2 February 12

In praise of Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes is set in a girl scout camp. The young, female characters face a series of supernatural threats. The only adults to aid them are an overwhelmed group leader and an often-absent camp owner who reminds me of a female Teddy Roosevelt.  Although suitable for children, it’s also a light read for adults. The thing I […]

You Don’t Want To Know by Lisa Jackson

From the very first page this thriller ensnares the reader in the plot. It has many suspense elements intact – a missing child, a mother almost out of her mind with grief, a dysfunctional family and an isolated island location with a deserted asylum. It is set in modern times and offers the usual Lisa […]

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls – one of the best thrillers I have read. The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Lots of twists, and a plot that is not for the easily shocked. Karen Slaughter – my new favourite crime author – now […]

Desert God by Wilbur Smith

This epic novel comes at the end of the Ancient Egyptian series and reviews suggest that the prior books – in particular River God – are very good indeed. This one however was a struggle for me to finish and my feeling is that perhaps the author would have been better to leave the subject […]

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton

If you could go back in time and change one piece of history – what would you consider to be the most important one to change? That is the question that Hugh Stanton has to answer in Time and Time Again, a very cleverly written time travel story by Ben Elton. Hugh Stanton is an […]

redshirts3 February 03

Redshirts by John Scalzi: book club discussion questions

A reminder that all of our book club discussion questions contain spoilers. Synopsis An ensign on a starship notices that whenever the crew goes on away missions, at least one person dies. Can he avoid death long enough to work out what is going on, and find a way to save himself? Discussion questions Do […]

Thea Astley – The Multiple effects of Rainshadow

Wow, this is one of those books that when you finish it you just sit there for a bit, staring at the book and trying to compose your thoughts. It is beautifully written but boy is it bleak. The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow is based on true events on Palm Island in Northern Queensland in […]

art of asking image February 01

Suggest me a biography?

Looking back on 2015, I read 110 books, and 8 of them were biographies. I had no idea I read so many, or enjoyed them so much. Please suggest new ones in the comments? To give you an idea of what I enjoyed, last year I read the following books. Here are my elevator pitches […]

chain January 27

Good news and bad news

Great news! The City of Gold Coast library service has a new library management system with improved search functionality, past borrowing records and a book cart that allows readers to place bulk holds and create to-be-read lists. We’re super excited! The bad news is that the embedded links and some of the images here on […]

the goldfinch January 19

The Goldfinch – book club discussion questions

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ book club kits.

**Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers.**

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