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School rumble. Volume 1. Jin Kobayashi ; translated and adapted by William Flanagan ; lettered by Dana Hayward.
Author: Kobayashi, Jin, 1977- -- Flanagan, William. -- Hayward, Dana.
Publisher: London : Tanoshimi, 2007.
Review by: Matheson, Toby  on: 11/01/2018 8:34:49 AM
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A nice romantic comedy with good character development and bizarre situations that fit the comedy so well even if it can be head scratching at first to some people but good for fans or people used to similar books or Japanese entertainment mediums.The series is very tame and light hearted when it needs to be but bizarre for joke contexts or references not just randomly to do something that most people not used to said mediums mistake. But I found it enjoyable since I have experienced many similar to it in the past for everyday life dialogue character development and adventures to common things on holiday sort of stuff.The translation work is great as well as the glossary terms such as honorifics like how we use Mr. Mrs. and so on as an easy example for what we in English are used to at the beginning of the book to us in the west but end of the book to Japanese since this book is read from Right to Left for not just the dialogue thoughts and so on but also the panels. It really impressed me a lot for such extra clarification when needed even for a person into similar mediums.This series especially is good for its use of character moments unlike most series I have come across in the past. Exploring not just the two main characters thoughts situations and mishaps but also side characters main characters friend groups relationships emotions and the situations that are in. So even if the two main characters aren't your type the side characters personalities comedic moments and more can give readers something else to relate to or stick around for.They are uncommon but still they are unlike most series I know where they appear and are rarely heard from again since they served little purpose which separates this series from most romcoms or everyday life sort of school setting stories adventures to places on holidays that I know of.I love the effort the translationlocalization team did with the glossaries for terms even though I was familiar with a few I was glad to find many references to not just the culture western works and more that filled me in on things to give me more perspective. If ever unsure about Japanese books for being bizarre weird and so on since your not used to them. Or new to them and want a start.This series is good for new comers and veterans alike. It can be odd for some people especially since I'd recommend it for a more teenage audience as some moments fit that dialogue mark and also for relatability since the characters are in their final years of High School it is best from somewhat of a similar audience perspective in my own opinion. Unless someone is really a fan of similar themes books and so on that fit the nature of Japanese literature or otherwise mediums they will fit right in no matter the age group. Preferred for teens though for some moments though. Highly recommend but not for everyone of course all depends on the reader after all.
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Emblaze / Jessica Shirvington.
Author: Shirvington, Jessica.
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. : Hachette Australia, 2011.
Review by: Morrison, Emma  on: 29/09/2017 11:55:11 AM
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By far the Violet Eden series is the best thing that's happened for me. I'm so glad that Jessica Shirvington chose to write this fascinating story. I am on to the third time of re-reading this series and I still get goose-bumps! This book is about a girl, Violet Eden. When she's 17 she is given the choice to embrace. I'll let you read on from that! I really recommend this book to anyone of any age! Trust me, you won't regret it!
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Thea Stilton and the frozen fiasco / by Thea Stilton ; illustrations by Barbara Pellizzari and Chiara Balleello ; translated by Emily Clement.
Author: Stilton, Thea, author. -- Pellizzari, Barbara, illustrator. -- Balleello, Chiara, illustrator. -- Clement, Emily, translator.
Publisher: : Scholastic Australia, 2017 -- New York Scholastic Inc., [2017]
Review by: Haskew, Katie  on: 5/09/2017 7:36:11 PM
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THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING AND SO ENJOYABLE. THIS AUTHOR GOES MISSING AND ITS UP TO THE THEA SISTERS AND ANNA AND ROSANNA TO FIND HIM. HE IS ANNA'S AND ROSANNA'S UNCLE AND THE GIRLS ARE REALLY WORRIED.
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The trivia man / Deborah O'Brien.
Author: O'Brien, Deborah, author. -- O'Brien, Deborah.
Publisher: North Sydney : Random House Australia. -- North Sydney, NSW Bantam / Random House Australia, 2015. -- Ã2015
Review by: Duffy, Patricia  on: 11/08/2017 9:06:08 PM
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The Trivia Man is a different format from the first three books by O’Brien “Mr Chen’s Emporium”, “The Jade Widow” and “A Place of Her Own”. It starts a little slow but it is worthwhile persevering until the storyline picks up and it gets more interesting. The subject matter is dealt with in a sensitive manner but without judgement. A good story and just a little different from the usual run of the mill stuff on offer these days.
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A place of her own / Deborah O'Brien.
Author: O'Brien, Deborah, author.
Publisher: Surry Hills, A Readhowyouwant (australia) 2014. -- North Sydney ; Random House, [2014] -- Ã2014
Review by: Duffy, Patricia  on: 11/08/2017 9:00:30 PM
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This is the last in the series “Mr Chen’s Emporium”, “The Jade Widow” and “A Place of Her Own”. This book follows the pattern of the first book in switching between the present and the past. It is better, in my opinion, to read the books in order as it makes more sense and the details and sub plot can better be appreciated. An excellent series and not to be missed!
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The jade widow / Deborah O'Brien.
Author: O'Brien, Deborah, author.
Publisher: : Random, 2013 -- North Sydney, NSW Random House Australia, 2013. -- Ã2013
Review by: Duffy, Patricia  on: 11/08/2017 6:12:27 PM
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This is the second in the series “Mr Chen’s Emporium”, “The Jade Widow” and “A Place of Her Own”. In this book we follow the fortunes of Amy Chen. She would have been most unusual in her day as women were treated as second class citizens and very few achieved any position of power and influence. A very good read.
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Mr Chen's emporium / Deborah O'Brien.
Author: O'Brien, Deborah.
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Bantam, 2012.
Review by: Duffy, Patricia  on: 11/08/2017 6:08:11 PM
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This is the first in the series “Mr Chen’s Emporium”, “The Jade Widow” and “A Place of Her Own”. It is written in parallel, then and now. The story beginning in 1872 is easy to follow even though the story keeps switching to the present. Not an easy technique to attempt, but this author has got it right. I love having a glimpse into the past and how it impacts the present. Definitely recommended.
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The arcade / Katie Flynn writing as Judith Saxton.
Author: Saxton, Judith, 1936-, author. -- Flynn, Katie, author.
Publisher: London : Arrow Books Ltd, 2014. -- London Arrow Books, 2014. -- ©1990
Review by: Duffy, Patricia  on: 11/08/2017 5:43:36 PM
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A cosy read with an interesting story line.
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A place of her own / Deborah O'Brien.
Author: O'Brien, Deborah.
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. Random House Australia , 2014. -- Ã2014
Review by: Duffy, Patricia  on: 1/08/2017 9:56:40 AM
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Quite a good read if you want something light and entertaining. I liked it enough to seek out her other titles.
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Agatha Christie's Poirot [videorecording] : Series 5, volume 2
Author: Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976.
Publisher: [Australia] : Reel [distributor], [2008?]
Review by: Roberts, Judith  on: 9/06/2017 9:27:00 PM
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This has no subtitles/closed captions, so, like most of this series, important dialogue is obscured by pretentious overly-loud music. If you have hearing difficulties, don't bother.
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