Good Reading : July 2008
Paper Alice Charlotte Calder It is said that everyone has a double. Alice first sees hers on a page of the newspaper, mistaking the image for herself.The ea s at o that it is her ‘twin’ compels Alice to search for the mysterious look-alike,Wilda. But this is not all Alice has to contend with. She is questioning the durability of her long-ter m relationship with her boyfriend, Duncan. Then there’s her father who has been unemployed for ages and is showing signs of ill health as a result. Her best friend Millie keeps breaking down after her each of her habitual one-night-stands. As Alice searches for Wilda, she meets new people, one of them being Andy, with whom there is an immediate attraction. Searches frequently uncover secrets that have been carefully guarded for years and this is the case when Alice eventually finds Wilda. This is an entertaining, light-hearted read about relationships, friendships and family secrets. ★★★★ Pan $16.95 Age 14+ Genesis Bernard Beckett The setting is the futuristic new Republic, completely protected from the outside world and its threat of disease by land and sea and by barriers and inflexible laws. Anaximander, a student of Pericles, stands before the Examiners in the hope of getting into the Academy. Her chosen subject for review, is the life of Adam Forde, a human who dared defy the Republic’s laws by allowing a refugee to enter the prohibited state. The exam, in a Socratic-style dialogue, allows us into Anaximander’s thought process via the analysis of Forde’s life, and the motivation for the actions that led to the final outcome. But whether the Republic or Pericles is as represented, is revealed in the chilling climax. This is a highly original, intelligent and well-written novel. Its thought-provoking picture of man versus machine, presents a stark view of man’s lessening function in an automated world, and questions the necessity of his continuity in a frightening way. ★★★★★ Text $19.95 Age 16+ REVIEWED BY ANASTASIA GONIS younger readers word of mouth Georgiana: Woman of Flowers Libby Hathorn Georgiana Molloy was a woman of incredible strength, courage, great compassion and generosity. She left a privileged upbringing in England, to take up a pioneering life in the Swan River area of Australia, in the early 1800s. After settling with her magistrate husband, John Molloy, at Augusta, she cultivated her love and interest in flowers and the surrounding natural world of which she never grew tired, and which earned her the name, ‘Woman of Flowers’. Loved by many, though her religious zeal managed to alienate some, Georgiana documented all her floral findings and much of her daily life in jour nals. Hathorn has brilliantly portrayed Georgiana’s short life, which includes the lives of those that sur rounded her, and the brutality and pretence of the era. The writing flows beautifully throughout. Especially visual are the descriptions of the plants and flowers, their colour, and the wildness that bred them. ★★★★★ Hodder $17.99 Age14+ Ironbark Barry Jonsberg He’s sixteen years old and an angry young man prone to violent and destructive outbursts, and memory blanks. His father is wealthy and successful and the last thing he needs is his son making him look bad. Daddy keeps the boy from jail by shipping him off to live deep in the Tasmanian forest with his reclusive and anti-social grandfather. With only the bare essentials for survival, the boy has no choice but to learn to control his anger by following psychiatric advice. But his anger won’t go away, for provocation is everywhere, and the ocal policeman, Ritchie, is watching he boy’s every move, just waiting for im to slip up. Strangely enough, the oy finds a strong ally in the old man. This is a fast-paced suspense/ mystery about the power of money nd social position, and inter- generational relationships. It has sharp, clever and entertaining dialogue, with impressive main characters and a good build up to an excellent climax. ★★★★ Allen & Unwin $17.95 Age 15+ ATTENTION SCHOOL LIBRARIANS & TEACHERS www.goodreadingmagazine.com Would you like the staff and students at your school to be able to simultaneously view and keyword search the current and back issues of Good Reading, the digital edition? YOU DO? Just contact us and we’ll tell you how! Phone Merle at subscriptions on 02 8090 1051 or email email@example.com.