On my Goodreads account, it asked to start a reading challenge for 2018. I accept and nominated eight books. I thought, if I at least set an achievable goal, it will motivate me to read more next year.
I’m back and it feels grand to be exploring blogs, absorbing ideas and, most of all, engaging with my followers online.
I had an interesting few days and I was dying to post new ideas and thoughts.
At the start of my blog I aimed for 50 followers and week, that was 6 weeks ago and I just reached 450! A lot more than I had intended and I am more than thrilled to know that I have attracted my blog across the 5 oceans. Thank you to all of you.
There was a reason for my boasting and that was to start the weekly Tuesday discussion.
An amazing selection of Science Fiction stories from Australia in the 70’s. Each story displays the level of writing in a confined space.
‘All My Yesterdays’ by Damien Broderick is my favorite. It shows Broderick’s witty satire on the four themes of humanity, immortality, religion and psychiatry. Only 6 pages long but each sentence is shaped perfectly. Followed closely was ‘Final Flower’ by Stephen Cook. It focuses on a bizarre ‘trap flower’ which becomes a gateway into all his memories. The imagery in this short story is incredible. Each description paints a 3D image and pain for the character.
“Jenny had let him touch her lips and then had gone away forever. The more dirty soil he piled around her memory, the more it grew. Like a flower in a bog, it rose higher.”
John Baxter carefully selected each short story. He could have not chose a better compilation, each story is filled with character development, world building and a twisted plot lines.