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  1. I'm hosting my first ever reading challenge, the AUSSIE AUTHOR CHALLENGE! Challenge starts 1 January 2010 and ends 31 December 2010 2 challenge levels - TOURIST and FAIR DINKUM * TOURIST - Read and review 3 books by 3 different Australian authors * FAIR DINKUM - Read and review 8 books by Australian authors (a minimum of 5 different Australian authors) As an Aussie myself (and the host), of course I will be going for the FAIR DINKUM challenge level. Authors I plan to read so far include Matthew Reilly, Shane Maloney, Kerry Greenwood, Kate Grenville and maybe Peter Temple.... but we'll see as the year progresses...
  2. The Unicorn Road by Martin Davies My review: Beautiful from cover to composition. This cover art was what originally attracted me as it sat on my bookstore bargain shelf, but when I began reading I was pleasantly surprised to find the writing style inside the book just as artful. Davies sets the scene like a painter, telling this grand and sweeping tale of quest and adventure to foreign lands in language so beautiful and luxurious that the reader cannot help but to be enthralled and engrossed. The characters have compelling backstories that are uncovered slowly throughout the novel, revealing the admirable qualities of courage, honour and loyalty. Although a work of fiction, actual historical events relating to the Silk Route and the Christian Crusades provide the framework for the plot. Despite the stories being set in different time periods, I found myself thinking of the movie Troy and its grandeur on more than one occasion. Although the story is an epic one, only parts are told in detail, leaving the book only 324 pages in length. The author manages to quickly wrap up all the loose ends to conclude the story, drawing on seeds of information cleverly planted along the journey (almost too perfectly). Despite the quick ending, I found the book a satisfying one that I'd recommend if for nothing else but for the beauty and artfulness of the writing.
  3. Sorry Michelle, bad habit I've gotten into through using on other forums where posting links are the norm.

  4. Can I please draw your attention to the following in the guidelines...


    Whilst we're happy for people to have a link to their own book blogs in their signatures, can I please ask that when discussing a book on the forum, can you include your thoughts here, instead of simply directing people to a review on your own blog.


    The aim of the forum is to promote discussion, and that isn't going to happen if people are encouraged to visit book blogs, and leave comments there instead.

  5. I've only just started reading this... beautiful imagery and elegant writing style are my thoughts so far... Booklover Book Reviews
  6. I've just finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and loved it. My review. Can't wait to read the next two in the trilogy! Booklover Book Reviews
  7. Amazing. If I had to describe this story in one word, that word would be
  8. I'd choose Reichs over Cornwell any day. Just posted my review of CROSS BONES by Kathy Reichs. The beauty of Reichs' novels for me is that they start from real forensic cases and empirical evidence -- the time and effort put into researching the storylines is evident. I really like the characters Tempe and Andrew also - they have a well developed back story... Booklover Book Reviews
  9. What a great TBR list! Appears we have similar tastes... some of those appear in my TBR pile also, but more than anything you've given me some great ideas to lengthen my list Booklover Book Reviews Word Puzzle Weekly
  10. Wasn't sure about these books, have thought the story sounded great but in all honesty I've been a little hesitant because of the YA classification. But after reading yet another rave review from one of my favourite book bloggers - it's now on my wishlist too!
  11. I just read/reviewed The Front, my first ever from Patricia Cornwell. Not at all what I expected... seemed under-done to me... Booklover Book Reviews
  12. [/url]In this story we're introduced to a diverse mix of outrageous, larger than life characters - in locations ranging from the streets of Sydney's Kings Cross to the pristine Australian Outback. I think the flaw in some chick lit these days is the lead characters are written as though they are saints and only mix with the privileged. Alderson doesn't make that mistake, providing a lead character who is fallible and has a back-story - one a broad range of readers could identify with. Some of the darker topics touched on through the story include death, drugs and dependency. But never fear -- these topics are covered with a positive outlook and Alderson never fails to provide just the right amount of romance and a satisfying, happy ending! booklover7809 Booklover Book Reviews Word Puzzle Weekly
  13. I've just read/reviewed Pants on Fire by Maggie Alderson. Thought it was a fun and sassy read! Pure escapism... booklover7809 Booklover Book Reviews Word Puzzle Weekly
  14. This is one of my all-time favourites! It was so great that I lent it out to so many of my friends that I have lost track of where my copy is now.... Booklover Book Reviews
  15. Just ordered my copy - can't wait! Booklover Book Reviews
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