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BOOK REVIEW: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

BOOK REVIEW: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

| 31 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth Harper Collins January 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult/Speculative 3/10 So Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and subsequent short stories in the same universe is back! There is a lot of hype around this book and so many elements that showed potential. Surely, after […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: Damn Fine Cherry Pie by Lindsey Bowden

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Damn Fine Cherry Pie by Lindsey Bowden

| 30 January 2017 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Damn Fine Cherry Pie by Lindsey Bowden Hachette Australia November 2016 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cooking 8/10 It may be an unauthorised collection, but this volume of recipes inspired by the wonderful food which served as such a distraction on David Lynch’s sometimes-wacky, sometimes-cerebral, always-interesting series Twin Peaks. To her credit Lindsey […]

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BOOK REVIEW: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

BOOK REVIEW: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

| 28 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund Weidenfeld & Nicolson January 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction/Literary 8/10 By their nature, it came to me, children were freaks. They believed impossible things to suit themselves, thought their fantasies were the center of the world. They were the best kinds of quacks, if […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Among the Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks

BOOK REVIEW: Among the Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks

| 26 January 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Among the Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks Macmillan Australia December 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Romance 6/10 Love is a wonderful thing. We all want to experience it. Many musicians, artists and writers have used it as inspiration, but it was perhaps Darren Hanlon who put it best when he sang, “Love […]

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BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC In Full Flight by Alan Perry

BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC In Full Flight by Alan Perry

| 24 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC In Full Flight by Alan Perry Wymer Publishing  November 2016 Hardcover, £79.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music Biography 9/10 Wymer Publishing’s collection of Alan Perry’s photographs of AC/DC – taken in England between 1978 and 1982 – comes in a deluxe, individually numbered flight case, along with ten postcards and five glossy A4 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Invasion by Luke Rhinehart

BOOK REVIEW: Invasion by Luke Rhinehart

| 20 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Invasion by Luke Rhinehart Titan Books December 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Fiction 8.5 /10 In 1971 Luke Rhinehart wrote the anarchic, disturbing The Dice Man, the story of a psychiatrist who surrenders every decision of his life to the roll of a dice. It was confronting and raised many serious philosophical […]

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BOOK REVIEW: 18 And Life On Skid Row by Sebastian Bach

BOOK REVIEW: 18 And Life On Skid Row by Sebastian Bach

| 20 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: 18 And Life On Skid Row by Sebastian Bach Harper Collins Australia December 2016 Paperback,  $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Biography/Music 8/10 Anyone who has interviewed or talked with Sebastian Bach at a gig will tell you that he’s a garrulous sort of chap, never backwards in coming forwards, and this entertaining autobiography reads like […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Defender by G.X. Todd

BOOK REVIEW: Defender by G.X. Todd

| 14 January 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Defender by G.X. Todd Headline January 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction 5/10 The theory behind the bicameral mind argues that there was not such a thing as an internal mindscape, that we didn’t learn to internalise our thoughts until well after the Bible was written (sources such as Homer’s […]

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BOOK REVIEW: I Am Brian Wilson by Brian Wilson

BOOK REVIEW: I Am Brian Wilson by Brian Wilson

| 13 January 2017 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: I Am Brian Wilson by Brian Wilson Coronet  October 2016 Hardcover, $45 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Biography 9/10 There’s a tendency to think of Brian Wilson as a space cadet off with the fairies thanks to copious drug abuse and the mental illness that it triggered, but I Am Brian Wilson (ghosted by Ben […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Last Of The Giants: The True Story Of Guns n’ Roses by Mick Wall

BOOK REVIEW: Last Of The Giants: The True Story Of Guns n’ Roses by Mick Wall

| 11 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Last Of The Giants: The True Story Of Guns n’ Roses by Mick Wall Hachette Australia December 2016 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Biography, Music 9/10 It almost goes without saying that Mick Wall is the single most qualified person on the planet to author a true story of the heavy rock juggernaut Guns […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

