Monday, 24 November 2014

Around Adelaide (Street Art)

Do you remember to always validate your metrocard, or to buy a ticket when boarding a bus, train or tram? If so, Adelaide Metro like you and in this series of ads, which have been posted at various tram stops, train stations and bus stops around Adelaide, they want to call you a "fare player". (This poster pictured above hangs on a fence at Noarlunga Interchange, looking east toward the railway line.) Presumably, the thumbs up means that they think you are doing a good deed, but I would not be surprised if a tourist or two may have been a bit offended by that signal.

Apparently, the opposite of a fare player is a "fare bludger" and they too have their own poster, which comes completely with a small, white figure giving the thumbs down signal.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Review: Charming the Outback by Leesa Bow

Charming the Outback is a lightweight romance, set against the backdrop of the Australian outback that will be sure to please fans of both new adult romance and rural romance. (I suppose you could call this one a crossover and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible.) Maddy McIntyre is an Adelaide girl, who is tired of the city and limited employment opportunities for graduate primary teachers. To further her career, she takes up a post in Broken Hill. But is that the only reason why she has moved to the small, mining town? Or could Luke White, the man who broke her heart several months ago and left Adelaide for his hometown be the real reason that Maddy is so interested in moving to the outback ...

This one is a lightweight romance that works as a perfect companion novel to Bow's previous Destiny Romance title, Winning the Player. It is what it is and it is difficult to say too much about the novel without giving away the very elements that made me want to keep reading. So I'll say this. The author writes a mighty fine romance with characters who are human, believable and all the more enjoyable to read about because of their flaws--too many books have flawless heros and heroines whose issues are caused by unfair circumstance; the characters in this novel have a little bit of blemish, do annoying things and sometimes make bad decisions, and that makes them all the better to read about. 

Finally, a big shout out to Penguin Books and Netgalley for my review copy. Thanks!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday Funnies: Garfield Minus Garfield? Part Three

Source: Go Comics
Today's Friday Funny is another weird, Jon-themed Garfield comic. We are, of course, only led to assume that it is Garfield who is using that saw ...

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Peanuts Teaser Trailer

Well, it looks like another trailer for the upcoming Peanuts movie has arrived! I'm cautiously optimistic about this one, looks like it could be a lot of fun ...

Monday, 17 November 2014

Cover Reveal: Everybody Hates Abigail by Kathryn White

Below is the cover and blurb for my next novel Everybody Hates Abigail which I am currently in the process of preparing for publication. I hope to have the novel ready for release in December. This one is very special to me, as not only is it a prequel to Being Abigail (my favourite of all of my published works,) but it is based on some short stories that I wrote when I was in my teens. The editing process has been quite rigorous, though a couple of original paragraphs made it all the way to the final edit. 

Anyway, without further ado ...

Abigail Carter may be daughter of a chart-topping rock star who is taking the world by storm, but that does not mean that her life is interesting in any way, shape or form. Expelled from a prestigious Adelaide boarding school, Abigail is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Maripaninga Valley, South Australia's most boring small town. There, Abigail spends her days fighting with her classmates and wondering why the star of the local football team wants to date her. When one of her classmates disappears under mysterious circumstances Abigail begins to discover that there may be more to Maripaninga Valley than she realised and that the truth about Rose DuBois' disappearance may be closer than she first thought ...

Everybody Hates Abigail by Kathryn White. Coming December 2014

Around Adelaide (Street Art)

This bronze chap, who I believe is named Oliver, has lived in Rundle Mall along with his three  piggy companions since 1999. Currently located near the City Cross Arcade (like nearly all works of art in Rundle Mall, the pigs have recently been relocated,) the pigs initially copped a lot of criticism, though in recent years they have become regarded as a beloved and unique Adelaide icon. They are also remarkably popular with kids--nearly every weekend or during the school holidays, you can be guaranteed to see a child playing on or around the pigs. 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Review: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

The 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner, All the Birds, Singing is a slow, unsettling and quietly menacing tale of an isolated woman with a terrible past. Someone is stealing the sheep from Jake Whyte's farm, but who? It could be foxes, kids, the mysterious man who has arrived at the farm or something more sinister entirely. Interwoven with this story--which is set on an isolated English isle--is that of a young, Australian woman who is living a life on the run. The parts set in England are in present day, while the Australian parts of the story move backward in time, describing Jake's life on the run until we eventually learn how she got the scars on her back and how her entire life has been shaped--and perhaps ruined--by one silly, teenage mistake.

All the Birds, Singing does not always make for light or easy reading. Much like Tim Winton's In the Winter Dark we are left guessing about some of the sinister forces at work and the author makes some interesting metaphors about bird calls, particularly in the scene where we discover Jake's 'original sin.' As exploration of human nature and how one mistake can lead to many more, however, it makes for wonderful reading and the author tells the story with a good dashing of empathy.