• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:


    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!

     

     

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Out of Oz is out!

I’ve always loved reading a different author’s take on an established idea or world; I guess it comes back to my love of adaptation in general. One of the best examples of this in recent years has been Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series based on Frank L . Baum’s classic Oz books. The fourth and final volume is out now, Out of Oz:

” Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who’s knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes. That Dorothy. Yet amidst all this chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom—and her legacy—in an Oz wracked by war.”

How good does that sound?? I think it also speaks to my love of deconstruction and giving a relatively simple children’s book a more adult, political & complex edge. In a sense “adultifying” something from your youth helps you to re-experience it with a new sense of satisfaction, while still giving you that nostalgia hit. Does anyone else get that feeling?

Here’s the awesome trailer for it. Stirring music also helps get me going!

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Here, have some books!

It’s Thursday, which means it’s nearly Friday and we’re in a good mood!

Nominate which book you’d like from the list below and tell us about the most exciting book purchase you’ve ever made – and why it was exciting.

The most interesting answer for each book will result in the commenter getting said book mailed out to them. This competition is only open to Australian residents. Closes midday Friday 6 May.

A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller

Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire (signed hardback)

Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik

At the Gates of Darkness by Raymond Feist

 

The latest edition of the Captain’s Log is out!

Click the banner above to go to the latest issue which includes a review of A Lion Among Men, the latest from Gregory Maguire (and a follow up to Wicked), and a review of Wicked: The Musical, which is currently playing in Melbourne.