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BOOK REVIEW: The Australian Students’ Guide to Writing and Grammar by Claire Duffy

BOOK REVIEW: The Australian Students’ Guide to Writing and Grammar by Claire Duffy

| 2 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Australian Students’ Guide to Writing and Grammar by Claire Duffy NewSouth Publishing February 2019 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / English Language & Literacy Educational Material 85% Rocking Some people find grammar and punctuation impenetrable. Perhaps you weren’t taught a lot of it at school or you might find the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

BOOK REVIEW: Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

| 2 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman Walker Books October 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Dystopia 50% Rocking When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Hard Stuff by Wayne Kramer

BOOK REVIEW: The Hard Stuff by Wayne Kramer

| 7 June 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Hard Stuff by Wayne Kramer Allen & Unwin August 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Autobiography 82% As guitarist with Sixties cult legends The MC5, Wayne Kramer was ahead of his times. The band were staunchly anti-establishment, anarchically political, pro-drug and revolution and whatever else ya got going on. Being that […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Familiars by Stacey Halls

BOOK REVIEW: The Familiars by Stacey Halls

| 15 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Familiars by Stacey Halls Bonnier Zaffre February 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Historical Fiction / Magical Realism 79% ‘Assured and alluring, this beautiful tale of women and witchcraft and the fight against power was a delight from start to finish’ – Jessie Burton, bestselling author of The Miniaturist. Fleetwood Shuttleworth is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Yahoo Creek by Tohby Riddle

BOOK REVIEW: Yahoo Creek by Tohby Riddle

| 15 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Yahoo Creek by Tohby Riddle Allen & Unwin March 2019 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Australian Culture / Aboriginal 90%     Luminous images accompanied by newspaper extracts dating back to the early 1800s and words by Ngiyampaa Elder Peter Williams explore the ongoing mystery of yahoo encounters. ‘He […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Wish by Chris Saunders

BOOK REVIEW: Wish by Chris Saunders

| 12 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Wish by Chris Saunders Words & Pictures March 2019 Hardcover, $21.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book / Friendship 80% Once every year, wishes take flight, filled with hope and twinkling light… Rabbit has never caught a wish before, then one day he catches three! But what amazing things should he wish for? […]

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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 50%   ‘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 60% 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 80% 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 70% 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 70% 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: The Book of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith (AKA Doctor Know)

BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith (AKA Doctor Know)

| 28 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith (AKA Doctor Know) Allen & Unwin February 2019 Paperback, $21.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Psychology / Self-Help / Teenage / Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 80% Learn to understand the way you think and you will be able to deal with many of life’s difficult moments. Written in […]

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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  60% 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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