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BOOK REVIEW: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

BOOK REVIEW: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

| 26 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Bantam Press August 2014, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 2/10   Kelsea Glynn is the rightful heir to the throne, but no one knows where she is; she’s been in hiding her entire life. Today is her nineteenth birthday, and time for her to take […]

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BOOK REVIEW: What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

BOOK REVIEW: What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

| 16 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang Harper Teen September 2012, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 6/10 Every child is born with two souls, each soul is given a name, and one soul will cease to exist before the child turns ten. Or else.As Addie and Eva grew ever closer to that worrisome […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Equilateral by Ken Kalfus

BOOK REVIEW: Equilateral by Ken Kalfus

| 15 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Equilateral by Ken Kalfus Bloomsbury, $29.99 December 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinegar 8/10 The idea behind ken Kalfus’ latest novel is as bold and mysterious as it is grand and inconceivable: Master Astronomer Sanford Thayer has won extraordinary international funding in the late 19th century to excavate a 300 mile-per-side equilateral triangle in the […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Delicious! By Ruth Reichl

BOOK REVIEW – Delicious! By Ruth Reichl

| 14 August 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW – Delicious! By Ruth Reichl Allen & Unwin, rrp $29.99 23 April 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Ruth Reichl, acclaimed food writer and editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine for the decade before it folded in 2012 brings some of those personal experiences to her debut novel, Delicious! Her heroine, Billie Breslin, lands a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Word Ghost by Christine Paice

BOOK REVIEW: The Word Ghost by Christine Paice

| 13 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Word Ghost by Christine Paice Allen and Unwin June 2014 By Shane Pinegar 8 / 10 Poor Bec Budde is having a bad time of it of late. After one glorious summer, her boyfriend Dave doesn’t seem quite as interested as she is, and her Dad is moving the family to Brightly […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine

BOOK REVIEW: Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine

| 12 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine Faber & Faber, rrp $29.99 30 June 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Like most of the original players in Generation Punk, Slits guitarist Viv Albertine didn’t give a shit about safety pins and Mohawks, gobbing on people or fighting for […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Cherry Bomb by Jenny Valentish

BOOK REVIEW: Cherry Bomb by Jenny Valentish

| 11 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Cherry Bomb by Jenny Valentish Allen & Unwin, rrp $29.99 July 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Nina Dall is a train wreck – part Courtney Love, part Veronicas, part self-destructive time bomb – and she’s half of the pop-punk band The Dolls alongside cousin Rose. In Valentish’s debut novel the long-time muso […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Blood And Circuses, An Irresponsible Memoir – by Lex Marinos

BOOK REVIEW: Blood And Circuses, An Irresponsible Memoir – by Lex Marinos

| 11 August 2014 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: Blood And Circuses, An Irresponsible Memoir – by Lex Marinos Allen & Unwin, rrp $32.99 25 June 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 With Blood And Circuses Lex Marinos reminds us that you don’t need to be the biggest star in the world to have had a fascinating life, and he delivers a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The 100 by Kass Morgan

BOOK REVIEW: The 100 by Kass Morgan

| 1 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The 100 by Kass Morgan Little, Brown Books September 2013, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 4/10   The premise had so much potential. I was picturing a cross between Earth 2 and Lord of the Flies. This book is so not that. Not even close. Basically, about three-hundred years before the novel starts, people evacuated […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Texas BBQ: Meat, Smoke & Love – by Jonas Cramby

BOOK REVIEW: Texas BBQ: Meat, Smoke & Love – by Jonas Cramby

| 31 July 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Texas BBQ: Meat, Smoke & Love – by Jonas Cramby HarperCollins Publishers, rrp $35.00 1 August 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 As a chef of some 20-plus years standing, I’ve worked in five countries and made it a hobby (if not a minor mission) to pick up as many regional cookery methods […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth

