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Ill. Freya Blackwood
The Terrible Suitcase
Scholastic Press, Omnibus Books
Ill. Karen Blair
Windy Hollow Books
The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog
Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia
Ill. Andrew Joyner
Too Many Elephants in This House
Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Ill. Ann James
It's a Miroocool!
Little Hare Books, Hardie Grant Egmont
Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia
Intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages.
Picture Book Short List 2013 (arranged by illustrator)
Text: Julie Hunt
Allen & Unwin
Text: Margaret Wild
Omnibus Books Scholastic Press
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Here's the link to a post I did on the ASIM blog yesterday, which gives yet another link to the PBB web site: http://andromedaspaceways.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/light-touch-paper-stand-clear-free.htmlAdd a Comment
If you want to know why Light Touch Paper Stand Clear is on this year's Ditmars list or even if you just want a free sample before deciding whether to invest time in reading it, you can download it in PDF, mobi or ePub.
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As other people, such as Sean Wright the Blogonaut, are commenting on this year's Ditmars short list, I thought I might talk about those titles I have read. Sean has read a LOT more than I have, even though I bought some, but just didn't get around to reading them.Add a Comment
However, for what it's worth, here's my thoughts on what I have read:
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan, published by Allen And Unwin
A wonderful novel about selkies, with powerful characters, where you can sympathise with the anti-heroine, Miskaella. It's also short listed for the Stella Awards for women's writing and an Aurealis. I have reviewed it here.
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth, published by Random House Australia.
An amazingly wonderful historical fantasy, centred around the fairy tale Rapunzel, intertwined with the story of the author of the French version, a young woman who lived in the seventeenth century, and the story of the witch who imprisoned the Rapunzel character. Alas, I never got around to reviewing this one, but trust me, it's a fabulous read. It, too, is on the Aurealis short list.
It's a hard choice between these two and I'm betting that the prize ends up going to one of the small-press publications, which, oddly, more fans might have read.
If you haven't read either of these, by all means get them now, but you may not have the time to give them that they deserve if all you want is to make a decision about the Ditmars. I have read them and even I had a struggle as to which I should vote for!
Um, I have only read Flight 404 by Simon Petrie, published by Peggy Bright Books. And that was because I proofread it (yes! You can blame me if there are any typos left, but there were, as far as I could see, about two minor typos in the entire manuscript.)
It's a good piece of hard science fiction, which is a relief for anyone who has had enough of the sort of fantasy you read in fat fantasy trilogies. At the same time, it's about people, and the transgender heroine has a lot to think about while trying to find out what happened to her sister's spacecraft. As far as I'm concerned, I don't care how great the story is and how good the science is if I don't care about the characters as well.
I hope some of you downloaded it during the short period when it was available free on Amazon? If you didn't, it's still available on the PBB web site in ebook form for about the price of a cup of coffee, or you can get it in paperback.
Best Short Story:
Sorry,again I have only read one of the stories on a fairly short list, and that's Joanne Anderton's "The Bone Chime Song", which was published in Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, Peggy Bright Books, in which I also had a story. A nice, haunting piece of horror fiction with characters you can care about. This is one reason why I can't read horror fiction: if it's well written, nasty things happen to characters you care about. It seems to have been the favourite of most reviewers of the anthology.
Best Collected Work:
Gulp! Again, only one of the short listed books! And that's because I had a story in it. Sorry! she squeaked. I haven't reviewed the book, as I had a personal interest, but you can find a series of guest posts by most of the authors, the editors and the cover artist on this blog in July 2012, starting with the last day of June (it was June American time).
Personally, I'd go and read the book first. Again, it's something you can download from the Peggy Bright Books web site or buy as a paperback. It's a wonderful anthology, with hand-picked authors - take a quick look at my guest posts to see who they are - and one of the stories, Joanne Anderton's "The Bone Chime Song", is on the short list, so you can kill two birds with one stone. ;-)
The theme was the title. I interpreted it as "Beginnings" but others came up with other ideas.
I will leave you to choose your own favourite artist and fan writer, though I think both the ASIM 56 cover, with that silly birthday cake on it, and Les Peterson's cover for LTP, both of which collections I own, were great, and I love both Sean Wright's blog and Tansy Rayner Roberts' delightful writing on media SF themes.
Again, pick your own William Atheling critic - I have only read some of the Tansy Rayner Roberts stuff.
Why have I read so little? Well, I tend to spend most of my time reading YA fiction, due to my job as a teacher-librarian and my work as a YA book blogger. And you know what? When the Children's Book Council short list comes out next week, I bet I won't have read too many of those either, because I keep being sent overseas stuff to read and review. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the wonderful picture book In The Beech Forest by Gary Crew and young artist Den Scheer will be on it. She is going to be the next Shaun Tan, I just know it!
But I'll worry about that next week and probably have to go shopping for books I don't have in the library, after the holidays.
What do I think should have been on the short list that wasn't? Plenty, but off the top of my head, I am sorry that there was nothing from Mythic Resonance, the one and only anthology put out by the now-sadly defunct Specusphere web site. I think it's at least as good as Light Touch Paper. Still, Satima Flavell, who edited my story in that, "Brothers", says her story "La Belle Dame" has been short listed for a Tin Duck, the WA awards; by now, the winners of that have been announced, but I don't know yet what they are. Still, it deserved its short listing and personally, I think it deserved a Ditmar listing too.
