The Monster Hunter: The Adventures of Benjamin Gaul by Kit Cox

The Monster Hunter: The Adventures of Benjamin Gaul by Kit Cox, Book Guild Publishing, ISBN 9781909984943 Monsters, kids, steampunk, Victorian, orphans – The Monster Hunter seems to hit every touchpoint that’s big right now in storytelling. Fortunately it’s also a fun and intriguing read, and one that will leave you looking forward to the next […]

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The Thousand Dollar Tan Line: Veronica Mars 1 by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line: Veronica Mars 1 by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham, Allen & Unwin, ISBN 9781760112363, RRP $15.99 It seems like I should start this with a declaration. No, I was not a Veronica Mars TV series fan. Not that I was a disliker or an active anti-fan, I just never got […]

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Three new picture books from Book Island

When it comes to children’s books Book Island is by far the most interesting small press in New Zealand. The books are original and always beautifully produced, and I really like the idea that they are all European books being published into English. Here’s three new titles from them – all perfect Christmas gift ideas […]

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A round up of picture books

It’s prime Christmas shopping time, people! And for the little kids in your life I recommend picture books. There are some beautiful examples out there, and here’s three recent favourites. Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet, Allen & Unwin, ISBN 9781760110956 A very cute and lively book for the young ones. Tullet uses colour and energy […]

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Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

This review first appeared in the NZ Herald on Sunday, 23 November 2014. Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher (The Friday Project) A hilarious take on academia, Dear Committee Members is an epistolary novel (in other words, written in letters). Professor Jason Fitger is constantly called upon to write letters of recommendation for students, fellow academics […]

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Run Thomas Run by Kate Carty

Run Thomas Run by Kate Carty, Escalator Press, ISBN 9780473295240 Novels about Assyrians, Iraq and the 1991 and 2003 wars/invasions/emancipations(?) aren’t exactly a “genre” for New Zealand writers but Kate Carty is uniquely set up to have produced this novel. According to her bio she married into an Assyrian Iraqi family which probably explains why […]

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