Sunday, September 19, 2010

September Reviews

30 new reviews have been added to the site so far this month. You can read them by clicking on the links.

Children's Book Review: April, by Gabrielle Lord
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
The next instalment in the Conspiracy 365 series.
Book Review: Blue Skies, by Fleur McDonald
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A tale of love, loss and renewal.
Children's Book Review: A Ute Picnic, by Lorraine Marwood
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
An outstanding poetry collection.
Picture Book Review: Look See, Look at Me, by Leonie Norrington
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A celebration of childhood and community life.
Children's Book Review: Get a Grip, Cooper Jones, by Sue Whiting
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
What do you do when life's spinning out of control?
Children's Book Review: Where There's Smoke, by John Heffernan
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Stay to fight. Fight to stay.
Non Fiction Book Review: The Encyclopaedia of Australia's Battles, by Chris Coulthard-Clark
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Invaluable reference for students of Australian history
Nonfiction Book Review: Australian Classics, by Jane Gleeson-White
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
50 great writers and their celebrated works.
YA Book Review: Moment of Truth, by Michael Pryor
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
The fifth title in the Laws of Magic series.
Picture Book Review: Peeking Ducks, by Krista Bell & Sally Rippin
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Curious ducklings.
Children's Book Review: Bindi Wildlife Adventures - Trouble at the Zoo, by Chris Kunz
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
It’s Bindi’s birthday.
Children's Book Review: The Littlest Witch, by Martine Allars
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Birthday surprises.
Children's Book Review: Hanging Out, by Catherine Bateson
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Ben's cousin is coming.
Children's Book Review: Barnesy, by Allayne Webster
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
A 'Mates' story.
Book Review: Thrill City, by Leigh Redhead
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Simone Kirsch is back.
YA Book Review: The Innocents, by Nette Hilton
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Small town secrets.
YA Book Review: Guardian of the Dead, by Karen Healey
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Beyond the myth and the mists.
Children's Book Review: Alice Miranda on Holiday, by Jacqueline Harvey
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
It's holiday time!
Children's Book Review: Tikki the Tricky Pixie, by Tiffany Mandrake
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Tikki wants to be bad.
Picture Book Review: There's a Goat in My Coat, by Rosemary Milne
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
A poetry collection.
Children's Book Review: Sucked Out, by John Parker
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Eyeball on the loose!
Children's Book Review: Diary of a Soccer Star, by Shamini Flint
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Soccer is easy, right?
Children's Book Review: Our Australia Alice Springs, by Phil Kettle
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Touring around.
Children's Book Review:The Dragon's Lie by Kym & Oliver Lardner
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Friendship and freedom.
YA Book Review: Flyaway, by Lucy Christopher
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Saving the swan changes everything.
Picture Book Review: Tatiara, by Jo Oliver
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Healing comes.
YA Book Review: India Dark, by Kirsty Murray
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Based on a true story.
YA Book Review: Water, by Geoff Havel
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Secrets always float to the surface.
Book Review: Eric, by Shaun Tan
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A little treasure.
YA Book Review: Happy as Larry, by Scot Gardner
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
An extraordinary tale of an ordinary family.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

New Reviews

Plenty of new reviews added to Aussiereviews in August - 26 of them, in fact. You can check them out by clicking on the links below. Enjoy!

