Aussie Author Challenge Spotlight – August 2014

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An additional 27 book reviews have been published as part of the Aussie Author Challenge since our May Spotlight. Many participants are nearing completion of their selected challenge level, and some, like Shelleyrae have already reached it. The mystery/thriller genre was popular as always, with Bruce McCabe’s debut Skinjob provoking conversation at Devoted Eclectic and Book’d Out. Deb @ Debbish discussed […]

2014 Reading Challenge progress

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I committed to four annual reading challenges this year – my Aussie Author Challenge, Australian Women Writer’s Challenge, The Eclectic Reader Challenge and the Global Reading Challenge. I’ve been reading with very little structure this year, so it’s a good time to check on my progress… Books Written by Australian Authors Since my reading for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge is […]

Book Review – AFTER DARKNESS by Christine Piper

After Darkness by Christine Piper

After Darkness Synopsis: The winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2014 It is early 1942 and Australia is in the midst of war. While working at a Japanese hospital in the pearling port of Broome, Dr Ibaraki is arrested as an enemy alien and sent to Loveday internment camp in a remote corner of South Australia. […]

Aussie Author Challenge Spotlight – May 2014

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An additional 15 book reviews have been published as part of the Aussie Author Challenge since our March Spotlight. Rural contemporary fiction featured with Carol being ‘surprised and delighted’ by the strength of Kerry McGinnis’ writing in Tracking North, and that theme continued with Shelleyrae’s 4 star review of Charlotte Nash’s second novel Iron Junction. Caroline Overington’s work has been […]

Book Review – THE YELLOW PAPERS by Dominique Wilson

The Yellow Papers by Dominique Wilson

The Yellow Papers Synopsis:  It’s 1872 and China – still bruised from its defeat in the two Opium Wars – sends a group of boys, including seven-year-old Chen Mu, to America to study and bring back the secrets of the West. But nine years on Chen Mu becomes a fugitive and flees to Umberumberka, a mining […]

Book Review – THE HEART RADICAL by Boyd Anderson

The Heart Radical by Boyd Anderson

The Heart Radical Synopsis:  Told primarily through the captivating voice of a young girl awakening to a world at war, The Heart Radical is the stunning new novel from the author of the bestselling Amber Road. Esteemed human rights lawyer Su-Lin Tan barely recognises Professor Paris Thumboo when he delivers a history lecture in London. For the last time […]

Aussie Author Challenge Spotlight – March 2014

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An additional 19 book reviews have been published as part of the Aussie Author Challenge since our February Spotlight. Crime thrillers were very much the flavour of this month for challenge participants. The political Canberra setting of Peter Cotton’s Dead Cat Bounce really worked for Bree; Carol was very impressed with PM Newton’s latest release Beams Falling, saying the author ‘has […]

Book Review – THE MIDNIGHT PROMISE by Zane Lovitt

The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt

The Midnight Promise, A Detective’s Story in Ten Cases Synopsis:  Winner, Ned Kelly Awards, Best First Fiction, 2013 A brilliant Melbourne crime novel, told in ten hardboiled stories. John Dorn is a private investigator. Just like his father used to be. It says ‘private inquiry agent’ in John’s Yellow Pages ad because that’s what his old […]