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Category: Book Reviews

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BOOK REVIEW: Maggie Beer’s Autumn Harvest

BOOK REVIEW: Maggie Beer’s Autumn Harvest

| 29 February 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Maggie Beer’s Autumn Harvest Lantern February 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar General Cooking 8/10 No spring chicken herself, the venerable Maggie Beer keeps to the traditional European path with her latest collection of Autumn Harvest recipes, which means no ‘dude food’ or trend-du-jours on parade. In this day when we find more […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

| 28 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Faber & Faber February 2016 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 7.5/10 Amani Al’Hiza has lived in Dustwalk her whole life, the last twelve months under her uncle’s roof. She’s always been too stubborn for her own good, and her uncle has decided that the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up by Suzette Valle

BOOK REVIEW: 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up by Suzette Valle

| 28 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up by Suzette Valle Quarto Group USA September 2015 Paperback, $17.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Entertainment 10/10 Pretty much the perfect movie guide for kids, 101 MOVIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU GROW UP presents some wonderful films suitable for kids, and crucially never taloks down to them […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Conversations With McCartney by Paul Du Noyer

BOOK REVIEW: Conversations With McCartney by Paul Du Noyer

| 27 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Conversations With McCartney by Paul Du Noyer Hachette Australia October 2015 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music Biography 5/10 Paul Du Noyer was contacted in June 1989 by Paul McCartney’s London office and offered an interview with the ex-Beatle. No sane journalist could refuse, and Du Noyer went on to work for Macca […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Beatles Songs by Steven Turner

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Beatles Songs by Steven Turner

| 27 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Beatles Songs by Steven Turner Hachette Australia October 2015 Hardback, $49.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music Biography 9/10 If there’s something to know about one of the Beatles’ songs which isn’t included in this hefty coffee table-styled tome, then the band members have or probably will take it to their graves. This reissue […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

BOOK REVIEW: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

| 25 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye Blazer + Bray April 2016 Hardcover, $17.99 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 5/10   Vika packed the clay from the former pitcher in her hands. It hardened into a ceramic cannonball. “I don’t fancy dying.” Her father emptied the bottle of kvass. “Then the only option is, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC Revised & Updated by Phil Sutcliffe

BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC Revised & Updated by Phil Sutcliffe

| 25 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC Revised & Updated by Phil Sutcliffe Quarto Group USA September 2015 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music Biography 9/10 Phil Sutcliffe’s 2010 biography is a far less wordy tome than most of its contemporaries, instead presented as a coffee table-sized book letting the pictures do much of the talking. And what pictures […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan

BOOK REVIEW: The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan

| 25 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan Allen & Unwin October 2015 Hardback,  $35.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Illustrated / Fairytales 9/10 Artist Shaun Tan dives deep into the murky realm of Grimm’s Fairy Tales in this wonderfully dark book. Things were different in the early 1800’s, as Tan shows by returning to the original […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Way We Roll by Scot Gardner

BOOK REVIEW: The Way We Roll by Scot Gardner

| 24 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Way We Roll by Scot Gardner  Allen & Unwin February 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 6/10   Will went to a private school and owns a Rolex, but now he spends his days pushing shopping trolleys and nights hiding out in the crawl-space below a bowling alley. He plays things close to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Dylan Disc by Disc by Jon Bream

BOOK REVIEW: Dylan Disc by Disc by Jon Bream

| 23 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dylan Disc by Disc by Jon Bream Murdoch Books July 2015 Hardback, $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music Biography 7/10 Rather than tackling Bob Dylan’s enormous discography single-handedly, Jon Bream (music critic at the Minneapolis Star Tribune) drew up an impressive list of luminaries – scholars, journalists, musicians – to go head-to-head in pairs album […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Amazing Fantastic Incredible by Stan Lee

BOOK REVIEW: Amazing Fantastic Incredible by Stan Lee

| 23 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Amazing Fantastic Incredible by Stan Lee Simon & Schuster November 2015 Hardback, $45.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Memoir / Graphic Novel 8/10 Stan Lee is the writer behind many of Marvel Comics greatest creations, and with Marvel riding so high with their movie & TV franchises right now, it seems anything that they touch turns […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

BOOK REVIEW: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

| 22 February 2016 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard January 2016 Tor Teen Hardcover, $18.99 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10   Those who win wars are those who write histories.   As a Susan Dennard virgin, Truthwitch came to my attention solely because Susan Dennard just happen to be my favourite author’s best friend, and so the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

BOOK REVIEW: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

| 21 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz Walker Books February 2016 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 7/10 Today Miss Chandler gave me this beautiful book. I vow that I will never forget her kindness to me, and I will use this book as she told me to—that I will write […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Desert Flame by Janine Grey

BOOK REVIEW: Desert Flame by Janine Grey

| 20 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Desert Flame by Janine Grey Penguin|Michael Joseph January 2016 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Rural Romance 6/10 When her beloved father dies, Eliza Mayberry’s privileged world comes crashing down around her ears. On the verge of losing the business that has been in her family for generations, she has no option but […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

| 20 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton February 2016 Faber Children’s Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 9.5/10   And then all I could see was the sand and I forgot about everything. About fear. About bombs. About Jin. The desert reached out for us all with huge open arms. The churning […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Jinny & Cooper – My Teacher’s Big Bad Secret by Tania Ingram

BOOK REVIEW: Jinny & Cooper – My Teacher’s Big Bad Secret by Tania Ingram

| 14 February 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Jinny & Cooper – My Teacher’s Big Bad Secret by Tania Ingram  Puffin Books February 2016 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Junior Fiction 6.5/10 Jinny has wanted a guinea pig for as long as she can remember. A golden guinea pig with soft, shiny fur and a pink nose. For years she has begged […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Tinder by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts

BOOK REVIEW: Tinder by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts

| 13 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Tinder by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts Indigo December 2015 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 8/10 A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in Costa Award winner Sally Gardner’s exquisitely written new novel inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Yellow by Megan Jacobson

BOOK REVIEW: Yellow by Megan Jacobson

| 12 February 2016 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: Yellow by Megan Jacobson Penguin Teen February 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 8.5/10 The Setting: A small Australian town near Mount Warning, mid to late nineties. The Plot: Kirra’s life is going downhill fast. She’s just had a talking to by her friends at school; they don’t like the way she walks, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Bumper Book of Peanuts by Charles M Schulz

BOOK REVIEW: The Bumper Book of Peanuts by Charles M Schulz

| 10 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Bumper Book of Peanuts by Charles M Schulz Canongate October 2015 Hardback, $35.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Comic Strip 10/10 There’s nothing to say about Charles M Schulz’s wonderful life’s work of Peanuts comic strips that hasn’t already been said: he tapped perfectly into the modern human condition by depicting the world through […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Siren by Kiera Cass

BOOK REVIEW: The Siren by Kiera Cass

| 10 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Siren by Kiera Cass Harper Collins February 2016 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 6/10 For eighty years Kahlen has served the Ocean, singing people to a watery grave. Throughout her time as a siren she will remain a beautiful nineteen year old, impervious to age and injury, and is not […]

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