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The Two Kinds Of Decay: Sarah Manguso

Reviewed by Annie Condon, freelance reviewer

Sarah Manguso was a 21- year-old college student when a rare blood disease – Chronic idiopathic demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) – first affected her. The disease caused symptoms such as f…

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Oh (Ohio): Lambchop

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

Oh (Ohio) continues the Lambchop tradition, where each successive record represents a new stage in the evolution of their distinctive sound. It’s a natural process which has seen them progress from t…

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Only By The Night: Kings Of Leon

Reviewed by Declan Murphy, Readings St Kilda

In which the Followill boys continue their rather prolific output and drop record number four. Their particular brand of bearded, Baptist, boogie-infused rock may not be to everyone’s taste, but for …

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Dilettantes: You Am I

Reviewed by James Power, Readings St Kilda

You can always rely on three things: 1.The Tigers will finish ninth. 2. The Espy will be packed on a Sunday arvo 3. You Am I will deliver a great album.

If the raw rock of their previous eff ort (t…

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White Noise - The Living End

Reviewed by James Power, Readings St Kilda

From frontman guitar wizard Chris Cheney’s killer opening riff and the rock-stomp driven by the excellent rhythm section of drummer Andy Strachan and upright bass player Scott Owen on the instant cla…

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Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

Now that he’s officially a legend, Nick Cave could easily hang up his boots and reflect on what is a remarkable career spanning about 30 years. Clearly, he is in no mood for that. In fact, he’s busie…

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Stay Positive: The Hold Steady

Reviewed by Declan Murphy, Readings St Kilda

Having given us the rock record of 2006 in Boys and Girls in America, the Hold Steady is back with a vengeance. For those not familiar with their work, these Brooklyn boys produce epic, almost cinema…

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Home and Away: John Marsden & Matt Ottley

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke, Readings Hawthorn

Imagine if we, everyday Australians, became refugees? Hard to conceive of here, in our safe, cocooned, distant land. We may have to worry about droughts and rising petrol prices, but being displaced …

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The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian: Sherman Alexie

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke, Readings Hawthorn

Sometimes the most unpromising circumstances can yield amazing results. Take Junior, an American Indian living on a reservation, add a jaded, clapped-out teacher, who in a moment of clarity and repen…

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The Foggy Foggy Forest: Nick Sharratt

Reviewed by Callie Martin, Readings St Kilda

Ah, this book had me at ‘Foggy’ and then I found the see-through pages! This book is unique; it combines translucent pages with black shadows, fairy tale characters and guessing game text and it’s br…

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