Sunday, 22 July 2018

Library Opening Hours, Study period 2, 2018

Welcome back to all our students.  The Cairns Campus library and the Mabo library (Townsville) will be open at the following times during Semester 2: 

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library 
  • Monday to Thursday 7:30 am to 9:30 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am to 7:30 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00pm 

Cairns Campus Library 
  • Monday to Friday 7:30am to 12:00am (midnight) The library will be staffed from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Thursday and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 10:00pm. The library will be staffed from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Cairns Show Day opening hours:
  • Friday 20 July, 5:00pm to 10:00pm (unstaffed) The Townsville library will be open for business as usual.

A security guard patrols the Cairns library when the library is unstaffed and can escort you to your car on request.

You can find all our opening hours on the library website.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Queensland Judgments - New Database

Queensland Judgments is an essential – and free – resource for all Queensland law students and professionals.

The website is a joint initiative of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland (ICLRQ) and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library Committee (SCLQ), publishing an authoritative, complete, and functional collection of Queensland case law, including the Queensland Reports.

Included on the site is a complete online set of the authorised reports of the Supreme Court of Queensland, commencing from the foundation of the Court in 1859. The set is updated monthly and includes:
  • Queensland Supreme Court Reports (QSCR) (1859-1878)
  • Queensland Law Reports (Beor) (QLR (Beor)) (1876-1878)
  • Queensland Law Journal Reports (QLJ) and Notes of Cases (QLJ (NC)) (1861-1901)
  • State Reports of Queensland (St R Qd) (1902-1957)
  • Queensland Weekly Notes (QWN) (1902-1972)
  • Queensland Reports (Qd R) (from 1958).
In addition to the Queensland Reports, Queensland Judgments also includes a complete set of the unreported judgements of the Supreme Court of Queensland (from 2002), updated daily. Judgments that have been noted as subject to an appeal are annotated with a warning symbol in the heading and an endnote. All appeals from judgments published in this collection will be recorded on the site. Pending appeals can be found under the Appeals tab.

There is also a Digest, which identifies and summarizes key Queensland decisions concerning the meaning and operation of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Qld). This digest is updated weekly.

Much of the site can be accessed without need for registration. However, to access the Queensland Reports, users will need to register for a free account

There are also a few short videos to help you get the most out of the site.

Biggest Book Club, Sunday 12 August 2018

The 2018 Tropical Writers Festival will be held in Cairns from 10-12 August 2018. This biennial event brings together local writers and readers with Australian and international authors and speakers to stimulate literary conversations.

One of the many sessions on offer is the Biggest Book Club.

When: Sunday 12 August, 11am to 12.30pm
Where: Hilton, Cairns

In this popular event, a panel of writers and journalists have an animated discussion about three very different books:

The Shepherd’s Hut, by Tim Winton
Force of Nature, by Jane Harper
Less, by Andrew Sean Greer, 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner

Buy your tickets now and join in the fun (reading the books is not essential).

For the full program of events, go to the Tropical Writers Festival website.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

52 Book Challenge - Week 29

Week 29 of the 52 Book Reading Challenge is hitting us just in time for O-Week. For anyone who is new to this challenge, we've stolen a reading challenge from Hannah Braime, and every week we're challenging people to read a book (but not just any book - it has to match a certain theme).

Jump in at any time and read as many of the books as you can. Die-hard readers who manage to complete the entire challenge get... um... well, we don't have any prizes. But reading is it's own reward.

This week's challenge is:

29. A book set in the future

Just to make things interesting, it doesn't have to be our future. It can be a book that was set in the future back when it was written, even if we've overtaken it now (like 1984, or 2001: A Space Odyssey).

And, just remember, we only have one copy of The Handmaid's Tale, so if you want that one you'd better move fast.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.

Reading Challenge Week 28 - A book with a place in the title.

So this week's reading challenge was to read a book with a place in the title. There are a lot of places in the world. There are places close at hand, and places far away. You could have a planet, a country, a county, a city, a street or the chair you're sitting on right now (although, that last one would be a very specific book and I'm not sure we'd have that in our library). It can be a real place, an imaginary place or a metaphysical place.

