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Keith's contemporary selection takes some of the Seeking Tumnus crew outside of their comfort zones, but fear not as this one is not by Christopher Pike. Instead it's Karen M. McManus's 2019 thriller Two Can Keep A Secret. Join us as we do our very best to not reveal the killer, or killers or was there even any death at all? You'll need to listen i…
 
Holy smokes, it's been a little while, hasn't it? This episode sees a triumphant return to all things weird and wizardish, as we throw back to Alan Garner's 1960 classic, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. We do our best argue about the pronunciation of the title for less than half of the episode, and, at least by that metric, we consider our 51st outi…
 
In this our 50th episode we go back to the well, the well trodden, well read, well written and much loved Harry Potter series. It's book two, The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. As well as giving you our thoughts on the officially lowest rated (on Good Reads) book in the original series we also briefly discuss the movie and have some potentiall…
 
To make up for the longer than usual time between episodes this Pat hosted special brings with it not one but two book reviews. First off the rank is the second book in Australian author James Bradley's Change Trilogy; The Buried Ark. We spoke to James in an earlier episode about the first in the series, The Silent Invasion. Next up is A.J. Betts v…
 
In case there weren’t already enough reasons to hate him, he’s now stealing beloved soft toys and using your Snakes & Ladders set without permission. This episode, we examine Judith Kerr’s semi-autobiographical delight, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. For some of us this was a heartfelt glimpse into the life of a WWII-era family of refugees; for ano…
 
This episode we’re delighted to be joined by the wonderful Steph Bowe, author of the 2018 CBCA notable contemporary YA title, Night Swimming. This is her third book, her first published at the remarkable age of 16. Listen in to find out who acts the goat, shoe-horning in a supposedly popular anthropomorphic series. Bri grinds Pat’s gears with an al…
 
This episode we wrinkle our brows and dive in to Madeleine L'Engle's science fiction/fantasy (depending on who you ask) classic A Wrinkle In Time.Will we escape IT and Camazotz or will it leave us comatose?With a big screen, big budget release it's a hot , hot topic but Seeking Tumnus wonder Whatsit really all about, Who is going to see it and Whic…
 
Seasonal greetings to all in this completely un-Christmassy episode of Seeking Tumnus, where instead of looking at a work of Young Adult fiction we dissect a big screen adaptation of one; Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief, directed by Brian Percival. Discover which Tumnite couldn't stomach the 2013 film and hear who has a bee in their bonnet regarding …
 
It was in the spring of 2017 that Seeking Tumnus foolishly decided to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Little did the unsuspecting populace know that their dams, levees and waterways were simply inadequate for the deluge that would follow. Can the stone eggs in Patrick's heart be cracked open? Will Keith's run of average ratings come to an end?…
 
Fantasy for the fantasy sceptic in this episode as Bri, no wait Laurie, takes us Over Sea, Under Stone with Susan Cooper's first book in The Dark is Rising Sequence. Life imitates art with the 1960s Cornwall treachery bleeding through to modern day suburban Melbourne, in a whodunnit for the ages (Clue: it was Laurie in the spreadsheet with die schn…
 
Warm on the heels of the acclaimed and controversial television series, we go back to the source with Jay Asher's 2007 best seller Thirteen Reasons Why. Watched and/or read? Join us on a merry dance through the trigger minefield as we tiptoe around sensitive topics including sexual assault, mental health, bullying, suicide and Brog the Stoop.Sounds…
 
Waking from our wintry slumber we trudge through snow and Dust as we explore the first book of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series; Northern Lights (also published as The Golden Compass).In this episode we reveal our inner Daemons, slander a missing co-host and attempt all the while not to disappoint a beloved fan. The 2007 film also gets a …
 
On this slightly out of date episode of Seeking Tumnus the crew dissect the slightly out of print Master of Murder by prolific young adult fiction author Christopher Pike. Pop on your tencel jeans and flannel and settle in for the long haul ride as this unexpected 90s horror blockbuster episode takes us to darker depths than Keith could ever have i…
 
Our first interview! We sit down with author James Bradley to discuss his first foray into YA fiction - The Silent Invasion. We talk diversity, influential science fiction, climate change, impending disaster and stinky teddy bears before some clown keeps Seeking Tumnus bingo alive with Stephen King. We're so engaged by our guest that Laurie forgets…
 
