Category Archives: Book reviews

What we’ve been reading

March 24

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology doesn’t contain new stories: if you are familiar with the source material, then you’ve heard each tale before. What’s appealing about this collection, particularly in the audiobook, is that Gaiman puts his own spin on the characters. His Thor is, to me at least, like a character out of a classic British comedy. […]

March 22

Which New Zealand Authors Have Positively Impacted Your Reading Life?

When I read that Murray Ball had passed away about ten days ago, I remembered how much I was into his Footrot Flats comics when I was a kid. In fact I remember when I spent a week in hospital when I was in grade six, my parents and everyone buying me all those little […]

March 14


Did you watch the new Poldark Series on the ABC? The series is set and filmed in Cornwall and it’s worth watching for the breathtaking  scenery of the Cornish Coast alone. It is beautifully filmed, and has some truly spectacular cinematographic moments. I’m told that when in Cornwall you can actually do a Poldark tour, and […]

March 10

Road Series by Hugo Race

I am not usually a reader of biographies, especially of the rock & roll variety but I heard this author interviewed on a radio program & I really wanted to read this book. I am so glad I did. Road Series by Hugo Race is the raw, restless, edgy, impulsive and sometimes confronting biographical account […]

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie Elanora library staff pick – submitted by staff member. If you like a quirky story then this novel may be for you. The modern day protagonist Veblen, named after the Norwegian economist and sharing his sentiment of anti- consumerism, is a delightful character. I’ve very much enjoyed being inside […]

March 07

By Gaslight by Steven Price

By gaslight.   Steven Price An epic novel of nearly 750 pages, it takes some time and dedication to finish this novel, perfect for holidays. It is swiftly paced with lots of twists and turns but perhaps a bit overly long. This is a Victorian detective novel set in London around 1885 that grabs you from […]

March 07

Ratings, A Guide How to Rate Stuff on City Libraries Gold Coast Catalogue

Well last year we switched catalogues with a new service provider and have this Encore website you’ve likely accessed Bookcoasters off a link at the bottom of. It does allow one fun function that its predecessor didn’t, that can be very helpful to other potential borrowers, especially those trying to determine which of millions of […]

A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel – the Second Chronicle of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon

A medieval murder mystery by Mel Starr set in the 14th Century and the second novel in the Hugh De Singleton Chronicles. Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife Matilda […]

A Kestrel for a Knave

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines In the small Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley, life for Billy Casper is raw and tough. School is a daily hell of bullying and failure as even the teachers seem to turn on him. Home offers no reprieve with a disconnected parent and an angry and at […]

Once by Morris Gleitzman

Once I read a book about a 10 year old Jewish boy living in Poland in 1942, and fell in love with him. The story is narrated by the main character, Felix who leaves the relative safety of an orphanage to look for his parents. Along the way he discovers some horrific truths, forms everlasting […]