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Book Review of Wonder by RJ Palacio

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Like My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece, this title surprised me with the depths of its wisdom considering its guise as a book for pre-teens. I’m thinking of categorising these ‘Sneaky Adult Favourites’. August Pullman, or Auggie as he is called by his loved ones, was born with a facial deformity that causes kids to […]

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10 Great Audio Books to Listen to in Traffic

10 Great Ways to Mitigate Traffic

Anyone working or staying in or around the city is likely to be subjected to at least a small amount of traffic on a daily basis, and that’s if you’re lucky. Probably one of the worst things about traffic is that it can significantly increase the time it takes you to reach your destination. From […]

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Jack Parow releases new album: Eksie Ou

Jack Parow Eksie Ou

One dark night, an aspiring Afrikaans superster rapper was chilling at home with one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies running in the background. “Screw Jack Sparrow”, he thought to himself mindfully before uttering the words “I am Jack Parow, pirate of the caravan park.” Jack Parow, best known for his single “Cooler as […]

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Review of BBC’s Sherlock Season Two


2011 saw the release of several new Sherlock Holmes titles, all sanctioned by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, and culminating in the superb Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  I have discussed nearly all of these releases here, and continuing in that vein, let’s look at the newest Sherlock Holmes contribution. On New Year’s Day, BBC released the first […]

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Final Fantasy XIII-2: The Ultimate Sequel

Final Fantasy XIII-2

As an improvement to Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix has released a follow-up called Final Fantasy XIII-2. Anyone serious about gaming might call Final Fantasy the ultimate JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Game). Critics of Final Fantasy XIII complained that the storyline was too linear and that it lacked mini-games and side quests associated with some […]

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Video: Die Antwoord Appears on The Late Show with David Letterman, Performs “I Fink U Freeky” from Ten$ion

Die Antwoord - Ten$Ion

This month, Die Antwoord released their latest album Ten$ion featuring their brand new single “I Fink U Freeky.” The music video that was done in collaboration with South African photographer, Roger Ballen, has been a huge viral success as with their previous work – boasting nearly 1.5 million views.  This rap-rave crew performed on the […]

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Review of The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai


2011 was a great year for new authors, and to that list of wonderful new voices I’d like to add Rebecca Makkai. I read The Borrower in one day, it keeping me company while tonsillitis kept me in bed and solitary confinement. It is the story of a librarian who kidnaps the most loyal reader […]

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Kelly Ansara Reviews Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again


Kelly Ansara over at It’s a Book Thing got her hands on the first ever Flemming-family endorsed sequel to Ian Flemming’s iconic ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang‘ titled ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Flies Again’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. A book like this one stands out, not only because of its predecessor (Ian Fleming) but because it […]

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Review of Zone One by Colson Whitehead


This title was billed to me as the thinking person’s zombie novel, released in time for Halloween to match the zeitgeist. Now I usually don’t pick up zombie novels and I’m less than thrilled by zombie games (though Left for Dead is a superb game) but I think that billing Zone One as a zombie novel is a bit […]

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The Best in South African Satire


‘There can never be enough said of the virtues, dangers, the power of a shared laugh’, said Françoise Sagan. If it weren’t for the great comedic minds of our cultural landscape, we might have imploded a while ago. South Africa enjoys a remarkably robust cast of comedians and satirists in all mediums. Whether it is the […]

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