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I live in Brisbane, Australia, where I work on my fiction and a post-graduate thesis on the gothic. I’ve worked as a sessional tutor and lecturer at Griffith University and the Queensland Institute of Technology, took part in the organisation of the first Gen Con Australia, and occasionally break up the long stings of writing and research by playing role-playing games. I‘ve been known to write poetry and role-playing products in addition to fiction, have done a short stint as a dramaturge, and once toured Australian writing festivals as part of the Post-Hoc Performing Word Company. Rumours of me wearing a feather boa and top-hat while performing rhyming couplets are, alas, not terribly exaggerated.
A more-or-less complete list of my publications can be found here. This should cover the less part: over 2004 & 2005 I ran a small RPG e-publisher dubbed the Clockwork Golem Workshop, which involved a lot of editing and self-publishing, but I generally choose not to list that in my publications. Prior to 2004 I primarily wrote poetry, some of which was published in small-press anthologies I don’t have records or copies of.
I don’t keep cats. Or dogs. Or fish. As you can expect, this is a significant drawback when maintaining a blog in the SF community. I do have a stuffed bear named Fudge. He’s the cute one in the Ball household.
on Feb. 24, 2011 :
Miriam Aster is an ex-cop turned PI who specialises in cases with Fey influence. That is fairies, of the dark and nasty kind. This time she consults on a missing persons case, and stumbles into another fairy-related crime.
I did like this Miriam Aster Novella, but not quite as much as the first, I think maybe the minor characters were not quite as central to the case this time, or not as fleshed out anyway.
The first novella had a strong sense of connection between Miriam and her Fey ex and the story was stronger for it.
This time around the love interest doesn't seem to be as strongly connected to the feisty detective, and if she weren't the client you might wonder why she was included at all.
There was still a strong fast pace and the story kept my attention but if smashwords had 3 1/2 stars I would rate it thus, instead of 4.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)