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Unexpected Tales From The Ends Of The Earth – Book Review

A Quality Of LifeWe all want certainty because it gives us security, but as the philosopher Alan W. Watts has pointed out, both Buddhists and Taoist have concluded that life is inherently changing,…Continue

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Lord Of The Rings
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QualifIcations

I have a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in literature. In that degree I obtained minors in psychology, modern history and economics. I also have a Graduate Diploma of Library Science in which my studies included management and communications.


Interests

I am interested in any fiction depicting 'real life' because it makes me think about what I do and how I live.

I particularly like teenage fiction as I am interested in the 'turning of age' experience.

I am also particularly interested in gay literature: both 'turning of age' stories and those centered around adults.

For a complete change of perspective my little home library also has some science fiction, fantasy and horror in it. I like those kinds of fiction because they help me escape from the hard rigors of life for a while, and also they encourage a little heroism in me (a trait I sadly lack).

I also enjoy crime/spy/mystery novels to add a bit of excitement and intrigue to a quite life.


History

I have lived in three cities (Townsville, Brisbane & Armidale) in two different states (Queensland & New South Wales) in Australia. I have never traveled overseas but would like to visit the United Kingdom though I doubt I will ever get there.
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The Neurotic’s Guide To Avoiding Enlightenment by Chris Niebauer, Ph.D. – Book Review

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Deep thoughts about the self and self-improvement……

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Finding Devo: A Novel Adventure by Seve Verdad – Book Review

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4 out of 5 stars

Escape from the system?

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Posted on August 21, 2014 at 8:30pm

Pest On The Run by Gerry Burke – Book Review

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Big trouble and light hearted investigations…

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Posted on May 15, 2014 at 6:30pm

Armageddon and the 4th Timeline by Don Mardak - Book Review

Reviewed by Susan McMichael

4.5 out of 5 stars

A thrilling ride from the first page…

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The Neurotic’s Guide To Avoiding Enlightenment by Chris Niebauer, Ph.D. – Book Review

Reviewed by Raymond Mathiesen4 out of 5 stars Deep thoughts about the self and self-improvement… Even a quick look at the self-help shelf at any bookstore will quickly reveal that the industry is booming and that most of us seem to have a secret desire to ‘be a better person’.  We search for that magic formula which will give us enlightenment, hopefully the quicker the better.  But is enlightenment, as we understand it, really achievable?  If we did have a better life what would it be like? …See More
Nov 20

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Finding Devo: A Novel Adventure by Seve Verdad – Book Review

By Raymond Mathiesen4 out of 5 starsEscape from the system? Sports journalist Russell Martell is on holiday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico .  His wife Rosalita has recently died and Russell feels lost and hurt, drifting through life.  Then his journalistic senses begin to come alive as he starts to get the hints of stories: not sports stories, but crime and current events, with a hint of politics.  What is the real story behind a body found in strange circumstances near the beach front?  Is the…See More
Aug 21

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Pest On The Run by Gerry Burke – Book Review

Reviewed By Raymond Mathiesen4.5 out of 5 starsBig trouble and light hearted investigations… A beautiful stage show star, come whore house madam, is suddenly foully murdered, despite her apparent gangster protection.  A disgruntled Japanese business tycoon hires a hit man to assassinate Australia’s Prime Minister.  An unbeatable game show contestant takes a recreational bungee-jump, only to have her rope break in what her friend thinks is dubious circumstances.  Enter the low-life world of…See More
May 15

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Armageddon and the 4th Timeline by Don Mardak - Book Review

Reviewed by Susan McMichael4.5 out of 5 starsA thrilling ride from the first page… Armageddon and the 4th Timeline by Don Mardak is a thrilling ride from the first page.  This science fiction novel combines time travel, spiritual themes, a fascinating mix of characters and modern intrigue to create an ‘un-put-down-able’ novel. We meet the CIA Director, Scott Cunningham, a former Navy SEAL, and his Assistant Lori Colbert, addressing a meeting after a terrible terrorists attacks.  We also meet…See More
Mar 4

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Crimson Footprints by Shewanda Pugh - Book Review

5 out of 5 starsThe balancing act of life…Deena Hammond is a 24 year old architect living and working in her home town of Miami, Florida.  In some ways Deena is very successful, but she comes from a poor background, and in many ways she is still inextricably tied up with those origins.  Her grandmother, Emma Hammond, who brought Deena up, is constantly demanding and never satisfied.  Deena’s adult brother Anthony is a small-time criminal, and her sister Lizzie, though still at school, is…See More
Dec 10, 2013

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A 3rd Time To Die by George A. Bernstein – Book Review

Reviewed by Susan McMichael4 out of 5 starsWhat is it about you stranger?This is a love story with a mystery at the heart of it, a paranormal mystery.  Why can Ashley Easton speak French so well?  Why can she ride a horse so well, after only riding for just a few weeks?  Who is the mysterious young man she meets in the dressage competition, and why is he so alluring?  A 3rd Time to Die by George A. Bernstein is a love story and a mystery, rolled into one.  It uses the concept of reincarnation…See More
Dec 5, 2013

