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BOOK REVIEW: The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer

BOOK REVIEW: The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer

BOOK REVIEW: The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer ABC Books May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories 10/10 They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But in the case of Tracey Spicer’s femoir it’s a clever way of summing up her memoir’s content and is a […]

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight Hachette Australia April 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories 8/10 We all live under the same sky. Or do we? All of us may be born human, but our lives are determined by the genetic […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us – J.D. Barrett

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us – J.D. Barrett

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us by J.D. Barrett Hachette Australia April 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Adult & Contemporary Romance 7.5/10 In popular music your sophomore album is often labelled the “difficult” one because you’ve had a lifetime to write and record the first and are under pressure for the follow-up. This is […]

BOOK REVIEW: HISTORY MYSTERIES – LASSETER’S GOLD by Mark Greenwood

BOOK REVIEW: HISTORY MYSTERIES – LASSETER’S GOLD by Mark Greenwood

BOOK REVIEW: HISTORY MYSTERIES – LASSETER’S GOLD by Mark Greenwood Puffin Books, young readers, paperback, rrp$12.99 May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The legend of Lasseter’s Gold is an Australian mystery of epic proportions. Harold Bell Lasseter made various claims in the 1920s/30s that he had, years previously, stumbled across a magnificent gold reef […]

BOOK REVIEW: WE - A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel

BOOK REVIEW: WE – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel

BOOK REVIEW: WE – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel HarperCollins Publishers March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 7.5/10 A journalist and an actor walk into a bar. It’s not a joke, rather the pair come together to write a manifesto about how to live […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE 50 GREATEST DISHES OF THE WORLD by James Steen

BOOK REVIEW: THE 50 GREATEST DISHES OF THE WORLD by James Steen

BOOK REVIEW: THE 50 GREATEST DISHES OF THE WORLD by James Steen Allen & Unwin, paperback, rrp$22.99 March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 /10 We initially thought this was going to be a recipe book – but we couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead, James Steen has compiled an intriguing and exotic history of […]

BOOK REVIEW: NED’S CIRCUS OF MARVELS: THE GOLD THIEF by Justin Fisher

BOOK REVIEW: NED’S CIRCUS OF MARVELS: THE GOLD THIEF by Justin Fisher

BOOK REVIEW: NED’S CIRCUS OF MARVELS: THE GOLD THIEF by Justin Fisher Harper Collins, paperback May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 Book 2 in Justin Fisher’s series starts with the theft of all the gold in the world, the disappearance of Ned’s parents, and a greasy thief with a pet monster trying […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE GAMEKEEPER by Portia Simpson

BOOK REVIEW: THE GAMEKEEPER by Portia Simpson

BOOK REVIEW: THE GAMEKEEPER by Portia Simpson Simon & Schuster Australia Autobiography, hard cover, rrp$35.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 I never thought I’d find myself reading the biography of the first woman to have graduated as a Gamekeeper and Wildlife Manager in Scottish history – it’s just not the sort of thing […]

DVD REVIEW: THE PLASMATICS – LIVE: Rod Swenson’s Lost Tapes

DVD REVIEW: THE PLASMATICS – LIVE: Rod Swenson’s Lost Tapes

DVD REVIEW: THE PLASMATICS – LIVE: Rod Swenson’s Lost Tapes MVD Visual May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Wendy O Williams in 1979, tits out, nipples covered with gaffa tape, jiggling and bouncing around the stage singing Squirm, Tight Pants and Butcher Baby, before taking a chainsaw to a couple of guitars, remains a […]

BLURAY REVIEW: HOUSE: TWO STORIES

BLURAY REVIEW: HOUSE: TWO STORIES

BLURAY REVIEW: HOUSE: TWO STORIES MVD Visual April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 and 5/10 Made cheaply and with a tongue firmly in cheek, the first two HOUSE films are paragons of the 1980’s schlock horror genre. William Katt stars in the original 1985 film as Vietnam Vet horror author Roger Cobb, who moves […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti

