Monday, 16 July 2018

Around Adelaide (Best of Kathryn's Instagram)

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Friday Funnies: Bert's Paper Clip Collection

Ahh, who could forget that classic Sesame Street moment when Ernie uh, pretended to lose Bert's beloved paper clip collection?

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Review: Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills

Imagine waking up in a small coastal town in Australia and discovering that the sea has disappeared. Imagine if one of the local children had been seeing visions of such an event--and it's fallout--for years. That's the premise of Dyschronia, a solid work of Literary Fiction that has three different narratives. There's Sam, the young woman who had the premonition and is now living through the fallout, a collective "we" who make up the residents of the town who speak of the event directly after it happens and a younger version of Sam, who is having her premonitions and trying to work out what they mean. Together, they form a story that is circular in nature, one that is about to happen, one that his happening and one that has happened. It's a bold storytelling device, lending itself to all kinds of interpretations and it works quite well.

The story and narrative itself is quite unsettling, though this is to be expected given the eerie subject matter. Overall this is a novel that is bold, enjoyable and different.


This book was read as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2018

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Review: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh

Did you know that over its thirty year run, the writers of The Simpsons have managed to insert, well, numerous mathematical jokes into the script. This is no surprise, given that many of the team are also expect mathematicians. In The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, mathematician Simon Singh explains some of the mathematical concepts to the layperson, lets the reader in on some of the jokes that they may not have noticed and adds in some of his own mathematical humour.

This was a great read for me. I'm a massive fan of The Simpsons (and have been since the age of nine, when it debuted in Australia,) and I've loved the show for its depth and the fact that it often the script will cause different viewers to laugh at different things. As someone who does not come from a mathematical background (I never studied Maths in my final year of high school,) I was unaware of many of the maths jokes that had appeared in various episodes, and enjoyed having them explained to me. It was also the first time in many, many years that I had Maths explained to me in a way that is fun and accessible. There is also a section of that other show by the makers of The Simpsons, Futurama, and there is a lot of insight and fun to be had in that chapter as well.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

A Thousand Perfect Notes tells the story of a young man who is tortured and abused by his obsessive stage mother. Beck--short for Beethoven--is expected to become a famous concert pianist so that he can carry on a family legacy that was cut short after his once-famous mother suffered a stroke. Unable to play, Beck's mother relocated him from Germany to Australia where he has has spent his childhood forced to practice at the piano for hours at a time. The premise, which is slightly reminiscent in places to the Scott Hicks/Geoffrey Rush film Shine soon veers into YA romance territory when Beck meets August, a free spirited teen who may just help him play his own tune. 

This one was an entertaining read with some well, interesting characters. Beck is the epitome of a downtrodden teen who only wants to be himself, his mother is almost cartoonishly evil in places and his baby sister is surprisingly articulate for a preschooler. As for August, she was certainly quirky and pivotal to the story, she lacked depth and the character came across as underdeveloped. That said, the descriptions of the abuse Beck suffered at the hands of his mother are quite raw, particularly that ending. (Readers would have to have a heart of stone if they didn't feel anything for Beck.) There are some descriptions of cake that were quite pleasurable to read. This one was a bit average for me, but plenty of other readers have reviewed this one favourably. 

Recommended to readers looking for a short, heart wrenching YA read.

This book was read as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2018

Monday, 9 July 2018

Friday, 6 July 2018

Friday Funnies

Seeing as I shared a Yogi Bear joke last week, I figured that it was only fair that I shared a short clip featuring the real Yogi this week. When I was about nine or ten, I used to think this was the funniest cartoon ever, now I'm not so convinced ...