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Talk talk / T. Coraghessan Boyle.
Author: Boyle, T. Coraghessan.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006.
Review by: magazine  on: 31/01/2017 6:11:10 PM
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Book review Summer Holiday reading partially read at the Beach.Ah summer reading. Finally a good book which I can fall into and woe betide anyone who thinks dinner on a hot melting night should be anything other than watermelon slices and sprinkled green olives.A good summer read must tick a few boxes. Entertaining mind transporting well-written evocative and lastly I must learn something. I found such a book. Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle not to be confused with Talk the Talk or even Talk Talk Talk. There is so much talk out there.Talk Talk is T. C. Boyles 11th book and at laaaast the main character is a woman - Dana Halter a regular law-abiding teacher of the deaf who becomes mistakenly and brutally arrested for a seeming litany of hardcore criminal deeds whilst on her way to a dentists appointment.Danas world hits the Frappe button on the blender as she surreally discovers that she is a victim of cyber crime and identity theft. But Dana is not your everyday victim. She has laser focus. She is deaf and due to her particular set of skills is more than amply equipped to deal with this outrageous fortune but not without considerable angst thankyou Mr Shakespeare and Liam Neeson.And she is not alone. Dana has Bridger her cyber-geek boyfriend on her side...well mostly because Bridger also becomes a cyber target. Bridger of course has testy challenges of his own. Together they propel forwards to unravel the snarling knots which are strangling their lives. Enter Peck the Bad Guy. Peck is clearly a Bad Guy but he has standards and refined aesthetic sensibilities plus Cordon Bleu training - he knows how to wield Wusthof carving knives and is passionate about nuances of fine cuisine. He also has a hot Russian girlfriend Natalia irresistibly sexy but with clearly resistible personality and her young-daughter-appendage to deal with. Peck spins on a roulette wheel of cat and mouse while he assumes multiple identities and oftentimes loses his own in the process. Dana and Peck are formidable opponents. Peck a polished Narcissus with a Wagyu beef about the world which clearly owes him Big Time butting foreheads with Dana an outraged no-holds-barred force to be reckoned with who doesnt care a zot about social conventions. Ostensibly an ill-matched pair but strip back the fury of an outraged teacher with a stolen life and a sore tooth and there is all hell to pay. Peck must pay... submit relent repent and bow to the force of the mightily pissed off Teacher of the Deaf. No contest really I know who Id put my money on despite Pecks Black Belt in Egomania but no spoilers here. Hold onto your sunhat the conclusion climaxes in the Land of Left Field.But wait theres more in addition to this thrill-a-minute car chase across the US I also learned something. Coincidently both T C Boyle and Dana are logophiles. I found intriguing words to play with a whole handbag full in fact.Here are threeBathyscaphe apparently similar to the bathysphere which sounds like those fizzy bathbombs sold in fetes. Not so. Didnt see any bathyscaphes at the beach. Not a bathysphere in sight either.And neither were there any coelacanths on offer. Although I must say I became quite exophthalmic looking for some.Just love obscure words.Talk Talk is vibey bitey polished and pacey. One great Summer Holiday read!
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Tibetan peach pie : a true account of an imaginative life / Tom Robbins.
