Tuesday, 24 August 2010


'This is Shyness' is the debut novel of Melbourne author, Leanne Hall.
It is a very confident and assured book that I found hard to put down.
'Shyness' is the name of a suburb. But, it is no ordinary suburb - it is in fact a place where the sun does not shine. As such, Shyness has its own rules and peculiarities. Take, for instance, the gangs of kids who roam the street, getting high on sugar and robbing anyone who crosses their path. Or the alluring but slightly dangerous nightclub scene, operating 24 hours a day. Or night.
Thrown into this world are 'Wolfboy' and 'Wildgirl'; teenagers who each have a past they wish to forget.
They spend an eventful night together, going from nightclub to nightclub, confronted by 'kids' and tarsiers (menacing monkeys who attack people), and both deciding the more time they spend together, the more they like each other....


Monday, 23 August 2010

Tomorrow When the War Began

'Tomorrow when the war began' has sold millions of copies and now it is coming to the big screen. That's right after years of waiting Marsden has finally sold the movie rights and we'll get to see one the the best ever Australian novels come to life.
Those involved in the project include Stuart Beatie as the director, Caitlin Stasey of Neighbours fame as Ellie, Lincoln Lewis from Home and Away as Kevin and Phoebie Tonkin from H2O as Fi. I have to say I'm weary of the casting choices but I'm having faith in Marsden who has previously knocked back many offers to protect the intergrity of his work. So cross your fingers the film's due for release September 2nd 2010. Eagerly awaiting... :)


Monday, 9 August 2010

Beneath heaven is hell, beneath hell is FURNACE!

'Furnace' trilogy by Alexander Gordon Smith.
Imagine being framed for your best friends murder? And your punishment is being sent to a maximum security prison for boys known as Furnace.
Alex Saywer was not a good kid but he wasn't a murderer. But he never realised that death would be the least of his worries. Escape would be the only way out, but at what cost?
A gripping, gruesome story where your worst nightmares come to life.
'Lockdown' is the first in the trilogy, followed by 'Solitary' and 'Death Sentence'.
Cheers julie @ pakenham

Monday, 2 August 2010


Let's see...how can I describe Going Bovine by Libba Bray?

I could tell you it is about an underachieving teenager with mad cow disease.

I could tell you that the teenager, named Cameron, goes on an adventurous road trip, accompanied by a dwarf, to try to find 'Dr X' who is perhaps the only one who can cure him. (Minor detail: Dr X also needs to be stopped from destroying the world).

I could tell you that they encounter a garden gnome, a jazz musician and a happiness cult, to name a few, along the way.

But this does not do justice to this inventive and original novel. Cameron's voice is authentic and true. The novel contains universal truths amongst the zany and whacky plot and characters.

It is simply a great book.


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