Book Stack :: What we were reading on retreat
Fierce Fairytales :: Nikita Gill
Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory.
But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. Through her gorgeous reimagining of fairytale classics and spellbinding original tales, she dismantles the old-fashioned tropes that have been ingrained in our minds. In this book, gone are the docile women and male saviors. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains. You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own.
Complete with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations by Gill herself, Fierce Fairytales is an empowering collection of poems and stories for a new generation.
This book was completely gorgeous, and was passed around over breakfast for us all to read on of the short pieces in it, which we all loved – I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it!
Dry :: Neil and Jarrod Shusterman
The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.
Until the taps run dry.
Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.
This one is new out – I have a review copy from Walker Books and I’m looking forward to reading it (it is on my October tbr!)
The Second Cure :: Margaret Morgan
A pandemic is racing through our world, changing people subtly but irrevocably. The first sign for some is losing their faith. For others it comes as violent outpourings of creativity, reckless driving and seeing visions.
Scientist Charlotte Zinn is close to a cure when her partner becomes infected. Overnight her understanding of the disease is turned upside down. Should she change the path of evolution?
As Australia is torn apart, reporter Brigid Bayliss is determined to uncover the dark truth behind the religious response to the outbreak.
Brigid and Charlotte find themselves on the frontline of a world splintering into far left and far right, with unexpected power to change the course of history. But at what cost?
The Second Cure also featured in my book stack last week, since it was our October book club read – I’ll share more of my thoughts on this one soon (it was one of the reviews I worked on over the weekend)
The Rift :: Rachael Craw
For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against horrors released by the Rift.
Cal West, an apprentice Ranger with a rare scar and even rarer gifts, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks.
After nine years away, Meg Archer returns to her childhood home only to find the Island is facing a new threat that not even the Rangers are prepared for.
Meg and Cal can’t ignore their attraction, but can they face their darkest fears to save the Island from disaster?
This is what I was reading yesterday. I have a review coming closer to the release date (which I’m pretty sure is 1 Nov.). My review copy of this one was also sent to me by Walker Books.
Terra Nullius :: Claire G Coleman
The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all.
This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history.
I started reading this one back in April or May when I was heading to the Sydney Writers Festival and Claire G Coleman was on a panel I had booked. Unfortunately I came across a spoiler which made me want to put it down for a little while, but I’m looking forward to picking it up again soon!