BOOK REVIEW: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

| 9 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen Simon & Schuster Australia September 2016 – rrp$49.99 Autobiography Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 In a time when every man and his dog are employing ghost writers to bash out half-arsed cobbled-together collections of fuzzily-remembered spin to show their anarchic career in a better light, Bruce Springsteen […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My Cool Treehouse by Jane Field-Lewis, photography by Tina Hillier

BOOK REVIEW: My Cool Treehouse by Jane Field-Lewis, photography by Tina Hillier

| 7 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My Cool Treehouse by Jane Field-Lewis, photography by Tina Hillier Pavilion September 2016 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Photography / Lifestyle / Interior Design 7/10 Literature, too, understands this principle. Magical tales are spun by Enid Blyton or her faraway trees while Tolkien’s elf houses and Roald Dahl’s The Minpins […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life by Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben

BOOK REVIEW: Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life by Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben

| 7 January 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life by Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben Penguin Books November 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Comedy & Humour 7.5/10 Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life is a short book that is billed as a sort of advice manual by the self-proclaimed “Prime […]

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BOOK REVIEW: No Virgin by Anne Cassidy

BOOK REVIEW: No Virgin by Anne Cassidy

| 5 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: No Virgin by Anne Cassidy Hot Key Books January 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Contemporary 4/10 TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE One has to appreciate what Anne Cassidy was trying to do in writing this book, in which a seventeen-year-old girl battles with herself as she tries to decide if […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: SWEET! CELEBRATIONS – Elise Strachan

COOKBOOK REVIEW: SWEET! CELEBRATIONS – Elise Strachan

| 2 January 2017 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: SWEET! CELEBRATIONS – Elise Strachan Murdoch Books November 2016 – rrp$39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Elise Strachan and a friend started a cupcake business in Sydney in 2008, a la TV’s 2 Broke Girls – but like those fictional characters, the business was a commercial flop. It set Strachan on the road […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

BOOK REVIEW: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

| 1 January 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher Bantam Press November 2016 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Biography/Memoir/Entertainment 9/10 I can’t promise that this is going to be an objective review; I feel this needs to be made clear from the outset. Five days ago, Carrie Fisher died, and in a year of deeply […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Haunt Me by Liz Kessler

BOOK REVIEW: Haunt Me by Liz Kessler

| 27 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Haunt Me by Liz Kessler Orion Children’s Books December 2016 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult/Supernatural 2/10 Joe wakes up from a deep sleep to see his family leave in a removals van. Where they’ve gone, he has no idea. Erin moves house and instantly feels at home in her new […]

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Steph’s 2016 in books: The Good, the Bad, and the DNF!

Steph’s 2016 in books: The Good, the Bad, and the DNF!

| 25 December 2016 | Reply

Steph’s 2016 in books: The Good, the Bad, and the DNF! Often this year, it felt as though I was going through a rather bad book slump. There were a lot of books it was just too hard to get into, and so it seemed there were a lot more in titles in the middle “meh” area […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Atlas of Improbable Places by Travis Elborough & Alan Horsfield

BOOK REVIEW: Atlas of Improbable Places by Travis Elborough & Alan Horsfield

| 25 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Atlas of Improbable Places by Travis Elborough & Alan Horsfield Aurum Press September 2016 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction/Reference 8/10 The Atlas of Improbable Places is a voyage to the world’s most unlikely and curious locations.  Maps, the great Italian writer Italo Calvino once maintained, presuppose the idea of a narrative […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Curious Guide to Things that Aren’t by John D. Fixx and James F. Fixx, illustrated by Abby Carter

BOOK REVIEW: The Curious Guide to Things that Aren’t by John D. Fixx and James F. Fixx, illustrated by Abby Carter

| 23 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Curious Guide to Things that Aren’t by John D. Fixx and James F. Fixx, illustrated by Abby Carter Walter Foster Jr. November 2016 Hardcover, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Juvenile Non-Fiction / Curiosities and Wonders 8/10 The Curious Guide to Things That Aren’t is a thought-provoking and engaging collection, featuring 26 thoughtful riddles, […]

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