We Need To Talk About Melina Marchetta

So we filmed and posted this video back in March and tweeted out the YouTube link a few times but didn’t put it on the blog for some reason, and what the hell, past us?! I mean, the very reason this blog exists is because of our eternal love for Melina Marchetta and her books. As if we don’t put this video on here? HOW WILL PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT.

So anyway, to celebrate the release of TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL *cough* 1 month later *cough*, hows about you give this video another watch, even if you’ve already seen it? 13 minutes and nineteen seconds of glorious content including bloopers and this intense moment concerning Jimmy Hailler and you also get to hear about my weirdo fantasy involving Lucian of the Monts. Go on, you know you want to.

You will, however, need to ignore the fact that the release of TtTStD means it now needs to be updated (fuuuuuuuuuuuck).

– Rachel


Rachel’s Re-read Challenge Recap: April – September (Part 2 and 3/4)

Re-Read Challenge

Holy shit, there’s only four days left in 2015 so here is part 2 AND 3 of my recap.


April and May – Deltora Quest 1, 2 and 3 by Emily Rodda

When I First Read: 2001- 2004.
What I Remember: I have loved these books ever since I first read them. Definite childhood/early teen favourites. This was about the 4th/5th re-read so I know all three series pretty much inside and out. I’ve said it over and over again but damn, fantasy impresses the hell out me. I have all the creativity and imagination of a brick so to read about these books in which an author has created an entire separate world is mind blowing to me.
Why I Wanted To Re-read: I’m not sure, because I hadn’t intended to do a re-read, but I found out earlier this year that Emily Rodda was releasing a new series set in the Deltora world in July (which I have read already) (loved it) so before I knew it, I had dived in and re-read all 3 series over both April and May.
How I Felt After Re-reading: Every re-read is just a reaffirmation of my LUUUUUUUUUUURVE.
Would I Re-read Again: Yes. They will always be a fave. Always.


June – Island Of The Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

When I First Read: Sometime in my late primary school or early high school years.
What I Remember: Not a lot. Just the general plot of the book (girl being left behind by her family and spending years living by herself on an island).
Why I Wanted To Re-read: I’d been meaning to for such a long time. I finally bought myself my own copy of it last year – chuck that together with this re-read challenge and I figured I no longer had an excuse.
How I Felt After Re-reading: It pains me to say it, but I didn’t enjoy it as much. I did still like it but it definitely didn’t leave the same impression on me as it did all those years ago when I first read it. So that’s a bit sad but I guess that’s what a re-read does sometimes, right?
Would I Re-read Again: Maybe? I’d definitely want to pass it on to my children in that alternate reality where I have children someday.


July – The Lumatere Chronicles + Ferragost by Melina Marchetta
Also re-read: The Gorgon In The Gully by Melina Marchetta

When I First Read: Oct 2010 (FotR), Jan 2012 (FotE) and Sept 2012 (QoC)
What I Remember: Finnikin was a challenge for me. I think it was because it was fantasy and I couldn’t accept that my fave author had written a fantasy book (not much of a fantasy reader) because I am a dumbarse. I attempted it twice before starting again (at Annette’s insistence) (otherwise she was going to dump me as a friend) (which was fair enough) and finally finishing it in October of 2010 and while I still struggled initially, I pushed through and fell in love, especially with that ending. So I was totally on board for the rest of the trilogy but Froi came out while I was overseas in 2011 and to be honest with you, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. Quintana is the first Marchetta I’ve been able to buy on its release day and I took a day off work for it. I remembered them all pretty well, but it’d been THREE years (I don’t know how/why I let that happen) and while I’ve got a pretty good memory for detail, (especially when it comes to my fave books) there were a few things that had me going ‘oh yeeeeah!’. Mostly, I think Froi is my favourite of the trilogy but when it comes down to it, out of Froi and Quintana, it’s kinda the same situation that I have when picking my favourite of her contemps (out of On The Jellicoe Road and The Piper’s Son) – I change my mind daily.
Why I Wanted To Re-read: I bitched and whinged all over Twitter about wanting to do a Lumatere re-read for basically all of 2014 and it didn’t end up happening. Then I meant to do it in Feb of this year and again, it didn’t happen. THEN I ended up taking a week off work around my birthday so it FINALLY happened (although let’s be real, I actually took a week off work FOR it).
How I Felt After Re-reading: Like my soul was destroyed. You know, standard Marchetta reaction. Seriously, I can not ever adequately express how much I love her books and this trilogy is fucking BRILLIANT and I… {words fail me}.


August – Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

When I First Read: March 2013.
What I Remember: I remembered majority of the story pretty well, but the finer details were starting to fade.
Why I Wanted To Re-read: Well, I had read Wildlife earlier in the year and with Cloudwish being released soon, I wanted to refresh myself on the characters a little. I also wanted to re-read it for bloggy reasons, which I can’t disclose at this time…
How I Felt After Re-reading: Happy. This book makes me happy. It’s such a sweet story about teen love and finding your place + Dan Cereill made me laugh.
Would I Re-read Again: Yessss. I’d actually like to do a re-read of all three of her books in order, one after the other.


