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Book review: <i>The Boy In The Snow</i> by M J McGrath


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The Iditarod dogsled race is one of the biggest and toughest races in Alaska. But amongst the distraction, there are some disturbing forces at work in Anchorage. Can one woman singlehandedly uncover the rot that goes deep into the Alaskan political landscape?

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Book review: <i>The True Story Of Butterfish</i> by Nick Earls


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If this was a house, it would be the one Curtis Holland lives in - a classy little Queenslander with a studio out the back in a granny flat, a great record collection and clean sheets for visitors.

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Book review: <i>A Commonplace Killing</i> by Sian Busby


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In a post-war England that is bleak and crime ridden, murder is par for the course. Can Detective Inspector Cooper solve this commonplace killing, this murder of one woman amongst many?

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Book review: <i>Fun and Games</i> by David Michael Slater


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Fun and Games is like coming of age in a hall of mirrors. Welcome to everything weird.

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Book review: <i>The 7th Woman</i> by Frédérique Molay


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Ah, Paris. City of love. Until a meticulous psychopath strikes, mutilating a beautiful and successful Parisian resident. And his murderous intentions have just begun...

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Book review: <i>The Wicked Girls</i> by Alex Marwood


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In the tiny seaside town of Whitmouth, girls are being strangled. There's a stalker on the loose, and there are two women on the outskirts of the investigation who have a big secret to keep.

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Book review: <i>Confederacy of Dunces</i> by John Kennedy Toole


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If this was a stand-up comedian, it would be that transfixingly terrible lounge singer Andy Kaufman used to inhabit. Only better.

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Book review: <i>Five Star Billionaire</i> by Tash Aw


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Modern Shanghai is a city that chews you up and spits you out. A city where starry-eyed hopefuls gather to make it, where sad people run to escape for anonymity. But when you think you're getting somewhere, Shanghai will take everything from you. Five Star Billionaire is a story about the intersections of several lives in a city teeming with people, and their successes.

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Book review: <i>A Serpent's Tooth</i> by Craig Johnson


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Walt Longmire of Absaroka county is back, and up to his neck like never before in a mystery surrounding one strange family and the religious cult they are spreading across the country. But what do the well guarded men at the top want, and how far will they go to get it?

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Book review: <i>The Clock Of Life</i> by Nancy Klann-Moren


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A heartbreaking coming-of-age story, where growing up is tough and the shaping of a boy into a man is fused with tragedy.

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Book review: <i>U.S.!</i> by Chris Bachelder


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If this was a guy at a concert, it would be that over-earnest guy handing out flyers in the sun who you feel sorry for, even though he's a bit of a dick. But then look! He has a fun girlfriend, so it's OK.

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Book review: <i>Crime of Privilege</i> by Walter Walker


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I've never read any Walter Walker before, but I've decided I want to read more. His writing style is so engaging that I was hooked from the first few pages, and the storyline manages to be action packed, even when all the crime in the story is officially cold.

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Book review: <i>The Python Diaries 1969 - 1979</i> by Michael Palin


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If this was written by me, it would be called "The Too Much Drinking Diaries 1997-2007" and prescribed to brave and chronic insomniacs only.

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Book review: <i>Everything Bad Is Good For You</i> by Steve Johnson


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If this was written forty years ago, it would be called "Bebop and Marijuana - Your Teenagers Could Do Worse."

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Book review: <i>Another Sun</i> by Timothy Williams


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Guadeloupe may look like a tiny island paradise owned by the French, but under the lazy tropical sun, Guadeloupe is like a political powder keg. How can an outsider like Marie Laveaud have any hope of representing the law of France here, when the reality is so different?

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Book review: <i>Voyageur</i> by Robert Twigger


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If this was an entry in a log book, it would be hanging off the wall of the bushwalking hut you find just before the storm hits, and the whole event would seem more like an adventure and less of a trial.

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Book review: <i>How To Write Good</i> by John Vorhaus


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I was going to have a little lie on the couch and watch some tv before I wrote this book review, but then I remembered about procrastinating later, which was just one of the excellent slogans presented in this fantastic little guide to writers. And so here we are.

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Book review: <i>No Logo</i> by Naomi Klein


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If this was... my copy of the book, handed to Ms Klein, I'd be interested to hear her thoughts. My brother bought it in Thailand and it's obviously pirated. The cover looks OK until you try to bend it, the body paper is almost transparent, and there's evidence of low-grade scanning every other page. Large-scale piracy of Western goods, as the flipside of sweatshop labour, is a topic she leaves untouched.

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Book review: <i>The Toe Tag Quintet</i> by Matthew Condon


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A good, solid collection of crime-solving tales, infused with big pinch of Australiana and a twinkle in the eye.

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Book review: <i>God's Boat</i> by Kaori Ekuni


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This is a tale of true love and heartbreak, of fantasy and reality. A glorious narrative told by two different people; Yoko, a dreamer waiting for her true love to catch up to her, and Soko, her daughter and confidant. But Soko can't be expected to live Yoko's dream forever.

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