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Category: Book Reviews

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BOOK REVIEW: Providence by Max Barry

BOOK REVIEW: Providence by Max Barry

| 15 April 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Providence by Max Barry Hachette Australia March 2020 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science-Fiction / Thriller 75% Rocking An inventive, speculative adventure and the intimate tale of four people facing their most desperate hour – alone, together, at the edge of the universe. The video changed everything. Before that, we could believe […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Batman – 100 Greatest Moments by Robert Greenberger

BOOK REVIEW: Batman – 100 Greatest Moments by Robert Greenberger

| 19 January 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Batman – 100 Greatest Moments by Robert Greenberger Allen & Unwin/Quatro Group December 2019 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Comic Book anthology 78% There’s not much Robert Greenberger doesn’t know about the iconic caped crusader of Gotham City, and here he compiles his list of 100 Greatest Moments spanning the 80-year history […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Who Am I, Again? By Lenny Henry

BOOK REVIEW: Who Am I, Again? By Lenny Henry

| 7 December 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Who Am I, Again? By Lenny Henry Allen & Unwin November 2019 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Autobiography 69% British comedian Lenny Henry doesn’t manage to answer his own titular question in this first volume of his memoirs. Full of insecurities and self-confessional in nature – as any honest telling of our […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ho! Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake by Hazel Edwards, illustrated by Deborah Niland

BOOK REVIEW: Ho! Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake by Hazel Edwards, illustrated by Deborah Niland

| 1 December 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ho! Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake by Hazel Edwards, illustrated by Deborah Niland Penguin Books Australia October 2018 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Kids & Childrens Books / Picture Books 85% Rocking In 1980 we learned that hippopotamuses enjoy eating cake. And hanging out […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Little Book Of Lost Words by Joe Gillard

BOOK REVIEW: The Little Book Of Lost Words by Joe Gillard

| 7 November 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Little Book Of Lost Words by Joe Gillard Allen & Unwin October 2019 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Dictionary 90% Joe Gillard is on a mission to resurrect a slew of lost words with this adorable and oft-hilarious little book, and who better to do so that the founder of History […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald

BOOK REVIEW: Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald

| 10 October 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald Profile Books August 2019 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Space / Science / History 60% ESCAPE FROM EARTH is the untold story of the engineers, dreamers and rebels who started the American space programme. In particular, it […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Malcolm Young – The Man Who Made AC/DC by Jeff Apter

BOOK REVIEW: Malcolm Young – The Man Who Made AC/DC by Jeff Apter

| 7 October 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Malcolm Young – The Man Who Made AC/DC by Jeff Apter Allen & Unwin August 2019 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Biography 88% You might say that Malcolm Young – who, as the rock steady rhythm guitarist with hard rock legends AC/DC, was known by many as “the best right hand in […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Time Travel Diaries by Caroline Lawrence

BOOK REVIEW: The Time Travel Diaries by Caroline Lawrence

| 20 September 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Time Travel Diaries by Caroline Lawrence Allen & Unwin July 2019 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Childrens/Historical fiction 79% Alex is a twelve year old kid in London who, by misadventure, is enlisted by a rogue billionaire to travel back in time to the Londinium of Roman times and find out […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

BOOK REVIEW: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

| 19 September 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Allen & Unwin May 2019 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 60% From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure. The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Last by Hanna Jameson

BOOK REVIEW: The Last by Hanna Jameson

| 29 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Last by Hanna Jameson Penguin | Viking February 2019 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Mystery / Dystopia 65% Rocking For fans of high-concept thrillers such as Annihilation and The Girl with All the Gifts, this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton

BOOK REVIEW: Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton

| 23 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton Hodder & Stoughton April 2019 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction / Artificial Intelligence / Oncoming Apocalypse 80% Rocking Meet Emily – she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind’s deepest secrets and even fix your truck’s air con, but unfortunately, she can’t restart the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Need by Helen Phillips

BOOK REVIEW: The Need by Helen Phillips

| 21 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Need by Helen Phillips Penguin | Viking July 2019 Paperback, $29.99 AUD Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Thriller / Speculative 80% Rocking Molly is exhausted, anxious, losing her grip on reality. Her husband is away and she is running between her children and her job, where things are unravelling. She’s a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli

BOOK REVIEW: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli

| 19 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli Llewellyn Publications April 2018 Paperback, $16.99 USD Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Hauntings / Ghosts / Paranormal Investigations 60% Rocking IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATIONS OF THE VILLISCA AX MURDER HOUSE, MYRTLES PLANTATION & OTHER FRIGHTFUL SITES Experience the Heartland’s Most Memorable and Thrilling Paranormal Cases You […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

BOOK REVIEW: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

| 18 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews Orchard June 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Contemporary 90% Rocking An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope. Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

BOOK REVIEW: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

| 17 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Exhalation by Ted Chiang Picador May 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction / Short Stories / Novellas 84% Rocking   From the award-winning science fiction writer (whose short story “The Story of Your Life” was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival), the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Herbalist’s Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs by Pat Crocker

BOOK REVIEW: The Herbalist’s Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs by Pat Crocker

| 14 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Herbalist’s Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs by Pat Crocker Sterling Publishing Co Inc July 2018 Hardcover, $37.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Cooking, Food & Drink / Cookery by Ingredient 85% Rocking The Herbalist’s Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs is a book for anyone who has ever encountered an […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different- True Tales of Amazing Boys who Changed the World Without Killing Dragons written by Ben Brooks and illustrated by Quinton Winter

BOOK REVIEW: Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different- True Tales of Amazing Boys who Changed the World Without Killing Dragons written by Ben Brooks and illustrated by Quinton Winter

| 10 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different- True Tales of Amazing Boys who Changed the World Without Killing Dragons written by Ben Brooks and illustrated by Quinton Winter Quercus Publishing April 2018 Hardcover, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children’s Non-Fiction / True Stories for Children & Teenagers 65% Rocking Stories for Boys […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Just Eat It – How intuitive eating can help you get your shit together around food by Laura Thomas

BOOK REVIEW: Just Eat It – How intuitive eating can help you get your shit together around food by Laura Thomas

| 7 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Just Eat it – How intuitive eating can help you get your shit together around food by Laura Thomas Bluebird January 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Self-Help & Personal Development / Popular Psychology 75% Rocking If you want to have your cake and eat it too then Laura Thomas’s […]

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BOOK REVIEW: LOVE! An Enthusiastic and Modern Perspective on Matters of the Heart by Zoe Foster Blake

BOOK REVIEW: LOVE! An Enthusiastic and Modern Perspective on Matters of the Heart by Zoe Foster Blake

| 4 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: LOVE! An Enthusiastic and Modern Perspective on Matters of the Heart by Zoe Foster Blake Penguin Michael Joseph February 2019 Paperback, $45.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Family & Relationships / Dating 7.5/10 When it comes to matters of the heart, Zoe Foster Blake is often seen as the Queen. This entrepreneur […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Recursion by Blake Crouch

BOOK REVIEW: Recursion by Blake Crouch

| 4 August 2019

Pan Macmillan June 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction / Thriller 90% Rocking   What if someone could rewrite your entire life? ‘My son has been erased.’ Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop. Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death […]

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