EBOOK [The Never Never Land] author Mitchell Akhurst
At the editors set out to achieve There are some excellent stories by
WELL KNOWN AUSTRALIAN AUTHORS AS WELLknown Australian authors as well some just as ood offerings from emerging writers and many writers new to me who I will now be looking for work from I actually won this off of a Goodreads De Brandende Brug (De Grijze Jager, giveaway competition It has taken me a while to read as it is multiple stories written by many authors I really liked this book I thought it would be a long the lines of fairytales but it is actually centered around aliens the supernatural It is all Australian which I absolutely adored DISCLAIMER I have a story in this anthologyWell I intended to review this story by story but I ran out of time so apologies and please forgive this bit of drive by review like babblingIN SHORT This is areat anthology regrettably thin on Aboriginal authored pieces could be wrong but which otherwise admirably fulfils its remitMY FAVOURITES To Look Upon A Dream Tiger by Shauna O Meara those who know me know I never could resist a thylacine who know me know I never could resist a thylacine Add to that the constant intense desire to cast off the shackles of modern life and photograph uolls in the mossy environs of Cradle Mountain and I was pretty much sold from the start on this atmospheric tale of the supernatural Eual first was Rust Titan by Chris Large for its robust science fictional Humanizing Big Data goodness seriously cool robots anduai wusSPOT ON AUSSIE HUMOUR The Nexus Tree by Kimberly Gaal Bert felt a primal joy joy at the manliness of it allhardly even screamed when the spider fell on him and it was a bloody big one too was absolutely hilarious from start to finish Aussie branded humour matched only by David Coleman s Spectacularly Lucky Country and the HarveyPetrie duo s Trike Race trike as in triceratops They pretty much combined the metabolism of a rock with the resistance to instruction of well a brick wall MORE SERIOUS Some powerful descriptions in the horrible future envisioned in Donna Hanson s She ll Be Right Adventure Socks by Leife Shallcross was uietly wonderful and Laura Goodins
Jimmy Boys was packed with creepy Bonds of Need (Wicked Play, goodness Consumed by Elizabeth Jakimov was a shortie but aoodie with aBoys was packed with creepy Scoring Points goodness Consumed by Elizabeth Jakimov was a shortie but aoodie with a voice I also really liked the Laneway by Richard L Lagarto Oh Rita saw this Rita saw that maybe because I am separated counsellor this counsellor that Again sorry to those I haven t specifically mentioned your steampunk Yass dirt eucalypts Moon fuel death by crusher ornithopter mechanics and Launceston bound zeppelins were most enjoyable I have a story in this collection so I m biased But there are many other Australian tales to be found within. E stories we tell ourselves and the stories we want to hide fromThirty new stories from some of Australia’s best known speculative fiction writers and some of its newest. Some real talent hidden amongst the writers included in this Never Never Land anthology definitely will be seeking out of their works The Never Never Land is a collection of short stories which was published as part of their bi annual anthology by the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild This edition The Never Never Land is a collection of stories by Australian writers with an Australiana theme I did not find all of the stories collection of stories by Australian writers with an Australiana theme I did not find all of the stories be my
thing but being such a diverse collection I was pleased tobut being such a diverse collection I was pleased to that there was a story there for everyone The stories range from the dusty outback through the mountains of Tasmania to the streets of Melbourne There is everything from Life Is Unfair (Malcolm in the Middle, ghost stories to comedic dinosaur racing I thought some of the stories lacked the essential Australiana component which I found a little disappointing Overall I thought it was a veryood anthology My favourite story was in fact the dinosaur race Trike Race by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie I look forward to the next anthology A Hand of Knaves which should be published sometime in 2018 The aims of the anthology are to presents stories with Australian settings or characters or themes or flavours or that draw on Australian histories experiences and traditions immigrant or Indigenous uote taken from the introduction by the editorsThe anthology includes thirty stories which include a wide variety of enres and subjects and which range from being set in colonial Australia to potential future Australias As a result of this wide variety readers will no doubt find that some stories speak to them than others All of them however succeed in the editors aims of being Australian stories and all are well written and engaging in their own rightSeveral stories stood out for me in particularKimberley Gaal s The Nexus Tree is probably my favourite story in the anthology Plot wise it s a deceptively simply story of a man wanting to protect his new trailer from leaves falling from a tree who seeks to kill and remove the tree and finds that the tree was than he thought The Australian voice is this is superb and Gaal in particular nails a very larrikin Aussie voice for Bert while also writing a fascinating piece of imagined folklore This is the first story I ve read of Gaal s and I ll be seeking out from herHelen Stubbs Hard is an almost fairytale esue piece of fantasy and is utterly enchanting Something about this story reminds me of the kinds of fairytale inspired work written by Catherynne M Valente I absolutely adored this storyShauna O Meara s To Look Upon a Dream Tiger centres around a photo. Australia has it own mythologies Some of them were here long before Europeans arrived; some of them are yet to come Steam powered bushrangers Restless penal colonies Robot.
own biases and tastes coming out in the stories which stood outbiases and tastes coming out in the stories which stood out me by now of a man left alone when his wife and son choose to leave him Skilfully written and heartbreakingRivka Rafael s Beyond the Factory Wall takes place in steampunk influenced colonial Australia This is a powerful story about women and the walls which hold themSeveral stories deserve mentions for the spot on Australian voice they capture notably Charlotte Nash s The Seven forty from Paraburdoo Donna Maree Hanson s She ll Be Right Dave Coleman s The Spectacularly Lucky Country which earned a iggle from me at Tina Swineheart Michael Kraaz s The Inventor of Ironclad
Creek and Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie s Trike Race which is almost worth reading justand Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie s Trike Race which is almost worth reading just the racing names aloneMany stories also drew well on both the Australian connection to the land as well as the potential horrors of the wide open spaces of Australia and the things that could lurk below the round notably Laura E Goodin s Jimmy s Boys and Jacob Edwards s Rainbows of the Drought The cover art by Shauna O Meara also deserves a nod It s striking and holds just a hint of the creepy possibilities that could be hiding beneath the landscape which sums up many of the stories in the anthology wellMy one real criticism is the lack of Indigenous voices in the collection It s difficult to tell if any of the authors I m not familiar with are Indigenous and it s possible that some of them are but it feels like something which could have been emphasised in the creation of such an anthology It is pleasing that there aren t noticeably any pleasing that there aren t noticeably any Indigenous authors appropriating Indigenous stories outright It would be a nice thing to see a companion to this kind of anthology which focuses entirely on Indigenous writers and if such a thing exists and I simply haven t seen it please feel very free to point me in its directionOverall this is a complex and varied anthology which I feel very much accomplishes wh. Ic mining operations Fairy colonies in the um trees and old hosts in the laneways Drought and fire and flood and new life struggling to emerge from the dust These are th. .
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