This was a really good and quite a different type of book. It was set in a world where there was giant Australian animals such as giant rat kangaroos...moreThis was a really good and quite a different type of book. It was set in a world where there was giant Australian animals such as giant rat kangaroos that brought up a child! There was also a religious conspiracy twist to the story. And the search for answers about a mysterious piece of silver provide for plenty of motivation to read further and find out the meaning. I received this book as part of Goodreads first reads giveaway, thank you!(less)
A short and very action packed story, including the lead character Scarecrow and others in the Marine unit including Mother, getting out of many situa...moreA short and very action packed story, including the lead character Scarecrow and others in the Marine unit including Mother, getting out of many situations that seem impossible but for the strategic minded Shane Schofield. Lots of action and apes! Make this a short and entertaining read.(less)
‘So Much To Tell You’ is about a girl trying to understand her feelings after a trauma in her life. She is attending a boarding school as a 14 year ol...more‘So Much To Tell You’ is about a girl trying to understand her feelings after a trauma in her life. She is attending a boarding school as a 14 year old, and has started writing a diary as their English teacher encouraged them to write in them. Marina has had her face disfigured as part of an acid attack and is struggling with her feelings towards her father and mother. She has stopped talking altogether, and expresses herself through the diary. She is very withdrawn and self-conscious, not joining in the sports, and not wanting others to see her reactions. I think what was also significant was the way in which not having a voice affected her; The frustration of her not being able to express herself when needed or show she cares and not having a voice to do this. Although Marina could talk, she doesn’t, and is herself confused as to why. The other students were quite supportive of Marina, but initially she doesn’t know how to react to them. She does eventually become not quite as withdrawn and accepts the offers of friendship by one of the students and a teacher.
This was a book I had to read in year 9 English class. A lot of books from earlier in school I don’t remember much about them, but ‘So Much To Tell You’ is very interesting and I still had memories of it which prompted me to re-read it.(less)
I didn't enjoy this book all that much. When I decided to read it I thought it was going to be a mixture of romance and traditional fantasy i.e. fairi...moreI didn't enjoy this book all that much. When I decided to read it I thought it was going to be a mixture of romance and traditional fantasy i.e. fairies, trolls, maybe even a dwarf or seven, but wasn't I in for a shock. It turns out that the book has more of an erotic genre, with a fantasy twist. It was about Jade, a succubus, who has to have sex to survive, who is enslaved by a demon lord. In other words she has a sex addiction to rival Tiger Woods'. She meets and falls in love with a man who has the same curse as her, and he believes he has found a way to be free of the enslavement, but maybe there will need to be betrayal for it to come true.
The main problem I had with it was that there was far too much sex. It seemed like every chapter, and most pages. There were some fantasy characters including trolls, fairies, and banshees, but none had significant involvement in the story apart from perhaps Nyx the blue fairy in the early part of the book. The main storyline was good, but with far too much sex for my liking.(less)
"Bleed for Me" begins when a man is found murdered, his daughter discovers him and she becomes a suspect. The book features the psychologist Joe O'Lou...more"Bleed for Me" begins when a man is found murdered, his daughter discovers him and she becomes a suspect. The book features the psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who is also featured in Michael Robotham's earlier books "The Suspect" and "Lost". Joe becomes involved because the daughter who finds her father murdered is his daughter's best friend, and she turns up at his family's house traumatised with the blood of her father on her.
Professor Joeseph O'Loughlin is a likeable character who has to live with "Mr. Parkinson", which means he is starting to lose control of his body somewhat, sometimes having tremors and involuntary movements. He has been separated from his wife and has two school aged girls, Charlie and Emma.
The book has a teacher who is suspected of grooming students, and there seems to be a link between a race hate trial Joe's wife is being an interpreter at, and the murder investigation Joe is working on.
