Are You Embarassed About Reading Zombie Fiction?

The girl with all the gifts coverWell, this is the book for you. Thanks to the lovely mainstream cover and title, everyone on the bus or train will think you’re reading something noble and literary.  Your credibility will remain intact and you’ll get to dabble your toes in the wonderful world of speculative fiction. It’s a win/win situation, so go on, give it a try. You know you want to.

Or you could just use an ebook reader and bypass the whole issue. You’ve been doing it for years with paranormal romance, haven’t you?

Now that I’ve got that out of my system…

When a review copy of M.R. Carey’s ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ showed up in the mail (my husband’s the reviewer in the family), I couldn’t resist. I have a bit of a soft spot for zombie apocalypse novels, even though the science that makes the premise possible is almost always highly dodgy. Lets face it, any disease process that transforms a normal person into an almost unkillable, mindless (yet responsive) predator in a matter of minutes is always going to stretch the limits of physiological credibility. But hey, that’s what suspension of disbelief is for, isn’t it? Carey’s  got a set of strong, believably flawed characters, the pace doesn’t let up for a moment and, lets face it, we all love reading about the end of the world. So what are you waiting for? This is a good book. Go out and read it.

And if you don’t believe the zombie apocalypse is just around the corner, check out The Centres For Disease Control and Prevention Website. Scoff now, but sooner or later, something’s going to eat your brains. It’s only a matter of time.

Baby Blue-tongues

baby bluetongues 1I couldn’t resist posting a picture of these little guys, who came into work on friday, umbilical cords still attached. Unfortunately their mum was killed, but they’ve now gone to a WIRES carer and will hopefully go on to live long, happy lives.

Blue tongue lizards are the largest members of the skink family. One of their favourite foods are snails, so they’re generally very welcome in Australian backyards.

The Evil of Parrots- Part Two

This is a yellow tailed black cockatoo. Cute isn’t it? Hmm.black cockatoo

We have several enormous pine trees at the bottom of our garden. They’re at least four storeys high. At the moment they’re covered in immature pine cones which look like this.pine cone

Black cockatoos love pine cones. Unfortunately they don’t always hang onto them very well as they busily tear them to shreds. So every now and then a large, hard object bigger than my fist comes hurtling down from the top of the trees. I’ve started walking about with the compost bin lid held over my head. The compost bin lid is covered in enormous slugs. Needless to say, I’m not amused.

The Evil of Parrots- Part One

king parrot eating apple

This is a king parrot, snapped by me doing one of the things the little bastards love to do best; eating our apples. And they don’t even do it politely. They take a few bites, decide they can’t be bothered any longer, lob the apple onto the ground and move on to the next one. It drives me crazy, so crazy that this year I’ve resorted to this.

netted tree

It’s amazing what you can do with steel rods, electrical conduit, netting and garden ties. I’m not looking forward to getting it off again though.