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Kill a fairy

Every Time You Click This Link A Fairy Dies by Rob Clark (via Flickr)Many of my bookish friends have heard my stance on reading the back of the book first. On Twitter, people replied to me with such shock that we created a hashtag to refer to peeking at a book’s ending: #killafairy or #afairydies.

After talking about it for so long, I’ve finally gone and set up a spoiler website for people who want to look up how a book ends: killafairy.wordpress.com. It will be a collaborative blog with a few other readers who like to kill fairies.

We haven’t publicised the site much because we’re still building up the titles listed, but if you’re a fairy killer, too, you might want to have a peek. And if you do, I’m happy to hear suggestions and comments!

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.

This was an article I wrote for the ARRA newsletter last year. A lot of the information is outdated and there are now a lot more devices in the market, so I’m posting it here as an archive rather than at Book Thingo.

A couple of months ago, Amazon finally made the Kindle available to Australia. If you’re a book lover like me, this may not impress you much. After all, it’s hard to imagine life without paperbacks! Most readers are also skeptical about being able to read on an electronic device for long periods of time.

But the Kindle, along with most ebook readers, uses E-Ink technology, which causes less strain for the eyes than a normal computer. It also requires less power, so an ebook reader will last much longer between charges than a laptop. I love the feel of books, but I have to say that I’m impressed with the clarity of eInk. Many devices also allow you to change font sizes, so it’s great for people who have impaired vision.

What makes Kindle’s entry to the Australian market such a big deal is the way it changes the book buying process. The Kindle has two advantages over its rivals. Continue reading

2009 Books Alive Guide - 50 Books You Can't Put Down

2009 Books Alive Guide - 50 Books You Can't Put DownThis was an article I wrote for the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) newsletter last year. It’s Get Reading! month again, so I thought it would be appropriate to repost it.

If you’ve been book shopping recently, you may have noticed signs promoting the Books Alive campaign. Visit a participating bookshop before September 30 and you can pick up a free reading guide called 50 Books You Can’t Put Down.

I’ll be honest. I find it difficult to get excited about most of the books in the guide. We’re not likely to find Stephanie Laurens or Anna Campbell on the list, let alone the many Australian romance authors who write category novels or who are primarily e-published.

So what’s a romance reader to do? The good news is that there are romances listed—even if it’s not easy to spot them!

Read this article at Book Thingo.