Author: Robbins, Tom. -- Robbins, Tom.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
Review by: Adrienneknott  on: 30/01/2017 11:27:26 PM
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Tibetan Peach Pie : A True Account of an Imaginative Life - Tom Robbins. This book, being an auto-biography, and therefore a new genre for Tom Robbins, interestingly stays true to his unique style of writing so identifiable in his fiction. The fantasy and intricate importance placed on small details, along with his poetic impressions, and specific collecting of seemingly unrelated things, do carry on into his writing of events he has experienced throughout his life. On more than one occasion in this book he seems to feel he must write explicitly that what he has written is actually true and not made up. Maybe because he is used to writing fiction, he feels a need to defend this new territory of recounting true events from his life to be sure that people know this is not a fiction. Or maybe it is because he is used to writing an almost surreal and fantastical genre of fiction that is so natural and true to his form that he cannot sever it in his writing of his biography. In any way it is a refreshing biography and a great starting point for someone who has not read any of his novels, showing his impetus for writing in his written style. I also want to point attention to the fact that this is a very readable book because of its short chapters. Perhaps because I have grown with this change in technology from long to short commercials, and even shorter still editing of clips in most recent video media. The short chapters appeal to my conditioned sense of consuming a theme or argument quickly and to the point. So in saying that I believe that Tom Robbins does say a lot and combine many different life experiences and complex ideas into one chapter, but he does so eloquently and always ties things together with a prominent theme within each small chunk that makes up this book. Tibetan Peach Pie may also be valuable to the reader, not only to understand more about Tom Robbins and his life and fiction and to others in the genre, but as it is an autobiography, it is linked to the cultural and historical events that Tom Robbins grew within. It is therefore in some ways a history book as well. Going in this direction I would say it is equally a book about language, for Tom Robbins is quite wordy, often taking words mostly used in one field and applying them to another. I learned a few specific and handy new words, along with a sense of newfound creative leeway to search for words in specific fields and apply them to others from reading this book. Both of these qualities are good for any reader, as you can apply them to any aspect of your life outside of this book which may potentially give the reader a nice benefit apart from the intended benefit from the writer to know more about their life. I hope this review inspires some readers who may otherwise overlook this book and genre to consider it for a moment, and maybe give it a read. Or to read a book from another genre or one at random to gain a new perspective and insights. Adrienne Knott
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A woman of courage / J.H. Fletcher.
Author: Fletcher, J. H., 1934-
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : Harlequin Enterprises Australia, 2016.
Review by: Krummel, Dianne Mrs  on: 30/01/2017 3:08:18 PM
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This book starts in 2004 with Hilary Brand as the boss of a corporation with interests in Australia, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. During reading one finds out Hilary's history from humble beginnings, her strength of character, her daughters, her challenges and how her powers move to one of the daughters. A satisfying easy-read book just right for a hot day in an air-conditioned home.
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Into the darkness : the mysterious death of Phoebe Handsjuk / Robin Bowles.
Author: Bowles, Robin -- Handsjuk, Phoebe, 1986-2010.
Publisher: Brunswick, Victoria : Scribe Publications, 2016.
Review by: Mason, Margaret Mrs  on: 30/01/2017 1:37:23 PM
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In her investigation of 'The mysterious death of Phoebe Handsjuk', Robyn Bowles takes us into some very dark places indeed. The luxury Balencia tower apartments in St Kilda Road Melbourne were the scene of an horrific death in December 2010 when a young woman was found at the bottom of a rubbish chute. But was it suicide or murder? And if it was suicide, why were there no fingerprints around the opening and handles or any other details to convince her family that she climbed in herself, and why were her emails and phone records of the previous days deleted and no suicide note left in her apartment on the twelfth floor? Twenty four year old Phoebe was a 'wild child', a free spirit whose parents divorced and her life sometimes spun out of control with alcohol,drugs, too much partying and older men. Her partner at the time of her death was Antony Hampel - a high- flying businessman whose father was a famous and powerful Victorian judge. His sister was convicted of dealing in cocaine but received very lenient treatment by the courts and it was suggested that some of her 'associates' in this murky world may have wanted to get rid of Phoebe if she knew too much. The author examines evidence in the case, photographs, medical reports, video records - or lack of them - which all add up to a gripping real - life crime story. Like Helen Garner in her investigation of famous murders, Bowles attends every session of the Coronial inquiry assiduously, taking notes and examining body language and behaviour of all parties who may or may not have been involved in foul play. She interviews heart-broken family members who swear she was looking forward to several family birthdays and - if she was going to kill herself - it certainly would not be in this bizarre manner, implying that 'she was garbage!' But perhaps the most famous aspect of this tragic case is the brave re-enactments of getting into the garbage chute unassisted, with a safety harness - a few girlfriends of her size attempted to climb in. And there were television replays of other attempts when an actual replica of the chute was built for this purpose. We know that certain questions cannot be answered. We also know that power, privilege and wealth can influence criminal investigations. And that is the most chilling finding of all. A compelling read, an extraordinary book.
