Category Archives: Reviews

My new gig – Booktopia Romance Buzz

My first solo issue as Booktopia’s new romance newsletter editor.

I’m so excited to announce the first edition of the Romance Buzz that I put together all on my own! The Romance Buzz is the romance fiction newsletter put out by Booktopia, Australia’s largest online bookshop. My first featured author is Patricia Briggs–I know! How exciting, right? You can check out the March issue here.

BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER Magazine

Haunted Heart by Tania Donald

I was supposed to write a review for BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER blog, Fancy Goods, but they needed a review on short notice so I made it into the print edition.

BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER MagazineMy review of Haunted Heart by Tania Donald is on page 27 of the June 2011 issue of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER. My verdict:

It won’t shock readers familiar with erotic fiction, but may provide an edge for those who aren’t. Despite parallels with Twilight, this novel is darker and its conclusion isn’t as simple—nor as satisfying.

Pate, bread and olives at The Wharf Restaurant, 2006

Lunch at The Wharf

This review was based on the Let’s Do Lunch meal during the Good Food Month in October 2007.

Let's Do Lunch 2006, The Wharf Restaurant

Let's Do Lunch 2006, The Wharf Restaurant

The lure of a cheap lunch found me sneaking out of work, to meet a friend for some alfresco indulgence at The Wharf Restaurant in Pier 4, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

We started with chicken liver paté with caper berries and balsamic dressing. The serving was huge, making for a leisurely lunch, as we sipped our complimentary red wine to keep the chill at bay. Continue reading

Her Son, Jose Rizal - June 2010

Her Son, Jose Rizal (Gala performance)

This was a review of Her Son, Jose Rizal performed by a local Filipino community theatre group. This piece went through a lot of revision, but it didn’t quite suit the publication I was aiming for.

Her Son, Jose Rizal - June 2010The sold-out gala performance of Her Son, Jose Rizal, written by renowned Filipino artist Leonor Orosa-Goquingco, was an extravaganza of music, colour and emotion. Goquingco’s one-act play is a brief but powerful look at key moments in the life of Jose Rizal, the Philippines’’ most celebrated patriot. Four scenes are linked by soliloquies of an older Rizal (Manny Diel) in prison and show various stages of Rizal’’s life as a boy (Elijah Merjudio) and a young man (RJ Rosales).

A sense of expectation hung in the air as the lights dimmed at the Tom Mann Theatre in Surry Hills. Diel opened the play from one corner of the stage, an anguished Rizal on the brink of martyrdom. Although director Armando Reyes seemed heavy-handed with these speeches, the spectre of Rizal’’s prison cell, ever present downstage, remained a deliciously foreboding presence. Continue reading