It would have been nice, too, to have a short listing for ASIM 56 itself, not just for the cover. It was the tenth anniversary issue of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and all the stories were carefully chosen for quality, and the art was great too. Still - some of those stories are on the Aurealis list and who knows? Perhaps more will be short listed for a Chronos Award. Fingers crossed!
I have spent the evening putting together a CBB ebook of the interviews that were originally on Ebook Glue and parked the ePub version for you in Dropbox. All you need to do is follow the link and download, by opening the page on the side of this web site. If you want PDF, just ask. I intend to do another one when I have gathered some more - and there are some lovely folk out there waiting patiently to receive their interview questions from me. Now I'm on term break, I can do that.Add a Comment
There are some great interviewees already! I speak of people such as Marianne De Pierres, Gabrielle Wang, Justin D'Ath, Juliet Marillier, Charlie Higson, Stephanie Campisi, Mark Walden... Go on, check it out, you know you want to!
And if you really couldn't be bothered to scroll down the page for the link, here it is:
I have bought a novel called The King's Daughter by Barbara Kyle, who posted on a blog I follow, and won an ebook copy of At Drake's Command by David Wesley Hill, an adventure about Drake's second world circumnavigation as seen from the viewpoint of a young assistant cook on his ship - I think it's YA, but the author tells me his agent couldn't sell it as such because the hero is twenty and has a job. Looks like these publishers haven't come across much Australian YA fiction!Add a Comment
From Project Gutenberg I picked up some Jules Verne which I should ave read long ago, From The Earth To The Moon, which I wanted because of an idea I have for a Steampunk anthology being put out by Ticonderoga Press. Never done Steampunk before, though I love it, and this is Steampunk ROMANCE! Oh, well, have to give it a go.
I also picked up Verne's In Search Of The Castaways, which I saw as a Disney movie when I was still at primary school - a recorder band excursion - yes, I played the recorder! Not very well, but I haul it out now and then, along with my ocarina.
Today I'm putting on my teacher and librarian hat. Probably I should post this on my other blog, and maybe I will copy it on at some stage, but that one gets only a few hits a week and this is where most of my readers lurk.
The other night I went to the Westgarth Cinema in Northcote, to see the opening night of Return To Nim's Island, loosely based on Wendy Orr's novel Nim At Sea. It was a charming film and the author was there signing. Wendy is a Twitter buddy and a fellow Ford Street writer. The place was filled with local children's and YA writers; I had a long conversation with Elizabeth Honey and briefly ran into Gabrielle Wang and another Twitter buddy, Mel Selemidis, both of whom had brought their own children. I ended up sitting with my friend and publisher Paul Collins and his children's writer partner Meredith Costain and joked that it was a bit like a party at his place: you couldn't throw a stone without hitting a children's writer!Add a Comment
Afterwards, I asked him if he had entered In The Beech Forest for this year's CBCA awards. He said he had, along with Ships In The Field which has done well. Mostly, he doesn't enter. Ford Street is a small press which he runs from home and it costs to enter, more than he can afford, and when he was entering he didn't even see on the CBCA short list books which had been on the short list for the Premier's Award.
But these two were special. I am keeping my fingers crossed that at least Den Scheer, the artist of In the Beech Forest, will be up for a Crichton Award, the one for new book illustrators. She deserves it.
Anyway, the list will be up at noon on Tuesday and I will pop it up here soon after that. I wonder how any I have on my shelves in the library? How many I have read? The thing is, I've read so much overseas stuff that some great local books may have slipped past me.
I invite my Aussie readers to speculate between now and Tuesday. Any thoughts on this?
I see that I have had a nice number of hits on my ebook links, especially for my story sampler. If you've visited that area of the web site since my ebooks went up and clicked into the download, have you had any problems with it? Please comment below and let me know - did it open okay or did you have trouble? Nobody has said anything, so I assumed it was okay, but to be sure I asked an overseas friend with an iBook shelf to open it and she said she got the message "file unsupported". Mind you, I got a similar message first go and next try it worked fine, but I need to know, so I can fiddle again if necessary.Display Comments Add a Comment
Also, Austin and Isabelle, did your PDF files open okay?
If you want to know some interesting mediaeval origins of words like "boozing" and "fed-up" and "cadging", wander over to the History Girls web site for this post: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/boozing-with-old-codger-by-karen.htmlDisplay Comments Add a Comment
I love word origins. I do an assignment on Shakespeare with my Year 8 classes - just an introduction - and start with "words and expressions first heard in Shakespeare". It's lovely to hear them gasp when they see how many there are, words they use every day without knowing they came from the plays of a man they assumed had nothing to offer them. I never let them see the grin on my face, of course. One of our other English teachers makes his Year 9 students look up word meanings and origins. Some hate it, others find it fascinating, but I bet they're all very popular at Trivia nights afterwards! And can spell the words.
I remember an ESL class I was teaching one day. A student asked, quite seriously, if the word "pornography" was about pictures. And I said that all too often it was, but that the word itself had a base "grapho" meaning, "I write".
And immediately, this African boy, who had been in the country for about a year, made an association: "Graffiti!" he exclaimed.
I do love those, "Ah ha!" moments.
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