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BOOK REVIEW: The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills

BOOK REVIEW: The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills

BOOK REVIEW: The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills Bloomsbury May 2017 Paperback,  $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Booker and Goldsmith Prize shortlisted author Magnus Mills has a reputation for thinking outside of the box, and he demonstrates his thoughtfulness and dark humour in managing to make The Forensic Records Society simultaneously charming and iconoclastic. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Peggy & Me by Miranda Hart

BOOK REVIEW: Peggy & Me by Miranda Hart

BOOK REVIEW: Peggy & Me by Miranda Hart Hachette Australia October 2016 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Fans of Miranda Hart revel in her quirky, slightly eccentric, and very, very funny Britishness, and here she makes a second pass at writing a memoir of her life with shih tzu/bichon frise cross puppy (a mixture […]

BOOK REVIEW: Pointe, Claw by Amber J. Keyser

BOOK REVIEW: Pointe, Claw by Amber J. Keyser

BOOK REVIEW: Pointe, Claw by Amber J. Keyser Carolrhoda LAB April 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Magic Realism 7/10   Jessie Vale dances in an elite ballet program. She has to be perfect to land a spot with the professional company. When Jessie is cast in an animalistic avant-garde production, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Sydney Cemeteries by Lisa Murray

BOOK REVIEW: Sydney Cemeteries by Lisa Murray

BOOK REVIEW: Sydney Cemeteries by Lisa Murray NewSouth Books December 2016 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Reference 8/10 Lisa Murray is a self-confessed “cemetery tragic”, and that love and passion comes through in her meticulously researched guide to cemeteries in Sydney – from crowded inner-city plots to spacious burial grounds in semi-rural spots. […]

DVD REVIEW: THE JERK

DVD REVIEW: THE JERK

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: THE JERK Shock Entertainment, March 2017 Directed by Carl Reiner Starring Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 This story of Navin, a man unburdened by the weight of intelligence, who has grown up dirt poor in Mississippi as the (unwittingly, even though he is white) adopted son of a […]

DVD REVIEW: SERIAL MOM

DVD REVIEW: SERIAL MOM

DVD/BLU RAY REVIEW: SERIAL MOM Shock Entertainment – March 2017 Writer/Director John Waters Starring Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Mathew Lillard Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Kathleen Turner is a camp, murderous delight in John Waters’ twisted parody that brings the world of perfectly happy suburbia and serial killers colliding together in […]

BOOK REVIEW: 88 Reasons Why Australia Is The Craziest by Simon Crerar

BOOK REVIEW: 88 Reasons Why Australia Is The Craziest by Simon Crerar

BOOK REVIEW: 88 Reasons Why Australia Is The Craziest by Simon Crerar ABC Books  November 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 3/10 Exactly like those old Post or People Magazines (except without the boobs) that used to sensationalise everything into garish headlines in the hope of appealing to those who are entertained by such […]

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 […]

DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy

DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy

DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy MVD Entertainment Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 I don’t know about a ‘sad vacation’, but the rapid junk-fuelled spiral into the abyss by Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen once they arrived in New York in 1978 was certainly a sad waste. It’s easy, […]

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 […]

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