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message 1: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
So here is a list of what to look forward to in 2018:

http://www.elle.com/culture/books/g14...


message 2: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
I wanted to post this to review it more thoroughly:
https://www.salon.com/2018/01/09/salo...


message 3: by Story (last edited Jan 14, 2018 05:53AM) (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments A wide ranging and interesting list--Top 10 books about time

https://www.theguardian.com/books/201...?

I loved the part from St. Augustine: "what we call three tenses are really just shades of one: our present experience of the past (otherwise known as memory); our present experience of the future (anticipation), and our present experience of the present (attention)"

The author could have added Einstein's Dreams to the list too. It was a fascinating little book. Anyone else read it?


message 4: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments Booknblues wrote: "I wanted to post this to review it more thoroughly:
https://www.salon.com/2018/01/09/salo..."


Interesting list. Has anyone read The Immortalists yet?


message 5: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments Booknblues wrote: "So here is a list of what to look forward to in 2018:

http://www.elle.com/culture/books/g14..."


Oh, thanks for this. I'm a big fan Mallory Ortberg and hadn't heard about her Merry Spinster.


message 6: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
A mystery list- so many I want to add.

http://lithub.com/the-most-anticipate...


message 7: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments 10 Best Books to Understand AustraliaEucalyptus

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/0...

Any we should add to this, Lesley?

I've only read Picnic at Hanging Rock and Gould’s Book of Fish (and the first 3 chapters of The Slap) but thought Murray Bail's Eucalyptus and Kneale's English Passengers should have been on the list.


message 8: by Denizen (new)

Denizen (den13) | 566 comments Storyheart wrote: "10 Best Books to Understand AustraliaEucalyptus

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/0...

Any we should add to this, Lesley?

I've only read ..."


How was Gould's Book of Fish? I bought it years ago but have never made time for it.


message 9: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments I read it a long time ago and as I remember it started well but I found it a bit of a slog to finish. But it's all kind of vague...I remember liking the fish artwork by the real Gould.

http://stors.tas.gov.au/AUTAS00113959...


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Denizen (den13) | 566 comments Storyheart wrote: "I read it a long time ago and as I remember it started well but I found it a bit of a slog to finish. But it's all kind of vague...I remember liking the fish artwork by the real Gould.

http://sto..."


Cool. I've spent so much time with bird ID books but yet have given no thought to fish books.


message 11: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments And we won't even get started on beetle books....


message 12: by Lesley (last edited Feb 15, 2018 03:51PM) (new)

Lesley Moseley | 717 comments Eucalyptus by Murray Bail Eucalyptus by Murray Bail Storyheart wrote: "10 Best Books to Understand AustraliaEucalyptus

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/0...

Any we should add to this, Lesley?

I've only read ..."


Eucalyptus by Murray Bail DEFINITELY !! Will take a closer look, later.


message 13: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Moseley | 717 comments Storyheart wrote: "10 Best Books to Understand AustraliaEucalyptus

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/0...

Any we should add to this, Lesley?

I've only read ..."



WOW such an old fashioned list!! I would add almost all those on the Stella Prize, my favourites being Charlotte Wood.

Other current writers : Michelle de Kretser, Coetzee, J.M. , Black Rock White City by A.S. Patric , one of my all time favourites Helen Garner. Kate Atkinson. ALEX MILLER,
Kennedy, Cate, Pierre, D.B.C. Jolley, Elizabeth. Simpson,
Inga * Jones, Myfanwy * and I',m sure many others.

Check my 5 star books for titles, if interested.


message 14: by Lesley (last edited Feb 17, 2018 07:49PM) (new)

Lesley Moseley | 717 comments Storyheart wrote: "10 Best Books to Understand AustraliaEucalyptus

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/0...

Any we should add to this, Lesley?

I've only read ..."


I LOVED Murray Bail Eucalyptus, and only liked some of the others. Peter Carey I loved his books, but hated the endings. However , the last few have been superb to the end. Looking forward to his new one.

Peter Carey The Chemistry of Tears is one of my favourites, I could go on....


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Denizen (den13) | 566 comments Reading list for Junot Diaz's World Building class at MIT:

Reading List:

“A Princess of Mars” by ER Burroughs
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker
“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller
“Sunshine” by Robin McKinley
“V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
“The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” by NK Jemisin
“Lilith’s Brood” by Octavia Butler
“Perdido Street Station” by China Miéville
“Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson (Recommended)

and his advanced writing workshop:

“Clara” by Roberto Bolaño
“Hitting Budapest” by NoViolet Bulawayo
“Whites” by Julie Otsuka
“Ghosts” by Edwidge Danticat
“My Good Man” by Eric Gansworth
“Gold Boy, Emerald Girl” by Yiyun Li
“Bounty” by George Saunders

and the link for the article I pulled the lists from http://www.openculture.com/2015/02/ju...


message 16: by Denizen (new)

Denizen (den13) | 566 comments Denizen wrote: "Reading list for Junot Diaz's World Building class at MIT:

Reading List:

“A Princess of Mars” by ER Burroughs
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker
“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller
“Sunshine”..."


Denizen wrote: "Reading list for Junot Diaz's World Building class at MIT:

Reading List:

“A Princess of Mars” by ER Burroughs
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker
“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller
“Sunshine”..."


