[ [KINDLE] The Never Never Land ] author Mitchell Akhurst – lavitamin.us
T 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 mphasised in the creation of such an anthology It is pleasing that there aren t noticeably any non Indigenous authors appropriating Indigenous stories outright It would be a nice thing to see a companion to this kind of anthology which focuses Student Research Projects in Calculus entirely on Indigenous writers and if such a thingxists 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 what the ditors set out to achieve There are some xcellent stories by well known Australian authors as well as some just as good offerings from Love for Imperfect Things emerging writers and many writers new to me who I will now be looking for work from I have a story in this collection so I m biased But there are many other Australian tales to be found within 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 Thisdition The Never Never Land is a collection of stories by Australian writers with an Australiana theme I did not find all of the stories to be my thing but being such a diverse collection I was pleased to see that there was a story there for A Heart of Stone everyone The stories range from the dusty outback through the mountains of Tasmania to the streets of Melbourne There isverything from ghost stories to comedic dinosaur racing I thought some of the stories lacked the ssential Australiana component which I found a little disappointing Overall I thought it was a very good anthology My favourite story was in fact the dinosaur race Trike. 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.
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 a great anthology regrettably thi Some real talent hidden amongst the writers included in this Never Never Land anthology definitely will be seeking out of their works I actually won this off of a Goodreads 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 The aims of the anthology are to presents stories with Australian settings or characters or themes or flavours or that draw on Australian histories xperiences and traditions immigrant or Indigenous uote taken from the introduction by the Language and Linguistics editorsThe anthology includes thirty stories which include a wide variety of genres 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 theditors aims of being Australian stories and all are well written and Divertimento 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 fairytalesue piece of. 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.
Fantasy and is utterly Love Is a Fairy Tale 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 photographer s search for thextinct thylacine Tasmanian tiger This is a haunting almost dreamlike story and is utterly beautiful and heartbreaking all at onceSuzanne J Willis Memory Lane xplores the laneways of Melbourne and the young girls who begin to vanish from them This is another story which feels dreamlike and is utterly haunting Some of the imagery from this one is going to stick with me for a long time I think I believe this is the first story from Willis that I ve read and I ll be keeping an ye out for Darren Goossens s Ghost Versions is an another haunting story and you can probably start seeing some of my own biases and tastes coming out in the stories which stood out to 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 arned a giggle 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 just for 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 ground 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 jus. Ic mining operations Fairy colonies in the gum trees and old ghosts in the laneways Drought and fire and flood and new life struggling to merge from the dust These are th.