were thinking when they first bought them. Did they ever think that their simple household items would, in decades, be behind a locked glass case? I wonder how often this cigarette holder from Bond Street, London was opened and offered to another gentleman in its prime?

I think of the characters that possessed these little odds and ends. Tiny pieces of history that weaved in and out of the every day.

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Apr 18,2014

This week, thanks to Homecooked Comics Festival, I bring you not just one, but TWO fantastic graphic novels. And the best part is, you can enter to win your very own copy!

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3 reasons to read Sensitive Creatures by Mandy Ord: 

1. It features Mandy's love of dogs.

2. Learn how to make replicas of your fingers using ice magic chocolate sauce.

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Apr 16,2014

 

I have no words, only tears.

File 20600For maximum feels, I do, do, do recommend reading the book (by Gayle Forman) before the movie hits the big screens.

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Apr 15,2014

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It's here! It's here! The (Australian) cover for Clariel!  What do you think?

The story of Clariel takes place before Sabriel, but it won't be in bookstores until October this year. To help bear the burden of waiting, Garth Nix kindly shared a sneak preview of Clariel's prologue and first chapter with me last year.

The other books in the Old Kingdom series will also be re-released with matching covers (of course!):

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Apr 14,2014

'How To' books are things of fascination for me. I have never actively sought out one of these books but when I stumble across one that strikes my fancy, good luck getting me away from the cash register! Funnily enough, I’ve never really followed any of the advice that they impart... something I shall experiment with in due time... but for now: this blog post!

Of course, none of my 'How To' books are for anything actually practical (why would I waste my money on that?), but they ARE terribly fun and I’m mad enough to think they might just work. In a world of chaos and uncertainty, it’s interesting to see concrete steps defining human behaviour and interaction.

This girl is living my fantasy. Essentially, she used a 1950s 'How To' guide to dictate her own social experiment about climbing her school’s social ladder - an experiment that was successfully published, then picked up by DreamWorks. Why didn’t I think of that before?!!

The original guide:                                                The modern experiment:
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There’s something that feels almost magical about these books, as if the universe had somehow imparted with you a secret spell book to success, and you feel somehow responsible to use this power wisely. Ah, the power of tone! It captures the reader with its immediacy, involving the reader as a “character” - you, the Jedi apprentice, they... the Yoda. (A sassy, latte-drinking Yoda if you read the guides that I do.)

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Apr 09,2014

Tomorrow Divergent makes its way to the cinemas! Yay! Hurrah! Yippee!  However, there is one very important question: will it be a YA adaptation like The Hunger Games, or like Eragorn?

Fingers crossed (oh so very tightly) it sides with Katniss and her crew!

Here's a snippet of Tris' very important initiation jump after she decides which faction she will join.  

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Apr 07,2014

It is my great pleasure to introduce Margaret, who'll be blogging bookish delights throughout April as this month's 'Voice'!

Margaret is a 6 year old and a 90 year old rolled into one. A fierce keeper of bottomless To Do lists, her days are filled with rehearsals, Doctor Who, and indulging her wonder for words. Theatre is her true love but literature will always be her best friend 5eva.

You can read more about her adventures at her site: coatofpink.blogspot.com.au  -Inky

 

In a Relationship... With Books

It’s the age-old adage of girl meets book. In the mad, dazzling, sometimes frustrating, jungles of paper lie the (mad, dazzling, sometimes frustrating) unspoken love stories between a reader and their book.

This romance is familiar to anyone remotely bibliophilic. You may have fallen in love at first book cover, only to later be disappointed by first impressions. Maybe you needed to read several lines over and over, trying hard to focus, until you reach that point where your eyes - and imagination - can glide effortlessly across the page*. I suppose it can be like falling asleep... 'slowly and then all at once' (wink wink).

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With books that I love, or at least like-like, the reading experience is a highly interactive 'best friend-ship'.

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Apr 04,2014

1. I'm reading: Stung by Bethany Wiggins.File 20391
Done The Hunger Games? Devoured Divergent? Here's a fresh dystopian to help whet your appetite. It's set in a world without bees, a world made up of mutant monsters, the people who hunt them, and the people who fear them.

2. I'm watching: Vikings has returned! [rated M / MA15+]
Ragnar Lodbrok is a Nordic legend and in this show he's revolutionising the Viking art of raiding. (Imagine if Khal Drogo was blonde, and was into ships instead of horses.)

Vikings recently returned to air with season two and if, like me, you missed this news (Why did no-one tell me?!), you can currently catch up at SBS on Demand.

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Apr 02,2014

Guess what's out at Australian cinemas this week! Besides, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that is...

It's The LEGO Movie!!!

I have been *ridiculously* excited for this film ever since seeing the trailer, and y'know why?

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