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Toolbox
4.24
This is one of the weirdest books I've ever read. In a good way. I'm calling it speculative philosophy. It's one of those books that you have to read...more
Feb 17, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
 
The City & the City
3.90
A very enjoyable read from a supremely talented and evolving writer, 'The City and the City' is a cross between police procedural and urban fantasy. I...more
Jul 26, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
 
Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language
3.57
"This requires a commitment to the provision of adequate data so that informed evaluation can occur. There must be a commitment to the provision of st...more
Jan 2009
Jan 07, 2009
 
The Shout: Selected Poems
3.83
Interesting for the way Armitage uses assonance, various kinds of rhyme, and other sound effects. The rhythm is quite discombobulating, in a pleasant...more
Oct 08, 2010
Oct 09, 2010
 
Ravine and Other Stories
3.27
These four short stories deeply evoke Japan and Japanese people; reading them, I was transported. From the first sentence, the stories suck you into t...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 20, 2009
 
Ocean Hearted
4.50
A mixture of free verse and haiku, Ocean Hearted is a cohesive collection of direct, honest poems from Brisbane poet Graham Nunn. I loved the referenc...more
Sep 2010
Oct 04, 2010
 
The Best Australian Poetry 2009
3.33
A very even anthology of poems, both in quality and tone--the editor Alan Wearne's sensibility comes through strongly. Wearne defines poetry as "the i...more
Dec 12, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
 
The Crocodile
3.91
Published in 1970, The Crocodile was the first novel written by a New Guinean. A simple, fast-paced, and surprisingly affecting story, it is set in PN...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
 
Romaji Diary, And Sad Toys
3.70
This personal diary and collection of tanka was written in early 20th century Japan. The poet, Takuboku Ishikawa, was a weak, irresponsible, miserable...more
Apr 14, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
 
Avenues & Runways
4.00
A collection of short, quiet, spare, and precise poems about the beauty of suburbia and the life of a young uni student. The book is the perfect lengt...more
Sep 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
The Unhaunting
4.00
This collection from Australian poet Andrew Taylor has some absolutely brilliant poems, but as a collection of new work--including translations of an...more
Oct 05, 2010
Oct 04, 2010
 
Year's Best Australian Science Fiction And Fantasy, Volume 4
3.29
This is a very good anthology of Australian short speculative fiction published in 2007. There's a nice mix of genres and styles represented, and the...more
Jan 2009
Jan 08, 2009
 
The Worm Ouroboros
3.73
Perversely enjoyed this 1922 precursor of epic fantasy, in spite of its many flaws. Written in mock archaic language, it draws on Norse myths so there...more
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Feb 03, 2010
 
Surviving the Extremes: What Happens to the Human Body at the Limits of Human Endurance
4.13
As a collection of snapshots about the limits of human endurance, this isn't bad, though the film-like approach to the narrative (Dramatic moment... c...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir of Asperger's and an Extraordinary Mind
3.82
A good insight into the subjective experience of an autistic savant, as much for the way it's written and what it leaves out as for the content. As an...more
Dec 21, 2010
Dec 21, 2010
 
In Her I Am
4.21
I've decided to always have at least one poetry book going, and I started with this collection of lesbian erotica, another Lifeline Bookfest discovery...more
Feb 2009
Jan 25, 2009
 
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
3.88
An engaging, funny read. Ronson's roving mind and nebbish style reminded me a little of David Foster Wallace, especially the way he subtly judges with...more
Dec 2011
Dec 06, 2011
 
Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction (Teach Yourself: Writer's Library)
3.32
This is a useful little book for inexperienced speculative fiction writers. In particular, the final chapter on getting published lays it out simply a...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
 
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
3.82
A breezy, well-packaged reminder of cognitive biases and logical fallacies, with many familiar examples (invisible gorillas, Stanford prison experimen...more
Dec 2011
Dec 27, 2011
 
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
3.84
The Lost City of Z’s full title reads like lurid pulp fiction, but this colourful story of a British explorer’s obsessive, doomed search for El Dorado...more
Apr 10, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
 
The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot
3.26
This is essentially a very long National Geographic article about how the Gospel of Judas was found and (eventually) preserved and translated. It desc...more
Nov 2008
Nov 24, 2008
 
The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness
4.12
A very engaging book, The Philosopher and the Wolf is a personal reflection by a professional philosopher on the nature of love, death, and happiness,...more
Jan 2009
Nov 16, 2008
 
The Little Green Grammar Book
4.00
The Little Green Grammar Book is a great guide but not necessarily a great teacher.

Tredinnick draws together a lot of what I already knew about Engli...more
Feb 08, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
 
I.D.: The Quest for Meaning in the 21st Century
3.33
This is a highly speculative but very stimulating book. Greenfield draws on her neuroscientific background to argue that modern technology and the soc...more
Nov 2008
Nov 24, 2008
 
Tao Te Ching: An Illustrated Journey
4.32
I'm rereading this on my PDA on my walk across Japan (the book itself is a beautiful object, well laid out and full of nicely reproduced classic Chine...more
Nov 24, 2008
May 19, 2007
 
Rambles Through My Library
3.80
This is a fabulously idiosyncratic collection of snippets from Raymond Smullyan's personal library, with commentary and anecdotes from Smullyan, who a...more
May 27, 2009
May 23, 2009
 
Seven Tenths: The Sea and Its Thresholds
4.33
"Travelling long distances by sea, on the other hand, gives us time. Travel is like death in that it requires mourning. The light melancholy of watchi...more
Sep 22, 2010
Jan 25, 2009
 
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
4.00
This book, and the recent film it was made into, completely passed me by until it was given to me a week ago. It's impossible to review without refere...more
Jan 05, 2010
Jan 10, 2010
 
A Field Guide to Surreal Botany
4.41
Offbeat fun.

My favourite is probably the ancient plant that generates a wormhole anchored in the space-time location of the budding flower. The wormho...more
Feb 18, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
 
The Great Snake: Stories from the Amazon
4.14
A nice collection of fables from the Amazon, interspersed with the story of the author travelling up the river in search of old-timers with stories. S...more
May 30, 2009
May 20, 2009
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