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short fairy tales for charity

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-04-2020

the book is 3 or 4 fairy tales within the harry potter universe. it's blatantly a money raiser for jk rowlings charity so not too had of an idea. the stories themselves are shallow lacking the dark themes behind the classic fairytales. the references back to the modern wizard world are contradictory and tenuous. the last tale is the only decent one and its the one we all know from the hp books. great idea to raise some money, wish she'd dug a bit deeper with the tales.

great irish period piece

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-2020

i wanted a book that went into a bit of folklore about fairies. this wasn't quite what i wanted but was an engaging story about a women who beleives her grandchild to be a changeling and the consequences for her belief. It's enjoyable enough, not one I'd revisit but I doubt the target market is tradies in their 30's.

kings apocalypse story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-2020

i love king and slowly making my way through all his novels. this was pretty similiar to the dark tower. plenty of the hero characters had elements of eddy and the gunslinger. this tale was a bit too long in the build up without enough pay off. its really is all about the journey not the payoff. however the journey wasnt as great as his other work i find. still pretty good just not as great compared to his other work i love - pet semetary, the shining, dark tower series, it etc

drab political memoir

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-2020

im a pretty big fan of gillards and always thought it was a shame she couldn't get her charisma translated across to broader australians. this is my first political memoir and probably my last. i enjoyed hearing her spill the tea on rudd and wouldve liked to hear her go in on abbott. a huge chunk of this though is her defending policy and how it was crafted. she has a good blind spot about tit for tat politics which is a little frustrating. a huge chunck of the book is excuses for why things didnt go her way.

enlightening info on aboriginal culture

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-2020

bruce has drawn from many primary sources to detail a rich agricultural culture that would suprise many of those including myself who know little about the aboriginals beyond the myth they were all nomad hunter gatherers. should be taught in school an important book for all australians

excellent voice performance for a wonderful book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-2020

my first dickens novel and it is obvious he has a wonderful command of the english language and can turn a phrase or breathe new life into one that awoke new love of language in me. jo is now a hero of mine and i cant wait to devour the rest of dickens anthology. the voice acting was likewise superb breathing life into dickens era england

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another great sedaris book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-2020

i've made my way through most of his material and it does kind of blur into one long anthology of biographical stories. this one does feel more personal and intimate with stories on his sister who suicided and his extremely frail and elderly father.

great multi generational story or koreans in japan

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-2020

as a westerner I've had a small idea about the layered hostility between the Japanese and Korean which I kind of assumed went both ways. its hard to grapple that the beloved version of japan i have can be so xenophobic. this is an illuminating novel on how the situation came to be for the semi stateless generation of koreans born into a country which only tolerates their existence, whose parents came from a homeland which is now fractured in two. hard to get into initially but pays dividends by the end.

harder than usual to get into for an audiobook

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-2019

i read this when i was young and loved it, as an audio book in chunks of 2 hour blocks it was harder to follow the story. still delightful, just one of the rare few thats better read then listened to

amazing australian story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-2019

this had almost everything I could want from a novel. I was put off from reading it for a long while as i'm not the biggest fan of crime drama and I wasnt sold on the title for whatever reason. so glad I gave it a chance. it wasnt quite a coming of age story, more just the protagonist happened to be youthful. the characters are great aussie archetypes of real masculintiy. blokes who piss on the toilet floor, drink too much and get emotional with their kids. imperfect and authentic. the story moves thru Eli's life at different points, it's never not engaging or gripping. the cherry on top was the shadows of metaphysical and magical elements peppering the story