Thomas Keneally on why he is such a delight

Thomas Keneally claims not the mantle of ‘delight’ yet his words proclaim him (in my mind) to be so:) He seems to carry a certain zest, as if he has looked into the abyss – and chuckled at the vibrant foolishness within. He writes stirringly of the darkness in humanity – but also the light […]

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December 2nd, 2012 by Romana Challans

As Clive James faces death, I face losing one of the most formative heroes of my life

Clive James is dying. my heart is full of sorrow. this man is such a formative influence on me. his books (i adore his poetry), his writing, and his broadcasting (my ‘gateway’ to his work) are a huge part of my life. i listen to his reading of his own (audio based) books (again, the […]

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June 22nd, 2012 by Romana Challans

Goodreads review

I have started using Goodreads. I have acres of books to add, but little time, so slowly slowly:) Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann My rating: 5 of 5 stars A lot fof hype surrounds this book, with a soon to be released […]

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February 27th, 2012 by Romana Challans

You wonder whether you have raised a child right…

SOmetimes, if you are lucky, they let you know that you have done at least SOMETHING right. Sent to me by my beloved first born, a young woman i could not be prouder of…and this is just one of uncountable reasons why. That she would send me something like this, to state this, this is […]

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December 10th, 2011 by Romana Challans

Anne McCaffrey, Gone Between.

Anne McCaffrey was a woman who gave my imagination wings, with the first fantasy I ever read – The White Dragon. She had no idea what a gift I had been given. So much so, my bio (you know, the ones for social etc websites and networks) includes the phrase ‘the rest is subject to […]

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November 23rd, 2011 by Romana Challans

Early present for me…

Neil Gaiman interviewing Terry Pratchett about his latest Discworld novel – but it isn’t Xmas yet! Hey, i will take the gift of video goodness anyway – yay! Terry Pratchett on Snuff – Boing Boing. Related articles Discworld novel 39: Snuff ( Neil Gaiman Interviewing Terry Pratchett of the Day (

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November 2nd, 2011 by Romana Challans

Shakespearean Farce…

This. Very much this. None of which would matter very much were there not something repellent at the heart of the theory, and that something is the toad, snobbery—the engine that drives the Oxfordian case against the son of the Stratford glover John Shakespeare. via New Film ‘Anonymous’ Doubts Shakespeare – The Daily Beast.

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October 24th, 2011 by Romana Challans

Short story by Ursula K. Le Guin via Lightspeed Mag

I had forgotten how POWERFUL Le Guin’s writing is. Before I knew it, I was walking, breathless and frightened, wondering about flies… The Island of the Immortals by Ursula K. Le Guin | Lightspeed Magazine.

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September 28th, 2011 by Romana Challans

A 7-year-old girl responds to DC Comics’ sexed-up reboot of Starfire

I’ll tell you what I think. The comic authors may have no real women friends. Or they think their readers don’t. And they have little respect for women – even if they have convinced themselves otherwise. Why? Read the article. I agree with a wise kid:) Fantasy author Michele Lee has the most eloquent response […]

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September 28th, 2011 by Romana Challans

V.F. Portrait: Joan Didion

Christopher Hitchens on the amazing books of Joan Didion – one on the death of her husband, and one on the death of their daughter, following sol closely after. Lyrical grief. Like the experience of warfare, the endurance of grave or terminal illness involves long periods of tedium and anxiety, punctuated by briefer interludes of […]

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September 17th, 2011 by Romana Challans