I was happy to see Perdido Street Station as I loved the Mieville books I've read previously and this one is next up in my queue. Mieville is a master of world building.


message 17: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
Denizen wrote: "Reading list for Junot Diaz's World Building class at MIT:

Reading List:

“A Princess of Mars” by ER Burroughs
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker
“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller
“Sunshine”..."


Interesting. I haven't read any of them, but Dracula.


message 18: by Denizen (new)

Denizen (den13) | 566 comments I haven't read many other than Tolkien's trilogy and The Hunger Games. I've read two books by Mieville and read Jemisin for the first time in January and found the world building excellent in the books by both authors. Both were very original.

If you wanted to give Mieville a spin Bnb, The City & the City is a mystery and really quite fun.


message 19: by Lesley (last edited Mar 08, 2018 06:55PM) (new)

Lesley Moseley | 717 comments Stella Prize short list http://thestellaprize.com.au/prize/20...

Good to see one of my faves on there : Michelle De Kretser The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe Tracker by Alexis Wright


The only other one that appeals to me is " The Fish Girl".


message 20: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments Thanks Lesley.


message 21: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Moseley | 717 comments Another set of OZ lists: https://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/pa...


message 22: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments Fresh voices: 50 writers you should read now

https://www.theguardian.com/books/201...

Some interesting possibilities here. I've read the Jessie Greengrass short stories An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It and think she'll develop into an interesting writer but perhaps isn't quite there yet. Has anyone tried Fever Dream? I've heard good things about it.


message 23: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
Storyheart wrote: "Fresh voices: 50 writers you should read now

https://www.theguardian.com/books/201...

Some interesting possibilities here. I've read the Jessie G..."


Thanks, I'm always looking for new authors. I'm going to review this list.


message 24: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
So it is always dangerous for me to look at list this is a New York Times list of 8 new books they recommend. I nabbed 2 . Any one care to guess which ones?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/bo...


message 25: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments Awayland?


message 26: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
Storyheart wrote: "Awayland?"
I love the cover, but I'm not a short story fan.

The Mars Room
The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq


message 27: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Moseley | 717 comments Booknblues wrote: "Storyheart wrote: "Awayland?"
I love the cover, but I'm not a short story fan.

The Mars Room
The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq"


Me neither.


message 28: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments Some anticipated books for this autumn:

http://bookpage.com/the-book-case/230...

I read Melmoth a few months ago and loved it and am going with a friend to see Kate Atkinson just a few days after Transcription comes out.

Very much looking forward to Washington Black and The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock too.

Love fall reading! What are you getting excited about?


message 29: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
Washington Black looks good. I loved her debut novel.


message 30: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments Me too...I think I read Half Blood Blues based on your love for it and then the DH read it based on my love for it...and so it goes.


message 31: by Karin (new)

Karin I don't know what I want to read, but if it's as good as the other two books I liked by her and not like the one I didn't, I think I'd like to read Nine Perfect Strangers. I'm also interested in the Tana French novel.


message 32: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Moseley | 717 comments Storyheart wrote: "Some anticipated books for this autumn:

http://bookpage.com/the-book-case/230...

I read Melmoth a few months ago and loved it and am goi..."


I have read so many of her books. Had such a great time at our Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, wish I was able to see MORE of my favourite authors. Enjoy.


message 33: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Moseley | 717 comments YAY Miles Franklin winner is my favourite OZ author Michelle de Kretser for " The Life to come "

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser


message 34: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
new list of author recommends:

https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2018/10/...


message 35: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Moseley | 717 comments Shortlisted for Man Booker is my best read of this year : The Overstory

Those of you who are also friends with me on FB, already know how much I love this book. I must look for more books from Richard Powers


message 36: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
Lesley wrote: "Shortlisted for Man Booker is my best read of this year : The Overstory

Those of you who are also friends with me on FB, already know how much I love this book. I must look for mor..."


Will make my top 10 this year.


message 37: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) | 275 comments Lesley, have you read any of these "Great Books by Australian Women"?

https://www.readings.com.au/news/100-...


message 38: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 696 comments Mod
Storyheart wrote: "Lesley, have you read any of these "Great Books by Australian Women"?

https://www.readings.com.au/news/100-..."


This is a great list. I'm going to have to look it over more carefully.


message 39: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Moseley | 717 comments Storyheart wrote: "Lesley, have you read any of these "Great Books by Australian Women"?

https://www.readings.com.au/news/100-..."


1. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Another stunning rural crime thriller from Jane Harper. Set against the searing backdrop of outback Queensland, this is the story of two men struggling to come to terms with the mysterious death of their brother.
LOVED THIS

23. Redemption Point by Candice Fox
After being falsely accused of kidnap, former cop Ted Conkaffey is trying to disappear. But the father of Ted’s alleged victim has a plan for revenge, and he’s determined to succeed.
LIKED THIS

53. Into the Night by Sarah Bailey
A gritty and enjoyable metropolitan police procedural with a memorable cast of characters.
LIKED THIS

This list doesn't appeal to me at all. I only read the 'police procedurals' when I can't find anything really special on my EBOOK platforms. Have even had to started buying kindle's, as I weary of the 'write by numbers' of these others.

My favourite OZ woman writers are : Michelle de Kretser, Charlotte Wood, Fiona McGregor, Inga Simpson, Myfanwy Jones...


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