More reviews!

The Eureka Street review of Women of the Gobi is so good that Pluto Press has put it up on its website. I met the reviewer at a writer’s event late last year; am I allowed to say that receiving a good review seems even better when you know it was written by a handsome young man? Probably not. So I won’t.

Women of the Gobi was also reviewed in a list of favourite travel books in the Australian, and had a positive review in the Canberra Times, which unfortunately isn’t online … it starts by calling the book “both wise and clever, as well as downright fascinating”, which is a phrase to savour (also to whip out in arguments with boyfriend: “I am wise and clever! It says so in the Canberra Times!”).

Another reason not to mention the handsomeness of Eureka Street’s assistant editor is that I might do some writing for them. An article idea has been percolating in my brain, based around the following quote from Penn Jillette; how it pertains to a Christian I know who turns out to have done some abominable things and appears to think that because God has forgiven him everyone else should forget about it; and how that has helped lead me, kind of unexpectedly, on the path from apologetic agnosticism towards outright atheism.

Believing there’s no God means I can’t really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That’s good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.

One Response to “More reviews!”

  1. shiralee says:

    Congrats! Of course you deserve to have ALL your reviews written by pretty boys… BTW V. good idea for an article… or at least I’d read it. The other thing I want to know is how come fundamentalist can cane atheists for being intolerent (e.g secretly thinking believers are a bit stooopid, or even just expressing disagreement with the faithful on anything at all etc) and use that as a basis for disqualifying all atheist arguments, yet their own intolerence is…um… sacrosanct…

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