The place could be somewhere to go, somewhere to be, or somewhere one's been. Here or there. Anywhere. Nowhere. Erehwon...

Let's stop waffling about places and look at some books, shall we?

Louise Cottrell read The Australian Colonies: Their Origin and Present Condition, by William Hughes.

And now for some shameless self-promotion: Did you know that the JCU Library has a Special Collections? While we normally spruik the North Queensland Collection, we also have a Rare Book Collection. You know, the type where a Librarian guards the entrance like a dragon with its hoard? You’re welcome to use our treasures, but please wear gloves or the Librarian will kill maim be displeased with you.

This week I read The Australian Colonies: Their origin and present condition by William Hughes, published in 1852 (919.4 HUG, Rare Books). Written around 1850, the book provides a snapshot of an exciting period of Australian history, a time roughly 60 years since the landing of the First Fleet, the beginning of the Gold Rushes to Victoria and New South Wales, and 3 years before convict transportation ceased.

It’s a fascinating read but it is a product of its time, so expect flowery descriptions, political incorrectness and a patronizing opinion of anyone not British, male and upper class.

Oh, and there are cannibals, can’t forget the cannibals. Long live the Victorian fascination with the macabre!

Brenda Carter read Howard’s End by E. M. Forster.

Although Howard’s End is not a real geographic place in the sense of place names in A Passage to India or Out of Africa, it is the name of the country house in Howard’s End by E. M. Forster (820 FORS 1C HOW/STA) and the setting in which the characters converge and the main themes of the novel are explored.  Forster based his description of Howards End on his childhood home ‘Rooks Nest’ in Hertfordshire.

Howard’s End is a surprisingly modern novel, considering it was written in 1910. The somewhat bohemian Schlegel sisters are intelligent and independent. Their decisions are based on compassion and respect for the dignity of all, regardless of social status. In contrast, the actions of the wealthy Wilcoxes reflect their social and economic prejudices. As Forster evaluates the social conventions and moral choices of the Schlegels, their lower class friends and the Wilcoxes, the fate of Howard’s End becomes the symbol of the ‘new morality’ and reconciliation amongst the families.

Howard’s End has been adapted for theatre, television, film, radio and opera, but the novel remains the most satisfying form. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Howards End 38th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century – it is well worth a read.

I love a book that starts with a map. Maps seem to appear much more often in fantasy books than in other works of fiction. I know that Treasure Island has a map but cannot think of many others outside the fantasy genre.

There was no mention in this week’s challenge that the place should be found somewhere here on Earth.

Earthsea is not a real place. Earthsea is an archipelago created by the author, and the setting for a series of novels that begin with A Wizard of Earthsea (810 LEG, curriculum collection). Earthsea is, like all archipelagos, bound by water. People generally believe that there are no lands beyond the archipelago but there are rumours of islands that exist past the mapped world.

We meet Ged from Gont as a young boy. Ged is gifted in the use of magic and soon leaves his village to go off to wizard school where he learns his trade from the masters. Something terrible happens along the way and Ged accidentally releases a power from another realm. This shadow-like entity almost kills Ged, and then goes about  hunting the young wizard, aiming to possess him and do all sorts of mischief to the world of Earthsea.

When I think of Earthsea I imagine a low, grey sky over rugged, windswept islands. If I had to compare the book to a fruit, I would choose a mangosteen because the action takes place in an interesting looking land, not everything is as it seems, and it leaves you wanting more. 

Friday, 13 July 2018

O-Week Library Workshops

Active learning is the key to success at university. Get a head start during O-Week with these library workshops:

Thursday 19 July - Keys to Academic Success (Part Two)
Power Up Your Assignment Research, 11:00am-11:45am
Your assignment is only as good as your research. Come to this session to build up some serious research muscle. 

Referencing Bootcamp, 11:45am-12:30pm
Learn the nitty gritty details of referencing and how to avoid plagiarism. The library website also has guides on different referencing styles, and of course our friendly staff can offer support at the Infohelp desk or via online chat.

