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The Ghost's Child
The Ghost's Child
by Sonya Hartnett
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as The Alchemist. Beautiful prose. A moving fable full of elemental beings. Lovely., 16 Sept. 2008
This review is from: The Ghost's Child (Paperback)
Length:: 6:28 Mins

Whilst this book won a Children's Book Council of Australia Award for teen readers both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it with our collective age of 88! It is only just being released overseas, so on this rare occasion those of us who live in Australia got to it first (unlike the cycling in the Olympics!)

Sonya Hartnett, who was a recent winner of the Astrid Lindgrin prize (worth a fortune), is not afraid to tackle big themes and this book is no exception, both literally and allegorically. Themes of love, loss, redemption, rite of passage, a heroine's journey,no-man as an island, death and being true to yourself are all tackled. The whole is supported by a cast full of elemental beings straight out of the collective consciousness. The language is gorgeous.

This is a book that deserves a wider audience than the teen demographic, although young adults will doubt get a lot out of it. Criticisms? None to speak of really. It was a pleasant read with no notable irritants.
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The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive. Courageous. Emotionally draining. First classic of the 21st Century, 14 Aug. 2008
This review is from: The Road (Paperback)
Length:: 4:52 Mins

A searing tale of a possible future for all. Relentless, emotionally challenging, genre defying and both life affirming and changing. If ever your sense of the presence or absence of God is going to be challenged in a book- this is it. I felt as if I had faced up to my own worst nightmare and came out the other end with a ray of hope still intact.

Water for Elephants: A Novel
Water for Elephants: A Novel
by Sara Gruen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and atmospheric. An easy flowing read. Enjoyable., 13 Aug. 2008
Length:: 8:05 Mins

A well-researched, fast-paced, engaging and ultimately satisfying novel. Set mostly in a depression era travelling circus the atmospherics are beautifully captured by Sara Gruen. Let down a bit by some wooden dialogue and a failure to develop lead characters to their full potential. But, the lack of plot and player depth doesn't matter too much in this well-told yarn. I liked it: my wife and her friends loved it. A good holiday or weekend read.

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