Actually a great book of yearns to read. It is one of those books I have had on the go for ages as I just picked it up, read a chapter which is essentActually a great book of yearns to read. It is one of those books I have had on the go for ages as I just picked it up, read a chapter which is essentially one yarn, and then off to something else. I have really only finished it this time as it is needed back in the library. A great insight into life in the harsh environs of the Queensland bush in the last many decades. I bet Hugh Tindall is an amazing man to sit down beside and just listen to. ...more
Absolutely amazing. You certainly do not need a junior reader around you to fall in love with this book. The introduction says it all; A rich and haunAbsolutely amazing. You certainly do not need a junior reader around you to fall in love with this book. The introduction says it all; A rich and haunting allergy for all ages, all cultures. This will be a treasure on my book shelves to lift down and savour. I feel shivers up my spine as I read through the book. ...more
Bob Brown, a man I hold in very high esteem. So far the book has given me a sense of Optimism, something that can be pretty hard to maintain in currenBob Brown, a man I hold in very high esteem. So far the book has given me a sense of Optimism, something that can be pretty hard to maintain in current times. Best chapter so far is not one full of Optimism however, it is absolutely cuttingly sarcastic. Brilliant. Chapter 14. The New Religion. I would love to quote the whole chapter but I hope you read it for yourself. The chapter finishes with are part of Drew Dellingers poem Hieroglyphic Stairway:
it's 3.23 in the morning and I'm awake because my great great grandchildren ask me in dreams what did you do while the planet was plundered? what you do when the earth was unraveling? surely you did something when the seasons started failing? as the mammals, reptiles, and birds were all dying? did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen? what did you do once you knew?
If you ever want a concise summary of the damage of fossil fuels on the environment to pass on to others have a read of Ch 25; Blackwater Really great read. There is a few chapters of political hi jinxes in the middle that are so so, but then get on to the Green Oration in the final chapters and be inspired. I am going 5 stars for the importance of the subject material and it being a great read...more
As soon as I had a flick through and scan of the stories collected here I realised there would be no way to rate each story as better or best. Each stAs soon as I had a flick through and scan of the stories collected here I realised there would be no way to rate each story as better or best. Each story will have to have its own little review. What a collection. Such fun to dip into. Some of the authors featured I have met up with before, and some are new faces.
Our Woman - what a wonderful story to start off this anthology. If they are all as spell binding as this I am going to be in heaven. Fairies and political intrigue and control and the just in the right place the sex and intimacy. Brilliant. Hands Off - wonderful fast paced sexy story. Of course I always love a story that has a dig at plastic, modern Hollywood culture. Shelter - The bad girl from her past appears in the night,stays for a night of passion, with the lurking threat of discovery by the law or something more dangerous. Fast paced, hot sex. Ungodly Ours - Oh my goodness. I am truly blown away by this story. It reads like someone's life. The first chapter I read, saying to myself, what the hell is this, where is this going, and I nearly put it down, but, my god it goes on to grow as the girls grow. I love it. Erotic. Sarcastic. Clever. So clever The Rules - hot, steamy, sporty sex. The Further Adventures of Miss Scarlet - a fabulous story to read and dream your way through a train journey home at the end of the day. Hot, hot, hot. A hint of mystery in detective serial type of fashion. Sunset, Sunrise - full on fast paced, mature, confident, take what you need story. With additional knock your socks off sex scenes. The Clinton County Horse Thief Society - Woo Hoo. The Wild West, horse thieves, sex, law and order and moral justice all in one story. What girl doesn't love a story with the smell of horses, a ride through the wild country and beans and campfire at night. Freedom - wow, is this the ultimate revenge on an ex, or the needing loneliness of a parent, or as the title says, freedom. But how can it be freedom with so many strings attached? I tell you what though, it is pretty insanely wild, free, fabulous sex across age barriers. Loved it and am left at the end going; "so what happens next, does it grow and blossom, could it ever?" Ascending Amelia - nothing like a bit of a fun night out at the club. Add a sweet, lovely new girl and a good time is had by all. Bachelorette Party - okay. Good read, rollicked along with sizzling sex scenes etc. But sorry my sense of fair play and all that stuff gets in the way of tales like this and I look at the others involved and the way choices are made with ease. I wouldn't care if it was the ending of a straight or gay relationship, there are ways to do it with care. So sorry couldn't get into this with enthusiasm. Thanks To Irene - well, what a way to ride out a cyclone. Fun Ash - and playing doctors and nurses, such fun games. The Law Of Reciprocity - romance, the lady of the manor and the servant, in the style of all good period fiction romances, but with a difference. Shallow End -a wonderful summer fling......well end of summer after much teenage longing, with a bored older woman. Raunchy, rollicking sex. The First Stone - what a truly beautiful read. Loved loved loved it. So descriptive. I could smell and taste this story. Wonderful. Out For The Count - and so the last in a pretty amazing collection. And what a great story. Every security person should be allowed to bend the rules maybe once, especially when the temptation is so sweet. Loved it. What a great story, beautifully written.
