banner ad
banner ad

Category: Book Reviews

banner ad
BOOK REVIEW: Daisy’s Quest

BOOK REVIEW: Daisy’s Quest

| 2 April 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Daisy’s Quest By Jodie Wells-Slowgrove and Illustrated by Kerry Millard Reviewed by Tia & Shane Pinnegar 9/10 The first in Jodie Wells-Slowgrove’s Wilderness Fairies series, Daisy’s Quest introduces us to young, wingless fairy Daisy, who gets sent on a quest to earn her fairy wings. Along the way she encounters obstacles, makes friends […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: Torment Saint – The Life of Elliott Smith, by William Todd Schultz

BOOK REVIEW: Torment Saint – The Life of Elliott Smith, by William Todd Schultz

| 20 March 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Torment Saint – The Life of Elliott Smith, by William Todd Schultz Bloomsbury Reviewed by Joe Kapiteyn, lead singer of The Devil Rides Out It might be cold to say it, but when you look back at the lyrics and the life of Elliott Smith, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: Adventures With the Wife In Space: Living With Doctor Who by Neil Perryman

BOOK REVIEW: Adventures With the Wife In Space: Living With Doctor Who by Neil Perryman

| 7 February 2014 | Reply

Adventures With the Wife In Space: Living With Doctor Who by Neil Perryman Faber, $24.99 rrp 1 December 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Regular readers will already be well acquainted with this reviewer’s rock obsession, but it’s time to come out of the closet and admit that I have another – I am besotted […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEATLES: THE BBC ARCHIVES by Kevin Howlett

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEATLES: THE BBC ARCHIVES by Kevin Howlett

| 6 February 2014 | Reply

THE BEATLES: THE BBC ARCHIVES by Kevin Howlett Random House Australia, $99.95 rrp 1 November 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 A lovingly packaged tome dedicated to the many in-studio radio sessions The Beatles did at The Beeb and packaged in a box to look like a reel of audio tape, The BBC Archives is […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete And utter History Of The World by Samuel Stewart Aged 9 – by Sarah Burton

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete And utter History Of The World by Samuel Stewart Aged 9 – by Sarah Burton

| 6 February 2014 | Reply

The Complete And utter History Of The World by Samuel Stewart Aged 9 – by Sarah Burton Allen & Unwin, rrp $14.99 October 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 It’s an entertaining conceit – what if, instead of an essay on one historical subject of his own choice, 9 year old Samuel Stewart wrote the […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going On A Bar Hunt by Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees, with illustrations by Gillian Johnson

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going On A Bar Hunt by Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees, with illustrations by Gillian Johnson

| 22 January 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going On A Bar Hunt by Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees, with illustrations by Gillian Johnson Murdoch Books, $19.99 1 December 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar A parody of the classic children’s book We’re All Going On A Bear Hunt, We’re All Going On A Bar Hunt provides a delightfully boozy twist […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: All The Songs – The Story Behind Every Beatles Release, by Margotin & Guesdon

BOOK REVIEW: All The Songs – The Story Behind Every Beatles Release, by Margotin & Guesdon

| 21 January 2014 | 3 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: All The Songs – The Story Behind Every Beatles Release, by Margotin & Guesdon Murdoch Books, rrp $55.00 1 November 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 A lot of us would be surprised to know how many Beatles fans still obsess over every little thing about the band, some 43+ years after they […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die – Robert Dimery

BOOK REVIEW: 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die – Robert Dimery

| 21 January 2014 | 1 Reply

1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die – Robert Dimery Allen & Unwin Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die might be the perfect coffee table book for the music obsessive, affording instant cred to fellow music junkies, and certain to spark debate in it’s choices. Hours can […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: Lou Reed – The Life by Mick Wall

BOOK REVIEW: Lou Reed – The Life by Mick Wall

| 10 January 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Lou Reed – The Life by Mick Wall Hachette Australia, rrp $32.99 10 December 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Coming so soon after the late October death of the former Velvet Underground leader and rock n’ roll innovator, there’s a temptation to think this might be some kind of hatchet job knocked […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: Black Sabbath: Symptom Of The Universe by Mick Wall

BOOK REVIEW: Black Sabbath: Symptom Of The Universe by Mick Wall

| 4 January 2014

Black Sabbath: Symptom Of The Universe by Mick Wall Orion, rrp $32.99 7 November 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 The normally excellent Mick Wall adds to his growing library of rock bios with a Black Sabbath volume which relies too much on his personal experiences working with and interviewing the band over the years, […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: Storming The Eagle’s Nest – Hitler’s War In The Alps by Jim Ring

