September152014

ARC Read-it-if Review and GIVEAWAY: Jackaby…

ARC Read-it-if Review: Jackaby…

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Greetings fiction fans! Today’s offering got me quite excited – it has a little bit of mystery, a little bit of magic, a little bit of investigatory detectivism, a historical setting and a fun, pacey plot.  It’s YA fantasy/paranormal detetctive novel Jackabyby William Ritter.  Stay tuned at the end of my review for your chance to WIN one of TWO SIGNED COPIES of Jackaby thanks to the publisher…

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September122014

Adult Fiction Haiku Review: When Mystical Creatures Attack!

Adult Fiction Haiku Review: When Mystical Creatures Attack!

imageWelcome my dears, to another haiku review with me, Mad Martha.  Today I have a book for you that is bizarre, hilarious, tragic, poignant, silly and moving all at once.  Well, I suppose not all at once. In turns, perhaps.  Suffice to say that Bruce and I agreed it has been the strangest and most rewarding reading experience of the year for us.  Let’s take a stroll into this unusual story, shall we?

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September102014

A Graphic Memoir GSQ Review: Tomboy…

A Graphic Memoir GSQ Review: Tomboy…

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Welcome once again to a Good, Sad and Quirky review.  Today I have a memoir in graphic novel format that relates the tale of one Liz Prince, a girl who struggles to fit into the pre-packaged image of how a girl should look and how a girl should behave.  It’s a fantastically engaging book and one that may well become essential reading for anyone who feels that their biological attributes don’t…

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September82014

An MG Aussie Maniacal Book Club Review: The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee…

An MG Aussie Maniacal Book Club Review: The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee…

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Welcome once again to the semi-regular meeting of the Maniacal Book Club.  Today we are presenting an award-winning Australian book under its American title and cover, owing to the fact that we requested it thinking it looked very interesting, only to discover it was in fact a book that we’d previously seen and added to the TBR list under its original name.  Without further babbling, I present…

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September52014

An Oddball Double Dip: A Smallgoods Saviour and a Shambling Detectives…

An Oddball Double Dip: A Smallgoods Saviour and a Shambling Detectives…

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Welcome, fellow oddballs, to this double-dip of silliness.  Today I have adult fiction and YA fiction for you and they are linked by their commitment to the advancement of character groups too often overlooked in literature – specifically, undead detectives and homeless delicatessen workers.  Load up your bizarre (and slightly gross) savoury snack of choice and let’s jump right in.

Slimy…

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September32014

An Unseasonal ARC Haiku Review: Santa Clauses…

Welcome one and all to our unseasonably jolly post! It’s Mad Martha with you today, bringing you an early Christmas present – Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Chuck Groenink!  Despite having verbal first names in common, these two clever blokes have combined their talents to create an eye-soothing Christmas miracle of a picture book, filled with…

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August312014

Jake and the Giant Hand: A Review for The Good, The Sad and The Quirky!

Jake and the Giant Hand: A Good, Sad and Quirky Review!

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Welcome, welcome, come in, make yourself comfortable…for today I have for you a story so strange, so mind-bendingly eerie, so unbelievably weird and bizarre that….no, wait.  I don’t know if you’re up to it. Really.  Maybe you should go somewhere else for your review today, because I wouldn’t want to be responsible for any weirdness-related heart attacks or strange-induced night terrors.  Really?…

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August292014

Adult Fiction Read-it-if Review: The Supernatural Enhancements…

Adult Fiction Read-it-if Review: The Supernatural Enhancements…

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Before we begin today’s review, I would like you to ask yourself the following questions: Do I like to be challenged by twisty, turny bizarre happenings in my reading?  Do I love a good old family mystery involving an apparent curse passed through the male line that results in certain death?  Would I ever name my dog “Help”?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then this book…

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August282014

The Technicality (Lilly McFerrin Writes Five Sentence Fiction: Conflict)

“You know the donut in the fridge with my name written in big letters on the pack – I know you ate it because you’ve got icing sugar caught in your beard, so don’t try to deny it.”

“That’s not icing sugar, I have a rare medical condition that causes loss of pigmentation in beard hair and as I’m quite sensitive about it, I’ll thank you not to mention it again.”

“Oh sure, and I suppose I’ve never noticed it because it comes and goes with no apparent cause?”

“Actually, it mostly only happens after I eat sugar-dusted baked goods. What are the odds, huh?”

August272014

An Indie MG Double Dip: Mystery, Humour, Amateur Detectives and Ice Cream Entrepreneurs…

An Indie MG Double Dip: Mystery, Humour, Amateur Detectives and Ice Cream Entrepreneurs…

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Ahoy my Literati-hearties!  For today’s double-dip review you will need to select a snack that evokes youthfulness and responsibility, coupled with a dipping agent that is equal parts mystery and levity because the middle-grade indie titles that I now present to you are the perfect blend of the aforementioned qualities.  Personally, I’m going for chocolate-coated, ruffle-cut, salted chips paired…

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