Find us in Building A3.3 (Cairns) or Central Lecture Theatre, Building 5 (Townsville). If you miss this session, you can take the Info Skills Road Trip online.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

52 Book Challenge - Week 28

"Do you know the way to San Jose? I'm only 24 hours from Tulsa, but I left my heart in San Francisco, and now I'm stuck catching a bus with some kids in America. I'm a bit out of place here - I'm a Galway girl (don't believe anyone who tells you I belong to Glasgow), but I expect, by the time I get to Pheonix, I'll feel like it's a long, long way to Tipperary. I'd like to make a call, but that darn Wicheta lineman is still on the line, and I don't want to use the payphone in MacArthur Park. It looks oddly melted..."

Hopefully, we've managed to get at least one song stuck in your head and prompted you to ask: "Why are they using song titles to talk about a Reading Challenge?"

Well, these aren't just any song titles - they're titles with place names in them. And it just so happens that this week's challenge is:

28. A book with a place in the title.

So go find yourself a book to read.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

52 Reading Challenge Week 27 - A book with a character with your first name

Finding a book with a character who shares your first name may be as easy as pie - or it may be one of the hardest challenges we've seen so far. It really all depends on what your name is.

We managed to rustle up a few name-sharers, but it did require some creativity and a bit of lateral thinking.

Nathan Miller read The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.

Written in the 1800s about events in 1757, this classic novel is probably one of those formative creative works for me. The most recent movie based on the novel had just been released in 1992, when I was in high school. I was already a fan of historical adventure novels and movies by authors Rosemary Sutcliff, Wilbur Smith and Robert Louis Stevenson, and any western, pirate, or sword-and-sandal film. I had also inherited a classic collection of novels as a primary school kid (Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, King Solomon’s Mine, Robin Hood).

I never finished reading many of these originals as a child; the writing was just to dry and complicated.  However Daniel Day Lewis playing Nathaniel a.k.a “Natty or Hawkweye” Poe (called Bumppo in the book) really impressed me. Oh and Nathaniel was not a common name in the 1970s and 1980s.

The novel is of its time, language-wise and attitude, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult. The classic adventure trope of semi-civilized woodsman and trusty natives clashing against naïve colonialist upper classes and evil savages whilst they compete for a fair maiden (this is also all made more ironic by my own Indigenous Australian and European ancestors and rural upbringing of pioneer stories and Aboriginal survival, and a liberal arts degree).

You can see the archetypes in this book repeated in everything from Raymond Fiest fantasy novels, to Wilbur Smith African period pieces, even science Fiction TV shows and movies, Tarzan or the Lone Ranger. Although the modern reader might flinch from the wordy language and the archaic racial and gender stereotypes, it does still flow well and offer an insight in to the thinking of European Americans of that period about the Native Americans and their own national development.

Brenda Carter read The Pirate, by Sir Walter Scott.

From the Norse, meaning sword or firebrand, the name Brenda was originally used only in the Shetland Isles of Scotland, but spread to other parts of the English-speaking world after Brenda appeared as a heroine in Sir Walter Scott's 1822 novel, The Pirate (820 SCO(W) 1C PIR/MAC).

The Pirate’s plot reads a little like a Gilbert and Sullivan libretto. It was loosely based on the experiences of real-life pirate John Gow, and contains a detailed account of life in the Shetland islands at the end of the 17th century.  The rollicking story is full of mistaken identities, misunderstandings, romance (involving the beautiful Brenda and her sister), piratical shenanigans and eventual moral restitution.

Sir Walter Scott pioneered the historical novel and wrote a phenomenal 21 novels in 18 years, including classics like Rob Roy and Ivanhoe, as well as poetry, plays, short stories and non-fiction. You can find many of his novels available as ebooks in the library catalogue.

Sharon Bryan didn't read The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck.

Look, my name is "Sharon", okay? It's not Jane, or Elizabeth, or Sarah, or Rachael, or Rebecca, or Daphne or any of the names authors actually choose for prominent characters. It's "Sharon". "Sharon" is the kind of name writers give to a waitress who says "I'll be right back", and then you never see her again - so no one bothers including her in any list of characters.

