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Australiana: The Jade Widow by Deborah O’Brian Review

The Jade Widow, Deborah O’Brian, Random House Australia, September 2013. RRP $32.95 Aus. The Jade Widow picks up a decade after Mr Chen’s Emporium leaves off, continuing to follow the lives of Eliza Miller and Amy Chen in colonial Australia. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan, Allen and Unwin, 2012 RRP: $19.99 Australian. I feel guilty. I finished this book back in July but my thesis work attacked me and gave me heart palpitations over how much I still had left to … Continue reading

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Fight Like a Girl CD Review

Emilie Autumn’s new cd is an insane steampunk musical extravaganza that should appeal to show tune fans and EA’s 4 O’clock fans alike. More thematically coherent than her previous release, Opheliac, Fight Like a Girl tells the story of The … Continue reading

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Genre Spotlight: Historical fiction, Nation Building Australia and Belinda Murrell’s The Forgotten Pearl

Belinda Murrell, The Forgotten Pearl, Random House Publishers, June 2012. RRP: $15.95 Australian. Western culture makes much of World War Two and with good reason- its scale was horrific, drawing civilians into war on an unprecedented scale and killing millions. … Continue reading

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Bitter Greens: Book Review

Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth, Random House Publishers, 2012. RRP: $32.95 Aus.  Bitter Greens is Australian fantasy author, Kate Forsyth’s newest offering; adult, historical and a little bit magical. Before I go on to review this book, I have to admit something … Continue reading

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Book Review: Song of the Sparrow (2007)

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell is a difficult book for me to review. A revisionist retelling of Elaine of Ascolat, which aims, much like Marion Zimmer Bradley did with The Mists of Avalon, to put the women … Continue reading

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Soulless: Book One of The Parasol Protecorate by Gail Carriger

Sometimes you aren’t after a big fantasy read. Sometimes you just want something gentle, and funny and a bit silly. Soulless was all that for me. My friend gave me the best selling Soulless last year for my 21st, but … Continue reading

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