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Norwegian wood / Haruki Murakami ; translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin.
Author: Murakami, Haruki, 1949-, author. -- Rubin, Jay, 1941-, translator.
Publisher: London Vintage Books, 2003. -- ©2000
Review by: aj  on: 22/01/2019 7:32:56 PM
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A great starting-off point for anyone interested in reading Murakami. Norwegian Wood is certainly one of his most accessible and grounded novels though not at the expense of truly poetic writing.
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The origin of (almost) everything / words by Graham Lawton ; illustrations by Jennifer Daniel ; introduction by Professor Stephen Hawking.
Author: Lawton, Graham, author. -- Daniel, Jennifer, illustrator. -- Hawking, Stephen, 1942-2018, writer of introduction.
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2016 -- ©2016
Review by: FrontierBoris  on: 9/01/2019 10:45:15 AM
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easy to read well illustrated. informative
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Solaris / Lem Stanisław ; translated by Joanna Kilmartin and Steve Cox.
Author: Lem, Stanisław, author. -- Kilmartin, Joanna, translator. -- Cox, Steve, translator.
Publisher: London Faber & Faber, 2016. -- ©1970
Review by: hayden  on: 4/01/2019 12:13:27 AM
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A meditative novel on two differing intelligences ours and an ocean on an alien planet. He introduces the alien intelligence bit by bit with a sting in the tailtale. What if the other intelligence has noticed ours makes a note but continues on with doing what it likes doing regardless A simple enough novel of a man connecting with a tragedy from his past while trying to resolve the enigma of the now.
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Author: Collette, Toni. -- Aster, Ari, film director, screenwriter. -- Collette, Toni, actor. -- Wolff, Alex, 1997-, actor. -- Shapiro, Milly, actor. -- Dowd, Ann, actor. -- Byrne, Gabriel, 1950-, actor.
Publisher: [Australia] : Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia, [2018] -- ©2018
Review by: hayden  on: 19/12/2018 12:51:02 AM
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Performances are all good but not so sure about the teenage son. Perhaps he needed more dialogue than constantly having to look. The horror is in the Stephen King vein where the human story comes first horror second until they battle it out at the end. The character of the house was an integral part of the story and understand why they built one from scratch for issues of mood and taking apart the walls for certain shots. That American and European haunted house gets a makeover in this one having the feeling of space but in that space there be horror.
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Author: Johnson, Dwayne, 1972-, actor. -- Harris, Naomie, 1976-, actor. -- Akerman, Malin, 1978-, actor. -- Morgan, Jeffrey Dean, 1966-, actor. -- Lacy, Jake, actor. -- Peyton, Brad, 1979-, film director, film producer. -- Flynn, Beau, film producer. -- Rickard,
Publisher: [Australia] Roadshow Entertainment, [2018] -- ©2018
Review by: hayden  on: 19/12/2018 12:44:31 AM
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Bring on the 80's video game carnage! Cities only exist for King Kong and others to come along to destroy. Ticks the boxes. Plot theme character visual effects are all competently done. Place brain in neutral and go Monsters 1 City 0.
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Cake / Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet.
Author: Hendra, Sue, author, illustrator. -- Linnet, Paul, author, illustrator.
Publisher: London Macmillan Children's Books, 2018.
Review by: person302a  on: 9/12/2018 9:23:23 PM
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Very funny and a fun book to read to 6yrs
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Inherit the dead / Mark Billingham... [et al.] ; [edited by John Santlofer ; with a preface by Linda Fairstein and an introduction by Lee Child.].
Author: Santlofer, Jonathan, 1946- -- Billingham, Mark. -- Fairstein, Linda A. -- Child, Lee.
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, c2013.
Review by: Mason, Chloe Ms  on: 8/12/2018 9:22:35 AM
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Crime novel, interesting as much for its plot, with PI ex-NYPD Perry Christo, as for being created cooperatively by 20 writers, a chapter each! A great project. Santlofer has the first chapter... enjoyable writers that were unfamiliar to me, and their works held by the City of Sydney library - Marcia Clark, Alafair Burke ...and of course the marvellous Mark Billingham..
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The 100. The complete fifth season.
Author: Turco, Paige.
Publisher: [Australia] : Roadshow Entertainment, [2018] -- ©2018
Review by: hayden  on: 7/12/2018 12:27:46 AM
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A competently made science fiction show that has moved beyond its roots of what if we sent 100 teenagers to frolic among themselves in an unknown environment. Moral ambiguities abound in the choices that people have to make. Barbarism vs necessity honour vs betrayal with some intriguing turns to make the honourable way the way of betrayal. Actors have grown with the roles and have diversified from their original caricature. More about people under stress and making choices that they do not want but must.
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Thomas & friends. Vol 50, Marion and the pipe.
Publisher: Xianggang : Deltamac (Hong Kong), 2015. -- ©2015
Review by: AmiesJoe  on: 4/12/2018 2:08:51 PM
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Thomas the tank engine and friends movie. Recommended but only in Cantonese.
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怪兽大学 = Monsters university / [導演, 丹 斯坎伦 ; 監製, 科里 雷伊] ; production company, Walt Disney, Pixar.
Author: Scanlon, Dan, director. -- Rae, Kori, producer. -- Walt Disney Pictures production company. -- Pixar (Firm) production company.
Publisher: ♭2013. -- 香港 : 洲立影視有限公司 [distributor], [2013].
Review by: AmiesJoe  on: 4/12/2018 2:08:20 PM
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4 stars.
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