There are books out there with characters called "Sharon" in them, but they're not in our collection. Do you know what is in our collection? The Grapes of Wrath, which has a character called "Rose of Sharon" - which is close enough. Only it's The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of Wrath is a work of mid-20th century American Literature (capital "L"). Literature (capital "L") is a genre of writing that often encourages people who like that sort of thing to say: "Ooh, ahh, look at the Writing (capital "W")! What a masterful turn of phrase! What skill and craftsmanship! Hasn't the author captured the character/moment/situation adeptly! How deep and meaningful!" and so forth and so on.

Personally, I read Literature (capital "L") and think it's depressing. It's usually about depressing characters going through a depressing time during their generally depressing lives. By the end of the book, they may have gone through a transformative experience and now they are somewhere new (physically or metaphorically), but they're still depressing. Or they haven't moved on at all, and are in exactly the same place they were when they started (physically or metaphorically)... and they're still depressing. 

The Grapes of Wrath is a work of American Literature (capital "L") set during the depression. And it's 619 pages long. And every second chapter isn't even about the plot, it's just about the world the characters live in. In the depression.

So I got about 160 pages into the 619 pages of the book, and then decided that I had better things to do with my life right this minute and I'll get back to it later, when I'm ready for it. If I'm ever ready for it. Having said that, Steinbeck does show very skilful craftsmanship with his writing, and he captures characters and situations with adept turns of phrase. You might like that sort of thing.

Friday, 6 July 2018

NAIDOC Week: 8-15 July 2018

In 2018, NAIDOC Week will be celebrated from 8-15 July. NAIDOC Week is a time of celebration, reflecting on the survival and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people. This year's theme - Because of her, we can - focuses on the active and significant roles women have played at the community, local, state and national levels. 

JCU has links to many female researchers, professionals, community leaders and activists, including Dr Gracelyn Smallwood, Dr Lorraine Muller, Dr Roxanne Bainbridge, Dr Felecia Watkin , Michelle DeShong, Sharon Moore, Juanita Sellwood, Dr Lynore Geia, Dr Roianne West, and Professor Yvonne Cadet James.

Research Online contains a wealth of publications by Aboriginal and Torres Strait women from, among others, the Cairns InstituteIndigenous Education and Research Centre and the Indigenous Health Unit.

There will be a free panel discussion at the Cairns Institute on Tuesday, 10 July at 1:30pm. Hear panel speakers:
  • Vonda Moar-Malone, Mayor Torres Shire Council
  • Francine O'Rourke, Indigenous Outreach Officer, Energy & Water Ombudsman Queensland
  • Libby Lyons, Director Workplace Gender Equality Agency
discuss the valuable contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait women in the community. Click on the link to register.

There are plenty of ways to get involved in NAIDOC Week in your community. Both Townsville and Cairns have a full program of events, with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (12-15 July) being a highlight of the Cairns community calendar. 

Join with us in recognising the voice, passion and achievements of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, past and present. Because of her, we can!

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Plastic Free July

Following TropEco's successful morning tea to launch Plastic-Free July, the Cairns Library has created a display to showcase a range of current resources and environmentally-friendly alternatives to common plastic items (You can join in Townsville's Plastic Free Morning Tea on Wednesday 11 July).

Plastic Free July is an international initiative to drastically reduce plastic waste and improve recycling. While going completely plastic-free may be a near-impossibility, July is a time to increase our awareness of the 'throw-away mentality' and focus on replacing single-use plastics with reusable and preferably compostable alternatives. Changing basic but frequently used items such as straws, coffee cups, bags, plastic wraps and take-away containers can make a significant difference to the health of the environment and future generations. See our display for suggestions and explore many more ways to live cleaner and greener at the Plastic Free July website. 

To dig even deeper, check out our library resources on the effects of plastic waste and plastic-free living.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

52 Book Challenge - Week 27

And we welcome in the second half of the year with a reading challenge that may be either incredibly easy or incredibly difficult, depending on what your name is.

