A review of Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

Themes I found particularly engaging were the harsh and committed life of the Silent Brothers – mysterious, powerful archivists and medics of the Nephilim and how Brother Zachariah’s past life had influenced his experience as a Silent Brother. Frequently, messages of love are communicated beautifully throughout all of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles, I found that this particular perspective brought a meaningful layer of depth to these concepts and notions.

An interview with Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the author of My Name Is Revenge, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Award and was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. In this in-depth Q&A, Ashley talks about her new book My Name is Revenge, about writing creative non-fiction, trying to trace her family history against a backdrop of genocide, and lots more.

A review of Scorched Earth by Tammy Pemper

Pemper has an impressive command of language, a necessary skill for creating a sense of place in what could easily be a generic theatre of war. In a perfect analogy for the social upheaval, the wheels of Peter’s truck are seen brushing the edge of the abyss at a cliffs edge during the journey. The remnants of a destructive landslide hinder the way forward on the road they travel. Woven into the background details is this lingering sense of danger and disturbance. It feels precarious.

A review of Not What You Think by Clark Gormley

For anyone who thinks poetry needs to be experimental, difficult, overly-complex, or high-blown, Not What You Think is the antidote. Gormley’s poetry book is a pleasure to read and even more of a pleasure to read aloud.  If you’re able to catch Gormley performing his work, that’s the ideal, as these are poems that are not only able to be sung, but work perfectly accompanied by acoustic guitar and a wry vernacular, but they also work beautifully on the page.  

An Interview with Kristina Marie Darling

Literary critic, agent, teacher, and author Kristina Marie Darling talks about her many creative hats, her latest collection of poems Dark Horse, her influences, on the nature of time in poetry, her latest work of literary criticism, Real Je Suit L’Autr, Tupelo Press, advice for writers, and lots more.

A review of Stanley Park by Sapphira Olson

I like to say that Stanley Park kept me reading with enthusiasm and intrigue, not only because of the pristine imagery, the hint of mythology and fantasy, the veiled politics, the sad and happy remembrances, but also because I, being such a romantic, I wanted to know if the two women, like the cliché says: lived happy ever after Stanley Park is a book about love a book to be loved.