Category Archives: Book reviews

What we’ve been reading

Archie milkshake August 27

The Death of Archie Andrews

This is a great graphic novel, which I recommend widely. Archie Comics has been a highly experimental company for the last few years. I think readers miss that because their subject matter seems nostalgic. Archie Comics give the impression that they sell easy Americana. It’s all small town life, love triangles, and teenage japes. This […]

giraffe August 23

Reading journal 5: it’s totes about the cover

Here’s another lump of books I’ve read this year that I’ve slowly been getting around to reviewing. And what ties them together, you might ask. Well… I know that pretty much everyone, at some time or other, has selected a book to read based entirely on the cover. Oh, just admit it and we’ll move […]

Most beautiful walk in the world

Expat John Baxter finds himself in the role of being tour guide of walking tours in the streets of Paris. He vows to make his tours anything but perfunctory. He aims to take his fellow pedestrians on The Most beautiful walk in the world. If you’re looking for the standard traipse around the tourist traps […]

The Truth according to us August 21

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Queen knows the Truth According to Us

Annie Barrows, co-author of the international best-selling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, will be visiting Gold Coast Libraries next week. Annie will be talking about her new book, The Truth According to Us on Tuesday 25 August. Set in 1938, in West Virginia, and peopled with exquisitely drawn characters, this novel is […]

Book Review Dust by Christine Bongers reviewed by Jill Smith

This is a brilliant story with many layers. It begins with a mother driving her two children, in a rushed trip to attend a funeral, from Brisbane to a remote outback community in the heart of outback Queensland. The back cover blurb starts with this: Twelve year old Celia Maria was named after saints and […]

The Sultan’s seal

The Sultan’s seal by Jenny White is ultimately a “who-done-it?” novel. What makes this mystery novel so interesting though is the author’s rich descriptions and historic detail that is augmented by lavish depiction of the cultural situation. With abundant descriptions of the clothes, social customs, religious etiquette and social unrest as new ideals of European […]

gardenstair2 August 20

The Tale of Terror: The history of early horror writing

If you are an avid horror reader, and want to mine the early authors in the genre, I highly recommend this book. It was a thesis, so it’s not as lengthy as a modern reference book. Read aloud it is only seven hours long. Much of its content was taken (with attribution) by H.P. Lovecraft […]

GZC3 August 18

The Great Zoo of China : not worth finishing?

I tried to like this book. Mr Rilley is one of Australia’s most popular authors, and I have never read any of his work. I was put off, many years ago, by an interview he did for ABC Radio, where they had him describe his work in third person, with a tremendous amount of self-congratulation. […]

Conditions of faith

For the 1920s woman, marriage and motherhood were a fairly natural progression. For Emily Stanton, the heroine of Conditions of faith,  life becomes somewhat complicated when her clear path becomes complicated by pursuing other interests. Emily meets and marries Scottish engineer Georges, who has devoted his adulthood to designing the great bridge that ambitiously aims […]

Die Again – by Tess Gerritsen

Die Again – Bizarre and violent murders with gorgeous African scenery, if this is your genre – then read ahead as I highly recommend Die Again by Tess Gerritsen. It is the 11th book in the series starring detectives Rizzoli and Isles There are two story lines running throughout the book, one in Okavango Delta, […]


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