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Illuminae: A YA Novel in a Unique Format

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What Is Illuminae? As an Australian, and a wanna-be writer, I have an affinity for authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I had also read an advanced copy of Stormdancer all the way back in 2012, so seeing Jay Kristoff’s level of success has been pleasing. It’s particularly pleasing when the collaborative novel, Illuminae, is quality reading. Illuminae is part-Alien, part-Bioshock and […]

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Reviews of Lock In and Redshirts By John Scalzi

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Following are two reviews of science fiction narratives by John Scalzi. These books are near-inseperable for me in terms of quality, themes and expression. Since they are by the same author I decided to review them together here on my website. Lock In Review Lock In was a refreshing science fiction read. For the most part, this […]

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Mercy Thompson – Urban Fantasy Book Series

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Across the past few months I have been reading my way through the ten books that make up the Mercy Thompson series. This is the review of the whole series, as written by Patricia Briggs. It is an urban fantasy series which focuses on the ubiquitous heroine: Mercedes Thompson. As the novel’s pitch runs: Mercy […]

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Nevermoor #1: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

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What is Nevermoor? Nevermoor is a new children’s fantasy series by Australian author Jessica Townsend. The novel’s tone is the hybrid of Alice in Wonderland or Harry Potter. However, make no mistake, this is a work of children’s fiction as “rare as hen’s teeth” – a unique narrative. The novel is different from recent young adult novels such as the Throne […]

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The Dressmaker

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A Uniquely Australian Text The Dressmaker is quintessentially Australian in nature. After all, Australia is this reviewer’s homeland. And yet at the same time it is a somewhat controversial novel. For The Dressmaker is in many regards a distasteful novel and not at all a fairytale to read. There is no happily-ever-after morality with regard […]

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September’s Newsletter

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An October Update Good morning everyone, this is a brief update to apologise for not posting across the last two weeks due to a holiday break. However, the schedule for October is full and promising for regular readers! Later today all subscribers and users will receive the Newsletter highlighting all articles from September. This Newsletter […]