Review – Silence Once Begun by Jesse Bell

by - July 1st, 2014


This is one of those great novels that blends up truth and imagination so well that the lines between fact and fiction are so blurred you don’t even know where to begin trying to unravel it. It also doubles the intrigue especially the way Jesse Ball structures the story to unfurl piece by piece, layer […]

The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in July

by - June 30th, 2014


Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief Fiction Books The Lie by Kestin Hesh A complex political thriller full of suspense, set within the Israel security organisation. A rescue operation that will have you on the edge of your seats. So many lies, so many rationalisations for twisting […]

Stuart Neville 3-for-2 offer

by - June 30th, 2014


  The Twelve I almost missed reading this book. Published in 2009 it has only just been releases here. I was reluctant to pick it up because “debut thriller of the year” gets thrown around a far bit and I am very skeptical. However in the case of THE TWELVE it is not marketing or […]

Review – The Damned Utd by David Peace

by - June 28th, 2014


I have tried and failed at reading David Peace before. I’ve have always wanted to get into his books in particular The Red Riding Quartet (which I cheated and watched the films instead, which were superb). For some reason I have never been able to get into the rhythm of his writing and with a writer like […]

Double Dipping – Living with Dodos and Alice – Picture book reviews

by - June 27th, 2014

Edward and the Great Discovery

In a world of dwindling attention spans and narrowing fields of vision, it may be argued that the gaps between past and present are so expansive there is no reason to traverse them anymore let alone acknowledge past discoveries or other people’s situations. New Frontier Publishing ignores this argument, offering two new courageous storylines within […]

“My Writing Process” blog hop

by - June 27th, 2014


Every now and then, chain post interviews (sometimes called blog hops) seem to circulate around the blogging community of writers. They’re a bit like chain letters, in that you do your bit and then pass it on in an ever expanding ripple, until people lose interest — you do your blog post (in which you […]

Pakistan for Children – Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll

by - June 22nd, 2014


  It is rare to find an exceptional novel for children with the current emphasis on YA literature rather than on children’s books. Kelsey and the Porcelain Doll by Rosanne Hawke (UQP) is an exceptional Australian book for younger readers. With her background of living in Pakistan as an aid worker, Hawke has incorporated cultural and […]

Player Profile: Chris Ewan, author of Dead Line

by - June 21st, 2014


Chris Ewan, author of Dead Line Tell us about your latest creation: My latest book is Dead Line. It’s a noir kidnap thriller set in Marseilles, with a twist — the hostage negotiator at the heart of the story is concealing a dark secret of his own.Daniel Trent’s fiancée, Aimee, has gone missing without a trace, and Trent does […]

Player Profile: John Gordon Sinclair, author of Blood Whispers

by - June 17th, 2014

JGS hi res clean

John Gordon Sinclair, author of Blood Whispers Tell us about your latest creation: The title of my latest novel Blood Whispers was inspired by a quote from Hermann Hesse: “I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question the stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teachings my blood whispers to […]

Player Profile: Chris Pavone, author of The Accident

by - June 16th, 2014


Chris Pavone, author of The Accident Tell us about your latest creation: THE ACCIDENT is an international thriller about ambition and corruption; the story takes place over one long, perilous day in the life of a literary agent who receives an anonymous, dangerous manuscript about a powerful man’s secret past. Where are you from / where do you call […]

Review – Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

by - June 12th, 2014


Where has David Mitchell been all my reading life? People have raved to me about David Mitchell many times and after seeing the excitement over proof copies of his new novel, The Bone Clocks, (due out in September) I finally decided to find out what all the fuss was about. Cloud Atlas was universally declared […]

What Is It? Haiku

by - June 11th, 2014

Writing and Enjoying Haiku Jane Reichhold book cover

Launch of new series: What Is It? I’d like to introduce a new series of posts I’m going to be writing called: What Is It?  I’ll be exploring topics related to the world of books and reading as well as taking suggestions from you. What Is It? Haiku To kick things off, I’ve decided the first […]

Review – The Croc and the Platypus

by - June 10th, 2014

The Croc and the Platypus

I commented recently on the Further Adventures of the The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Julia Donaldson and Charlotte Voake. Donaldson’s ineffable lyrical style does indeed take Edward Lear’s nonsense tale one step further and is a jolly expedition for the reader to navigate through. As you’d expect, it’s a very good picture book. […]

Orange is the New Black

by - June 5th, 2014

Orange Is The New Black

Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black (ONB) story popped up on my radar first via podcast, then about a year later via a TV series. Finally, as is increasingly happening for me, I’m just now getting around to reading the book—a complete reversal of my usual philosophy. The podcast was storytelling show The Moth, […]

