Dani Solomon

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Dani once accepted a lift back to 1983 from a mad man in a blue box that was bigger on the inside. Unfortunately while there she accidentally stood on a butterfly and ended up in the wrong trouser leg of time. Now rather than saving the world and rescuing knights in shining armour from dragons like she should be doing, she reads books about them and reviews the ones she likes instead. Secretly she prefers this version of the future - knights in shining armour can be quite tiresome.

You can find her at our Carlton shop.

Reviews

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes himself to know that Arthur Conan Doyle grew to dislike his creation - it’s written there in his stories for all to see. But in case your observational skills are…

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My Dog Doesn’t Like Me by Elizabeth Fensham

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

When you’re eight and you finally get a puppy for your birthday, you feel like nothing in the world can ruin your happiness. But what if owning a puppy is hard? What if your puppy prefers your mum in…

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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren & Lauren Child

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

When I was choosing a book to read as a kid, I cared not a jot about the gender of the protagonist, or what the cover looked like. I didn’t even notice books were categorised into genres until my tee…

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The Adventures of Sir Roderick, the Not-Very Brave by James O’Loghlin

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Roderick enjoys his quiet, uneventful life as a herbalist but luckily for us we meet Roderick on the day this all comes to an end – when he becomes Sir Roderick, having just saved Queen Emily from th…

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Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Revenge is a dish best served medium rare with BBQ Sauce.

Apocalypse Cow starts off, like all good comedies - with a mysterious man in an expensive suit stepping in a fresh steaming cow-pat. No wait…

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Gaysia by Benjamin Law

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Benjamin Law is making a name for himself. I was reading Gaysia on my tram ride home, learning about Homolasians, Bi-Mese, Laosbians and Shandykes when a fellow passenger spotted the cover and interr…

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Half-Sick of Shadows by David Logan

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Half-Sick of Shadows is a wonderful story told through complex and compelling characters. The characters both deliver and are delivered at a slow thoughtful pace. Even something as exciting as the di…

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The Silver Door by Emily Rodda

Reviewed by Dani Solomon, Readings Carlton

It was quite thrilling knowing as I was about to open Emily Rodda’s The Silver Door that inside was a quiet, thoughtful boy named Rye reaching out to enter a silver door of his own which just like th…

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The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Anthony Horowitz’s addition to Watson’s chronicles of Sherlock Holmes is so perfect that my naturally sceptical mind is struggling to shrug off the suspicion that just maybe Horowitz somehow found an…

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How I Became A Famous Novelist by Steve Hely

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

‘In strewn banners that lay like streamers from a long ago parade the sun’s fading seraphim rays gleamed onto the hood of the old Ford and ribboned the steel with the meek orange of a June tomato str…

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Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg

Reviewed by Dani Solomon, Readings Carlton

Charlie Pickering once said writing an autobiography is like ‘bringing yourself to climax into a rolled up picture of yourself’. Simon Pegg may well agree. In fact, he starts his own autobiography by…

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Preincarnate by Shaun Micallef

Reviewed by Dani Solomon, Readings Carlton

If Preincarnate had a soundtrack, Danny Elfman would have composed it, with lyrics provided by Barry Humphries and the film clip made by the boys behind The League of Gentlemen. This book sees Shaun …

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Impractical Jokes: Charlie Pickering

Reviewed by Dani Solomon, Readings Carlton

It was the summer of 1986 when, at what appeared to be a normal barbeque, Richard Opie pushed Ronald Pickering fully clothed into a swimming pool. What happened next would change their lives forever.…

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News

Why I want my sister to read Terry Pratchett

by Dani Solomon

Bookseller Dani Solomon tells us why she’s gifted her sister Terry Pratchett’s series about a witch named Tiffany Aching.

My sister turned 11 this year. She’s an excellent human with a wicked sense of humour who very much knows her own mind and I am stupidly proud of her just for existing. She’ll start high school soon and like any decent big sister who works in a bookshop I want to load up he…

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A Good Reason To Send Fan Mail

by Dani Solomon

Bookseller Dani Solomon shares what happened when she sent fan mail to a favourite author.

One of my favourite books I read last year was Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan. In essence, this book is the answer to the question: What would happen if the zombie virus infected animals?

The first thing that happens is you learn exactly how funny rage-filled zombiefied cows, bunnies and sheep can be. …

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