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The eulogy.
Author: Tozer, Geoffrey. -- Gill, Richard, 1941-, presenter. -- Hosking, Janine, film director.
Publisher: Australia : Madman Entertainment, [2020]
Review by: qiqin  on: 27/03/2020 3:19:09 PM
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A very thought-provoking and fascinating documentary on the life of one of the greatest Australian pianists Geoffrey Tozer.
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A persistence of vision / Arnold Schwartzman.
Author: Schwartzman, Arnold. -- Schwartzman, Arnold.
Publisher: Mulgrave, Vic. : Images, 2005.
Review by: NgocHan  on: 17/03/2020 10:00:43 PM
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I didn't know anything about Schwartzman going into this book but it's a light read that follows Schwartzman's graphic deisgn and film career from the beginning to the mid 2000s. The images are great and I really got a good feel for his work and how enduring it has proven to be. Lovely book.
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Bronze Bird Tower / Carole Wilkinson.
Author: Wilkinson, Carole, 1950-, author.
Publisher: Newtown, NSW : Black Dog Books, 2018. -- ©2017
Review by: Gantsog, Uyangaa Ms  on: 15/03/2020 2:40:18 PM
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this book is amazing! i love the drgonkeepr series.
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The four horsemen : the discussion that sparked an atheist revolution / Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens ; foreword by Stephen Fry.
Author: Dawkins, Richard, 1941-, author. -- Dawkins, Richard, 1941- -- Religion. -- Harris, Sam, 1967- -- Religion. -- Dennett, D. C. (Daniel Clement) -- Religion. -- Hitchens, Christopher -- Religion. -- Harris, Sam, 1967-, author. -- Dennett, D. C. (Daniel Clem
Publisher: London : Bantam Press, 2019.
Review by: Coates, Stephen Mr  on: 29/02/2020 5:26:52 PM
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An unmoderated discussion between Richard Dawkins Daniel Dennett Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens took place at the Atheist Alliance International conference in September 2007 and this book is a transcription of that discussion. As each of these four recognised public intellectuals had written their own bestselling books making the case against the belief in a god and against religion and by extension for atheism as the default position the book held promise. To an extent the promise was fulfilled but it did suffer as discussion transcripts must do for not being able to match the quality of composed text. The discussion itself articulate as it was lacked the sharpness of a debate between persons who profoundly disagree on the topic of the debate. I found myself agreeing with what was said but not learning anything apart from the retelling of a fatwa issued by Dr. Izzat Atiyya of the Al-Azhar University in Cairo that if a female breast fed her male colleagues at least five times they would become relatives and would be permitted to work together alone in the one room that wasnt in the participants books on the topic. Nonetheless it was a quick and easy read.
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Bring up the bodies / Hilary Mantel.
Author: Mantel, Hilary, 1952- -- Cromwell, Thomas, Earl of Essex, 1485?-1540 -- Fiction.
Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, 2012.
Review by: Coates, Stephen Mr  on: 29/02/2020 5:19:39 PM
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Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Wolf Hall two years ago Bring Up the Bodies has been on my books of interest list since then. It begins where Wolf Hall concluded and proceeds until the beheading of Anne Boleyn with the same detailed and methodical retelling of events. The pace was a bit slow through much of the book perhaps reflecting the pace of events at the time but it certainly picked up towards the end as the end of Henry VIIIs second marriage drew near. Im looking towards the third book.
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Damascus / Christos Tsiolkas.
Author: Tsiolkas, Christos, 1965-, author. -- Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) -- Fiction.
Publisher: London : Allen & Unwin, 2019.
Review by: ozhamada  on: 27/02/2020 4:25:41 PM
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The good


Tsiolkas brings colour to much of the environment of the early church the gatherings in homes the sharing of possessions the common meals the level-playing field between slave and freeman and the welcoming of Christians that have travelled from afar. The novel does well in portraying Sauls doubts as he awakens in a home in Damascus after the experience on the road. It also brilliantly depicts the relationship in Ephesus that Timothy as head of the Christian church in that town had with a priestess of a pagan temple. Lydias coming to faith her doubts finally cast aside is one of the highlights early in the novel.


A highlight is in seeing the early church members state and affirm to each other that Christ is returning soon. Christ's imminent return was indeed a fundamental piece of the early church fabric.


I found it interesting that Tsiolkas considered Timothys circumcision. An act completed by Paul Acts 161-3. The tension among other Christians associated with the act as to whether Jesus Christ would have sought the act to occur is played out well.


It was also noteworthy that Tsiolkas considered the messiness of the early church. By this I refer to how there was some degree of disorder in the church as each apostle and apostle understudy went about the pattern of shaping conduct of the church.


The bad


The novel has an unfortunate fascination with bodily fluids and bodily bits.


The ugly


There are some notable deviations from Scripture that Jesus had a twin brother and that Lydia came to faith independent of the balance of her family contra Acts 1611-15 her husband largely ignorant of Lydias new life.


That Jesus Christ had a twin brother - who logically must have been conceived also by the Holy Spirit presents some questions. The twin is depicted in the novel as having neither divinity or full standing in the church.


First posted here httpsozhamada-observes.blogspot.com202002review-of-australian-novel-damascus.html
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The falcon of Sparta / Conn Iggulden.
Author: Iggulden, Conn, author.
Publisher: London Michael Joseph, 2018. -- ©2018
Review by: robydc  on: 19/02/2020 10:43:08 AM
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Again with The Falcon of Sparta, as with Iggulden's previous novels, rich environments come to life transporting you to ancient times with great characters bringing historical figures to light in new and complex ways. Iggulden doesn't disappoint.
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Reckoning: a memoir [electronic resource] / Magda Szubanski ; read by Magda Szubanski.
Author: Szubanski, Magda.
Publisher: [Melbourne, Vic.] : ABC Audio, 2015.
Review by: Debi  on: 15/02/2020 4:28:01 PM
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Most Australians would be well acquainted with the public persona of Magda Szubanski as the beloved characters Pixie-Anne Wheatley & Chenille from Fast Forward as a cast member of D-Generation and Big Girl's Blouse as Esme Hoggett in Babe and of course as Sharon Strzelecki in Kath & Kim. But underneath Magda has so much more to tell us on her journey to unearth her family's past and bring to light truths that go back for generations.
As a fellow 50-something single overweight white female Aussie I felt like I was right there beside her on a rollercoaster ride towards discovering who she really is and where she came from. A wonderful read. Thoroughly recommend it! xxx
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To kill a mockingbird : a graphic novel / Harper Lee ; adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham.
Author: Fordham, Fred, 1985- adaptor, illustrator. -- Finch, Atticus (Fictitious character) -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- Finch, Scout (Fictitious character) -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- Radley, Boo (Fictitious character) -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- Grap
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018] -- ©2018
Review by: mp44spike  on: 12/02/2020 7:03:44 AM
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I wanted to reread this wonderful book and I am so glad I chose to do it via a graphic novel. I do not read graphic novels so I was very happy that I enjoyed it so much. I plan to purchase this book and give it to my grandchildren.
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Accidental heroes / Lian Tanner.
Author: Tanner, Lian, 1951-, author.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin, 2017.
Review by: alilee79  on: 5/02/2020 3:43:10 PM
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this is a very good book.
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