Review: Terra Nullius

Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman Winner of the black&write! Fellowship Hachette 2017 Paperback 290 pages Fiction This deceptively simple novel offers a powerful and damning examination of Australia’s colonial history and the price paid by the continent’s diverse first peoples. It is also impossible to discuss or review this book without destroying the source […]

Review Catch-up #2 - Speculative Fiction

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie Imperial Radch #1 Orbit 2013 Trade Paperback 384 pages Science Fiction; Space Opera; Science Fantasy

The last book I read in 2016 was easily one of the best. I had read a short review of this trilogy in the Review section of the Weekend Australian (the Review section is […]

Review: Dance with Snakes

Dance with Snakes by Horatio Castellanos Moya Translated by Lee Paula Springer Biblioasis 2009 (1996) Trade Paperback 156 pages Fiction

This instantly became one of my absolute favourite reads for the year to date; I just loved it! Don’t be put off by the naked woman on the cover – incidentally, they’re photographs from c.1887, […]

Review: The Tenth Circle

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult Illustrations by Dustin Weaver Atria Books 2006 Trade Paperback 387 pages Fiction; Graphic Novel

This is only the third Jodi Picoult book I’ve read, after Salem Falls and My Sister’s Keeper, and it’s not as good as those two. That said, there are some great things about this book. […]

Review: Animal Farm

Animal Farm: a Fairy Story by George Orwell Penguin 2008 (1945) Mass Market Paperback 95 pages Classics; Allegorical fiction

This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages but never got around to – last week I not only read it but gave a lesson on the historical context for the grade 8 […]