Ever wondered what it's like to have your own family island? According to E. Lockhart in her 2014 book We Were Liars it's not all it's cracked up to be. She takes us behind the scenes in the lives of the mega-rich social elite, but is it accurate? If you can confirm let us know, and invite us to your island already. We also examine the proliferatio…
 
We discover The Perks of Being a Wallflower this episode, and not just because we've been keeping abreast of Emma Watson in the news; it's a stunning coincidence we assure you! For Stephen Chbosky's 1999 coming-of-age novel we dig deep into the tome, discuss the film and take a sentimental trip down memory lane. So jump in, turn up the music, leave…
 
A Monster Calls and Seeking Tumnus answers this episode, as we review Patrick Ness' fantastically dramatic 2011 work - now also a major motion picture.Laurie gets a little grim, and reaps the rewards of talking about his favourite Death whilst Bri continues her journey of fantasy denialism!Patrick gives parenting advice and doesn't mention Stephen …
 
It's finally time for Sabriel, book one of the bestselling Old Kingdom/Abhorsen series by Australian author Garth Nix! Can this mysteriously positioned fantasy bridge the stalwart gorge or will Bri and Keith plummet to a watery demise in the river of death. It's all a little tributary thanks to the suggestion of a listener, and don't even question …
 
What would happen if the world of the fae lay just at the outskirts of our own? What if you could visit? And what if something found its way home with you?Join us this episode as we immerse ourselves in Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and help us decide where the boundaries lie between fantasy and reality.…
 
In this episode we take a look at S.E. Hinton's classic coming of age novel The Outsiders. Join us as we inadvertently insult the elderly quadragenarians, discuss the fine distinctions of processed meat and prove ourselves incapable of matching one Tumnite's boundless enthusiasm. To round things out we'll also take a peek at the star-studded 1983 m…
 
This episode we're back in our classics zone with Michelle Magorian's Goodnight Mister Tom, the story of a timid and abused London boy evacuated to country England during World War II. We take a fresh look at what is at times a confronting read that pulls no punches despite being for children. Did this selection of Pat's maintain his impressive run…
 
In this deluxe episode we wander the great halls of Hogwart's, exploring J.K. Rowling's blockbuster Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for our American listeners). We of course also take a gander at the 2001 movie of the same name(s); naww ain't they soooo cute! Laurie casts a spell on us with a spot …
 
In which we discuss Lynne Reid Banks' classic best selling book The Indian in the Cupboard. A fun game quickly turns a little sour, as we bring the fantasy to life in more ways than one. We also hear some questions from Bri, and take a quick look at the movie of the same name. What toy would you bring to life if you had a magic cupboard?…
 
Lost at sea with no captain to steady the ship, the crew of the HMAS Seeking Tumnus divert their course with a humorous foray into Goodreads territory. The turbulent seas of gender bias are navigated before we find the calmer waters of a jolly old game. Finally, we reflect on our favourite books and lament the stinkers we could have done without.…
 
The Fault, dear Tumnites, is in Our Stars. This episode we wax lyrical about John Green's mega smash hit The Fault in Our Stars. There's no burying the lede here; join us as we meet Hazel, a teenage girl with terminal cancer and a whole lot of unanswered questions about life, love and literature. Pat also challenges us with some insightful Goodread…
 
Come with us as we find our way out of James Dashner's smash hit 2009 book The Maze Runner. It's the first in a trilogy that has spawned as many movies (the last coming in 2017) and an ongoing prequel series. We'll not only search out the dark corners of the book, but also poke our noses into the movie adaptation that hit our screens in 2014. No go…
 
Fear not listeners, for Tomorrow is no longer a day away. John Marsden's Australian classic, Tomorrow When the War Began is fodder for the hungry Tumnus herd. We devour every word of this first book in a series of seven, then turn our attention to the 2010 film adaptation. There's some enjoyable dalliances with the Aussie vernacular, a heart is cru…
 
It's doom and gloom this episode as we immerse ourselves in the lives of the newly orphaned Baudelaire children in Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning. Opinions are divided on this smash hit book. How will the 2004 film adaptation featuring Jim Carrey fare in our reckoning?…
 
Join us this episode in Enid Blyton's Enchanted Wood. We forage a little deeper to see if this children's favourite and sales juggernaut is of sufficient sustenance for the Tumnus crew. We also seek the balance between acceptable modernisation and losing the essence, discuss responsible parenting and Pat throws his hat in the ring in the controvers…
 
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