27. A book with a character with your first name.

So, last week we gave you some advice for finding information about characters who have the same first name you do. Looking up your name in Wikipedia, for example, or trying to find your name within a few places of the word "character" in a Google search: (Yourname AROUND character).

You could also try going to a site like Goodreads and LibraryThing, and search for your name there, but as neither of these sites have an option to narrow your search to character names, you'll also end up finding a lot of authors with your name (and they probably haven't named any characters after themselves, unless they're quite narcissistic - or, like Jane Austen, their names were so common at the time that it was impossible to have a family that didn't have a "Jane").

It's odd - it's like no one thinks anyone is going to search for a character by name, when you would think that "there was a character named Charlie" might be something people remember about a book they're trying to find (much like "the cover was blue" - they should also have a search function based on the colour of books).

Of course, there's always social media. Try getting your friends on TwitBook to help you out with recommendations.

And, as always, may the odds be ever in your favour.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

52 Reading Challenge Week 26 - A book you were supposed to read in school but haven’t yet.

Okay, we had a few issues with this one. For one thing, we're a bit light on the ground. Even though we're all quite busy at this time of year (when we're not helping students, we finally have time to work on the dozens of projects that have been waiting for our attention), it's really the best time of year to take off a week or two as leave, so quite a number of our ranks aren't here to review books for us.

The second problem we have with this week's challenge is that it required us to have not read a book that was mandatory reading at some point. We're librarians. We didn't exactly gravitate to this job because we're not into that "reading" thing.

So we only managed to rustle up one naughty kid for this week:

Sharon Bryan read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, by Judith Kerr.

I can't remember what grade I was in when we were supposed to read this book. It was either Year 8 or Year 9 (as part of a unit where we also read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank). I also can't remember why I didn't read it.

I do remember that, years later, I confessed my sins to my English teacher, and assured her I meant to get around to reading the book at some point... and she conspiratorially whispered in my ear:

"You didn't miss much."

Well, Mrs Macey, I've finally made good on my promise. I have read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (820 KER). And, you know what? I really didn't miss much.

The book is concerned with a family who flee Germany during Hitler's rise to power. As the father of the family is Jewish, affluent and a writer, he realises that Germany isn't a safe place for the family, so they run away to Switzerland, and then migrate to France and England. And nothing much happens.

The (semi-autobiographical) book is told from the perspective of the youngest member of the family, Anna, who is nine years old at the beginning of the book. She is sheltered from most of the events that cause her parents concern, so as far as she is concerned this whole "refugee" thing is a bit of an adventure. Sure, they go from being rich to just scraping by. And she also finds herself struggling with new languages in new countries. But by and large she doesn't really have what you might call a "difficult childhood."

At the end of the book, she even acknowledges this herself:
Could her life since she had left Germany really be described as a difficult childhood? ... No, it was absurd. Some things had been difficult, but it had always been interesting and often funny ... As long as [the family] were together she could never have a difficult childhood. (Kerr 190)
 That said, I kind of liked the book. It wasn't exactly movie material, but not every book about historical events needs to be. It was a nice little story about a nice little girl and her nice little family who were living in difficult times. We have the follow up book in our collection, The Other Way Round, and I'm thinking of following the family to England to see what happens next.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

52 Book Challenge - Week 26

It's Week 26 of the 52 Book Reading Challenge, which means we are now half-way through the year. I'll pause for a moment while you hyperventilate.

Are you reconciled with the inexorable passage of time? Good.

Now, this week's challenge is one you can work out on your own, but the second half of the year (i.e., next week) kicks off with a doozy, so we'll give you some ideas for that one, too.

The current challenge is:

26.  A book you were supposed to read in school but haven’t yet.

Look, only you know what homework you skipped in school, so this is on you. If you were the kind of person who read everything and then some, then ask other people for suggestions of books they were supposed to read, but didn't. Or, pick a book everyone else was reading that you decided was not for you. Hopefully you'll come up with something new and exciting.

