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DVD REVIEW: JEKYLL & HYDE Season 1

DVD REVIEW: JEKYLL & HYDE Season 1

DVD REVIEW: JEKYLL & HYDE Season 1 Shock Entertainment November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic 1880’s tale of good versus evil is given a sexy and stylish 1930’s revamp in this Charlie Higson-helmed series starring Tom Bateman as the titular Doctor who has inherited his Grandfather’s violent alter-ego. Here, Jekyll […]

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 […]

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour MVD Visual December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Multi-platinum country artist Brad Paisley recorded this impressive live album and film at the West Virginia University in front of a 30,000-strong home-town crowd, and it captures him on stunning form. Things get off 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. […]

BOOK REVIEW: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

BOOK REVIEW: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

BOOK REVIEW: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng Puffin February 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell10 Middle Grade 7/10 All eleven-year old Alex wants is to launch his iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he will show other lifeforms out in the cosmos what life on Earth, his Earth, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

BOOK REVIEW: Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

BOOK REVIEW: Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes Candlewick Press March 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 7/10 A boy lives alone at the End of the World, hunting for treasure with maps, whistling dance to his mule, listening to the rain […]

BOOK REVIEW: Lucy's Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini

BOOK REVIEW: Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini

BOOK REVIEW: Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini Lothian March 2017 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 Lucy’s Book looks at the path that a much-loved library book might take, and throughout these pages the library book in question is read in the car, at lunch, all through the afternoon, […]

BOOK REVIEW: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

BOOK REVIEW: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

BOOK REVIEW: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards Sourcebooks Fire January 2017 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 3/10 We run and scream, like there’s somewhere to go or someone to hear. Come to think of it, there might be someone. And if there is, we probably don’t want them to hear […]

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha's Gift - A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha’s Gift – A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha’s Gift – A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith Simon & Schuster February 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History / Biography 8.5/10 Ayesha’s Gift is a book that could also be called “Ayesha’s Curse” because it is brimming with sorrow. It’s the fictionalised […]

BOOK REVIEW: Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas by Matt Cosgrove

BOOK REVIEW: Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas by Matt Cosgrove

BOOK REVIEW: Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas by Matt Cosgrove Koala Books February 2017 Paperback, $5.00 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Fairytale Retelling 7/10 Don’t worry! This ISN’T the story of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs that has bored children for years. This digusting and completely awesome retelling of the classic […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott

BOOK REVIEW: The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott

BOOK REVIEW: The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott Polygon January 2017 Hardcover, $34.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell History/Geography/Myth 8/10 The title of this book refers to a very specific type of island; not one that is yet to be discovered, but one was believed to be real at some point but […]

BOOK REVIEW: NeuroSlimming by Helena Popovic

BOOK REVIEW: NeuroSlimming by Helena Popovic

BOOK REVIEW: NeuroSlimming by Helena Popovic Penguin Books Australia January 2017 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Fitness & Diet 7/10 We live in an obesogenic environment. It’s a world of fast living, sedentary jobs and leisure activities, labour-saving devices, and an overabundance of cheap, accessible, energy-dense, nutrient poor, highly-processed foods. It’s also an environment […]

MOVIEW REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES

MOVIEW REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES

MOVIEW REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES Directed by Theodore Melfi Starring Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Here in 2017 a film about racial and sexual discrimination in 1961 SHOULD be an illuminating glimpse into a less enlightened time. Sadly, instead, it is ringing […]

MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING 2

MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING 2

MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING 2 Directed by Danny Boyle Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 More than twenty years after Danny Boyle’s iconic blend of junkie squalor, drug allure and cutting edge tunes, based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, comes another look into the lives of […]

MOVIE REVIEW: A STREETCAT NAMED BOB

MOVIE REVIEW: A STREETCAT NAMED BOB

MOVIE REVIEW: A STREETCAT NAMED BOB Directed by Roger Spottiswoode Starring Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Those familiar with James Bowen’s best-selling memoir already know that this tale of a homeless, recovering junkie, is a lot more ‘feel good’ than such a thing has […]

BOOK REVIEW: BEING ELVIS – A LONELY LIFE by Ray Connolly

BOOK REVIEW: BEING ELVIS – A LONELY LIFE by Ray Connolly

BOOK REVIEW: BEING ELVIS – A LONELY LIFE by Ray Connolly Hachette Australia – rrp$35.00 November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Ray Connolly’s superbly researched book documents the sensational highs and terribly sad lows of Elvis Presley’s career: a career which was, Connolly says, contrary to what he actually wanted to do. […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: BREAD STREET KITCHEN by Gordon Ramsey & the Bread Street Kitchen Team

COOKBOOK REVIEW: BREAD STREET KITCHEN by Gordon Ramsey & the Bread Street Kitchen Team

COOKBOOK REVIEW: BREAD STREET KITCHEN by Gordon Ramsey & the Bread Street Kitchen Team Hachette Australia – rrp$49.99 December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Gordon Ramsey’s £3 million Bread Street Kitchen – which opened in London 2011 and now has outlets in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore – gets its own cookbook, featuring 100 […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE BACON JAM COOKBOOK

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE BACON JAM COOKBOOK

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE BACON JAM COOKBOOK Hachette Australia – rrp$39.99 November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 As a self-confessed bacon addict, these guys had me at ‘bacon jam.’ Produced by the Eat 17 stores out of London, and named after their world-wide success, Bacon Jam, it’s not just a collection recipe, it’s […]

BOOK REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lilly Brooks-Dalton

BOOK REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lilly Brooks-Dalton

BOOK REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lilly Brooks-Dalton Weidenfeld & Nicolson August 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary/Science Fiction 6/10   Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, […]

BOOK REVIEW: MWD: Hell is Coming Home by Brian David Johnson and Jan Egleson, illustrated by Laila Milevski and Karl Stevens

BOOK REVIEW: MWD: Hell is Coming Home by Brian David Johnson and Jan Egleson, illustrated by Laila Milevski and Karl Stevens

BOOK REVIEW: MWD: Hell is Coming Home by Brian David Johnson and Jan Egleson, illustrated by Laila Milevski and Karl Stevens Candlewick Press February 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel 7/10 With unflinching candor, a moving graphic novel follows a young woman’s return from war and her bond with two dogs—one who […]

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