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Orphan Black s01e01

Orphan Black s01e01

A review by Nalini Haynes Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) is on a train platform when she sees a woman preparing to jump in front of a train. Concerned, Sarah walks up to the woman, who turns, facing Sarah – only to reveal she looks identical to Sarah. The woman doesn’t look surprised. She walks past Sarah

Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner

Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner

A review by Nalini Haynes Joe Cinque’s Consolation is the true story of Helen Garner’s investigation of Joe Cinque’s murder, the trials she attended and her encounters with the families of the murderer and victim. Joe Cinque was a young man living in Canberra with his girlfriend Anu Singh. Anu decided to murder Joe so

Codex Born by Jim C Hines

Codex Born by Jim C Hines

A review by Nalini Haynes Codex Born is the sequel to Libriomancer, a fannish fantasy where a wizard-type geek with a pet candy-eating fire-spider gets a nymph girlfriend although he has to share. The nymph girlfriend, Lena, is among the Codex Born. Lena reflects on her wakening and her relationships that have shaped her character

Misfits TV series s01e04

Misfits TV series s01e04

A review by Nalini Haynes ★★★★☆  four out of five stars The drama amps up in Misfits episode four. Curtis hasn’t managed any degree of control over his time-rewind power yet but running into his girlfriend triggered a major rewind, back to the night he was busted for drugs. Curtis realises when he is and starts trying

Drones

Drones

A review by Nalini Haynes Go straight to discussion – your comments are welcome Other reviews Trailer Brian is a low-level office drone who spends his days flirting with Amy while fending off office weirdo and best friend Clark. That is, until Brian walks in on Clarke talking to his alien boss. Clarke convinces Brian

On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing by Stephen King

A review by Nalini Haynes On Writing is part memoir, part how-to guide for writers, showing Stephen King’s journey from childhood scribbler of stories to teenager developing his writing skills, expanding to a brief journey through his drug-addict years and, eventually, to the car accident that occurred during writing this book. Recounting his early years,

Ghosts with shit jobs

Ghosts with shit jobs

A review by Nalini Haynes Go straight to discussion – your comments are welcome! Other reviews Trailer Ghosts with shit jobs is a speculative fiction mockumentary, set in a world where China is a developed country and ‘ghosts’ – white people – have shit jobs like assembly-line cottage industry jobs and scavenging scrap for sale.

New Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

New Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

A review by Nalini Haynes Night Watch, Day Watch, Twilight Watch and Last Watch are the first four books in this series, all reviewed at the links. New Watch is book 5. Every book has three separate stories styled much like episodes in a TV series but this series has a strong narrative arc bridging

Anguli Ma: a gothic tale by Chi Vu

Anguli Ma: a gothic tale by Chi Vu

A review by Nalini Haynes Set in 1980s Melbourne, Anguli Ma: a gothic tale focuses on the lives of Vietnamese boat people, at least some of whom fled the fall of Saigon in 1975. This gothic tale enmeshes two stories: the dislocation – the dismemberment – suffered by those forced to flee their homeland and