The Slap by Christos Tsiolka

The Slap by Christos Tsiolka begins at an afternoon barbecue in suburban Australia.  Family, friends of family and their children gather together  with the usual blend of affection and affectation. Everyone gets along until three-year-old Hugo threatens another child with a cricket bat.  The threatened child’s father, Harry, takes the bat away only to be kicked by Hugo whom he then slaps. Once.  The other … Continue reading The Slap by Christos Tsiolka

The Farwalker’s Quest by Joni Sensel

The Farwalker’s Quest by Joni Sensel is the second magic-free Young Adult fantasy I’ve read lately. (I wonder if this is a trend or a new sub-genre.) This is not to say that there are no supernatural elements in The Farwalker’s Quest. There are, but they are kept very close to reality, more like extra sensory powers than outright magic. The world of The Farwalker’s … Continue reading The Farwalker’s Quest by Joni Sensel