Next week's challenge will take some planning:

27. A book with a character with your first name.

Some people have easy names, like "Jane" or "Emma" or "Tom", but for those of us who don't have a title character with a shared name, you'll have to get creative. Try using looking up your name in Wikipedia to see the list of fictional characters (like this, if your name happened to be Algernon). Or you could try a Google search like this: (Gwendolen AROUND character) - if your name happens to be Gwendolen.

Good luck, and hopefully you don't end up hating your literary doppelganger.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here

52 Reading Challenge Week 25 - An Award-Winning Book

If you've been keeping up with the 52 Book Reading Challenge so far, then you'll know we've been having a great time exploring our collection for interesting books to read and review.

This week's challenge was to find an award winning book, and since there are a lot of book awards and we have a lot of excellent books, the hardest part of this challenge was narrowing it down.

Karen Ryle read Saga Land, by Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason.

Saga Land recently won the Non-Fiction category in the Australian Independent Bookseller's Indie Book Awards.

Long summer days and long winter nights swirl though the thousand years of the telling of one man’s story to find his family’s heritage. Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason travel to Iceland, tracing the locations mentioned in the historical sagas; and of Kari’ ancestor, the legendary historian and poet, Snorri Sturluson. 

Past and present intermingle then separate, as their journey unfolds in gusts against the ever dominating sheer mountains, fiery volcanoes, ice and sea. The retelling of the Icelandic sagas emphasize the strength of character needed in a wild land, where honour is everything, and where women often played a pivotal role. 

Part travelogue, part memoir and part literary history hewn large out of the landscape, Saga land is best read in one sitting on a winter’s weekend, preferably in front of a blazing log fire...

Brenda Carter read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

A Monster Calls, written by Patrick Ness and illustrated by Jim Kay, has won numerous awards, including the Carnegie and GreenawayMedals for writing and illustration in 2012, recognising the year's best work published in the UK. This was the first book to win both awards since the illustration award was established over fifty years ago.  It also won the BritishChildren's Book of the Year, the Red HouseChildren's Book Award and the Kitschies RedTentacle award for speculative fiction.

The novel was based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd, who had cancer when she conceived it and died before it was finished. In the story, a thirteen year old boy struggles to cope with his mother’s terminal cancer, a largely absent father, his well-meaning but strict grandmother and being bullied at school. In a recurring dream, the boy encounters a monster whose stories challenge him to confront and deal with his feelings and circumstances.

A Monster Calls has been described as "compelling ... powerful and impressive" and “a singular masterpiece”.  It is a quick read but benefits from multiple readings. There is plenty to ponder and the tale is beautifully told.

Sharon Bryan read Joe Faust, by Frank Brennan.

We have a lot of books in our Curriculum Collection that were finalists or winners for the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards. This isn’t one of them.

This book won the Language Learner Literature Awards' Adolescent & Adult: Upper Intermediate & Advanced category in 2012. What are the Language Literature Awards? They are awards given by the Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF) to books written specifically for language learners to reward the best books in their field. The ERF has a number of different categories depending on the target reading level and whether a book is an original text or an adaptation. The aim is to promote the fact that these books can be very well written, even if they are written for a particular purpose and have tightly controlled vocabularies and sentence structures.

These books play an important role in providing language learners a bridge to reading “authentic texts.” For that reason, it’s important to have Graded Readers (as these books are often called) that have stories which would interest adults, not just books for children.

Joe Faust is an original book written for the upper levels of a graded reading programme (it’s a level 10 book in the Page TurnersReading Library, which has 12 levels). It takes the story of Faust and Mephistopheles, and converts it to the world of high stakes financial trading. Joe Faust is a young trader who lives for the thrill of making money on the stock exchange. When he is offered a “deal” to give him a Midas touch, he takes it – signing his name in his own blood…

Well, it doesn’t end well. These sorts of deals never do, but it’s certainly a very interesting take on the subject. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, even though I’m not in the target audience. By writing a graded reader that is enjoyable to read even if you weren’t trying to learn the language, I think Frank Brennan deserved his award.