Monday, November 21, 2016

Aurealis #96

Over the past two and a half years I've been fortunate to be a book reviewer for Australia's SF literary Aurealis. It's a great gig, allowing me to 1. read, 2. write, 3. publish and 4. work with some awesome editors. Aurealis is filled to the brim with fantastic (and fantastical!) content - editorials, opinion pieces, new fiction, illustrations, and book reviews.

This year's final edition of Aurealis (#96) is available now for free from Smashwords. Just click on the hyperlink and enter the code LP55Y (not case sensitive).
Included in this issue is reviewer's picks for the year, that might inspire your Christmas shopping list!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Fix

It's Friday and time to check-in on the awesome finds discovered during the week.

The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly (Pan MacMillan)
Matthew Reilly has been a big part of the Lindorff library for years. From Ice Station to the more recent The Great Zoo of China, Reilly's books are a fast-paced run at history, mythology, politics, and action, and they are a lot of fun to read. More than that, they were the antidote for a very reluctant reader and a healthy discussion point for a family with very diverse interests. Mixing puzzles with explosions, character with technology, Reilly's books are a shock of adrenaline in words.

The Four Legendary Kingdoms is Reilly's latest release, book four of the Jack West Jr series. Kidnapped and forced to participate in the very secret Great Games, West finds himself at the centre of an international and intergalactic conspiracy to save the world and learn all the things (that will make much more sense when you read it!!).

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Lady Parts Episode 2.03: The Girl on The Train

A trailer has the capacity to make or break a film. A good trailer entices, it draws you in and makes you want to know more. All trailers are designed to speak to a target market, so are designed around specific emotions and themes.
Ghostbusters is a really interesting example. Already controversial in its conception (holy shit, female Ghostbusters?! Are you mad?! #childhoodruined) the trailer had a lot of work to do. It needed to appeal to a new audience, an old audience, and a skeptical audience - a tricky balance of nostalgia, action, and comedy.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday Fix

It's Friday and time to check-in on the awesome finds discovered during the week.

The Bachelorette Finale (Network Ten)
True love?
Georgia Love and Lee Elliott
The Bachelorette Finale was on last week, with the lovely Georgia Love choosing Lee Elliott over Matty J in a shocking twist.
While the finale offered very little but indignation and rage from viewers, it's the commentary that I've been reading this week that I most enjoy.
This years' The Bachelorette was decried as a misjustice, viewers questioning the Bachelorette's choice and parallels drawn between this series and the most recent season of The Bachelor, that somehow the hero had chosen the wrong partner. It's an interesting accusation, and the level of outrage really shows that the producers and team of the respective shows are failing the narrative. We should be rooting for the couple, not raging at their preferences. But it does suggest how seemingly unaware the audience still is that the production team are responsible for the fairytale, that what you see, is not the climax of a lovestory, but a heavily edited story with villains, heroes, sidekicks, and, in the past two series particularly, twists.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Disney Feminist Series

Disney films feature strongly in my memories of childhood. I can't remember how it started, but the Disney stories, and particularly the soundtracks, are central to my childhood engagement with story. Fantasia's dark themes, and graphics, terrified me, The Little Mermaid was my life on screen (minus the boy obsession and swimming prowess), and The Lion King soundtrack sits in poll position as my favourite movie score of all time.