BOOK REVIEW: Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth

| 29 July 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth Woolshed Press August 2014, $18.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10 ‘Are you making a mountain out of a mould hill, Just Jeans?’ ‘No. Are you seeing me, Pez?’ ‘Yes, but I honestly think this is a mould hill.’ ‘It’s not.’ ‘A tiny little hill covered in […]

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BOOK REVIEW:  The Martian by Andy Weir

BOOK REVIEW: The Martian by Andy Weir

| 26 July 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW:  The Martian by Andy Weir Random House March 2014, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 9/10   I’m stranded on Mars.I have no way to communicate with Earth.I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Johnny O’Keefe: Rocker, Legend, Wild One

BOOK REVIEW: Johnny O’Keefe: Rocker, Legend, Wild One

| 6 May 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Johnny O’Keefe: Rocker, Legend, Wild One By Jeff Apter 2013 Reviewed by Shayne McGowan 9/10 I am a lifelong Johnny O’Keefe fan, and it’s safe to say that my journey in to rock music started with him. I remember constantly listening to dubbed tapes of his greatest hits, and learning every word to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: I Was Only Nineteen by John Schumann / Pictures by Craig Smith

BOOK REVIEW: I Was Only Nineteen by John Schumann / Pictures by Craig Smith

| 30 April 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: I Was Only Nineteen by John Schumann / Pictures by Craig Smith Allen & Unwin February 2014, $24.99 rrp Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 In 1983 Australian folk band Redgum released their iconic song I Was Only Nineteen, which was described as 1st first person account of a typical Australian infantry soldier’s experience […]

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BOOK REVEW: Argentinian Street Food by Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stivelmaher

BOOK REVEW: Argentinian Street Food by Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stivelmaher

| 30 April 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVEW: Argentinian Street Food by Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stivelmaher Murdoch Books April 2014, $29.99 rrp Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Argentian Street Food explores the vibrancy of the Buenos Aires street food scene. Zanoni and Stivelmaher are 2 Argentinian chefs who run several restaurants and food trucks in Paris, so they’re well placed […]

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BOOK REVIEW: JIMI HENDRIX – Starting At Zero. His Own Story

BOOK REVIEW: JIMI HENDRIX – Starting At Zero. His Own Story

| 19 April 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: JIMI HENDRIX – Starting At Zero. His Own Story Bloomsbury Books Nov 2013, $27.99 rrp Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 45 years after his tragic passing, Jimi Hendrix’s life has been analysed and documented every which way but loose on the big and small screen, and in a zillion magazines and books. What […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Birdbox by Josh Malerman

BOOK REVIEW: Birdbox by Josh Malerman

| 18 April 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Birdbox by Josh Malerman Harper Voyager Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Singer/guitarist of Detroit garage rockers The High Strung delivers an absolutely un-put-downable debut novel in Birdbox. The film rights have already been sold, with the end result likely to be as thought provoking and disturbing as the book. Malerman has imagined a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: AFTERLIFF – John Lloyd and Jon Canter

BOOK REVIEW: AFTERLIFF – John Lloyd and Jon Canter

| 18 April 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: AFTERLIFF – John Lloyd and Jon Canter Allen & Unwin September 2013, $22.99 rrp Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 There’s nothing worse than not being able to think of a word when you really need one. Afterliff may just solve the problem for you. A sequel to The Meaning Of Liff and The […]

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BOOK REVIEW: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

BOOK REVIEW: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

| 17 April 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher Random House Australia April 2014, $22.99 rrp Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Get thee once more to a galaxy far, far away – Ian Doescher is back with the second instalment of his Shakespearised Star Wars adaptions. Sure to appeal only to ardent Star […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Edible Atlas – Around The World In Thirty-nine Cuisines by Mina Holland

BOOK REVIEW: Edible Atlas – Around The World In Thirty-nine Cuisines by Mina Holland

| 17 April 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Edible Atlas – Around The World In Thirty-nine Cuisines by Mina Holland Allen & Unwin 1 April 2014, $35.00 rrp Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 You’ll have to go a long way to find a book which explains the evolution of world cuisines as much as Mina Holland’s new book. Explaining that a […]

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