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Author Archive: Stephanie O'Connell

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BOOK REVIEW: Pugs & Prejudice by Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett

BOOK REVIEW: Pugs & Prejudice by Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett

| 7 February 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Pugs & Prejudice by Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett Wildfire September 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Parody / Classics 9/10 CLASSIC TAILS – the greatest works of literature, as told by the finest breeds. We all have our favourite classic novels; books that have been beloved to us since childhood, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

BOOK REVIEW: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

| 1 February 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Scythe by Neal Shusterman Walker Books February 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Speculative 7.5/10 Thou shalt kill. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills

BOOK REVIEW: Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills

| 30 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills Picador January 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary / Speculative Fiction / Magical Realism 7/10 One morning, the residents of a small coastal town somewhere in Australia wake to discover the sea has disappeared. One among them has been plagued by troubling visions of this cataclysm for […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Body Music by Julie Maroh

BOOK REVIEW: Body Music by Julie Maroh

| 27 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Body Music by Julie Maroh Arsenal Pulp Press December 2017 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / GLBTQ / Anothology 6/10 Attraction, desire, breaking up, making up: Body Music explores the language of love and relationships. Set in Montreal, a typical metropolis where strangers meet under varying circumstances and either fall in love […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Her Body & Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

BOOK REVIEW: Her Body & Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

| 25 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Her Body & Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado Serpent’s Tail January 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Stories / Speculative Fiction / Feminist Fiction 8/10 In her provocative debut, Carmen Maria Machado demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. Startling narratives map […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

| 23 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler twenty7 January 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Mystery / Thriller 1/10   Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor. The offer he makes her is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson

BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson

| 21 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson Faber & Faber November 2017 Paperback, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Coming of Age 8/10 Wrapped in the snowfall of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two young lovers. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge

| 19 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge Walker Books November 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Adventure 7/10 Gary, a grounded racing pigeon, dreams of exploring the world—until the day he falls into an adventure of his very own. Most of the time, Gary is just like the other racing pigeons, eating […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis

| 18 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis Trapeze December 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Photography / Animals 8/10 Hilarious and strange images from the global instagram sensation; the world brought to life through the eyes of a child. KIDS’ DRAWINGS HILARIOUSLY BROUGHT TO […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan

| 16 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan Pan Macmillan Australia November 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Entertainment / Bizarre Facts / Kids & Teens Non-Fic 9/10 Danger Dolan is an Australian YouTube phenomenon, presenting intriguing, idiosyncratic facts in snappy countdown videos – and now, in an even snappier book! Discover the: * […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Poe – Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds

BOOK REVIEW: Poe – Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds

| 14 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Poe – Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds Candlewick Press August 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Classics / Poetry / Anthology 8/10 It is true that I am nervous. But why will you say that I am mad? In storied and poems written well […]

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Steph’s Best Reads of 2017

Steph’s Best Reads of 2017

| 14 January 2018 | Reply

Steph’s Best Reads of 2017 The age old question of whether art imitates life or vise versa is never so hard to figure out as in times of great tumult in the real world, and there’s no denying that 2017 was one of those years. As the real world grows stranger, fiction has to work […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass

BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass

| 13 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass Stripes January 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 8/10 In the maze-like dungeons of Castle Grotteskew, the frightfully insane Professor Erasmus conducts his bizarre experiments on living things. His very first creation has been long forgotten – a small, almost-human creature, known only as Stitch […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

| 12 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery Quercus July 2016 Paperback, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Contemporary / Personal & Social Issues 5/10 “They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin

BOOK REVIEW: Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin

| 10 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin Sphere January 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell General Fiction / Romance / Humour / Speculative 7/10 Don’t tell anyone, but Jen is one of my favourite people.  (Machines aren’t supposed to have favourites. Don’t ask me how this has happened.) Jen is sad. Aiden wants […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

| 8 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Lothian Children’s Books October 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Fantasy / Adventure 7/10   A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but […]

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BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot

BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot

| 3 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot Lost the Plot November 2017 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Non-Fiction 7/10 A collection of online dating conversations. From bad pick-up lines to death threats and awkward sex-capades #single is a hilarious snapshot of some of the most ridiculous real-life online dating conversations. “Definitely giving […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward

BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward

| 2 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward Walker Books November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children / Activity Books / Reference 9/10 This interactive guide features dragons from around the globe. It comes with a tuck box containing precut pieces to build a beautifully artworked […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

| 31 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich Corsair November 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary Fiction / Speculative 3/10 The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler

BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler

| 17 December 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers October 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Photography / Animal Photography / Humour 10/10 Who’s a good dog? In the tradition of bestselling photography books like Underwater Dogs and Shake comes an adorable and hilarious collection of dog photographs capturing our best friends at one of their […]

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