Reviews

11 Nov 2020

Introducing... Damien Linnane

Damien Linnane is a former Australian soldier and a former prisoner. In November 2015 he was sentenced to 10 months in prison for a series of crimes that the sentencing magistrate described as “vigilante action”. He spent the first five months of his sentence writing the first draft of his debut novel, a psychological thriller entitled 'Scarred'.

4 Nov 2020

Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey

“My Country, Right or Wrong” – the slogan that sits on the lintel above the gate to Buchenwald concentration camp in Remote Sympathy. But is it a call to blind patriotism? - the harbour for those ‘just following orders.’ Is it a question asked by the worried, those citizens making small ripples in the tide of acceptance and blind-eye-turning? Is it a gambler’s toss, wondering which way the dice of history will fall? Each is a possibility in this extraordinary novel of the potential for evil lurking within us. Lurking within our tendency towards being accepted, being comfortable, being safe, and towards our having the slightest suspicion that those experiencing deprivation must somehow deserve it. As the sign on the Buchenwald gate reads: “To Each His Due.”

19 Oct 2020

By Force Alone by Lavie Tidhar

How well do we know the mythology of King Arthur?? It's a tale that has been told over and over for centuries and has evolved and been adapted beyond count during our own times, so what makes this new adaptation so good...?! Well if you like your Fantasy Fiction with a heavy dose of magic and mythology, with a grim edge, and some superbly written prose, then get on this one!