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BOOK REVIEW: City Atlas – Travel the World With 30 Maps by Martin Haake & Georgia Cherry

BOOK REVIEW: City Atlas – Travel the World With 30 Maps by Martin Haake & Georgia Cherry

| 5 December 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: City Atlas – Travel the World With 30 Maps by Martin Haake & Georgia Cherry Allen & Unwin September 2015 Hardback, $35.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Picture Book 7/10 My main stumbling block with this large-scale hard cover book is that the title seems to be a bit of a misnomer. Despite the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

BOOK REVIEW: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

| 2 December 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Young Elites by Marie Lu Penguin Books October 2014 £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10   Everyone talked about these malfettos in hushed whispers; most feared them and called them demons. But I secretly held them in awe. People said they could conjure fire out of thin air. Could call the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin

BOOK REVIEW: Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin

| 1 December 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin Katherine Tegen Books November 2015 Hardcover, £19.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 4/10   “When I’m with him, I feel, I don’t know. Reckless.”   The first book in this series by Sean Olin, Wicked Games, was not my favourite. In fact, this reader found herself disliking everything […]

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BOOK REVIEW: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

BOOK REVIEW: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

| 28 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Allen & Unwin November 2013 Paperback, $18.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 8/10 These Broken Stars is book 1 in The Starbound Trilogy.  The Icarus; decadent, luxury spaceliner. Unsinkable. Even the air here smells filtered and fake. The candles in the sconces do flicker, but they’re powered […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Special Power – My Poetic Observance of Life by Ron Black

BOOK REVIEW: A Special Power – My Poetic Observance of Life by Ron Black

| 28 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Special Power – My Poetic Observance of Life by Ron Black Outskirts Press October 2014 Paperback, USD $8.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 6/10 A poem can be a particularly hard thing to review. Do you rate it on the style used, on the thoughts expressed, or on how it makes you feel? And […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Underground by S.L. Grey

BOOK REVIEW: Underground by S.L. Grey

| 21 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Underground by S.L. Grey  Macmillan August 2015 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10 What happens when a racist, sexist, gun-obsessed family: ‘It’s the Chinks’ fault,’ Brett says. ‘They’re getting what they deserve.’ ‘Yeah. But you see how fast the virus is spreading into the US. It’s a malicious threat, militarized. It’s going […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder

BOOK REVIEW: The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder

| 20 November 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder Weidenfeld & Nicholson | Orion November 2015 Hardback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 3/10 When fifteen-year-old Anna begins receiving messages from another time, her parents take her to the doctor. But he can find nothing wrong with Anna; in fact he believes there may be […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne

BOOK REVIEW: Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne

| 20 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne Harper Collins Australia September 2015 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Mystery / Thriller 9/10 A barefooted man who has no memory of his own identity is running down an Arizona desert highway outside the town of Redemption, a crashed plane behind him burning intensely. Was he on board? If […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bill Oddie Unplucked by Bill Oddie

BOOK REVIEW: Bill Oddie Unplucked by Bill Oddie

| 20 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bill Oddie Unplucked by Bill Oddie Bloomsbury Acad & Prof March 2015 Hardback, $35.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Entertainment Biography 7.5/10 Former Goodie Bill Oddie has long been an avid birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast, hosting multiple programs on British television, as well as publishing many columns, blogs, musings and books on these subjects. In […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson

BOOK REVIEW: Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson

| 20 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson Faber September 2015 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Graphic Novel / Middle Grade 7.5/10 Craig Thompson’s new graphic novel tells a wonderfully imaginative sci-fi story that inhabits a cleverly written universe full of space whales with diarrhoea, chicken scientists, a pretentious class system and the obligatory corporate/political conspiracy. Led […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Truths, Half Truths & Little White Lies by Nick Frost

BOOK REVIEW: Truths, Half Truths & Little White Lies by Nick Frost

| 20 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Truths, Half Truths & Little White Lies by Nick Frost Hatchette Australia October 2015 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Entertainment Biography 8/10 The temptation with comic actor Nick Frost’s memoir is to pick it up expecting behind the scenes tales about the making of Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul and the other […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