September – The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

When I First Read: Sometime in 2012
What I Remember: I remembered liking it, and I remembered Joe Fontaine but to be honest, most details were starting to fade and it’s such a well loved book in the YA community that I knew I needed to re-read it.
Why I Wanted To Re-read: As above. And probably to see if I liked it even more a second time around. Spoiler: I did. Also, Joe Fontaine.
How I Felt After Re-reading: Man, this book is such a great exploration of grief. So well-written in this beautifully lyrical way that just makes you want to cry. So many quotable lines. Lennie is lost and screwing up and I loved her even more this time around. And good loooooord, Joe Fontaine. I forgot he has curly hair…
Would I Re-read Again: Yep. Joe Fontaine. ‘Bat. Bat. Bat.’

Our Top Two Favourite Quotes From The Piper’s Son

‘“Later, when they were almost asleep he had called out to her.
‘We’ll make a great team. You plant. I build.”’- Tom and Tara, pg 211

“Ned?’ he says, after a while. ‘Oi, Ned?’

‘If someone says to you that the guy they’re going out with doesn’t have to prove how smart he is, what’s your response?’
‘That he’s dumb.’
‘And if he has a sixpack?’
‘Dumb jock.’
‘Not too intense.’
‘Dumb jock with no personality.’
‘And they see eye to eye?’
Ned pauses. ‘With the spitfire from Dili?’
Same,’ Tom corrects.
Ned holds up a hand to where Tara would reach him in height.
‘Dumb jock with no personality and short-man syndrome.’
‘Thanks, Ned.’
‘Anytime.”’ – Tom and Ned, pg 213

The Piper’s Son – The Playlist

What’s Up Pussycat – Tom Jones

Space Oddity – David Bowie

Surfing With The Alien – Joe Satriani

Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel

Here If You Want – The Waifs

London Still – The Waifs

The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice

If I Had A Boat – Lyle Lovett

Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

How To Make Gravy – Paul Kelly

If I Could Fly – Joe Satriani

Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors – Editors

Samson – Regina Spektor

Set Fire To The Third Bar – Snow Patrol

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Crazy Train – The Waifs

To Her Door – Paul Kelly

This Year’s Love – David Gray

The Final Countdown – Europe

Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan

Viva Las Vegas – Elvis

Sk8r Boi – Avril Lavigne

I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Jesus Christ Superstar

I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

Your Ex-Lover Is Dead – Stars

32 Flavours – Ani DiFranco

Union  City Blues – Blondie


(Also posted on our playlists page).

The Piper’s Son – The Places We Couldn’t Go

The places we could visit from TPS was largely impacted by the fact that a road trip to Brisbane takes place within the story. While this undoubtedly adds to the awesomeness of the story, it also left us at a disadvantage as we had already road tripped to Sydney. Going on to Brisbane would have been some kind of Inception-like experience – road trip within a road trip. Basically, we didn’t have time to travel all the way to Brisbane.  So the places we couldn’t go are;

1. Brisbane (of course)

2. DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, where Jacinta Louise works).

3. City Cat to Riverside (When Tom takes Annabel for ice cream).

4,5 & 6. Lennox Head, Byron and Coffs Harbour (all visited on the drive).

7. Mudgee. (Tom spends a family vacation here). While not in Brisbane, this was still too far to visit.

8. Albury/Wodonga (where Nanni Grace and Pop Bill live). We did go through Albury/Wodonga, however we didn’t get a photo.

9. Cafe La Scala (Georgie meets her friends here). This is said to be in the Italian Forum, however we googled and visited and couldn’t find it.  One would presume it a) no longer exists or b) never existed.

10. The fountain at the Italian Forum – we posted this picture and honest to god thought we had the right location….apparently not.  So I guess it goes on this list by default?



48. Leichhardt Oval – TPS

“‘Are you coming on Sunday Tom?’ she asks. ‘Both your teams are playing each other at Leichhardt oval.'”– pg 259

Leichhardt oval was an oversight when we went on our road trip and it wasn’t until one of the many occasions on our blogging nights that Rachel was flicking through the book instead of actively contributing that she noticed that we hadn’t actually included it on our list.  Fortunately Melina Marchetta and Gayle Forman were talking at Kinokuniya book store, Sydney in May 2013, so we obviously had to get plane tickets (which Rachel bought for my birthday present! Best ever) and go there for ‘Just One Day’ (oh. em. gee. second best day of our LIVES). It was this day that we got our opportunity to rectify our former oversight.

Thanks to my Aunty Taylor, we were able to get to Leichhardt Oval with relative ease as she kindly drove us there.  To say thanks, we politely abandoned her to do the talking when we got in trouble for walking on the oval… ‘Cos you wouldn’t want to ruin the grass and mud that gets churned up by football boots…..



47. The Fountain At The Italian Forum – TPS

‘They can’t find a table big enough, so they end up sitting around the fountain at the Italian Forum’ – pg 219

If you keep reading this paragraph, you get to a part where it says ‘Their voices are drowned out by the Qantas 747 flying directly over their heads’. It was pure coincidence that when we visited the fountain, I happened to hear/see a plane flying overhead, one which I’m going to go ahead and call a Qantas 747. I love it when that kind of stuff happens!

– Rachel