Tara Moss, The Fictional Woman and Feminism

by - June 5th, 2014

The Fictional Woman

I had the great fortune to attend an author event for Tara Moss who was promoting her new book The Fictional Woman. For those who don’t know, Moss is a Canadian-Australian author that started out as a model at 14 years old. She claimed she was a tall nerdy girl at the time but kept […]

How Nietzsche Turned me into a Reader

by - June 2nd, 2014


I’m not really interested in giving people a quick introduction; I tend to mix my personal life, humour, sarcasm and knowledge into my book reviews and blog posts. However I do want to kick off talking about the book that turned me into a reader.  It wasn’t until 2009 that I discovered the joys of […]

Review – Sand by Hugh Howey

by - June 2nd, 2014


Hugh Howey hooks you once again in another brilliantly imagined world. This time in a world of sand. Sand covers everything. It has buried cities, it has buried people and it has buried secrets. People carve out an existence literally by hand. Everything is scarce, especially hope. One of the booming trades though is diving. […]

Aussie Appeal – Picture Book Reviews

by - June 2nd, 2014

The Bush Book Club

Worrisome wombats, bouncing bilbies and even talking gumnuts may not be your de rigueur when it comes to picture book characters. Yet their antics make up a substantial percentage of picture book storylines and provide vital introductions and links between Aussie kids and our rich, endemic Australian flora and fauna. Look around and you’ll find […]

Review: The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry

by - June 1st, 2014


Following on from Elmore Leonard’s Complete Western Stories I decided to give Larry McMurtry a go. Lonesome Dove is one of my Dad’s all time favourite books but I thought I would start with his latest novel which takes on the story of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday no less. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday are household names thanks […]

How to Draw a Chooken

by - May 29th, 2014

How To Draw A Chicken

Anyone who knows me even peripherally knows I’m a little bit obsessed with ‘chookens’. Specifically the former battery hens I’ve adopted so they could have a happy retirement (if you’re not familiar, you can follow along via the hashtags #operationchooken and #chookens). And anyone who’s ever seen me attempt to draw a chooken, which I […]

Quitting I Quit Sugar

by - May 29th, 2014

I Quit Sugar For Life

I should also probably preface this blog with the acknowledgement I’m not sure I want to be reviewing a book I consider to be a little misinformed. However, I am trying to assess it objectively and fairly on its merits. But first, some background. For five years I’ve been turning up to doctors at various […]

Player Profile: Geoffrey McSkimming, author of Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror

by - May 28th, 2014


Geoffrey McSkimming, author of Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror Tell us about your latest creation: Phyllis Wong and the Return of the ConjurorThis is the second Phyllis Wong mystery and in it, Phyllis Wong, that brilliant young magician and clever sleuth, discovers a crime that dates back to the time of Shakespeare and is seeping […]

Poignantly perfect picture books Part Two – The Stone Lion

by - May 26th, 2014

The Stone Lion

When picture books have the ability to make your heart beat a little faster, fill your eyes with tears and send your spirits soaring. When they effortlessly harness thoughts and project feelings with poignant clarity; to say they are exceptional seems woefully insufficient. Rare are the picture books that can fit this bill, yet Margaret […]

Return of the Slow Cooker

by - May 25th, 2014

Women's Weekly Cook It Slow

Winter is almost upon us, and as the days grow darker and the nights become cooler, my mind turns to comfort food from my slow cooker.  Anyone with me? It’s time to pull out your slow cooker from the back of the cupboard, box or garage and begin to look forward to some delicious meals.  Slow cookers are a […]

Vader’s Little Princess

by - May 25th, 2014

Vader's Little Princess

Jeffrey Brown has cemented himself as a firm favourite of mine for a bunch of reasons, not least: his genius in coming up with an idea for some clever books and seeing them through to fruition because he’s gotten me out of many a gift-giving bind (especially for friends with children, as being a child-friendly […]

Review – Perfectly Poignant Picture Books Part One – Here in the Garden

by - May 19th, 2014

Here in the Garden

Grief by any measure can be overwhelming. The grief one experiences after the loss of a family member never more so, even if that member happens to have whiskers and furry ears. Who knew I’d still be grieving the loss of my dog so intensely four months on? That the thinnest memory of him could […]

Review – Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey

by - May 18th, 2014


John Harvey has written a superb final case for the enduring and never weary (ok, just a little weary) detective Charlie Resnick. It has been a while between drinks and the way Cold In Hand finished a few years ago had me thinking that might have been the last we’d seen of Resnick. However John Harvey had […]

