Publisher: Random House AU

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The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

January 29, 2021 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

A book that features maths and potatoes. Can't get much better, can it?

Weir combines a fascinating premise with witty and humorous narration to weave a tale of human ingenuity and survival against the worst odds -- an entire planet trying to kill one astrobotanist. The use of Watney's mission logs, transcripts and letters as a narration tool was especially clever, allowing the author to balance the action between Mars, Earth, and the Hermes.

The plot wasn't a surprise (I watched the movie first) but the storytelling was. The mathematical and engineering problems captured my imagination -- there's a sense...

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Thorne by Charlotte McConaghy

Thorne by Charlotte McConaghy

June 17, 2016 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I loved Thorne. This story world has grown on me and I’ve come to respect McConaghy’s storytelling. I love her characters and her prose, and am looking forward to reading Isadora in August.

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The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

November 5, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Kelsea, now firmly settled into her role as the Queen of the Tear, is now preparing for war with the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesme. The Invasion of the Tearling begins with an incursion into the disputed territory between the two kingdoms and ends with a siege. But the invasion and the accompanying war is only one element in this complicated book, and I’ve loved how Johansen wove all the different threads together to create a masterpiece of a story.

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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

November 12, 2014 Reviews 3 ★★★★★

An amazing book, even more so when you realise it’s a début. Début novels usually don’t come to readers so richly told and well-executed. I recommend The Queen of the Tearling to readers of fantasy, and fans of the works of Trudi Canavan and Sarah J. Maas will devour it.

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Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

January 16, 2014 Reviews 5 ★½

I’ve been quite excited about Tandem – parallel worlds, a mysterious boy, what’s not to like? However, I feel like I’ve been duped with this book. I don’t think it satisfied many of my expectations, although I did enjoy the differences between our universe and that of Aurora. I’m hoping…

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Dust by Hugh Howey

Dust by Hugh Howey

January 2, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, the concluding volume of the WOOL saga. Dust is bittersweet – it rounds out the story very well and its core message is one of hope and determination, but everything is tinged with sadness and loss. The main struggle in this book…

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The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch

December 6, 2013 Reviews 0

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow is what I expect from a quality YA fantasy novel – a complex world, riveting plot and developed characters woven together with skill. There are some things that could be improved upon, but overall, I enjoyed this novel a lot more than I’d expected. For me, most…

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Scarlet in the Snow by Sophie Masson

Scarlet in the Snow by Sophie Masson

September 26, 2013 Reviews 0

A surprisingly good read, especially because when I started it, Scarlet in the Snow was in danger of being catalogued as ‘just another Beauty and the Beast retelling’. But this story, which intertwines two Russian Fairytales (The Scarlet Flower and Fenist the Falcon), is charming, lyrical and beautiful. Set in an…

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Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

June 24, 2013 Reviews 4 ★★★★★

I had to stop reading this book 30 pages in to process. This is what I wrote on Goodreads: “I’m on page 32 of 432 of Fairytales for Wilde : So far: Deliciously creepy. Haunting. Clever. Witty. Impeccably imaged. Brilliant. Perfect.“ That basically sums it up, you don’t need to…

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