Susan Johnson has been receiving mixed reviews for her latest novel My Hundred Lovers. She details some of the differences and notes that they "say as much about the reader as about the book." Reviewers should aim for an unbiased, objective approach, rather than one based solely on the subject material, or their perceived view of it.
Angelique Montaine is a Frenchwoman living in Australia who slowly came to the realisation that while she knew a bit about Australian film and music she knew next to nothing about Australian literature. That led her to start a blog on the subject, written in French. She describes how and why this came about in a piece for Meanjin.
Debut Adelaide author Hannah Kent seems to have hit the big-time with her novel Burial Rights. The novel is described as "a historical novel based on Agnes Magnusdottir, a servant convicted of murder and beheaded in Iceland in 1830."
This year's Melbourne Writers' Festival has appointed three official bloggers and you can meet Angela Meyer, Stephanie Honor Convery, and Mark Welker on the MWF blog.
American science fiction writer Mary Robinette Kowal runs a weblog called "Mary Robinette Kowal", which seems fair enough. Lately she's been running a series of guest posts by writer friends titled "My Favourite Bit", in which the authors discuss their favourite parts in or about their latest book. Sean Williams gets in on the act as he discusses Trouble Twisters: The Monster, his collaboration with Garth Nix.
From time to time London-based ex-pat kimbofo runs a "Triple Choice Tuesday" on her weblog "Reading Matters". This gives various readers, writers and bloggers the opportunity to describe three books which mean a lot to them under the categories "a favourite book", "a book that changed my world", and "a book that deserves a wider audience". This week's triple-treater is Australian author Alex Miller.
Peter Carey's novel Oscar and Lucinda has been chosen by John Mullen, in The Guardian, as containing one of the ten best horse races in literature. It's been so long since I read the book that I don't remember any horse races at all in the novel.