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BOOK REVIEW: The Amazing Monster DetectoScope by Graeme Base

BOOK REVIEW: The Amazing Monster DetectoScope by Graeme Base

BOOK REVIEW: The Amazing Monster DetectoScope by Graeme Base Penguin|Viking October 2017 Hardcover/Special Format, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 When our young canine hero buys his very own Amazing Monster DetectoScope he discovers his house is infested with more monsters than he bargained for – until he finds the courage to confront […]

BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green Penguin October 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Mental Health Issues 7/10 Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

BOOK REVIEW: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

BOOK REVIEW: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell Raven Books November 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Historical Fiction / Gothic / Horror 8/10   Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling gothic ghost story to send a […]

BOOK REVIEW: Don't Spew in Your Spacesuit by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Spew in Your Spacesuit by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Spew in Your Spacesuit by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton ABC Books October 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Humour 3/10 In a galaxy of gastro not so far away … Is there life on Mars? One little spaceman is determined to find out. Only no one told […]

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Newt Scamander's Case

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander’s Case

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander’s Case Running Press October 2017 Novelty Toy, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Toy / Merchandise / Film tie-in 6/10   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes fans to a new era in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half […]

BOOK REVIEW: Here We Are - Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

BOOK REVIEW: Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

BOOK REVIEW: Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers HarperCollins November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 10/10   Well, hello. And welcome to this Planet. We call it Earth. Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head […]

BOOK REVIEW: Artemis by Andy Weir

BOOK REVIEW: Artemis by Andy Weir

BOOK REVIEW: Artemis by Andy Weir Del Rey November 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction 6/10 Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional […]

BOOK REVIEW: All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler

BOOK REVIEW: All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler

BOOK REVIEW: All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler Bloomsbury October 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 4/10       Cole is a boy in high school. He runs cross country, he sketches in a sketchbook, he jokes around with friends. But none of this quite matters, next to the allure […]

Stationery Review: Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set

Stationery Review: Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set

Stationery Review: Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set Running Press November 2017 Novelty Box, $49.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Stationery / Film Tie-In 10/10 What do you get the Harry Potter fan who already has everything? Something they’ll never forget, of course! Running press have always provided just the thing a good fan needs (and some […]

BOOK REVIEW: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco with Lauren Oyler

BOOK REVIEW: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco with Lauren Oyler

BOOK REVIEW: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco with Lauren Oyler Little, Brown August 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Memoir/Self-Help/Humour 8/10   In HQ we occasionally had ideas that were a little campy or […]

BOOK REVIEW: Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson

BOOK REVIEW: Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson

BOOK REVIEW: Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson Candlewick Press November 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Social Satire 8/10   When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth — but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can […]

DVD REVIEW: DAYLIGHT

DVD REVIEW: DAYLIGHT

DVD REVIEW: DAYLIGHT Shock Entertainment August 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 /10 Sylvester Stallone plays a little against type in this action drama of crisis in a collapsing traffic tunnel under the river between Manhattan and New Jersey. Sure, he’s the ultra-brave hero putting his life on the line to save a dwindling group […]

BOOK REVIEW: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

BOOK REVIEW: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

BOOK REVIEW: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody Harlequin Teen July 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fantasy 8/10 A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires. Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton Flying Eye Books July 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 Erin loves to lie on the jetty, looking for the weirdest fish in the sea – the weirder, the better! And she knows the best ones must be further out, where […]

BOOK REVIEW: Brothers from a Different Mother by Philip Gwynne and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

BOOK REVIEW: Brothers from a Different Mother by Philip Gwynne and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

BOOK REVIEW: Brothers from a Different Mother by Philip Gwynne and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Penguin | Viking April 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 6/10 Tapir lives in the jungle. Pig lives in the village. But when they meet at the waterhole, they discover they are the same in so many ways. They […]

BOOK REVIEW: Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba

BOOK REVIEW: Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba

BOOK REVIEW: Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba Portobello Books September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Literary Fiction / Translated 6.5/10 A dark uncanny jolt of literary perfection. Her father died instantly, her mother in the hospital. She has learned to say this flatly and without emotion, the way she says […]

BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan Bloomsbury September 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Poetry/ Contemporary 10/10   Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and this might be […]

BOOK REVIEW: DR BOOGALOO & THE GIRL WHO LOST HER LAUGHTER by LISA NICOL

BOOK REVIEW: DR BOOGALOO & THE GIRL WHO LOST HER LAUGHTER by LISA NICOL

BOOK REVIEW: DR BOOGALOO & THE GIRL WHO LOST HER LAUGHTER by LISA NICOL Random House, Children’s – rrp$19.99 October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 There’s only one place that can help little Blue cure her lack of laughter – not her mother, who is only concerned about herself and her vacuous, […]

BOOK REVIEW: DANNY DAVINCI – THE SECRET OF THE MONA LISA by Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley

BOOK REVIEW: DANNY DAVINCI – THE SECRET OF THE MONA LISA by Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley

BOOK REVIEW: DANNY DAVINCI – THE SECRET OF THE MONA LISA by Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley ABC Books, Children’s – rrp$24.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 This little treasure is the story of how young Danny DaVinci and Mick Angelo (and their weird dog Picasso) painted the stunning smile on […]

BOOK REVIEW: DETOURS by Tim Rogers

BOOK REVIEW: DETOURS by Tim Rogers

BOOK REVIEW: DETOURS by Tim Rogers Harper Collins – Hardcover rrp$35.00 1st September, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 Detours, Tim Rogers’ debut book, is a memoir of the You Am I frontman’s storied life, but not a biography, per se. More than a mere hagiography, Detours reads like a collection of self-deprecating […]

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