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BOOK REVIEW: Hemingway’s Havana – A Reflection of the Writer’s Life in Cuba by Robert Wheeler and América Fuentes

BOOK REVIEW: Hemingway’s Havana – A Reflection of the Writer’s Life in Cuba by Robert Wheeler and América Fuentes

| 11 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Hemingway’s Havana – A Reflection of the Writer’s Life in Cuba by Robert Wheeler and América Fuentes Skyhorse Publishing March 2018 Hardcover, $37.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Travel & Holidays / Travel Writing 70% Rocking The acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway has been the subject of many books. The famous writer has […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Peach by Emma Glass

BOOK REVIEW: Peach by Emma Glass

| 8 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Peach by Emma Glass Bloomsbury Circus January 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary Fiction / Surrealism 5/10   ‘An immensely talented young writer’ – George Saunders Slip the pin through the skin. Start stitching. It doesn’t sting. It does bleed. White thread turns red. Red string. Going in. Going out. I […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Selfie Generation by Alicia Eler

BOOK REVIEW: The Selfie Generation by Alicia Eler

| 7 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Selfie Generation by Alicia Eler Skyhorse Publishing November 2017 Hardcover, $37.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Society & Social Sciences 60% Rocking Selfies are a maligned subject because it’s easy to dismiss them as narcissistic rubbish. Alicia Eler knows this isn’t true and has written many articles about this social phenomena. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

BOOK REVIEW: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

| 5 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein Walker Books April 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Thriller / Mystery 6/10 We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us. Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Vox by Christina Dalcher

BOOK REVIEW: Vox by Christina Dalcher

| 4 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Vox by Christina Dalcher Harlequin August 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction / Dystopia / Feminism 8/10 Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins. Maybe it’s a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: How to Get to Heaven (Without Really Dying)- Wisdom from a Near Death Survivor by Robert Kopecky

BOOK REVIEW: How to Get to Heaven (Without Really Dying)- Wisdom from a Near Death Survivor by Robert Kopecky

| 3 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: How to Get to Heaven (Without Really Dying)- Wisdom from a Near Death Survivor by Robert Kopecky Llewellyn Books March 2018 Paperback, $17.99 US Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Self-Help / Death & the Afterlife 50% Rocking Near death experiences (NDEs) are a curious beast. While there have been some studies conducted, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

BOOK REVIEW: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

| 1 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh Simon & Schuster March 2019 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction 7/10 We were taught that, for a while, the universe existed and not one person knew. Stars exploded, nebulae collapsed, atoms crashed together and formed planets, then quiet oceans where single-celled organisms […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey

BOOK REVIEW: Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey

| 28 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey Orbit UK November 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Thriller / Horror 7/10 Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in the right way, no matter how hard times get. But there’s another side to Liz—one which […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Teatimes: A World Tour by Helen Saberi

BOOK REVIEW: Teatimes: A World Tour by Helen Saberi

| 28 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Teatimes: A World Tour by Helen Saberi Reaktion Books June 2018 Hardcover, $59.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Cooking, Food & Drink 75% Rocking Tea is one of the world’s most popular drinks. It also one of the most versatile as Helen Saberi’s Teatimes: A World Tour proves. The book is a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Little Whale by Jo Weaver

BOOK REVIEW: Little Whale by Jo Weaver

| 26 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Little Whale by Jo Weaver Hodder Children’s Books March 2018  Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book  6/10 Told through the eyes of a whale and her calf, this mesmerisingly beautiful book is a story of migration, family, the strength of parental love and the wonders of nature. Little Whale has never seen […]

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BOOK REVIEW; ADDING THE BLUE by Chrissie Hynde

BOOK REVIEW; ADDING THE BLUE by Chrissie Hynde

| 26 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW; ADDING THE BLUE by Chrissie Hynde Genesis Publications November 2018 Hard cover, $79.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Art 72% This intriguing collection of artworks by punk pioneer and pop rock mainstay Chrissie Hynde follows her recent attempts to find her artistic voice during some downtime in The Pretenders’ rock and roll schedule. Not […]

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BOOK REVIEW: HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY. A MOVIE SCRAPBOOK

BOOK REVIEW: HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY. A MOVIE SCRAPBOOK

| 26 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY. A MOVIE SCRAPBOOK Bloomsbury July 2018 Hard cover, $27.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Children/Fantasy/Movie tie-in 80% Harry Potter’s legions of ardent fans will already be familiar with the magical Diagon Alley – the secret magical location just off Charing Cross Road in London where the wizarding world go […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THE BEASTIE BOYS BOOK by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEASTIE BOYS BOOK by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

| 26 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEASTIE BOYS BOOK by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz Faber Social November 2018 Hard cover, $49.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music/autobiography 100% No-one should have expected that the surviving Beastie Boys, Mike D and ADROCK, would have told their story in a sane, linear-like fashion. For the co-constructors of frat boy hard […]

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BOOK REVIEW: White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock

BOOK REVIEW: White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock

| 25 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock Walker Books July 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Mystery 8/10   Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and must confront unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked.  Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis

BOOK REVIEW: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis

| 24 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis Penguin Books Ltd October 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Society & Culture / Feminism & Feminist Theory 80% Rocking When writer and journalist Scarlett Curtis was told feminists don’t wear pink she was undeterred. In fact, she decided to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

BOOK REVIEW: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

| 23 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Riverrun October 2018 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Stories / Science Fiction 7/10   In the stories of Adjei-Brenyah’s debut, an amusement park lets players enter augmented reality to hunt terrorists or shoot intruders played by minority actors, a school shooting results in both the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

BOOK REVIEW: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

| 22 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker Scribner February 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Speculative Fiction 6/10 Whatever this is, it comes over them quietly: a sudden drowsiness, a closing of the eyes. Most of the victims are found in their beds. But there are some who will tell you […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

BOOK REVIEW: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

| 21 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor Hodder & Stoughton October 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fantasy 8/10   If you have not read Strange the Dreamer, please stop reading and go check out the linked review/grab yourself a copy of the first book. — SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 (Strange […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue

BOOK REVIEW: Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue

| 20 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue ECW Press September 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Comedy & Humour / Humour Collections & Anthologies 55% Rocking Anne T. Donahue’s debut book, Nobody Cares is missing a suffix. It should clarify that people don’t care “About the small stuff.” We all know […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

BOOK REVIEW: Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

| 19 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Highway Bodies by Alison Evans Bonnier Echo February 2019 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / LGBTQ+ / Horror 9/10 ‘Do you know anything – at all, about what happened?’ The toddler tugs at Hasib’s hand but doesn’t say anything. I don’t know what to say. It’s something bad, and I […]

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