April 10

Innocent in Death by J. D. Robb

Reviewed by Greg Innocent in Death by J. D. Robb I have just finished JD Robb’s Innocent in death.  I have not read any of the others in this particular series so was surprised to see that it is set in the future, about 2060.  Having said that it doesn’t have any real relevance to […]

April 07

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The television series for American Gods is about to be released, so I wanted to finish the sort-of sequel before it was spoiled for me in the stream of internet review of the earlier book. It’s excellent, but I’d note it barely counts as a sequel to American Gods. The main character, initially, is Charlie, […]

April 05

Encouraging Words for Kids by Kelly Bartlett

Post by Voula Kelly Bartlett is a parent educator who aims to teach parents and caregivers the power of the spoken word as an influential tool. She differentiates between encouragement and praise and how to convey acceptance versus approval. In her book Kelly explores that the best way to build up children is to emphasise […]

April 03

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom By Yeonmi Park

Post by Denise. Yeonmi Park is a 23 year old woman who is a North Korean defector and human rights activist. In 2007 Yeonmi and her mother made the dangerous journey across the Yalu River into China – guided by human smugglers.  China did not, and does not acknowledge North Koreans as refugees, and on […]

Farewell: A mansion in occupied Istanbul

The novel Farewell: A mansion in occupied Istanbul by Ayse Kulin was brought back by a family member after their travels in Istanbul. The golden award sticker attached to the front of the paperback book said “Best novel award 2008” so I figured the book would be worthy of a look even though I didn’t know […]

March 30

Stay home and read Harry Potter

So, I’m writing during the Cyclone Debbie disaster, and the Mayor has just given an interview in the Bulletin which is reported as: 11AM UPDATE: MAYOR Tom Tate has told Gold Coasters to stay at home and read Harry Potter as a major weather emergency unfolds across the city following a 300mm deluge overnight. So…what […]

March 29

…and then the murders began

There’s a meme going around the web which says that any book’s plot can be improved by taking the first line and adding “and then the murders began”.  In the spirit of previous annual retrospectives does this work with your favorites from last year? It doesn’t work with the book I’m reading now, because it is […]

March 27

The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

The birdman’s wife / Melissa Ashley. (Submitted on behalf of another library staff member). As a child in primary school I used to belong to the “Gould League” and every month we would receive a card with a coloured plate of a bird and descriptive notes by Neville Cayley. I was fascinated with these and […]


McAllister – 234 square miles of beef grazing land in the Gulf of Carpentaria, 90kms south-west of Normanton, 415kms from Mt Isa. McAllister – a rugged outback Aussie landscape which is defined by thousands of heads of livestock, drought, cyclones and endless hard work and challenges. McAllister – home to Jenny & Rick Old and […]

Norse Mythology : Book club discussion questions