Children's Book Review: Aztec Attack and Battle Bust-Up, by Charlie Carter
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Battle Boy books 5 and 6.
Picture Book Review: Mirror, by Jeannie Baker
Reviewed by Dale Harcombe
A stunning book.
YA Book Review: Wavelength, by AJ Betts
Reviewed by Emily Murphy
A rich sensory experience.
YA Book Review: Descent, by Charlotte McConaghy
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Book 2: The Strangers of Paragor
YA Book Review: What Next, Tilda B? by Kathryn Lomer
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A novel about finding yourself.
Children's Book Review: Little Else Series, by Julie Hunt
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Adventures in Little Else.
Children's Book Review: How to Talk to a Frill-Neck Lizard, by James Moloney
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Fun Aussie yarn.
Children's Book Review: Chicken Stu, by Nathan Luff
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Always expect the unexpected.
YA Book Review: Slice, by Steven Herrick
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
A new prose novel.
Picture Book Review: Littledog, by Katrina Germein
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
A little dog arrives.
Children's Book Review: Dead Man's Gold, by Michael Torres
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Adventure in the Australian Outback.
Children's Book Review: Barlay, by Cheryl Kickett-Tucker
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
The bush has its secrets.
Picture Book Review: Sam's Bush Journey, by Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Bush wisdom.
YA Book Review: A Girl Like Me, by Penny Matthews
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Children's Book Review: Grimsdon, by Deborah Abela
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
After the wave.
Picture Book Review: All Together Now, by Phil Cummings
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Going camping.
Picture Book Review: Count My Kisses, Little One, by Ruthie May
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
A first counting book.
Children's Book Review: The Magic Fair, by Sally Morgan
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
All the fun of the fair…and more.
YA Book Review: Thirteen Pearls, by Melaina Faranda
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Part of the Girlfriend Fiction series.
Nonfiction Book Review: I Love Me, by Bev Aisbett
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A guide to being your own best friend.
YA Book Review: The Limping Man, by Maurice Gee
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
The conclusion to the Salt trilogy.
Children's Book Review: Burned, by Meredith Costain
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Third in the Year in Girl Hell series.
Nonfiction Book Review: The Feel Good Body, by Jennifer Fleming & Anna-Louise Bouvier
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
7 steps to easing aches and looking great.
Book Review: The Devil's Tears, by Steven Horne
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
An absrobing story.
Children's Book Review: March, by Gabrielle Lord
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
The third in the Conspiracy 365 series.
Children's Book Review: Dumped, by Meredith Costain
Reviewed by Sally Murphy

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I have just added nine new reviews to Aussiereviews. Click on the links to read them.


Picture Book Review: Ned Kelly and the Green Sash, by Mark Greenwood
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A wonderful historical picture book.
Book Review: The Marriage Club, by Kate Legge
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
No one really knows what goes on inside a marriage.
Children's Book Review: Summer Days, by Lenny Pelling
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
First in the pen-pals forever series.
Children's Book Review: The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, by May Gibbs
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Including Little Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia.
Children's Book Review: One Perfect Pirouette, by Sherryl Clark
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Following your dreams can be hard.
Nonfiction Book Review: Tasmania's Convicts, by Alison Alexander
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
How felons built a free society.
Children's Book Review: The Hunt for Ned Kelly, by Sophie Masson
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Part of the My Australian Story series.
Picture Book Review: Baby Wombat's Week, by Jackie French
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Sequel to Diary of a Wombat.
Children's Book Review: Chess Nuts, by Julia Lawrinson
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
The game is set to change.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

It's been a while - in fact I didn't post a single new review in June - although I was busy reading wonderful books and even writing reviews. But, because I had such a busy month I didn't actually get the reviews posted.

So, last night I remedied that by posting 22 new reviews on the Aussiereviews site, some by myself and others by fellow reviewer Claire Saxby. You can read the reviews by clicking on the links below. Enjoy - I'll be posting more soon.

Children's Book Review: Saving Pandas, by Dr Carla Litchfield
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Hello Panda!
Children's Book Review: Girls Only, by Kerrie Hess
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
How to plan a party.
Children's Book Review: Esty's Gold, by Mary Arrigan
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
From Ireland to the Goldfields.
YA Book Review: Fury, by Shirley Marr
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
What lies beneath the gloss?
Children's Book Review: Crooked Mick, by Dave Luckett
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Aussie Tall Tales.
Children's Book Review: Pearlie in Central Park, by Wendy Harmer
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Pearlie's in New York.
Children's Book Review: Who Wants to Be a Billionaire, by Colin Thompson
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Book 9 in The Floods series.
Children's Book Review: Alice-Miranda at School, by Jacqueline Harvey
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
First in a new series.
Children's Book Review: Slowcoach Turtle, by Kyle Mewburn
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Pop Hooper is in town!
YA Book Review: Somme Mud, by Private Edward Lynch
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
One man’s experience of war.
Picture Book Review: I Love My Mum, by Anna Walker
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
Ollie B is back.
YA Book Review: Finding Freia Lockhart, by Aimee Said
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
How (not) to be a successful teenager.
YA Book Review: After January, by Nick Earls
Reviewed by Claire Saxby
What happens when school is over?
Picture Book Review: The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
APRA Children's Song of the Year, 2008.
Children's Book Review: Conspiracy 365 - February, by Gabrielle Lord
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
The second in this action-packed series.
Picture Book Review: Hunting for Dragons, by Bruce Whatley
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Dragons are everywhere.
Book Review: Below the Styx, by Michael Meehan
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A complex read.
Picture Book Review: My Country, by Dorothea Mackellar & Andrew McLean
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A lovely gift.
Picture Book Review: Zoobots, by Bruce Whatley & Ben Smith Whatley
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Crazy creatures.
Nonfiction Book Review: Looking for Lionel, by Sharon Snir
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
How I lost and found my mother through dementia.
Children's Book Review: Hot and Cold
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
The first in the EJ12 Girl Hero series.
YA Book Review: Solace & Grief, by Foz Meadows
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
The Rare Book One. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What a busy month it has been at Aussiereviews. We have added twenty new reviews over the past week, so if you are a looking for a great read, click on the following links.