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Tom Hughes QC : a cab on the rank / Ian Hancock.
Author: Hancock, Ian, 1940- -- Hughes, Tom, 1923- -- Liberal Party of Australia -- Biography.
Publisher: Annandale, N.S.W. : The Federation Press, 2016.
Review by: jemolloy  on: 29/01/2017 8:09:24 PM
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Good account of an accomplished lawyer-politician's career.
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The emperor's soul / Brandon Sanderson.
Author: Sanderson, Brandon, author.
Publisher: London Gollancz, 2015. -- ©2012.
Review by: Fordyce, Gavin Mr  on: 17/01/2017 12:34:23 PM
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As with all of Brandon Sanderson's books The Emperor's Soul is a entertaining page turner. The world be has created is filled with an interesting magic whose practitioners are seen as performing an abomination as they are able to rewrite a persons soul. This ability allows them to become great warriors artists or intellectuals but only for a small time. One such practitioner is called on to perform a great task for the Emperor.
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The regulars / Georgia Clark.
Author: Clark, Georgia.
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster UK Ltd., 2016.
Review by: AlisonCL  on: 16/01/2017 1:36:42 PM
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An entertaining read following the lives of 4 women who experience a transition in appearance after been given a special elixir. As their appearance alters so does their success in life, love and careers, slowly influencing their confidence and outlook on life. This is an interesting critique of the journey of self-discovery and how image can define and alter our perspectives. A great summer read leaving you considering your own choices.
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The secret scripture.
Author: Barry, Sebastian.
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2008.
Review by: Mcgann, Sharon Theresa Ms  on: 05/01/2017 3:24:26 PM
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This book draws you into the disturbing world of a young woman in western Ireland in the early part of last century. It touches on Irish history, catholic priest culpability, women's lack of rights and early psychiatric procedures. It also makes interesting observations about memory and family. I read it at the same time as Margaret Attwood's Blind Assassin - a complementary story of a young woman from a well-off family who ended up in a situation no better-off than Barry's female lead.
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Extinctions / Josephine Wilson.
Author: Wilson, Josephine.
Publisher: Crawley, W.A. UWA Publishing, 2016.
Review by: Mcgann, Sharon Theresa Ms  on: 05/01/2017 3:14:55 PM
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I didn't initially like the lead characters in the retirement home but the glimpse into their life helped me empathise with their predicament. I enjoyed the interweaving of the stories and appreciated the author's delicacy in keeping the story lively and not a typical romance.
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The honest truth / Dan Gemeinhart.
Author: Gemeinhart, Dan.
Publisher: Frome, UK : Scholastic Book Service, 2015. -- Frome, Somerset Chicken House 2015.
Review by: Mao, Catherine Miss  on: 19/12/2016 3:10:02 PM
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The honest truth book review I write this review with tears still running down my cheek, these particular tears are filled with both happiness and sadness, all from just reading this book. *** Mark is a sick boy who lives in a world where choices don’t exists, he lives in a world where the echoes of his parents sobs are only too familiar, he lives in world where the hospital is his second home and the world just seems not worth suffering for. When the cancer comes back and the white hospital walls become an image he sees in the very near future, Mark decides he has had enough! Mt Rainier, only 263 miles away, was always the mountain Mark had dreamt of climbing. After the devastating phone call from the hospital, mark decided it was time to follow his dream no mater the consequence. “The honest truth”, is a story of a friendship between a dog walking beside his kid on a journey of a lifetime. A friendship between a girl, miles away from her best friend, trying to keep a secret she knows will end everything. This is a book about a brave boy, his loyal companion, a girl with a secret too powerful to contain and a mountain…
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