Short story: <i>Insomnia</i>

On a knife-edge.

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Short story: <i>Doorman</i>

The concierge, sharply dressed, raps the door, gift in hand.

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Book review: <i>Homecoming</i> by Caren Gussoff


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Katey Bruscke is deliberately lost, running away from her home town to try and find something else. But when her older sister is killed and Katey is the one the police call, she is compelled back to her home town, where the tragedy and love story that is her family is played out.

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Short story: <i>The Rapture</i>

Tough tattoos, spiky jewelery, cracked teeth, stale breath, a raised eyebrow, a broken fist.

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Book review: <i>Native Toungue</i> by Carl Hiaasen


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When you're trying to compete with Florida Disney for your place in the developers market, everything's fair. Right? Even the invention of an endangered species?

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Short story: <i>Beauty</i>

She tucks her hair up under the her tiara, and lets the ladies fuss around her makeup.

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Book review: <i>Cultural Amnesia</i> by Clive James


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If this was one of its crisp, aphoristic sentences, it would be: "The lessons of history do not suit our wishes. If they did, they wouldn't be lessons, and history would be a fairy story."

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Short story: <i>The Pirate</i>

I'm a roving adventurer; a wanderer on the high seas, a slick and daring silver tongued genius with a taste for exotic women and expensive wine.

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Book review: <i>Tuxes</i> by Scott Fivelson


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An exciting tale of love, betrayal, money, high fashion, and an unexpected cave man deep in the heart of Texas.

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Short story <i>At The Beach</i>

I love going to the beach.

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Book review: <i>Isle Of Dogs</i> by Patricia Cornwell


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If I were going to be quoted on the front cover of the next edition of this book, I would want my quote to say "Mind-blowingly appalling. Words simply cannot do justice to how low Patricia Cornwell has sunk."

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Short story: <i>In The Garden</i>

A flower wilts in the hot sun.

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Book review: <i>Skinny Dip</i> by Carl Hiaasen


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Joey Perrone wants revenge on her husband for trying to kill her for no good reason. Her husband, Chaz, wants to get rich and stay that way, by keeping his dirty little un-environmental secret. Can Joey get her husband back and save what's left of the Florida Everglades?

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Short story: <i>Searching</i>

When the wind blows at night, sweeping the rocks and gently directing the salty spray of the sea, I can't sleep.

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The Best Books Of 2007

Hi everybody, it's the last day of 2007 and I'd just like to thank everybody who's read, commented on, and enjoyed reading illiterarty. The site's been running properly now since April, and we've been doing excellently with getting content online and getting more and more people reading. So I thought that I should do a wrap up blog for the year - the top twenty one reviewed books for 2007.

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Short story: <i>The Night Sky</i>

I feel like a spaceman at altitude; maybe - I've never been one so I don't know.

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Book review: <i>Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood</i> by Rebecca Wells


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Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood is a book that every daughter should read - an explosion of friendships, lies, honesty, despair, raw emotion, and the complex relationships between generations of women.

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Short story: <i>The Artist</i>

My art space is a smooth, flat, white space with a dent right in the middle, where, in a fit of pique, someone may have rammed their fist.

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What I learned in residence in Central America, 2007

Last meal - Nica Buffet!

This is essentially a summing up of our ten month experience in Nicaragua. During which we have had a fabulous time, and we intend to come back at some stage because it's a really great location to spend time, learn new things, and have some awesome experiences you just can't get in Australia.

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Short story: <i>Barflies</i>

The pianist sticks to the bench and roughs up the keys like he's sparring with the elephant they came from.

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