on Aug. 03, 2014
Just finished my brother-inlaw Lindsay Johannsen's excellent book, McCullock's Gold, and almost enjoyed the personal detail at the end just as much ... virtually another short story in itself.
Now, while freely admitting that the book didn't so much turn out to be the great mystery story I was expecting, rather than the great murder adventure it is, with a dash of mystery, it was still never-the-less a great read of great merit, and certainly highly entertaining, especially the last two thirds of the story. In fact, I reckon the story would make an excellent Aussie flavored movie, if not the start of a great TV series. I love the characters in the book, especially the aboriginal (superb tracker ... only outdone by his wife Angelica) hero Jack Cadney and his white Copper mate Frazier. The humor within, was also very titillating. And what a car chase. I've seen and read a few of those in my time, and this one loses nothing in the telling or comparison. The story has a very satisfying ending, but of what kind, I don't feel at liberty to say, me not being one for spoilers, and I've no doubt already said too much. Do yourself a favor and read it, that's all I can say.
The story has a great Outback Aussie Bush flavor to it, and I'd certainly like to read more in it's vein, by the same very talented author.
Further to the above, I can only say it is very apparent that Lindsay has intimate knowledge of the Aussie Bush and it's long term indigenous inhabitants, as well as familiarity with Aussies of many kinds. As well as a very entertaining read, it is an interesting one, and you come away feeling all the richer for the experience he has given you.
The Enchanted Music Box
on March 28, 2015
My favorite short story so far, by Lindsay Johannsen. A charming children's plus tale, and very different to his excellent irregular outback tales and humor. It is a tale that is very heart-warming and leaves you feeling like you've been touched by a bit of magic. Great character depictions and setting as always. The story would sit well, at pride of place, in just about any Children's short story collection. This was my second read, and if possible, I enjoyed it even more this time around.