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Hypocrites In His Midst: A Story About Flawed Human Beings by Donnell Wilson – Book Review

4.5 out of 5 starsThe long road from street gangs to success...Wilton Latso is seventy two years old and a grandfather.  In the middle of a heated argument with his adult daughter Abbie, Wilton realizes that she has no idea of who he is, where he came from, and why he did the things he did when he was bringing her up.  Spontaneously Wilton starts remembering and soon he decides to write down the story of his life.  Wilton came from a poor family living in a poor suburb of St. Louis, Missouri in…See More
Nov 27, 2013

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American Crow by Jack Lacey – Book Review

Reviewed by Susan McMichael5 out of 5 starsMove over Rebus, here comes Blake…Detective fiction is a little like drinking wine: there is a lot around and everyone has their favourite.  When something new comes on the market, the drinker or the reader, looks longingly to their favourite brand or book and says, "I hope the new one is like the old one..."  It's not an exact science of course: there is a chemistry to it. The reader can like a new detective story, and then the reader can love a new…See More
Oct 14, 2013

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The Only Way Out by Don De Lene – Book Review

4.5 out of 5 starsProblems, problems, problems…  Solutions?Hannah Lane, the seven year old girl we remember from The Power, The Miracle and The Dream, is now 22 years old and a “Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and renowned peace activist” (Ch. 1).  She is with a National Geographic team that has just landed on Mars, and has become officially the first woman to set foot on the planet.  Hannah has come a very long way since her loosing childhood days as an asthmatic, but how exactly did she…See More
Oct 8, 2013

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Change Your Perspective by J. Poet – Book Review

Reviewed By Susan McMichael4 out of 5 stars                       Different perspectives, interesting times and reliance …As a long time singer of Church music, both hymns and songs, and as a poet, I was looking forward to this book.  Christian poetry’s framework and structures have changed over the past thirty years, in much the same way as secular poetry has: using much more free verse.  Following in this heritage this is a book of free verse.  I appreciated Change your Perspective's hopeful…See More
Sep 29, 2013

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The Children Shall Be Blameless by W. Jack Savage – Book Review

4.5 stars out of 5Do the right thing ...Richard Smith had a life before he lived at St. James Orphanage, St. Paul, Minnesota, but that was too long ago to remember.  Even his first days at the orphanage seem hidden under a strange cloud of forgetfulness.  One thing Richard does remember is that, no matter what, he must not eat the “cornmeal mush” (Ch. 1 and following) the nuns serve for breakfast.  Refusing this meal is against the Orphanage rules, and Richard’s insistence over the years, as he…See More
Sep 18, 2013

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The Hidden Realms of Firestone by Linda M. David - Book Review

4 out of 5 starsGuest Book Review by Susan McMichaelVolcanic Lava Logs and an awesome holiday...A mysterious figure is looking at a featureless wall.... then Agathea Fulstropp arrives with the bang of the car door.  She doesn't want to go on holiday seeing things: “I want to go the beach with granddad.”  She knows quite well where she wants to go: to school, on another planet and her parents aren't going to stop her.  However, lots of other people have plans for Thea and she is…See More
Aug 19, 2013

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Delighting In Your Company by Blair McDowell – Book Review

5 out of 5 starsPast suffering and future bliss?Amalie Ansett is a busy working professional who part owns an advertising agency in Los Angeles. California.  She has just suffered a painful break-up of her marriage and while cleaning her family home, which is now on the market, she discovers an unopened letter to her mother from a previously unknown cousin, Josephina Ansett.  Josephina lives on St. Clements, a small island in the Caribbean.  The letter invites Amalie and her mother, who is now…See More
Aug 11, 2013

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Clover Doves by Courtney Filignezi - Book Review

Struggling towards the light4.5 stars out of 5Emma Fiorello is sixteen and deeply in love with Eric Florentino, a bright and caring, but wayward youth.  They have a very special connection which Emma felt virtually as soon as they met.  According to Emma they are “soul mates”.  Eric knows what she means, but is perhaps a little less ‘spiritual’ in his outlook.  Life is fresh and good, but Emma also senses that perhaps she and Eric will not stay together.  Suddenly Emma is attacked and raped and…See More
Jul 10, 2013

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The Power, The Miracle and The Dream by Don De Lene – Book Review

 5 out of 5 stars Hindered or helped by our minds Hannah Lane is seven years old and lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  She has terrible asthma and has learned to think of herself as not much good at most of what she sets out to do in life.  She does, however, have an active imagination and has been interested in fairies for quite some time.  She has a collection of fairy dolls which she plays with often.  Imagine her surprise, though, when one day she finds Brenda,  a fairy, in her…See More
Jun 14, 2013
 
 
 

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