A God In Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie – Giveaway

by - May 16th, 2014


We love A God In Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie so much we want to give copies of the book away. 1914 and a soldier is returning from Ypres to his home in Pakistan. His loyalty to Britain is about to be challenged. Also in 1914 a young English woman is following an interest in archaeology and […]

Review: One Boy Missing by Stephen Orr

by - May 15th, 2014


This is one of the best crime books I have read in a while. Totally absorbing, emotionally gripping it is one of those books that sinks its teeth into you and doesn’t let go. Set in the South Australian town of Guilderton the book not only explores life in a small rural town but the […]

Green Is The New Red

by - May 14th, 2014

Green Is The New Red

I reviewed Will Potter’s Green Is The New Red—a book not about fashion, but perceived terrorism as the new communism kind of fear-inducing threat—for an environmental publication around 12 months ago. At the time, although the Queensland government was reaping horrors, the federal changeover was yet to happen. The dystopian American society Potter describes in […]

Choose your own interactive adventure

by - May 13th, 2014


Interactive books! Remember reading them as a kid? Choose Your Own Adventure and Pick-a-Path are the two series I remember best. But there were lots of others, including Fighting Fantasy and Twistaplot. Although they’ve never completely gone out of vogue, they seem to be having a bit of a resurgence at the moment with series […]

Review: The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

by - May 13th, 2014


Elmore Leonard is known for his fantastic crime novels and his cool, crisp dialogue but he started out writing westerns way back in the 1950s. This collections showcases his western short stories and his immense talent as a writer. I think it is easy to pass Elmore Leonard off as a writer of crime novels […]

Blankety Books

by - May 13th, 2014


Play Blankety Books and WIN Books! 5pm every Friday on Twitter Follow @boomerangbooks and #blanketybooks to be part of the action! How do you play? We will post on twitter a book title and author with all the letters missing. eg _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ by _ _ […]

Reviews – Ripping Mid-Grade Reads Two Wolves & Little Chef, BIG Curse

by - May 12th, 2014

Little Chef Big Curse

Mid-grade readers, tween fiction, early YA; call them what you will, but books for 8 -13 year-olds must satisfy vital criteria. They require substance, humour be it belly-busting or cloaked as parody, and a completely honest rendering of imagination, no matter how fantastical the premise. Little Chef, BIG Curse and Two Wolves fulfil on all […]

Review – The Poor Boy’s Game by Dennis Tafoya

by - May 5th, 2014


Dennis Tafoya is one the best kept secrets in crime fiction. Which is a shame because he deserves to be heralded in the same breath as George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane. And his new novel only confirms this, in spades. Frannie Mullen is a US Marshall. After a bungled operation she takes full responsibility for […]

Magical Moments for Mum – Mother’s Day Reviews

by - May 5th, 2014

My Says the Strangest Things

Dear Mums, whether you begin it with burnt offerings and flowers in bed or embark on a 24 respite from the usual onslaught of bickering and demands, you are celebrating Mothers’ Day because you are part of one of the most magical clubs in the world. The following assortment of picture books, all out now, […]

Review: Veronica Mars The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

by - May 2nd, 2014


Ten years after the TV series was heartbreakingly axed Veronica Mars is making a comeback. First there was the much-anticipated, kickstarter funded, movie and now there is a series of novels that continue the Neptune universe. A TV/Movie spin-off book is not usually on my radar and I don’t think I would have read this […]

Review – Fallout by Sadie Jones

by - April 29th, 2014


I am a massive Sadie Jones fan. The Outcast was a debut from a writer of the highest calibre that could easily stand up to comparisons to Ian McEwan. Small Wars only confirmed this but The Uninvited Guests didn’t connect with me. So there was a little trepidation before I started reading her new book. Completely unnecessary trepidation because not only […]

Doodles and Drafts – How to Get to Rio with Julie Fison

by - April 28th, 2014

Julie Fison

The choices kids are offered in life are often not worth writing about, at least not in their books. ‘Eat your brussel sprouts or go to bed hungry.’ Hardly welcome decision making. Yet understanding action and consequence is vital for building character, strengthening confidence and learning that ‘choice, not chance, determines ones future. Opportunities might […]

Guest Post: Karly Lane, author of Poppy’s Dilemma, on Anzac Day

by - April 24th, 2014


Anzac day has always been special for most Australian’s. We’ve grown up hearing the stories of our ANZACs. We’ve watched movies and read books about it; it makes up part of our DNA, but it wasn’t until I read a small article from 1920 about an incident that happened in my home town around this […]