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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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The Rook – A Book Review

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What is ‘The Rook’? The Rook is a paranormal crime thriller that blends together the best of British and American ideas. It may not have a particularly British flavour. Yet the novel is set in Britain and features a mix of monsters and characters as bizarre as any from Doctor Who. As far as any […]

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Tower of Dawn – The Throne of Glass Novel

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Summary Tower of Dawn is the latest installment of Sarah J. Maas popular Throne of Glass series. Unlike the other entries in the series, this novel does not immediately follow on from previous events. Rather, it is a novel set during the events of the previous text, Empire of Storms. This Throne of Glass novel particularly focuses on Chaol Westfall, […]

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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 […]