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BOOK REVIEW: Upside-Down Dogs by Serena Hodson

BOOK REVIEW: Upside-Down Dogs by Serena Hodson

BOOK REVIEW: Upside-Down Dogs by Serena Hodson Hachette Australia October 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Picture Book 8/10 I think we humans all have an integral, DNA-level connection to dogs and their wolf forbears. Yeah, I know – some of you are cat people, and more power to you, but you can upgrade […]

BOOK REVIEW: What Does This Button Do? – Bruce Dickinson

BOOK REVIEW: What Does This Button Do? – Bruce Dickinson

BOOK REVIEW: What Does This Button Do? – Bruce Dickinson Harper Collins October 2017 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Autobiography 8/10 Legendary Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson’s memoir is light on the career dirt, but a fascinating insight into what makes this one-of-a-kind tick. Dickinson makes no bones about not wanting to write a […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Long and Winding Way To The Top by Andrew P Street

BOOK REVIEW: The Long and Winding Way To The Top by Andrew P Street

BOOK REVIEW: The Long and Winding Way To The Top by Andrew P Street Allen & Unwin November 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Music 9/10 Long-time music writer and more recent political commentator Andrew P Street has tackled the near-impossible: assembling a list of “50 (or so) songs that made Australia,” and like […]

BOOK REVIEW: Champagne – A Secret History by Robert Walters

BOOK REVIEW: Champagne – A Secret History by Robert Walters

BOOK REVIEW: Champagne – A Secret History by Robert Walters Allen & Unwin November 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Wine 8.5 /10 With his background growing grapes, trading in and writing about wine over the past twenty-five years, Robert Walters has built strong relationships with many artisanal wine producers around the world, and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler twenty7 January 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Mystery / Thriller 1/10 Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor. The offer he makes her is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Funny Kid For President by Matt Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Funny Kid For President by Matt Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Funny Kid For President by Matt Stanton ABC Books/Harper Collins June 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Children’s 8/10 Max is a funny kid – the class clown, you might say – but his teacher, sports-mad Mr Armstrong, just thinks he’s a pest. Specifically, a troublemaking pest who has done a poop […]

BOOK REVIEW: How To Say I Love You In 5 Languages – Illustrated by Kenard Pak

BOOK REVIEW: How To Say I Love You In 5 Languages – Illustrated by Kenard Pak

BOOK REVIEW: How To Say I Love You In 5 Languages – Illustrated by Kenard Pak Murdoch Books January 2018 Hardcover, $18.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Press & listen board book, Children’s 9/10 The simplest of books, How To Say I Love You In 5 Languages is instantly charming and engaging, showing five children around […]

BOOK REVIEW: Star Wars –The Last Jedi – young reader/Visual Dictionary/Cross-Sections

BOOK REVIEW: Star Wars –The Last Jedi – young reader/Visual Dictionary/Cross-Sections

BOOK REVIEW: Star Wars –The Last Jedi – Young Reader/Visual Dictionary/Cross-Sections Star Wars: The Last Jedi Young Reader – $12.99 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary – $29.99 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cross-Sections – $29.99 Penguin Random House December 2017 Hardcover Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Movie tie-in/Star Wars 10/10 A new Star Wars […]

BOOK REVIEW: First Dog On The Moon’s Guide To Living Through the Impending Apocalypse and How To Stay Nice Doing It

BOOK REVIEW: First Dog On The Moon’s Guide To Living Through the Impending Apocalypse and How To Stay Nice Doing It

BOOK REVIEW: First Dog On The Moon’s Guide To Living Through the Impending Apocalypse and How To Stay Nice Doing It ABC Books/Harper Collins November 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Cartoon/Comic Self-Help 8.5/10 Walkley Award-winning political cartoonist of choice for The Guardian Australia, First Dog On The Moon, brings his marsupial-centric wit and […]

BOOK REVIEW: McSweeney's Issue 50 Edited by Dave Eggers

BOOK REVIEW: McSweeney’s Issue 50 Edited by Dave Eggers

BOOK REVIEW: McSweeney’s Issue 50 Edited by Dave Eggers McSweeney’s Publishing August 2017 Hardcover, $44.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Literature, Poetry & Plays > Non-Fiction Prose / Literary Essays 7.5/10 The McSweeney’s literary journal should come with a disclaimer like: “Expect the unexpected.” This quirky, quarterly journal is celebrating a milestone with its […]

BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson

BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson

BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson Faber & Faber November 2017 Paperback, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Coming of Age 8/10 Wrapped in the snowfall of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two young lovers. […]

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Snowglobe Gift Book by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Snowglobe Gift Book by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Snowglobe Gift Book by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury Walker Books Ltd October 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Picture Books & Early Learning / Interactive & Novelty Books 10/10 In 2019 Michael Rosen’s version of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will be 30 […]

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge Walker Books November 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Adventure 7/10 Gary, a grounded racing pigeon, dreams of exploring the world—until the day he falls into an adventure of his very own. Most of the time, Gary is just like the other racing pigeons, eating […]

BOOK REVIEW: Quotes for Nasty Women - Empowering Wisdom from Women Who Break the Rules edited by Linda Picone

BOOK REVIEW: Quotes for Nasty Women – Empowering Wisdom from Women Who Break the Rules edited by Linda Picone

BOOK REVIEW: Quotes for Nasty Women – Empowering Wisdom from Women Who Break the Rules edited by Linda Picone Sterling Publishing Co Inc December 2017 Paperback, $22.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Society & Culture / Social Issues & Processes / Feminism & Feminist Theory 7/10 When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “such a […]

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis Trapeze December 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Photography / Animals 8/10 Hilarious and strange images from the global instagram sensation; the world brought to life through the eyes of a child. KIDS’ DRAWINGS HILARIOUSLY BROUGHT TO […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery Gut by Prof Kerryn Phelps AM with Dr Claudia Lee & Jaime Rose Chambers

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery Gut by Prof Kerryn Phelps AM with Dr Claudia Lee & Jaime Rose Chambers

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery Gut by Prof Kerryn Phelps AM with Dr Claudia Lee & Jaime Rose Chambers Pan Macmillan Australia August 2017 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Health & Personal Development 8/10 For too long it was assumed that the gut was a mere food processor in the body. But recent research in […]

MOVIE REVIEW: SWINGING SAFARI

MOVIE REVIEW: SWINGING SAFARI

MOVIE REVIEW: SWINGING SAFARI Writer/Director – Stephan Elliot Starring Atticus Robb, Darcey Wilson, Asher Keddie, Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Beachside suburban life in mid-70s Australia was simpler in many ways than the hustle and bustle of today’s increasingly insta-digital world, and Stephan Elliot (Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert) recreates the […]

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan Pan Macmillan Australia November 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Entertainment / Bizarre Facts / Kids & Teens Non-Fic 9/10 Danger Dolan is an Australian YouTube phenomenon, presenting intriguing, idiosyncratic facts in snappy countdown videos – and now, in an even snappier book! Discover the: * […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 11 - True Stories from Around the World Edited by Lavinia Spalding

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11 – True Stories from Around the World Edited by Lavinia Spalding

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11 – True Stories from Around the World edited by Lavinia Spalding Travelers’ Tales, Incorporated May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Travel & Holidays / Travel Writing 7/10 The Best Women’s Travel Writing has been taking readers on journeys into the great unknown […]

BOOK REVIEW: Poe - Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds

BOOK REVIEW: Poe – Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds

BOOK REVIEW: Poe – Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds Candlewick Press August 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Classics / Poetry / Anthology 8/10 It is true that I am nervous. But why will you say that I am mad? In storied and poems written well […]

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