I have loved this collection. It of course deserves and is getting 5 wonderful stars from me. ...more
A purchase after visiting Sanctuary Mountain at Maungatautari in the Waikato region in New Zealand. Lovely little book with brilliant photos of the peA purchase after visiting Sanctuary Mountain at Maungatautari in the Waikato region in New Zealand. Lovely little book with brilliant photos of the personality bird Sirocco, an endangered species Kakapo parrot, the only nocturnal parrot in the world. Well worth the purchase price, proceeds going to the parrot programme. Educational for all ages and entertaining to read...more
I can not remember where I came across this title, but it arrived in my reserve selections at the library and I have loved reading it, taking in the bI can not remember where I came across this title, but it arrived in my reserve selections at the library and I have loved reading it, taking in the beauty and texture of the illustrations, and immersing myself in the verse.
I think the best way for me to review this gem and remind myself of its contents is simply to include the introduction printed before the first poem......
Tom Feelings selected drawings of people he sketched while in Ghana and Senegal, West Africa; Guyana, South America; as well as the United States. He blueprinted his finished line drawings onto sepia-toned sheets, and worked colour into the figures with coloured pencils. He then cut out and cemented down various shapes in coloured papers - textured, flat, plain, marbleised, as well as wallpaper - to create the final overall collage effect. Some stencilled cut outs were spray painted; for instance the art for Haki R Madhubuti composed "Destiny" was spray painted on silver paper. This is the first book Tom Feelings has done in full colour.
And from Tom Feelings: Today - the present- is a dangerous place for children of African descent children of the sun. They are standing between childhood and adulthood, midway between the past and the future, pulled away from their center. They are removed from the benefits of ancient initiation rites - rites of passage designed to ease young people into manhood and womanhood, into the responsibilities and protection of full communal life. Too many teenagers are growing up in an environment where indifference and hostility are bullets aimed straight at the core of their spirits. For four hundred years African creativity has been struggling to counter the narrow constraints of oppression, to circle it, turn it around, to seek order and meaning in the midst of chaos. My soul looks back in wonder at how African creativity has sustained us and how it still flows - seeking, searching for new ways to connect the ancient with the new, the young with the old, the unborn with the ancestors. Our creativity, moving, circling, improvising within the restricted form of oppression, reminds us that we must remain responsible to each other - we are not only individuals, but part of a collective that shares a common history and future. This book is a part if that flow if creativity. The artists who came together to create Soul Looks Back In Wonder understand that one way to protect our positive hopes for the future is for young people to see their own beauty reflected in our eyes, through our work. And so this book is for our precious young African sisters and brother, who are out today and tomorrow...........
Published in 1993, nearly 20 years have gone by, so much has not changed, and so much can easily be translated here to the Australian experience.
Absolute favourite for me is the final poem by Mari Evans, Who Can Be Born Black
WHO CAN BE BORN BLACK Who can be born black and not sing the wonder of it the joy the challenge
And/to come together in a coming togetherness vibrating with the fires of pure knowing reeling with power ringing with the sound above sound above sound to explode/in the majesty of our oneness our comingtogether in a comingtogetherness
A lovely lovely book for a dyed in the wool cat lover. And the perfect read for a 3 hour plane journey. A very touching tale of a man who could not quA lovely lovely book for a dyed in the wool cat lover. And the perfect read for a 3 hour plane journey. A very touching tale of a man who could not quite get his life together, and a street cat finding each other, supporting each other and creating a beautiful connection. By all accounts Bob is one of those absolutely incredible animals that connects with the human animals in a way that makes them all feel their day is better for the interaction. On a personal note, Bob being a ginger tom exhibited so many characteristics familiar to the ginger tom I share my living space with which made it special. I really enjoyed the easy and uplifting read after weeks of delving into some pretty heavy current day issues