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Troubletwisters / Garth Nix & Sean Williams.
Author: Nix, Garth, 1963-, author. -- Williams, Sean, 1967-
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011.
Review by: Bibb, Jayden Master  on: 24/09/2021 10:49:23 AM
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Good story. An amazing fictional read.
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The ring / Danielle Steele.
Author: Steel, Danielle, 1947-, author
Publisher: London : Sphere, 2009. -- ©1980
Review by: Hayes, Heather Ms  on: 26/07/2021 2:32:17 PM
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July 2021 I've read about 40 Danielle Steel's books and this book has been the very best that I've read A pleasant surprise Couldn't wait to read what happened next.
It brought tears to my eyes on quite a few occasions and moments of 'oh no or wow' Magical writing Danielle.
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In praise of veg : a modern kitchen companion / Alice Zaslavsky ; [photographer, Ben Dearnley ; illustrator, Vera Babida].
Author: Zaslavsky, Alice, author. -- Dearnley, Ben, photographer. -- Babida, Vera, illustrator.
Publisher: Crows Nest, NSW : Murdoch Books Australia, 2020.
Review by: rfc68  on: 14/04/2021 10:47:52 AM
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Fantastic cookbook for vegetable eaters. Alice makes cooking vegetable so much fun. Well deserving of the acknowledgment by ABIA in being selected and shortlisted for the award.
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Plantopedia : the definitive guide to houseplants / Lauren Camilleri & Sophie Kaplan of Leaf Supply.
Author: Camilleri, Lauren, author. -- Kaplan, Sophie, author. -- Leaf Supply (Firm), associated name.
Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria : Smith Street Books, 2020.
Review by: rfc68  on: 14/04/2021 10:45:29 AM
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Loved this book so much clear and easy to understand with great images of the plants by Australian authors.
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Golden Unicorn / Anh Do ; illustrations by Chris Wahl.
Author: Do, Anh, 1977,- author, narrator, presenter, interviewer. -- Wahl, Chris, illustrator.
Publisher: Crows Nest, New South Wales : Allen & Unwin, 2019.
Review by: Teague, Lucy Miss  on: 25/01/2021 2:06:45 PM
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exiting and powerful
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The cedar tree / Nicole Alexander.
Author: Alexander, Nicole, 1965-, author.
Publisher: Sydney : Bantam, 2020.
Review by: Just  on: 11/08/2020 10:44:38 AM
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As always a great story. Could not put it down love reading Nicole's characters and their lives.
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The day my bum went psycho / Andy Griffiths.
Author: Griffiths, Andy, 1961-
Publisher: Sydney : Pan, 2001.
Review by: tabootie  on: 22/07/2020 11:56:19 AM
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I LOVED this book. The adventures Zack and his bum-fighting friends got up to had me laughing the whole way through.
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The birdman's wife / Melissa Ashley.
Author: Ashley, Melissa, 1973-, author.
Publisher: VIC : Affirm Press, 2016. -- South Melbourne, VIC : Affirm Press, 2019. -- ©2016 -- South Melbourne, Vic. Affirm Press, 2016.
Review by: LibbyMc  on: 10/07/2020 11:06:29 AM
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From the beginning to the end I was captivated by this novel with its beautifully written yet tragic story of Elizabeth Gould. Page after page I was drawn further into Eliza's life so creatively developing a pseudo friendship between reader and character.
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Book Club set 122: Redemption / David Baldacci.
Author: Baldacci, David, 1960,- author.
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2019.
Review by: Neville, Denise  on: 26/04/2020 7:46:56 AM
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While my outlook might be a bit jaundiced I am over protagonists with almost super human powers on which the whole plot rests. Apart from that they all seem to come with an antisocial approach to most things including superiors and others around them. The chip on their shoulder seems commensurate with the magnitude of their super human power. In Amos' case this is his incredible memory. On the whole there were too many characters too much was unbelievable too many bodies. But I did stick with it to the end. Maybe a 3-star review for this one.
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Book Club set 122: Redemption / David Baldacci.
Author: Baldacci, David, 1960,- author.
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2019.
Review by: Weekes, Carole  on: 24/04/2020 2:15:49 PM
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Too many characters too many deaths. Easy to read but most characters not well-rounded and some people and events were not convincing eg Natty's turnabout in his attitude to Amos the fact that Mary Lancaster was still working as a detective with early onset dementia and Melvin Mars working on a case as an impostor.

The superficial elements annoyed me eg emphasis on the size of detectives and vulgar displays of wealth and the scope of the violence in Burlington two families and a school as well as the body count during the course of the current story.

I found it interesting that both Amos and Mary suffered from brain issues with Amos having a particularly interesting set of symptoms which seemed to drive many of his decisions.
I always enjoy finding out about the families of detectives eg the loss of Cassie and Molly for Amos his relationship with Alex Jamison and the way having Sandy to deal with impacted on the lives of Mary and Earl Lancaster. However mostly the characters appeared and disappeared without readers having the opportunity to see them as complex personalities.
Grisham's latest novel addresses a similar issue - righting past injustices.
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