  Picture Book Review:The Little Yellow Digger and The Bones, by Betty & Alan Gilderdale
Under the landslide.

Children's Book Review: Camelot, by Colin Thompson
A new series. 

Children's Book Review: Scratch Kitten and the Ghost Ship, by Jessica Green
A new adventure.  

  Children'sBook Review:The Tsunami Book, by Dr Gill Jolly
More than a tidal wave.

Picture Book Review: Pirate Peter and the Pig, by Simon Grant
A pet for a pirate. 

Children's Book Review: Pilot & Huxley and the Holiday Portal, by Dan McGuiness
Pilot and Huxley are back!  

Picture Book Review: Papa's Little Penguin, by Anna Pignataro
For Fathers' Day. 

Children's Book Review: Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion, by R. A. Spratt
New Nanny Piggins adventures. 

Young Adult Book Review: The Wrath of the Silver Wolf, by Simon Higgins
A new Moonshadow adventure. 

Children's Book Review: How to Draw Mythical Creatures, by Marc McBride
Create your own characters. 

Picture Book Review: Fairies, by Alison Maloney
All abouut fairies. 

Picture Book Review: Bear and Chook by the Sea, by Lisa Shanahan
A new Bear and Chook adventure. 

Children's Book Review: Battlefield, by Alan Tucker
One boy's war. 

Children's Book Review: Aussie Legends, by Tom Baddley
Some famous Australians.

YA Book Review: Dancing in the Dark, by Robyn Bavati
An absorbing tale about following your dreams. 

Book Review: Blood Moon, by Garry Disher
A wonderful crime fiction offering. 

Children's Book Review: Style Files, by Amanda Nicholls
The first in the Totally Stylin' series. 

Cook Book Review: The AWW Cooking School
Learning to cook Step-by-Step.

Picture Book Review: Itsy-Bitsy Babies, by Margaret Wild & Jan Ormerod
Ideal for cuddle time. 

Picture Book Review: Wibbly Wobbly Street, by Trudie Trewin
Whimsy and fun on every page. 

Children's Book Review: Duck for a Day, by Meg McKinlay
A novel to love.

Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, May 3, 2010

I added seven new reviews to the Aussiereviews website last night. As always, there's a bit of a mix, including picture books, children's, YA, adult fiction and nonfiction. Click on the links to see the reviews,

Picture Book: Gina the Dancing Queen, by Marisa Alo
Feel the rhythm.
Picture Book: Delilah's Dream, by Ian Trevaskis & Janine Dawson
Very cute.
YA: About a Girl, by Joanne Horniman
Children's: The Land of Dragonay, by Sally Morgan and Ambelin, Blaze & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Stopwatch Book 3.
Fiction: Torn Apart, by Peter Corris
New in the Cliff Hardy series.
Fiction: What Kate Did Next, by Lisa Heidke
It's time for Kate to follow her dreams.
Nonfiction: Max Your Marks, by Rowena Austin & Annie Hastwell
Tips from top students on how to conquer year 12.   

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The shortlists for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards were announced today. They are as follows (with links to any titles which have been reviewed on Aussiereviews). I love awards season :)

The Christina Stead Prize for Fiction

Summertime by J.M. Coetzee

 •Wanting by Richard Flanagan

 •The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy

 •88 Lines about 44 Women by Steven Lang

 •Ransom by David Malouf

 •Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction

The Water Dreamers: The remarkable history of our dry continent by Dr Michael Cathcart

