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BOOK: Mount Buggery To Nowhere Else by Eamon Evans

BOOK: Mount Buggery To Nowhere Else by Eamon Evans

BOOK REVIEW: Mount Buggery To Nowhere Else by Eamon Evans Hachette Australia  November 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7.5 /10 Eamon Evans collects the stories behind Australia’s many weird place names – from the boring and inappropriate (Fremantle was named after a rapist, for instance), through those derived from various Aboriginal dialects (Mowbrdonemargodine in […]

BOOK REVIEW: What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford

BOOK REVIEW: What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford

BOOK REVIEW: What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford Harper Collins February 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 8/10 Twelve-year-old Ethel Letherhead has spent the last year fighting a vicious battle with the extreme acne that decided to take up residence on her face rather suddenly. My acne […]

BOOK REVIEW: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

BOOK REVIEW: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

BOOK REVIEW: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor Hodder & Stoughton March 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction 9/10 So many died that the tumbrils used to cart thieves to the gallows were repurposed to carry orphans to the monasteries and convents. They arrived live shipments of lambs, to hear the monks […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Turnkey by Allison Rushby

BOOK REVIEW: The Turnkey by Allison Rushby

BOOK REVIEW: The Turnkey by Allison Rushby Walker Books Australia March 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 3/10 Flossie Birdwhistle is the Turnkey at London’s Highgate Cemetery. As Turnkey, Flossie must ensure all the souls in the cemetery stay at rest. This is a difficult job at the best of times for […]

BOOK REVIEW: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

BOOK REVIEW: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

BOOK REVIEW: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Faber & Faber March 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Magic Realism 7/10 “Because we don’t have your typical gaps around here. Not gaps made of rocks or mountains. We have gaps in the world. In the space of things. So many places to […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom

BOOK REVIEW: The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom

BOOK REVIEW: The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom Walker Books February 2017 Paperback, $18.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Action / Thriller 6/10   Since her mother was killed ten years ago, it’s just been Gwendolyn and her father, the man who adopted her when he married her mother. He’s taken her around the world, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Calling Major Tom by David M. Barnett

BOOK REVIEW: Calling Major Tom by David M. Barnett

BOOK REVIEW: Calling Major Tom by David M. Barnett Trapeze January 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Humour 9/10 Thomas Major has given up on the world and is checking out. He’ll be the first man to walk on Mars, responsible for beginning the grunt work that will lead to a habitable […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart

BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart

BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart Hachette Australia March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Historic Fiction 9/10 A Letter from Italy is a romantic story that isn’t just ruled by its heart. It’s a novel inspired by Louise Mack, the first female war correspondent who worked during the First World […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: The Great Australian Bake Off Companion

COOKBOOK REVIEW: The Great Australian Bake Off Companion

COOKBOOK REVIEW: The Great Australian Bake Off Companion Hachette Australia – rrp$39.99 November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 1/2 /10 Regardless of your opinion of reality television cooking programs (and we’re not fans), this companion book to Channel Nine’s The Great Australian Bake Off is cram-packed with exciting recipes from the show. From the […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: CLEAN SOUPS by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson

COOKBOOK REVIEW: CLEAN SOUPS by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson

COOKBOOK REVIEW: CLEAN SOUPS by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson Murdoch Books – rrp$35.00 March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Anyone who hasn’t been living under a mountain of junk food knows that the only food trend that matters in recent years is that of a holistically healthy approach to what we […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

BOOK REVIEW: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

BOOK REVIEW: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel Hodder & Stoughton March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Thriller/Suspense 7/10 Beautiful, rich, mysterious, the Roanoke girls seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them that’s never spoken. Every girl either runs away, or dies. Lane is one of the lucky […]

BOOK REVIEW: Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

BOOK REVIEW: Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

BOOK REVIEW: Ragdoll by Daniel Cole Trapeze February 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Crime Thriller / Suspense 5/10 A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together like a puppet, nicknamed by the press as the ‘ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated […]

BOOK REVIEW: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

BOOK REVIEW: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

BOOK REVIEW: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough Harper Collins February 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Thriller / Suspense 6/10 Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Exploring Space - From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Stephen Biesty

BOOK REVIEW: Exploring Space – From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Stephen Biesty

BOOK REVIEW: Exploring Space – From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Stephen Biesty Walker Books March 2017 Hardcover, $34.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Junior Science 8/10   Who hasn’t looked up at the night sky and wondered what it’s like deep out in space, far from […]

BOOK REVIEW: Rattle by Fiona Cummins

BOOK REVIEW: Rattle by Fiona Cummins

BOOK REVIEW: Rattle by Fiona Cummins Pan Macmillan February 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Crime / Thriller 7/10   A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter. He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre […]

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all - and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all – and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all – and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen Harlequin UK November 2016 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture 5/10 Comedy is something that looks easy but is really difficult. It’s also something that can […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: FERN GREEN – Green Soups and ANNA HELM BAXTER – Salads In A Jar

COOKBOOK REVIEW: FERN GREEN – Green Soups and ANNA HELM BAXTER – Salads In A Jar

COOKBOOK REVIEW: FERN GREEN – Green Soups and ANNA HELM BAXTER – Salads In A Jar Hachette Australia – rrp$14.99 each January 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Two volumes from Hachette’s Healthy Living series, these simple cookbooks reflect the recent long overdue healthier upswing in our society. Green’s collection of clean soups includes detox […]

BOOK REVIEW: CHARLES M SCHULZ - The Complete Peanuts 1950-2000: Volume 26

BOOK REVIEW: CHARLES M SCHULZ – The Complete Peanuts 1950-2000: Volume 26

BOOK REVIEW: CHARLES M SCHULZ – The Complete Peanuts 1950-2000: Volume 26 Allen & Unwin Canongate – rrp$29.99 November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Like millions before me, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus & the entire Peanuts gang changed my life with laughter, wisdom, insight and warmth at their antics and escapades, insecurities and […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds

BOOK REVIEW: A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds

BOOK REVIEW: A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds Hodder & Stoughton February 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Family & Health 8/10 English freelance journalist Emily Reynolds was a teenager when she first developed bipolar disorder. It proved a hard diagnosis because it took around a decade of visits to […]

BOOK REVIEW: Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee

BOOK REVIEW: Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee

BOOK REVIEW: Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee Walker Books March 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade  9/10   Sylvie and Jules. Jules and Sylvie. Jules adores her older-by-one-year sister, Sylvie. Sylvie: beautiful like their mother. Sylvie: supreme maker of tiny snow families. Sylvie: faster than fast. Sylvie: gone. […]

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