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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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Senlin Ascends: A Book Review

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What is Senlin Ascends? Senlin Ascends is a classic fantasy adventure, full of reluctant heroes and exotic locations. The novel’s plot follows Joseph Senlin, a school master in a far-away town. Senlin has persuaded his new wife to venture with him to the famed Tower of Babel in order to see its mystery. This tower is a […]

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

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How Does Solo Stand Up In This New Star Wars Universe A few years ago the announcement was made that Disney would be creating new stand-alone films in the Star Wars universe. Fans’ hearts raced with excitement over the news, waiting for the chance to see some of the untold stories in a galaxy far-far-away. And yet the first two […]

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Let’s Get Technical: In Media Res

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What is In Media Res? The idea of In Media Res is a technical Latin term meaning ‘in the middle of things.’ When it comes to narratives, traditionally stories begin at the very beginning. This is the case with fairytales. For example the classic line “once upon a time” is a traditional beginning from the very start […]

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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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Ragnarok and Roll! A Review of the Third Thor Film

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Rockin’ to Led Zeppelin  Thor: Ragnarok is a riveting, edge-of-your seat, rock and roll…comedy? Indeed, Taiki Waititi’s direction, creates a comedic film that is a pure action-packed adrenaline hit. This, combined with Chris Hemsworth’s eponymous star power, creates the most fun of all Marvel films. Easter eggs, potent visual effects, and charismatic character development abounds across […]

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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 […]