Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

index-2 November 29

Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

Reviewed by Greg Tricky twenty-two by Janet Evanovich The latest in the hilarious adventures of Stephanie Plumb, the somewhat unorthodox but successful bounty hunter from Trenton, New Jersey.  Along with her sidekick Lula, the plus sized ex-ho who manages to squeeze herself in to sparkly outfits several sizes too small, Stephanie is on the trail of […]

index November 28

The Soldier’s Curse by Meg and Tom Keneally

Posted by Neen The Soldier’s Curse by Meg and Tom Keneally The Soldier’s Curse is the first installment in a new series by iconic Australian author Thomas Keneally, writing in collaboration with his daughter Meg. It introduces a fascinating investigator in Hugh Monsarrat, and is also a beautifully written exploration of colonial-era Australia, and the conflicts between not only the convicts […]

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George This is a wonderful novel about a floating bookshop on the Seine and its unusual proprietor Monsieur Jean Perdu. Jean has a unique way of selling books, as he sees himself as a Literary Apothecary and prescribes books based on the customers emotional status at that time. Whether […]

questions October 14

Questions of travel

The whole way through this long (oh by gosh it is especially, tediously long!) novel The Questions of Travel, I did not have questions of travel, I just had the one question “why am I reading this?” Firstly I LOVE to travel. I thought that this award winning book would be a delight. I was […]

kitchen October 12

The Kitchen Daughter

Ginny Selvaggio has always managed her quirks with strict parameters set out by her mother. She rationalises that she is “normal” by firmly reminding herself that normal does not in fact exist. Ginny does acknowledge that hiding in the walk in wardrobe with your hands shoved in your mum’s fluffy slippers is not quite standard […]

Meet an author at City Libraries

There are lots of opportunities to meet a visiting author at our libraries up and down the Gold Coast. Join us to meet one of the following authors at our free events coming soon: Kim Hodges: Girl on the Edge – Wed 28 to Fri 30 October at Elanora, Runaway Bay, Robina, Broadbeach and Helensvale […]

index-1 September 22

Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure by Alex Milway

REVIEW BY KAHLI Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure by Alex Milway I can’t remember how I stumbled across Pigsticks – I think I read a recommendation on some blog somewhere… but I’m glad I did. I chose to listen to Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure as it was available in eAudiobook […]

index September 21

Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings

Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings The naked body of a young girl is found in a backstreet of Toronto in the middle of the winter in 1895, and Detective William Murdoch is on the case.  Murdoch’s enthusiasm for unconventional methods bring him into conflict with his superior officer, Inspector Brackenreid, but his perseverance and […]

index-1 September 20

Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet

  Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet Max Tudor is a former MI5 agent turned newly appointed Vicar of St Edwold’s in the perfect English village of Nether Monkslip. When the serene peace of village life is shattered by the seemingly accidental death of Wanda Batton-Smythe, a terrifyingly outspoken member of the local Women’s Institute, Max must re-connect with the dangers of […]

index September 19

The ways of the world by Robert Goddard

  The ways of the world by Robert Goddard This is book one of a trilogy, and I found it intelligent and well-written, with a great sense of place. I think that the trilogy format has enabled Robert Goddard to construct a detailed and intricate plot, and include the period details and characterizations which create […]