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The adventure zone. Here there be gerblins / based on the podcast by Griffin McElroy, Clint McElroy, Travis McElroy, Justin McElroy ; adaptation by Clint McElroy, Carey Pietsch ; art by Carey Pietsch.
Author: McElroy, Clint, 1955-, writer, adapter. -- McElroy, Griffin, writer. -- McElroy, Travis, 1983-, writer. -- McElroy, Justin, 1980-, writer. -- Pietsch, Carey, adapter, artist.
Publisher: New York : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Book Press, 2018. -- ©2018.
Review by: Allie  on: 4/12/2019 1:32:58 PM
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The Adventure Zone is a graphic novel series based off the hit Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying podcast of the same name. If you havent listened to the original podcast, I would strongly suggest checking it out even if you havent played D&D before- theyve just started their third campaign and the first two are complete and ready for you to binge your way through. The graphic novel adaptation has all the chaotic energy and irreverent humour of the original podcast, but the story is brought gloriously to life by Carey Pietschs fun, colourful art style. Follow Merle, Taako and Magnus on a series of farcical adventures as they defeat evil wizards, giant spiders and jelly monsters.
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A brief history of time (twentieth anniversary edition) : from the big bang to black holes / Stephen Hawking.
Author: Hawking, Stephen, 1942-2018, author.
Publisher: : Random House Australia, 2011 -- London : Bantam, 2011. -- copyright 2008.
Review by: Ghaffarian, Alireza Master  on: 29/11/2019 9:19:10 PM
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Amazing book by an amazing man
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The last adventure of Napoleon Sunshine / Pascal Ruter ; translated by Simon Pare.
Author: Ruter, Pascal, 1966-, author.
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2019. -- ©2019.
Review by: buckethead  on: 21/11/2019 2:22:04 PM
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Who says you have to grow old gracefully! A fun little read about coming to grips with getting old. How much trouble can an 85 year old get into? Read and find out.

*warning* you might need some tissues at the end...
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Alice-Miranda at school [electronic resource] / Jacqueline Harvey ; read by Jacqueline Harvey.
Author: Harvey, Jacqueline.
Publisher: [Melbourne, Vic.] : Bolinda/Audible audio, 2018.
Review by: Rhianna  on: 13/11/2019 5:06:23 PM
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Red, white and royal blue : a novel / Casey McQuiston.
Author: McQuiston, Casey, author.
Publisher: New York : St Martin's Griffin, 2019 -- ©2019.
Review by: Allie  on: 12/11/2019 3:17:38 PM
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This is hands down my favourite book of 2019. It's the perfect mix of lighthearted romantic comedy hi jinx, gut-punching emotional moments and fist-pumping moments of triumph. All the characters, both major and minor, are outstanding, but I especially liked Alex. He's a self-proclaimed narcissist and kind of a dumbass, but he's also passionate, loyal and hard-working. The witty banter between him and Henry had me chuckling, and their relationship developed believably and naturally no insta-love here! I would recommend this book to anyone sick of the current political climate and looking to escape into a kinder world for a few hundred pages.
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Dread nation / Justina Ireland.
Author: Ireland, Justina, author.
Publisher: London : Titan Books, 2019. -- ©20138.
Review by: Allie  on: 8/11/2019 10:49:05 AM
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This is a fun genre-bending zombie apocalypse novel set in 1880s America. The heroine is a complete badass without being a strong female character or a Mary Sue and the supporting characters are all great. I especially like the enemies-to-friends relationship between the two female leads. The plot is genuinely engaging and there are some really great action sequences. Overall a great read- look out for the next book which is coming out in February.
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Audaciousville: the story of Dacey Garden Suburb, Australia?s first public housing estate [electronic resource] / Samantha Sinnayah.
Author: Sinnayah, Samantha.
Publisher: Sydney : City of Botany Bay Library & Museum Services, 2011.
Review by: buckethead  on: 5/11/2019 1:50:24 PM
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A very informative book with really great picture on a very interesting suburb!
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Ramona Blue / Julie Murphy.
Author: Murphy, Julie, 1985-, author.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018. -- ©2017.
Review by: Allie  on: 31/10/2019 7:26:07 PM
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This is the fourth book by the author of Dumpling, which spawned a Netflix adaptation in late 2018. In my opinion the author just keeps getting better the more she writes. Her characters feel so real and their lives are messy and fraught and beautiful all at the same time. Definitely recommend if you want some good realistic YA.
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It sounded better in my head / Nina Kenwood.
Author: Kenwood, Nina, author.
Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria : The Text Publishing Company, 2019. -- ©2019.
Review by: Allie  on: 23/10/2019 2:04:46 PM
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This is a fun little book about a socially awkward protagonist trying to navigate the pitfalls of first love. It handles the themes of low self-esteem, body image issues and social anxiety without coming off as preachy or sounding like an excerpt from the DSM-V. I dont usually read or enjoy romantic comedies, but I loved this. Natalie is a heroine who will stay with you for a while.
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The philosopher's flight : a novel / Tom Miller.
Author: Miller, Tom, 1980-, author.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, 2018. -- ©2018.
Review by: Allie  on: 9/10/2019 7:00:42 PM
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This is a historical fantasy novel set in World War I. If I'd known that before I'd started reading it, I would never have picked it up, since my interest in books about war is less than zero. I'm glad I did though, because I loved this book. It's one of those rare books that has both complex characters and and an engaging plot. The worldbuilding is stunning and the author is very good at weaving fact and fiction. Plus, the protagonist is great.
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