BOOK REVIEW: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

| 19 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn W&N November 2015 Paperback, £2.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10   A child who terrorized his little brother and threatened his stepmom. Who told me calmly that I would die. A kid who cut the tail off the family pet. A house that attacked and manipulated its […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Foo Fighters: Learning to Fly by Mick Wall

BOOK REVIEW: Foo Fighters: Learning to Fly by Mick Wall

| 19 November 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Foo Fighters: Learning to Fly by Mick Wall Hatchette Australia October 2015 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music Biography 9/10 Mick Wall pulls no punches when analysing the career of indie rock mainstays Foo Fighters: from the very first page (after the introduction) Wall asserts with admirable confidence that “The Foo Fighters as […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Live Wire – Bon Scott by Mary Renshaw, John D’Arcy and Gabby D’Arcy

BOOK REVIEW: Live Wire – Bon Scott by Mary Renshaw, John D’Arcy and Gabby D’Arcy

| 19 November 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Live Wire – Bon Scott by Mary Renshaw, John D’Arcy and Gabby D’Arcy Allen & Unwin October 2015 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music Biography 8.5/10 Does the world really need another AC/DC biography? The band’s history has been tackled by everyone from ex-bassist Mark Evans, through a who’s who of international […]

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BOOK REVIEW: This Could Get Messy by James Wirth

BOOK REVIEW: This Could Get Messy by James Wirth

| 19 November 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: This Could Get Messy by James Wirth Murdoch Books October 2015 Hardback, $45.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cooking 8/10 What do you do when you’re a madwikkid wiggywiggywoo DJ having “a criminally good time being paid to travel the world and wreak our own special brand of havoc,” and then decide to settle down in Sydney […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

BOOK REVIEW: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

| 19 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle Corgi Childrens August 2015 Paperback, £5.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 7.5/10   There are no ghosts; only the dust in the light, our breath and the wind in the quiet, and the feeling that something, or a lot of somethings, are watching us. So maybe there are […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Dogs in the Air by Jack Bradley

BOOK REVIEW: Dogs in the Air by Jack Bradley

| 18 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dogs in the Air by Jack Bradley Hachette Australia October 2015 Hardback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Photography / Humour 7.5/10 It’s a bit of fluff, this book – an ironic descriptor, considering the content is photographs of furry, fluffy, pooches leaping, jumping and flying through the air. In our lives we are bombarded […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Lima: The Cookbook by Virgilio Martinez

BOOK REVIEW: Lima: The Cookbook by Virgilio Martinez

| 18 November 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Lima: The Cookbook by Virgilio Martinez Hachette Australia October 2015 Hardback, $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cooking 7.5/10 Featuring an abundance of ‘superfoods’ such as quinoa and chia, and a glorious emphasis on fresh vegetables, this book covering Peruvian home cooking will doubtless be a hit with everyone up to date with current […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Fortunate Son by John Fogerty

BOOK REVIEW: Fortunate Son by John Fogerty

| 18 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Fortunate Son by John Fogerty Hachette Australia October 2015 Hardback, $35.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music Biography 9.5 /10 Reading former Creedence Clearwater Revival mainman John Fogerty’s autobiography (ghosted by the redoubtable Jimmy McDonough) isn’t like studying a textbook or poring over a stuffy propaganda document, it’s more like sitting around a table while Uncle John regales […]

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BOOK REVIEW: FOOD + BEER by Ross Dobson

BOOK REVIEW: FOOD + BEER by Ross Dobson

| 18 November 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: FOOD + BEER by Ross Dobson Murdoch Books 1 August, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 There’s nothing pretentious or fancy about FOOD + BEER: it is, like it’s subject matter, not rocket science. A collection of mostly simple but extremely tasty recipes, each matched to a suitable style of the amber (or […]

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