Saturday, April 6, 2019

"The Rosie Result" by Graeme Simsion

After the depressing nature of the previous book that I read (Wimmera - by Mark Brandi), I decided I needed to find a lighter, more enjoyable read for my next book. So I chose to download "The Rosie Result" onto my kindle to read next as I loved the first book in this series - The Rosie Project.

"The Rosie Result" did not disappoint, it was a great end to the trilogy. It is both insightful and sensitive but also at times witty. It was easy to read and the characters by now are well-loved. As a scientist myself I find so many of the situations and experience and characters familiar and can readily relate to the stories in the Rosie trilogy.

Started reading: 7th April 2019
Finished: 18th April 2019
My score: 8/10
Aussie Author Challenge stats: male author, drama with humour genre

"Wimmera" by Mark Brandi

Initially when I started reading this book I was really excited as it reminded me a little of "Jasper Jones" but unfortunately as I read on it didn't live up to the high standard of Craig Silvi's novel. Both focus on teenage boys living in small Australian towns, navigating the experience of growing up, seeing things through a child's eyes then slowly becoming more aware of the darker side of adulthood and that not everything is as it may appear. While (mostly) not explicit, the dark side of this novel was sickening and disturbing, and I found the multiple failures of both the parents and the police/judicial system to protect the innocent kids in this book was depressing. 

Started reading: 31st March 2019
Finished: 3rd April 2019
My score: 4/10
Aussie Author Challenge stats: Male author, new to me author, fiction, crime-fiction.

"Fusion" by Kate Richards

I first heard of this book when Lucy Treloar posted about it recently on Instagram. It is a really unique book - the writing is quite beautiful, sometimes poetic, the central characters are unusual protagonists - adult conjoined twins named Sea and Serene who live in an isolated cabin in rural Victoria. For the beautiful writing and the thought-provoking uniqueness of the characters and the way they spoke/thought/interacted together I would rank this book very highly. However I found both the storyline and ending a little unsatisfying/underwhelming, so in the end I think I would rank it closer to 6.5 - 7 out of 10.

I read this book as part of the Aussie Author Challenge, the author has a medical degree and works part-time in genetics, it is the first time I have read a book by this author, I'm not sure what the genre would be, but I have heard the story described as a "modern Gothic tale" which seems to fit well I think. I'd definitely be interested to read other books by this author in future.

Started reading: 12th March 2019
Finished: 31st March 2019
My score: 7/10

Aussie Author Challenge stats: New to me author, Female author, genre - described as a 'modern Gothic tale'.