Sorry I’ve been silent for a while. I can’t believe it’s the end of November already. Let’s just say the last few months have been a bit of a challenge.
I really want to invigorate the blog and I am challenging myself to post every day until the end of the year. It will be a big challenge, but I definitely have read enough books to be able to tell you about one every day for that long. So let’s get started!
I was super excited to grab a copy of Claire Coleman’s much anticipated new release The Old Lie and see her at the Brisbane Writers festival back in September. Coleman was a delight to listen to. She talked about the terrible injustices visited upon Aboriginal diggers from World War II. She talked about her love of science fiction, and how she wanted to see people like her in those types of stories.
The Old Lie focuses on the experiences of Shane and Romeo, who have been fighting an interstellar war that Earth has been roped into, Neither of them are sure who they are fighting, why they are fighting or what they are fighting for. Their homes, families and lives are at stake, and may not even be protected by the people they are fighting for.
As per her usual form, Coleman manages to cram a huge amount of (actual, racist and systematic) terrible crimes against the Aboriginal people into this book, while also managing to write a kick arse space opera with gripping fighter battles and lots of queer rep. It is also heartbreakingly sad. Make sure you get your hands on this one, and have the tissues at the ready.