 •Churchill and Australia by Graham Freudenberg

 •Piano Lessons by Dr Anna Goldsworthy

 •The Wolf by Richard Guilliatt and Peter Hohnen

 •Kill Khalid by Paul McGeough

 •Up from the Mission: Selected Writings by Noel Pearson

Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry

The Sonnet According to 'M' by Jordie Albiston

 •The Darwin Poems by Emily Ballou

 •Storm and Honey by Judith Beveridge

 •The Striped World by Emma Jones

 •White Camel by Morgan Yasbincek

Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature

Hollywood Ending by Kathy Charles

 •Worldshaker by Richard Harland

 •Liar by Justine Larbalestier

 •A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard

 •Vulture's Gate by Kirsty Murray

 •When the Hipchicks Went to War by Pamela Rushby

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature

Krakatoa Lighthouse by Allan Baillie

 •Grace by Morris Gleitzman

 •Alive in the Death Zone by Lincoln Hall

 •The Billionaire's Curse by Richard Newsome

 •The Hero of Little Street by Gregory Rogers

 •Harry and Hopper by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood

Community Relations Commission Award

Leave to Remain: A Memoir by Dr Abbas El Zein

 •Reclaiming Patriotism: Nation-Building for Australian Progressives by Dr Tim Soutphommasane

UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing

Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven Amsterdam

 •Hollywood Ending by Kathy Charles

 •Document Z by Andrew Coome

 •Siddon Rock by Glenda Guest

 •Little White Slips by Karen Hitchcock

 •The Ice Age by Kirsten Reed

Script Writing Award

Bright Star by Jane Campion

 •East West 101: Episode 13 by Kristen Dunphy and Michael Miller

 •Mary and Max by Adam Elliot

 •Tangle: Episode 1, Yellow Amendments by Fiona Seres

 •Fairweather Man by Aviva Ziegler and Veronica Fury

 •Samson and Delilah by Warwick Thornton

NSW Premier's Prize for Literary Scholarship

Robert Louis Stevenson in the Pacific: Travel, Empire and the Author's Profession by Dr Roslyn Jolly
Networked Language by Professor Philip Mead
Literary Activists: Writer-intellectuals and Australian Public Life by Dr Brigid Rooney

Winners in each category will be announced on May 17.  NSW Residents are also invited to vote in the People's Choice award. you can also read the judges' comments about each of the shortlisted titles on the awards website.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

CBCA Awards Shortlist, 2010

Those of you who know me and/or follow this blog might know that I am both an author and a book reviewer. Usually, I manage to keep the two things separate, but today I'm not sure it's possible. See, normally, when the CBCA Awards shortlist is announced, I would share the list or a link to it here for your pleasure.

But today, as well as sharing the list with you, I  also want tos hare my absolute delight that for the first time in 30 books - I'm ON THE SHORTLIST  (excuse my yelling. I'm a little excited).

So, resuming normal programming, today the shortlist for the CBCA Chidlren's Book of the Year Awards has been announced, and is as follows:

Book of the Year: Older Readers

These books are for mature readers.

CHRISTOPHER, Lucy Stolen (Chicken House)

CLARKE, Judith The Winds of Heaven (Allen & Unwin)

LARBALESTIER, Justine Liar (Allen & Unwin)

METZENTHEN, David Jarvis 24 (Penguin Group Australia)

MILLARD, Glenda A Small Free Kiss in the Dark (Allen & Unwin)

TANGEY, Penny Loving Richard Feynman (University of Queensland Press)

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Intended for independent younger readers.

FENSHAM, Elizabeth Matty Forever (University of Queensland Press)

HIRSCH, Odo Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool (Allen & Unwin)

LESTER, Alison Running with the Horses (Viking, Penguin GroupAustralia)

MCINTOSH, Fiona The Whisperer  (Angus & Robertson,HarperCollinsPublishers)

MURPHY, Sally Illus. POTTER, Heather  Pearl Verses the World (Walker Books)
STORER, Jen Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children (Viking, Penguin Group Australia)

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages.

BLAND, Nick The Wrong Book (Scholastic Australia)

BOOTH, Christina Kip (Windy Hollow Books)

DUBOSARSKY, Ursula  Illus. JOYNER, Andrew The Terrible Plop (Viking, Penguin Group Australia)

GLEESON, Libby Illus. BLACKWOOD, Freya Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House (Little Hare )
SHANAHAN, Lisa Illus. QUAY, Emma Bear & Chook by the Sea Lothian (Children’s Books, Hachett)

THOMPSON, Colin  Illus. DAVIS, Sarah Fearless ABC Books (HarperCollinsPublishers)

Picture Book of the Year

Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years. (Some books may be for mature readers).

