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I review stories (books, graphic novels, films, tv shows, etc.) and discuss topics within the fantastical genre, especially fantasy and fantasy-heavy science fiction.

I tend to approach these things critically, and I love a well-formed argument, so please feel free to enter into the discussion, provided you mind your manners.

Please understand that, although I might treat them roughly from time to time, I think the subjects of my posts are otherwise fantastic!


  1. Review request: The Rain Never Came by Lachlan Walter (new Australian climate fiction/dystopia)


    My name is Lachlan Walter, and I am an Australian writer based in Melbourne. My debut novel The Rain Never Came has recently been released by Odyssey Books (www.odysseybooks.com.au), and I am writing to gauge your interest in reviewing it.

    In The Rain Never Came, I blend suspense with an iconic Australian voice to create a dystopia unlike any other, one that touches on specifically Australian issues – mateship, egalitarianism and attitudes to authority – and those that are more universal: home, community, climate change and refugees. Set in the vast expanse of the Australian bush, there is no more perfect place to situate the end of the world. After all, it’s just so dry out there!

    To briefly describe the book’s plot: when sunburnt Australia becomes well and truly scorched, a forced evacuation of the East Coast is the only answer. Those who resist, like Bill Cook and Tobe Cousins, hide out in small country towns, eking out an existence and drinking at the barely standing local pub. But some embittered by the drought are seeking revenge – and Bill and Tobe are in their way.

    A press kit and a free electronic copy are available if you are interested in reviewing it.

    I hope that you find the book’s premise interesting and that you will consider reviewing it. I thank you for your time, and I look forward to your reply.




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