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In keeping with my promise to write 25-50 word reviews……here is the next book.

A visit from the goon squad by Jennifer Egan

The book was interesting in it’s use of different written methods to tell the story…. including graphs and powerpoint.

I read it on the ipad to get the full force of the changing mediums.

The story itself is somewhat distressing and depressing.

A good read but not a must read.

Image from The Book Depositry

Image from The Book Depository.

The next book on the list….. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Let me know your thoughts on The Goon squad if you have read it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.

Written like the adventures of an Irish lass, this romping tale has many surprising twists and turns.

Some of the content left me shaking my head….other aspects were so well written I could see myself and others in the fleshed out characters.

An entertaining read. 

Next book…. A visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.


Image from The Book Depository.


Image from Book Depository.

As I have mentioned a couple of times…. I am a bit behind on the book club posts, and just as I thought I had caught up… I realised that I had left out “The Help” by Kathryn Sprockett so I will blog it’s review next.

First, let me review All That I Am by Anna Funder.

Some of you will have hear of this book as it has won awards recently, but as we know, awards given by a literary body and books readers enjoy reading can be too different things.

This book was no different.

Written in a chapter by chapter recount that flips from present to past, it is set simultaneously in Bondi Sydney and across Europe during the political and social cauldron that was the second world war.

Anne Funder is a researcher, no question there, but as will all historical fiction I was left with the feeling of uncertainty as to where the fiction began and the history ended.

Do others have this experience with this genre’?

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Because I didn’t continue studying history past the minimum requirement for high school, my knowledge of this period of history is extremely sketchy. Often I felt ‘not knowledgeable enough’ to know details that I’m sure would have illuminated the read….. and the opposite is also true…. I didn’t know enough to refute false historical readings…. which always occur when reading one person’s account of any historical period.

The characters themselves were interesting and somewhat developed, if at some levels unbelievable. I loved her first person ‘Ruth’….. especially as an ageing woman.

It’s a book worth the time and effort, although it wouldn’t reach my ‘must read before you die’ list.

Have you read it?

What was your take?


Dirtgirlworld: a review

October 21, 2010


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‘dirtgirl is a gumboot-wearing girl who grows awesome tomatoes, knows cloud names and drives a big orange tractor.’

What could be better?

How about an intelligently designed, beautiful looking, environmentally aware super enjoyable multi-layered FREE online activity centre!

4 year old and I are loving the website.

Go for a play

Have you played other great games online with the little people in your world?

Tell us all!