COOL, Rebecca  Text: MILLARD, Glenda  Isabella’s Garden (Walker Books)

DANALIS, Stella Text: DANALIS, John  Schumann the Shoeman (University of Queensland Press)

HARVEY, Roland To the Top End: Our Trip Across Australia (Allen & Unwin)

HOBBS, Leigh Mr Chicken Goes to Paris (Allen & Unwin)
OLIVER, Narelle Fox and Fine Feathers (Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia)

ROGERS, Gregory The Hero of Little Street (Allen & Unwin)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years. (Some books may be for mature readers).

CLODE, Danielle Prehistoric Giants: The Megafauna of Australia  (Museum Victoria)

M is for Mates: Animals in Wartime from Ajax to Zep Department of Veterans’ Affairs in association with the Australian War Memorial

MACINNIS, Peter  Australian Backyard Explorer National Library of Australia

PATRICK, Tanya Illus: HUTCHESON, Nicholas  Polar Eyes: A Journey to Antarctica CSIRO

REEDER, Stephanie Owen Lost! A True Tale from the Bush (National Library of Australia)

YALATA & OAK COMMUNITIES with  MATTINGLEY, Christobel Maralinga: The Anangu Story Allen & Unwin

Where a book has been reviewed on Aussiereviews I have linked to  that review. Congratulations to all authors, illustrators and publishers with books on the list. The winners will be announced in August, in time for Children's Book Week.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

It's been a busy month on Aussiereviews, with twenty two new reviews added. You can clcik on the links to check out the ones you're interested in:

Nonfiction Book Review: Great Moments in Australian History, by Jonathan King

Accessible history.

Children's Book Review: Jaguar Warrior, by Sandy Fussell

YA Book Review: The Devil You Know, by Leonie Norrington
Set in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Picture Book Review: It's a Jungle in Here, by Steve Wide
The jungle is everywhere.

Young Adult Book Review: After, by Sue Lawson

Young Adult Book Review: Surf Ache, by Gerry Bobsien
Ever been surfing?

Children's Book Review: Horse Mad Whispers, by Kathy Helidoniotis
Title 7 in Horse Mad series.

Children's Book Review: A Belt Around My Bum, by Martin Chatterton
A new Willy Waggledagger adventure.

Children's Book Review: Send Simon Savage, by Stephen Measday
An adventure in time.

Children's Book Review: Edie Amelia and the Monkey Shoe Mystery, by Sophie Lee
Edie Amelia is an unusual girl.

Children's Book Review: Dragon Blood Pirates Series Three, by Dan Jerris

Children's Book Review: Big Book of Verse for Aussie Kids, edited by Jim Haynes
A wonderful collection.

Picture Book Review: Sarah's Heavy Heart, by Peter Carnavas

Picture Book Review: Schumann the Shoeman, by John & Stella Danalis
A beautifully wrought fable.

YA Book Review: Hostage, by Karen Tayleur
A fast-paced journey.

Picture Book Review: Hairy Maclary, Shoo, by Lynley Dodd
The invincible Hairy Maclary is back.

Picture Book Review: Possum and Wattle, by Bronwyn Bancroft
A visual delight.

Book Review: Lovesong, by Alex Miller

YA Book Review: Genius Wars, by Catherine Jinks
The conclusion to the Genius trilogy.

Book Review: Manhattan Dreaming, by Anita Heiss
Chick-lit at its best.

Book Review: The Children's Writer, by Gary Crew
What happens to those caught up in a writer's world?

Book Review: Come Back to Me, by Sara Foster

A wonderful debut novel.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Seven New Reviews

I have today added seven new reviews to Aussiereviews. Books reviewed are:

Liar, by Justine Larbalestier

Forbidden Fruit, by Kerry Greenwood

I Spy Dad! by Janeen Brian and Chantal Stewart

Cleo, by Helen Brown

Navigating Teenage Depression, by Gordon Parker and Kerry Eyers

Angel Fish, by Lili Wilkinson

Lessons for a Werewolf Warrior, by Jackie French

A nice range of books, from serious nonfiction, to cute picture book. Enjoy!

Sunday Reading

As the result of a Twitter post (tweet), I've just spent an interesting fiteen minutes reading blog posts, when I should have been working on updating Aussiereviews. The tweet linked to a new blog post, but that blog post was in response to an older one, so I'll share the links in cronological order.

Firstly, in August, Jessica Crispin blogged about Jeff Vandemeer's book Booklife, and why it made her skin crawl here.
More recently, Jeff was able to get Jessica to agree to be interviewed on his blog here, about her opinions, as well as making his own comments about those opinions.

