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The dry / Jane Harper.
Author: Harper, Jane, author.
Publisher: Sydney, New South Wales Macmillan Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016. -- ©2016
Review by: mldrumm  on: 26/04/2017 9:40:24 AM
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One of the ABC “The Book Club’s” Top 10 reads for 2016, "The Dry" is set in a fictional, drought stricken Australian country town. Is there more to a local murder suicide than first thought? A Federal policeman, Aaron Falk, returns to his home town and becomes embroiled in finding out the truth behind these deaths and whether they have anything to do with a secret from his boyhood. It’s hot, brittle and dry – recommended.
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Bettyville : a memoir / George Hodgman.
Author: Hodgman, George, author.
Publisher: London : Two Roads, 2016. -- London Two Roads, 2016. -- ©2015
Review by: mldrumm  on: 24/04/2017 3:18:23 PM
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Bettyville a memoir by George Hodgman Two worlds collide when George returns to home town Paris, Missouri to care for his 90 year old mother, Betty Baker Hodgman. George is 50ish, gay, with a big-city ironic wit who has never spoken to his parents about his other life in New York. In contrast, Betty has a small-town, no-nonsense and deeply private manner. Despite their differences, George is very nostalgic about his home town, Paris, a dying, midwest, Plains town or flyover state and his childhood. He lovingly tells of his parents, relatives and other characters from his past. There is a sense of loss running through the book, of an ageing parent, of a town and a way of life dying, and of a man's life not quite working out as perhaps he had envisaged. Slightly repetitive but a thoughtful, amusing read. Recommended.
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Chasing River : a novel / K.A. Tucker.
Author: Tucker, K. A. (Kathleen A.), 1978-, author.
Publisher: : Simon & Schuster, 2015 -- New York Atria Paperback, 2015. -- ©2015
Review by: Azaelia  on: 18/04/2017 3:37:47 PM
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Not a bad story. Interesting to read about Ireland and different views of the IRA. I like Amber's journey in deciding to do something she normally wouldn't and taking risks in love. Tucker's writing is smooth and easy to read, making this book a good summer read. Even though this is the third in a series, they are more like companion novels, so you can read it as a stand alone.
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Odd and the Frost Giants / Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Chris Riddell.
Author: Gaiman, Neil, author. -- Riddell, Chris, author, illustrator.
Publisher: London Bloomsbury, 2016 -- ©2009
Review by: Azaelia  on: 11/04/2017 12:09:38 PM
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An excellent short story by two great masters of pen and paper. Odd is very different from everyone around him, but as the story progresses we see that this is what makes him the best person to overcome the Frost Giants. Beautiful illustrations from Riddell give so much to the story, they are just wonderful to look at. Through Gaiman's writing we see that being different shouldn't set us apart, but that those differences have a unique and special purpose.
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Arsenic for tea / Robin Stevens.
Author: Stevens, Robin, 1988-, author.
Publisher: London Puffin, 2016. -- ©2015.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 10/04/2017 2:44:09 PM
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3.5* A cute little murder mystery set in an old English mansion. Daisy and Hazel spend the last days of their school holiday solving the murder of a nasty man who has come to Daisy's house with intentions of stealing its most valuable contents, including her mother. Includes a great bunch of eclectic characters, strong female lead and a solid friendship.
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The invisible library
Author: Cogman, Genevieve, author.
Publisher: London : Tor, c2015
Review by: mldrumm  on: 31/03/2017 9:50:09 AM
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The first book in a steampunk, supernatural, fantasy series Irene is a Librarian who collects books from alternate worlds for the mysterious agency The Library that operates out of time and space. In this novel, along with her assistant Kai, she is posted to a 19th century chaos-infected London to recover a stolen book of fairy tales. The author, Genevieve Cogman, is also a freelance role-playing author. Sets the reader up nicely for the next three books. Recommended.
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The wrath and the dawn / Renée Ahdieh.
Author: Ahdieh, Renée, author.
Publisher: New York, New York Speak, 2016 -- ©2015
Review by: Azaelia  on: 22/03/2017 11:32:14 AM
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A nice retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights. I love the way Ahdieh portrays a strong, independent and smart character in her female protagonist. The pace is fast and exciting, with an intriguing plot and interesting characters.
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Leviathan wakes
Author: Corey, James S. A., author.
Publisher: London : Orbit, 2011
Review by: Azaelia  on: 22/03/2017 11:12:36 AM
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Great read if you are new to science fiction. I liked how the world wasn't completely unrealistic in that humans had only inhabited the solar system. The two main characters grew on me as the story progressed, and I really felt a connection with them at the end. The author writes without any nonsense, telling things as they are, which made this read seem quicker.
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Half the world in winter
Author: Joel, Maggie, author
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, c2014
Review by: Pilottos, Jennifer Mrs  on: 7/03/2017 12:07:36 PM
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This story gives an interesting insite into the etiquette and traditions surrounding death and grief for families in Britain in the 1880s. It also highlights the difference in respect given to mourn loss between the upper and lower classes. This tale is woven around the deaths of two little girls in two different circumstances and how their families' paths cross as a result. The traditions surrounding death in this society allow a family to grieve for 6 months and then emerge from their despair in steps towards embracing life in a forward motion. This motion can be very different amongst those of a lower class background. Two fathers grieving, two approaches and consequences affecting both families.A well constructed story thoroughly enjoyed by the reader.
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A love supreme [sound recording] / John Coltrane.
Author: Coltrane, John, 1926-1967. cmp. prf -- Tyner, McCoy. prf -- Garrison, Jimmy. prf -- Jones, Elvin. prf
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Impulse! : Universal Music Distribution, [2008]
Review by: Meadowsmiaow  on: 28/02/2017 4:44:06 PM
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One of the most important albums ever made. Recorded over 2 days in December of 1964, John Coltrane and his classic quartet stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise and technically pleasing albums of their relationship. From the classic bass line at the intro to the last breathy notes, this album is a must listen for any music fan.
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