B. A. Wallace is a writer from Sydney, Australia. He likes to write crime novels about the city he lives in and about the people - good, bad and ugly - that he meets in the streets of the Kings Cross red light district and on the beaches of the eastern suburbs.
In this fast and violent Australian crime novel, ex-reporter Nat Barker finds himself on a racetrack in the middle of a feud between two warring bookmakers. One of them just happens to be Barker's best friend, out to avenge his father's murder. The other wants to end the feud - permanently - and Barker is standing in his way.
Sage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom
on April 04, 2010
Why do people read fantasy? Why do they want to believe in magic? Is it something to do with religion? Who knows? Some academic somewhere has probably written a paper on the subject. My hunch is that it's related deep down to a desire for happy endings, common in we humans. As a skeptical guy who has a handle on reality (I like to think so) I've never read much fantasy - although I do like the Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter movies, which is something of a contradiction I suppose (like the man who reads Playboy for the articles I watch fantasy movies for the special effects). If you're like me and you're searching for an introduction to a genre that you might have previously avoided, you could do a lot worse than read these stories. The secret is to suspend disbelief and go with the flow. Don't allow logic or reason to interfere. These fantasies do what they need to do: ensure that good triumphs over evil, that magic wins out in the end, that friends and family are important, and that endings are always happy (well, happy-ish anyway). Along the way, you might even learn a thing or two about herbs.
on April 21, 2010
If you feel like a nostalgic trip into the life of a 60s private eye, full of careless violence and even more careless sex, the kind of roughly written pulp fiction you used to read as a kid, then this is for you.
Easy Come, Easy Go
on April 28, 2010
When opportunity knocks, why not try to take advantage of it? If you fail, at least you made an effort. An untidy, sometimes funny conspiracy in an unlikely setting.
May I Have a Moment of Your Time?
on April 28, 2010
If you're interested in the adventures of a disturbed youth as he progresses through various mental institutions and eventually finds a purpose in life, this is for you. Having a purpose makes life worth living, doesn't it?
on May 06, 2010
When I was a kid short stories always had a surprise ending. That was the standard format. Then, through the touchy-feely 80s and 90s, surprise endings were replaced with deep and meaningful epiphanies. I guess writers were just trying to move with the times. Or maybe I was reading the wrong anthologies? Anyway, it's good to find an old style short story again, about a desperate character and a nasty betrayal, with a twist at the end.