It's great reading - and has also given me much food for thought both as an author and as a reviewer. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ABR Top Ten Australian Novels

The Australian Book Review has today announced the results of its reader poll of favourite Australian novels, releasing the list of the top twenty, as voted by readers. You can read the annotated list here. Youc an also see a full list of the 290 novels nominated here

How many of the top ten have you read?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Aurealis Award Winners and New reviews on Aussiereviews

The annual Aurealis awards ceremony was held last night in Brisbane. These awards honour the best Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror offerings for the previous twelve months.

The winners are as follows. Wherever possible I have linked the publication titles to reviews, on Aussiereviews, or elsewhere.

best science fiction novel

Andrew McGahan, Wonders of a Godless World, Allen & Unwin

best science fiction short story

Peter M. Ball, ‘Clockwork, Patchwork and Ravens’, Apex Magazine May 2009

best fantasy novel

Trudi Canavan, Magician's Apprentice, Orbit

best fantasy short story - Joint winners

Christopher Green, ‘Father’s Kill’, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #24

Ian McHugh, 'Once a Month, On a Sunday’, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #40, Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Co-operative Ltd

best horror novel

Honey Brown, Red Queen, Penguin Australia

best horror short story - Joint winners

Paul Haines, 'Wives', X6, Coeur de Lion Publishing

Paul Haines, 'Slice of Life - A Spot of Liver', Slice of Life, The Mayne Press

best anthology

Jonathan Strahan (editor), Eclipse 3, Night Shade Books

best collection

Greg Egan, Oceanic, Gollancz

best illustrated book/graphic novel

Nathan Jurevicius, Scarygirl, Allen & Unwin

best young adult novel

Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan Trilogy: Book One, Penguin

best young adult short story

Cat Sparks, ‘Seventeen’, Masques, CSFG

best children’s (8-12 years) novel

Gabrielle Wang, A Ghost in My Suitcase, Puffin Books

best children’s (8-12 years)
short fiction/illustrated work/picture book

Pamela Freeman (author), Kim Gamble (illustrator), Victor's Challenge, Walker Books Australia

Also, in the past week I have uploaded a swag of new reviews to Aussiereveiws - 23 in total. You can access the following reveiws from the hhome page at Aussiereviews.

The Wicked War on Planet Whimsy, by L. M. Moriarty
The Hollow Tree, by Jacob G. Rosenberg
Spirit of Hope, by Bob Graham
Howzat! by Brett Lee & Michael Panckridge
Fifteen Love, by R. M. Corbett
Australia at the Beach, by Max Fatchen
How to be the Perfect Princess
The ABC Book of Dinosaurs
A Letter From Luisa, by Rowena Mohr
Gamers' Quest, by George Ivanoff
Come By Chance, by Madeline Winch
A History of Cricket, by Catherine Chambers
Anzac Heroes, edited by George Low
The Borgia Ring, by Michael White
100 Ways to Happy Children, by Dr Timothy J. Sharp
The Pony Patch Collection, by Bernadette Kelly
Crocodile River, by Diana Lawrenson
Sharp Shooter, by Marianne Delacourt
Wildlife in Australia, by Louise Egerton
Halloween in Christmas Hills, by Karen Tayleur
Hush, Hush! by Margaret Wild & Bridget Strevens-Marzo
The Wheels on the Bus, illustrated by Mandy Foot
The Dangerous Book of Heroes, by Conn Iggulden & David Iggulden


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Nine New Reviews Posted

Happy new year! I have started off the new year by adding nine new reviews to Aussiereviews. Personal favourites were the two children's books - Tensy Farlow and The Whisperer. Both superb offerings.

YA Book Review: Time of Trial, by Michael Pryor
Reviewed by Tom Murphy
The fourth title in the Laws of Magic series.
YA Book Review: Fill Out This Application and Wait Over There, by Ruth Starke
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A funny diary format story.
YA Book Review: My Private Pectus, by Shane Thamm
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Footy, cars and a caved-in chest.
Nonfiction Book Review: Kickstart My Heart, by Lana Penrose
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A carnival of dating disasters.
Children's Book Review: Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, by Jen Storer
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A wonderful gothic novel.
Book Review: Transported - A Pioneer’s Story, by Terry Spring
Reviewed by Kathryn Duncan
An inspirational story.
YA Book Review: The Old Kingdom Chronicles, by Garth Nix
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Acclaimed trilogy - Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen.
YA Book Review: Posse, by Kate Welshman
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
A novel with bite.
Children's Book Review: The Whisperer, by Fiona McIntosh
Reviewed by Sally Murphy

Check back often for lots more reviews in 2010.