BOOK REVIEW: Storming The Eagle’s Nest – Hitler’s War In The Alps by Jim Ring

| 4 January 2014

Storming The Eagle’s Nest – Hitler’s War In The Alps by Jim Ring Faber $39.99 1 October 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Ring delivers an exciting and thorough history of World War II that revolves around the Alps that form the epicentre of Switzerland and wind down through France, Italy, Austria and Yugoslavia, painting […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery

BOOK REVIEW: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery

| 2 January 2014

BOOK REVIEW: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery Murdoch Books December 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 In an age where both The Album and The Book are rapidly becoming endangered species, this hefty tome may seem as relevant at the Encyclopedia Brittanica, or curly-wire-fixed telephones, but it stands as […]

Read More

BOOK REVIEW: 1001 Guitars To Dream Of Playing Before You Die by Terry Burrows

BOOK REVIEW: 1001 Guitars To Dream Of Playing Before You Die by Terry Burrows

| 2 January 2014

BOOK REVIEW: 1001 Guitars To Dream Of Playing Before You Die by Terry Burrows Murdoch Books 1 December 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Pure, unadulterated four- and six-string pornography, this lavish collection takes in not only the Gibsons, Strats and Flying V’s that we are so familiar with, but on any given page there […]

Read More

Book Review – The Youngs. The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. By Jesse Fink

Book Review – The Youngs. The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. By Jesse Fink

| 6 November 2013 | 2 Replies

Book review – The Youngs. The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. By Jesse Fink Published by Random House, 1 November 2013 Rrp $34.95 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 The deeper Jesse Fink goes down the rabbit hole to unearth the truth behind the Young Brothers George, Malcolm and Angus, the more it becomes clear that many […]

Read More

Book Review – Recipes For A Good Time by Elvis Abrahanowicz & Ben Milgate

Book Review – Recipes For A Good Time by Elvis Abrahanowicz & Ben Milgate

| 6 November 2013 | 1 Reply

Recipes For A Good Time by Elvis Abrahanowicz & Ben Milgate Published by Murdoch Books, 1 November 2013 rrp $59.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 The mutually inclusive part of the Venn Diagram where dude food, tapas, barbecue and rockabilly collide on a pinhead is the place where Sydneysiders Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate have […]

Read More

Book review – Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman – Louder Than Hell

Book review – Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman – Louder Than Hell

| 30 September 2013 | Reply

Harper Collins Australia Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Dubbed “The definitive oral history of metal”, Louder Than Hell attempts to explain the history, appeal and influence of heavy metal music from it’s roots with The Kinks, MC5 and more. Wiederhorn and Turman break each movement in the evolution of heavy music down to it’s own […]

Read More

Book review – Dominic Knight – Man Vs Child

Book review – Dominic Knight – Man Vs Child

| 30 September 2013 | Reply

Random House Australia Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Knight, an alumni of Australia’s Chaser satirical comedy team, has delivered a charming and at times touching novel about stand up comedian Dan McIntyre who is staunchly anti-children. Just as his personal life falls to pieces, his stand up career takes off, boosted by a burgeoning breakfast […]

Read More

Book – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Book – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

| 9 August 2013 | Reply

Random House Books 1 August 2013, $22.95 rrp Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 George Lucas’s epic tale of good versus evil is proven to be just that – a classic in the finest tradition of the word, once translated into the iambic pentameter poetry of The Bard of Avon by Ian Doescher in this officially […]

Read More

Book – The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood

Book – The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood

| 8 August 2013 | Reply

Canon Gate Books, rrp $27.99 August 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 Jonathan Grimwood’s tale of Jean-Marie Charles d’Aumout finds the penniless, newly-orphaned child eating beetles by the side of a road, and follows his ascent through Eighteenth century French society after being sent to military academy. Eventually Jean-Marie frequents the palace of Versailles, and […]

Read More

Book – Claire DeWitt & The Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran

Book – Claire DeWitt & The Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran

| 8 August 2013 | Reply

Faber/Allen & Unwin, rrp $29.99 1 August 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 In Sara Gran’s second novel featuring the wholly unique private investigator Claire DeWitt, her heroine slides down a dark spiral of the soul as she attempts to discover the murderer of her guitarist friend and former lover, Paul Casablancas. Set against the […]

Read More


banner ad
banner ad