Unable to break with tradition, the Pocket Bookclub had our end-of-year do at Cormorant Bay Cafe Sadly, the cafe will be closing next month. SEQ Water will not renew the lease. I can't begin to explain what this means to our local community. But this is a post about books, not meeting places. As usual, … Continue reading Pocket Bookclub votes again
This month the Pocket Book Club did not stray far. Sort of. We read Angela Slatter's Vigil, set in Brisbane but in a world far weirder than our own. Vigil is urban fantasy but owes a great deal to the detective novel. Verity Fassbinder's mother was Normal but her father was Weyrd. (As in child-eating-Weyrd) You … Continue reading Could the Angel Cake be nicer than Angels?
Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar made me cry three times. One time was while I was walking to work (I listened to the book). I got in the elevator, having barely wiped away my tears. My work colleague was in the lift and I did not even see him. I was still on the Coorong in … Continue reading Pocket Book club and salty tears
It says something of the age of Pocket Book club members that we all know what a brunch coat is and remember our mothers' wearing one. Perhaps we wore one too but we were not willing to admit it. A bit like duchess for a dresser, brunch coat has fallen out of favour. I have … Continue reading Pocket Bookclub talk about brunch coats and Miles Franklin winner
In the 5 year history of the Pocket Book Club, I only remember two books that have been unanimously loved. Not just, we all like it, it was good, but we all love it. The first loved book was the purely eccentric The History of Rain by Niall Williams and second love fest occurred last night with … Continue reading Pocket book club is in love
The Pocket Book Club went classic this month reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This was my sneaky choice. I picked it because I wanted to make my mother read a Jane Austen book. Luckily a successful experiment. Why Pride and Prejudice? I could have chosen another, but last year was 20 years since the … Continue reading Jane Austen and slow cooked pork
Is it even possible to be mildly euphoric? I think that is an oxymoron. Nevermind. Euphoria by Lily King was Jane's selection for Pocket Book Club's chilly July meeting and we were pretty happy with it. The book raised a discussion (thanks to Marianne) about what is truth and what is fiction. Euphoria is based very loosely … Continue reading Pocket Bookclub is mildly euphoric
King of the Road by Nigel Bartlett. Gillian apologised profusely for choosing this book. Jane said Why read about pedophiles. Dirty ... (and then she swore a hell of a lot) But, I said, Lolitia, Lolitia - one of my favourite books. Lolita is much more disturbing but also wonderful. Sue, being into lists, had a list of inconsistencies. He … Continue reading Pocket Book Club is not happy