Good Reading : September 2008
SEPTEMBER 2008 ı goodreading 13 book trivia It is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn’t. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read. Oscar Wilde 1854 – 1900: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) Fancy a Scam? Ever feel that you’ve lived your life far too honestly and — perhaps — boringly? Thankfully, New York-based entertainer Todd Robbins — who has appeared regularly on the Jay Leno and David Letterman TV shows — is here to help with his compendium of mostly legal cons you can try at home — or elsewhere, for that matter. There’s something for everyone from ‘How to Start a Cult’, ‘How to Scam Your Way to a Free Beer’ and ‘How to Con your Coworkers’ to ‘Ways to Scam at School’. For card sharks, there are plenty of lessons to learn in ‘Poker Night Games and Other Ways to Con a Card Player’ and there’s even advice for perpetrating some ‘Scams in Love’ so girls watch out … The Modern Con Man: How to get something for nothing, by Todd Robbins & The Modern Conman Collective is published by Bloomsbury, rrp $22.95. Two Pearls of Wisdom In the May 2008 issue of gr, HarperCollins generously offered a free advance proof copy of The Two Pearls of Wisdom by Alison Goodman to the first 50 reading groups or readers who wrote in to say they’d be willing to fill in a questionnaire about the book once they had read it. Here’s a small sample of comments HarperCollins received: ‘Gripping, gorgeously detailed tapestry of intrigue, mystical elements and basic human need. A wonderful world to get lost in’ – Ann McPhee ‘A plausible and very readable book based on Chinese/ Japanese cultures with all the ingredients of a very good read – history, intrigue, secrets, adventure, action, with a hint of sex’ – Janet Pfeiffer ‘I was captivated after the first page. A thrilling tale of magical powers and humanness, betrayal, inner strength and the ability to rise and prove others wrong. Accurate use of the mind’s eye and all it brings about makes this book a winner. A must-read. Brilliant! I can’t wait to read the sequel’ – Kim Cofield ‘Being of Chinese heritage, I found it fascinating. You won’t be able to put it down!’ – Evelyn Wong This month, 10 lucky readers could each win a copy The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, valued at $32.95 each. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in a moral vacuum. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burns ward, he awaits the day he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide – for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul. A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerising stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy and England, he finds himself drawn back to life – and, finally, in love. To enter, tell us the name of the sculptress. Write your answer and your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘The Gargoyle Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. 2. The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd. 3. Entry is open to all residents of Australia. 4. Entries must be made between 01/09/08 and 30/09/08 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or entries can be made at www.goodreadingmagazine.com 5. The draws will take place on 01/10/08. 6. Prizes cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash. 7. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8. Any change in the value of the prizes between the publishing date and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter. 9 Winning entries will be those that are judged to have the correct or best answers. 10. The winners will be notified by mail and their names will be published in the November issue of Good Reading and on the Good Reading website during October 2008. This month, 10 lucky readers could each win a copy of Dirty Game by Jessie Keane valued at $32.99 each. For longer than she cares to remember, Annie Bailey has lived in the shadow of her older sister Ruthie. Max Carter, the much feared head of the Carter family and a top class villain, is now in the picture and Annie has been thrown out onto the streets. She eventually goes to live with her wayward aunt Celia, who has a shocking secret. As the months pass, Annie’s resourceful nature sees her mature and carve out a life for herself, albeit not a legal one. But if you play with fire, you can expect to get burned and her lavish new lifestyle and connections may be about to come crashing down around her. Annie has unwittingly placed herself between two rival gangs and upset too many people, and these kind of people don’t forget. But as everyone knows, Annie Bailey is no ordinary woman. To enter, tell us the name of Annie’s wayward aunt. Write your answer and your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Dirty Game Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com WIN!