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Review: Zealot: A Book About Cults by Jo Thornely

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Zealot: A Book About Cults

By Jo Thornely

4 out of 5 stars

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In his early life and career, Jim Jones did a lot of good things and helped hundreds of people. But sometimes bad things people do override and overshadow any good things they do. This is one of those times. What an asshole. 

I’ve been a fan of Jo Thornely’s writing from back in the days of her Batchy-ette recaps on News.com.au. I wasted many a lecture getting the latest goss on a show I never watched, drawn in only by the virtue of Thornely’s writing. It was heaps good. And, unsurprisingly, so was Zealot. 

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Review – Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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Romanov

by Nadine Brandes

2.5 out of 5 Stars

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The history books say I died.
They don’t know the half of it.

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Rasputin is dead, the Tsar has left his throne and a revolution is sweeping through Russia. Seventeen-year-old Nastya, the former Grand Duchess Anastasia, has been given the task of smuggling a magical object into exile. With the Bolsheviks outlawing magic, the magical matryoshka doll her last hope of saving her family and curing her ailing brother, Alexi. When the inevitable occurs, Nastya must trust in her magic – and a handsome Bolshevik soldier – to find the spellmaster who can save them all.

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Nonsense Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

4 out of 5 stars

“Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that you don’t need anyone, you can take care of yourself.”

Unhelpful One (ish) Sentence Summary: Eleanor Oliphant’s life is fine, up until it isn’t anymore.

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Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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By Naomi Novik, read by Katy Sobey | Published July 2018

4 out of 5 stars

“Anger was a fire in a grate, and I’d never had any wood to burn. Until now, it seemed.”

Unhelpful One Sentence Summary: Three young women fight to save their people from beasts of fire and ice.

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