BOOK REVIEW: THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti

BOOK REVIEW: THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti Hachette Australia – rrp$29.99 March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 Hannah Tinti has crafted a riveting tale of badass Samuel Hawley and daughter Loo, whose lives are forever tied to the twelve scars Samuel carries on his body from bullets, and […]

BOOK REVIEW: OVERWATCH by Matthew Betley

BOOK REVIEW: OVERWATCH by Matthew Betley

BOOK REVIEW: OVERWATCH by Matthew Betley Simon & Schuster Australia – thriller, paperback, rrp$29.99 June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 A former Marine himself, Matthew Betley has written a debut novel with the potential to create great conflict in thinking readers. On the one hand, this is a legitimately exciting book, well […]

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Muriel Matters by Robert Wainwright

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Muriel Matters by Robert Wainwright

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Muriel Matters by Robert Wainwright ABC Books April 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories 7/10 Muriel Matters is a name we should all know but probably don’t. She was an inspiring woman, activist, and social re-former who played a vital role in the suffrage movement. Journalist and […]

DVD REVIEW: CINEMA PARADISO

DVD REVIEW: CINEMA PARADISO

DVD REVIEW: CINEMA PARADISO Writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore Starring Phillippe Noiret, Enza Cannavale, Antonella Attili Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Arrow Films’ beautiful remastering of both the theatrical and director’s cut of this Italian cinematic classic is stunning. It follows famous filmmaker Salvatore, who returns to the small village he was raised in for the first […]

BOOK: OLIVE OF GROVES and the Right Royal Romp by Katrina Nannestad

BOOK: OLIVE OF GROVES and the Right Royal Romp by Katrina Nannestad

BOOK: OLIVE OF GROVES and the Right Royal Romp by Katrina Nannestad ABC Books/Harper Collins – childrens, hard cover, rrp$19.99 October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 The third instalment of Katrina Nannestad’s resourceful heroine Olive’s adventures at Mrs Groves’ Boarding School For Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers is as exciting, […]

MOVIE REVIEW: A DOG’S PURPOSE

MOVIE REVIEW: A DOG’S PURPOSE

MOVIE REVIEW: A DOG’S PURPOSE Directed by Lasse Hallström From the novel by Bruce Cameron Starring Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, KJ Apa, Britt Robertson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Bailey is a gorgeous, rambunctious golden retriever pup determined to discover his purpose – why is he here? “Was having fun the […]

BOOK REVIEW: LYREBIRD by Cecilia Ahern

BOOK REVIEW: LYREBIRD by Cecilia Ahern

BOOK REVIEW: LYREBIRD by Cecilia Ahern Harper Collins – fiction, paperback, rrp$32.99 November 2016 Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar 7/10 Cecilia Ahern’s latest is a thoughtful and cleverly plotted delving into the world of reality television, the invasive interest of fatuous media, and the question of whether solitude is a preferable alternative to fame. Ahern – […]

CD / DVD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES - Live & Louder

CD / DVD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Live & Louder

Label: Spitfire Music / SPV Release Date: May 19, 2017 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Having been a big proponent of The Dead Daisies from their first release through their most recent disc and several live shows over the years, I couldn’t wait to wrap my ears and eyes around this killer collection […]

BOOK REVIEW: Nanna's Button Tin by Dianne Wolfer & Heather Potter

BOOK REVIEW: Nanna’s Button Tin by Dianne Wolfer & Heather Potter

BOOK REVIEW: Nanna’s Button Tin by Dianne Wolfer & Heather Potter Walker Books June 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 Nanna’s button tin is very special. It has buttons of all shapes and sizes and they all have a different story to tell. But today, one button in particular is needed. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Double Take! A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood, illustrated by Jay Fleck

BOOK REVIEW: Double Take! A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood, illustrated by Jay Fleck

BOOK REVIEW: Double Take! A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood, illustrated by Jay Fleck Walker Studio June 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 When it comes to opposites, it s all a matter of perspective! Lively text and fun retro art engage kids in the finer points of a […]

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