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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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BOOK REVIEW: Doctor Who – A History of Humankind – The Doctor’s Official Guide by Justin Richards, illustrated by Dan Green

BOOK REVIEW: Doctor Who – A History of Humankind – The Doctor’s Official Guide by Justin Richards, illustrated by Dan Green

| 23 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Doctor Who – A History of Humankind – The Doctor’s Official Guide by Justin Richards, illustrated by Dan Green Penguin UK October 2016 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Doctor Who / Alternate History 8/10 Robin Hood was just made up. Queen Elizabeth I never married. And nobody knows what happened to Jack […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Doctor Who – Dot-to-Doc illustrated by Gary Joynes

BOOK REVIEW: Doctor Who – Dot-to-Doc illustrated by Gary Joynes

| 23 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Doctor Who – Dot-to-Doc illustrated by Gary Joynes Penguin UK October 2016 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activity Book / Dot-to-Dot 9/10 For those of us who are too neurotic to really enjoy the adult colouring books which have enjoyed such a surge over the last 12-18 months, a join the dots […]

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Natalie’s Top 5 Reads for 2016

Natalie’s Top 5 Reads for 2016

| 23 December 2016 | Reply

At the start of 2016 I resolved to read more. I stopped listening to music and zoning out on public transport and decided I would always carry a book around in my handbag. Suffice it to say I achieved this resolution and this was largely thanks to receiving a number of free books from competitions and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Levi Penfold

BOOK REVIEW: The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Levi Penfold

| 16 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Levi Penfold Bloomsbury Child December 2016 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 8/10   They could hear their pursuers behind them. Frank knew from experience though, that they weren’t the sort of pursuers who actually wanted to catch their prey. It […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson

| 16 December 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson Penguin Vintage November 2016 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction 8/10 Joy to the world, Christmas Days is a collection of twelve short stories and other tid-bits that celebrate the festive season. The book is written by Jeanette Winterson (Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?) […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Tear in the Soul by Amanda Webster

BOOK REVIEW: A Tear in the Soul by Amanda Webster

| 10 December 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Tear in the Soul by Amanda Webster NewSouth Publishing October 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Memoir 8/10 For years Amanda Webster had an idealistic view of the past. The smart, sixth-Generation Australian, who has published books about autism and whose father and grandfather were respected doctors, had assumed that everyone […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Aliens, Ghosts and Vanishings – Strange and Possibly True Australian Stories by Stella Tarakson, illustrated by Richard Morden

BOOK REVIEW: Aliens, Ghosts and Vanishings – Strange and Possibly True Australian Stories by Stella Tarakson, illustrated by Richard Morden

| 9 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Aliens, Ghosts and Vanishings – Strange and Possibly True Australian Stories by Stella Tarakson, illustrated by Richard Morden Random House Australia October 2016 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Unsolved Mysteries 8/10 Had this book existed twenty-years ago, it would have no doubt been one of my favourites. Just shy of thirty, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THE BEAT OF MY OWN DRUM By Sheila E

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEAT OF MY OWN DRUM By Sheila E

| 6 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEAT OF MY OWN DRUM By Sheila E Atria Books/Simon & Schuster 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 If you can soldier through Sheila Escovado – ‘80s pop star and Prince’s one-time fiancé and band member Sheila E – and co-author Wendy Holden praising God and love and family over and over […]

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BOOK REVIEW: SPEAKING OUT by Tara Moss

BOOK REVIEW: SPEAKING OUT by Tara Moss

| 6 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: SPEAKING OUT by Tara Moss Harper Entertainment May 2016 – rrp$22.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 An invaluable resource for girls and women alike, Tara Moss shares advice and personal experience on how to ensure their voice can be heard above those of the self-perceived ‘stronger’ sex. Sadly, even in this second decade […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: GOOD COOKING by Neil Perry

COOKBOOK REVIEW: GOOD COOKING by Neil Perry

| 6 December 2016 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: GOOD COOKING by Neil Perry Murdoch Books November 2016 – rrp$49.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Like Neil Perry, our food at Voodoo To You is based on fresh produce, simple and complementary flavours, and putting a modern, interesting but subtle twist on ideas which have stood the test of time. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ZEN DOGS by Alex Cearns

BOOK REVIEW: ZEN DOGS by Alex Cearns

| 6 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: ZEN DOGS by Alex Cearns Harper Collins – November, 2016 Rrp $24.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Like most dog people, I love these sort of books. There’s not much to them – they are just a collection of photographs of dogs, after all – in this case, dogs with eyes shut, anthropomorphically […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson

BOOK REVIEW: A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson

| 4 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson Text Publishing November 2016 Paperback, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Stories 6/10     If Children of the New World, is reminiscent of Black Mirror, A Collapse of Horses is more of a slightly grown-up, less-resolved version of the Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark stories many […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein

BOOK REVIEW: Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein

| 3 December 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein Text Publishing October 2016 Paperback, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Stories 8/10   Fans of the show Black Mirror are bound to find something to like in Weinstein’s collection of stories. Each of these stories has something to do with technology, whether that be humanity’s reliance […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Cured – The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys by Lol Tolhurst

BOOK REVIEW: Cured – The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys by Lol Tolhurst

| 2 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Cured – The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys by Lol Tolhurst Quercus September 2016 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Biography 8/10 Drummer-then-keyboardist of The Cure Lol Tolhurst, famously evicted from the band following a descent into abject alcoholism, tells his story without bluff or bravado in Cured, admitting his many mistakes along […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ah Well, Nobody’s Perfect by Molly Meldrum with Jeff Jenkins

BOOK REVIEW: Ah Well, Nobody’s Perfect by Molly Meldrum with Jeff Jenkins

| 2 December 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ah Well, Nobody’s Perfect by Molly Meldrum with Jeff Jenkins Allen & Unwin October 2016 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Molly & Jeff Jenkins promise the “untold stories” in this latest “biography by anecdote” in his rebranding campaign from bumbling lovable eccentric to national treasure, but after two books, a mini series […]

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