The Waterboys

Posted on Apr 23 in Featured, Fiction by

One of the most underrated books of the last couple of years, review by WA author, Annabel Smith.

Peter Docker’s The Waterboys is both a historical novel and a speculative fiction, an adventure story and a contemporary myth or ‘dreaming’. The relationship between indigenous Australians and white settlers is made so new in Docker’s telling that the shock and horror of it hits you as if you are learning it for the first time.

Set simultaneously in the future and in a reimagined past, the novel tells the story of a young whitefulla named Conway, who has taken on the ways of the blackfullas. In a not too distant future in which whites control the nation’s water through a military-style corporation, Conway and his spiritual brother Mularabone are part of a movement waging guerrilla warfare on the whites, stealing the water and returning it to Country, where it belongs. Read More

Zero at the Bone

Posted on Apr 01 in Fiction, In-Store Events by

David Whish-Wilson will be at Crow Books Wednesday 9th of April.

Zero at the Bone is a great crime novel set in Perth. As readers of Perth: a History will know, David’s knowledge and love of Perth permeates his work.

See link below for details and RSVP.

The Explorer by James Smythe

Posted on Feb 08 in Fiction, What We're Reading by

Boldly going…to their graves.

Set in the near future where space is the final forgotten frontier The Explorer is a suspenseful temporal thriller that keeps readers guessing until the end. Cormac Easton, a journalist attached to the first manned expedition into deep space, is seen by the crew as an appeasement to the media and private corporations who funded the expedition. Useless and without any other role except to record the ships and its crew’s progression in this monumental undertaking, he is suspect. However, things go from bad to worse on the journey, and the crew begin dying one by one, seemingly by accident, until Cormac is the only one remaining whilst the ship continues onwards. Read More

Sharks & People

Posted on Jan 31 in Featured, Science by

“Peschak makes an eloquent visual case for the sublimity of sharks—and also for their conservation. He notes that the media still devotes far more attention to rare shark attacks than to the urgent need to protect them from human depredation, especially the shark fin trade. . . . Great conservation photography like Peschak’s, one must hope, will have the power to change attitudes globally.” review – Atlantic

We the Animals by Justin Torres

Posted on Jan 26 in Fiction, What We're Reading by

We the Animals is a novella of real power. Short and muscular, it follows three brothers living in an impoverished, dysfunctional New York. Like an ugly rock that’s been polished up, Torres’ debut is both raw and compelling. I read it in one sitting, then picked it up the next night and read it again. One of the best reads this year (2013).

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Posted on Jan 25 in Humour, What We're Reading by

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls – David Sedaris

From dysfunctional families, to foreign countries to taxidermied pygmies Sedaris’ 8th collection of travel stories and anecdotes does not disappoint. For both fans and new readers alike, Sedaris’s usual wit and self-deprecating charm map his descent into middle age and shares more of his family’s secrets in tales both varied and hilarious. From his father’s obsession with colonoscopies to satirical essays on the average American republican everything in ‘Lets Explore…’ touches something in the reader’s own life, even if it is as ordinary as litter on the side of the road. Read More

The Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Posted on Jan 25 in Philosophy, What We're Reading by

The Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments is an introductory book about critical thinking. Using quirky illustrations Almossawi demonstrates common errors in reasoning. Bad Arguments has proved popular with students but also with general readers, serving as a nice primer on logical fallacies.

First Bogan Words book launch

Posted on Jan 21 in Children's, In-Store Events, Pop Culture by
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My First 100 Bogan Words is a new book from those great connoisseurs of West Australian culture, Alex Manfrin & Malcom Dix. Including such essentials as Esky, Chiko Roll, Uggies, Hummer, Flanno & Keg, this children’s primer is a must for all new parents on Australia Day.

Crow Books is proud to be hosting the Official Launch on Australia Day this Sunday. Starts at 3pm so you’ll still have time to get down to the Sky Show afterwards! All welcome.

Where: Crow Books, 900 Albany Hwy, East Vic Park

When: 3pm, Sunday 26th

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Posted on Dec 21 in Children's, Classics, What We're Reading by
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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is an awesome book! It is set long ago in England (1800s!) when it was overrun with wolves. Follow Bonnie, Sylvia and Simon as they try to stop their evil Governess Miss Slighcarp and her network of Criminals, Forgers and Snitches from stealing Bonnie’s Mum and Dadss beautiful house. But when Bonnie has some terrible news will she be able to push on?!! I love this amazing book because books set in history fascinate me. Mostly because of the language in them, they use different words to us. And some of the names are very different from the names we use these days. Overall the book is VERY well written by Joan Aiken.

 This is the BEST BOOK I have EVER READ!!! See ya later

Review by Lucinda Sheardown.

Proud to Be WeirRd

Posted on Dec 12 in Art, Low Brow Art, Pop Culture by
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Iconoclastic British artist Ralph Steadman has been creating editorial and political illustrations for more than five decades. Steadman is revered for his ink-splattered, anarchic, and often shocking drawings. His well-known illustrations alongside the work of literary legend Hunter S. Thompson have long been celebrated and have achieved a cult-like following. Together, Steadman and Thompson’s iconic work has come to be known as Gonzo journalism.

Ralph and Hunter first met in 1970 on an assignment from Scanlan’s Monthly magazine to cover the Kentucky Derby. Their 40-year friendship included collaborations on seminal books such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Curse of Lono, as well as numerous articles for Jann Wenner’s Rolling Stone, including the George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali fight and coverage of the Watergate scandal.

PROUD TOO BE WEIRRD is the ultimate monograph of this creative genius. Steadman’s first-person narrative takes us on a literary and visual journey of his well-known, provocative work and is accompanied by his acerbic wit, heartfelt political views, and unique sense of humor.