This is another thriller written by Michael Robotham that I enjoyed reading.(less)
This book has two essays. Australian Story: Kevin Rudd and the Lucky Country by Mungo MacCallum, I will review first. It is an analysis of Kevin Micha...moreThis book has two essays. Australian Story: Kevin Rudd and the Lucky Country by Mungo MacCallum, I will review first. It is an analysis of Kevin Michael Rudd which is largely positive. He believes that after the first two years of being elected, Kevin Rudd has shown himself to be overwhelmingly a success and that he has integrity. He notes that the opinion polls are consistently high and argues against commentators who believe this is just because people are being duped by Rudd’s spin. He looks at the financial crash, the circumstances leading up to it, and Rudd’s stimulus packages that MacCallum believes saved jobs. MacCallum looks at Australian history and compares it with today’s attitudes and Rudd’s position.
One of the more contentious beliefs of MacCallum would be when he was describing the fifth and final pillar of the Australian settlement which is the idea of a benevolent role for the state. He believes that Australia has become a “welfare state” and accused John Howard of ”Electoral bribery in the form of middle-class welfare”. He notes that the unemployment rate is about 6 per cent, but 40 years ago it reached 1.5 per cent and was considered a national disgrace. And claims Rudd has indicated that some of the Howard handouts will be reviewed.
An interesting observation was: Australians are not great flag-wavers and generally find the hand-on-heart style of patriotism exhibited by Americans rather embarrassing. I found myself agreeing with this comment. I think for quite a few Australians the National anthem seems to be the annoying delayer they have to sit through before watching their game of sport, and the players are more likely to be chewing gum than singing the anthem.
Throughout the essay it is obvious that Mungo MacCallum is a strong supporter of Kevin Rudd and the Labor party. It is also obvious that he is strongly anti John Howard and anti anything to do with the Liberal party. At the beginning of the essay he gives a minor compliment to John Howard mentioning his reliability, but then it seems like he spends the rest of the essay cleansing himself of this comment that is so repulsive to his nature, by littering the rest of the essay with Howard or Liberal Party criticisms. With comments or language such as “Howard boasted”, “the smug oppressiveness of the Howard years” “John Howard’s petulance” the “dogma of the Liberal Party”, “political contortionism”, “the fundamentalist zealots of the New South Wales Liberal Party”. The criticisms were sometimes contrasted with how Rudd is so much better “the proud history of his Labor predecessors”, or “Unlike John Howard, who preferred bilateral meetings, and not too many of those – unless, of course, they were with George W. Bush – Rudd is a strong believer…”
In order to argue that Kevin Rudd is more conservative than John Howard was, Mungo MacCallum contradicts himself. He writes about Rudd: “the only substantial parts of the Howard legacy he has sought to reverse are WorkChoices and the Pacific Solution, and even there he has retained elements of both in his own policies.” This seems to be contradictory to his argument that Kevin Rudd has been a big success. It almost seems that the title “The Lucky Country” of this essay was made because MacCallum believes Australia is lucky to have a Prime Minister like Kevin Rudd. But then stating that Rudd is just going along with the Howard legacy seems to weaken the force of MacCallum’s opinion throughout the essay.
The second essay is Is Neo-Liberalism Finished?: 2009 Quarterly Essay Lecture by Robert Manne. This is a shorter essay on Neo-Liberalism and the economic crisis. It focuses on the impact of neo-liberalism in the United States. It gives unsettling statistics on the rich getting much richer, and the greed of the super rich paying themselves many millions. Robert Manne describes how the use of derivatives caused the financial collapse. He believes the Neo-Liberalism with their faith in a free market is drawing to a close, who he believes do not have the capacity to tackle climate change.
The Correspondence to Radical Hope was on the last issue of Quarterly Essay where Noel Pearson talked about Education with regard to Aboriginals, although I have not read that essay. But the comments seem to be quite interesting, and the comment about Tony Abbott at the end seemed to be quite a coincidence, seeing as I think it would have been unlikely to have been known when the book was written.(less)