Category Archives: Review

2024 in lists: Movies

Stay tuned… Movies: seen on TV, probably on a streaming service, or on an airplane Maestro: First film of 2024. Choices are always to be made in telling someone’s complex life but I enjoyed this interesting telling of the famous … Continue reading

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2023 in lists: Musicals, theatre, concerts, books and exhibitions

Musicals and theatre La Cage Aux Folles, The Concourse, Chatswood: I was surprised at how silly and old-fashioned this musical was, and to find out what a huge success it was at the time. Times change, I guess.  Joseph and the … Continue reading

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2023 in lists: Movies

Movies (seen in the cinema) Avatar: The Way of Water: I can barely remember the first one, though I saw it and I remember some of the controversy over whether people liked the computer animation or not. I liked a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kevin Wilson’s Now is Not the Time to Panic

Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked ‘Nothing to See Here’ enough that I was definitely keen to read more. I find Wilson a very interesting writer. The narration … Continue reading

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Book review: Andrew Sean Greer’s Less is Lost

Less is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer My rating: 4 of 5 stars I loved ‘Less’ so much that I guess four stars is a fall from five. I wasn’t opposed to a sequel to ‘Less’ but what would it … Continue reading

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Book review: ‘A Little Life’, revisited

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara My rating: 4 of 5 stars Spoiler alert: I assume that you have read A Little Life already and like me, are reading more about it to help you make sense of it! Please … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hetty Lui McKinnon’s Tenderheart

Tenderheart: A Cookbook about Vegetables and Unbreakable Family Bonds by Hetty Lui McKinnon My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not sure I’ve done a book review of a recipe book … but why not? On Goodreads, I see that … Continue reading

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2022 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies and TV

Movies (seen on TV, probably on a streaming service, or on an airplane) Annie Live! We’d lost track of the live musicals on network TV, but since we love musicals, I found it. It’s such an odd musical. The songs are … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lars Saabye Christinsen’s The Half Brother

The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen My rating: 3 of 5 stars I just couldn’t get through it, but I won’t give it a poor rating. From reading rave reviews from newspapers and literary magazines, and seeing the praise … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan My rating: 5 of 5 stars I returned for another read of this novel after reading the latest Egan, The Candy House, and thoroughly enjoying it. And I clearly didn’t review … Continue reading

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