Book review: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Ishiguro returns with an intriguing, infuriating masterpiece The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, Faber & Faber, ISBN 9780571315048, RRP $36.99 It’s been ten years since Ishiguro’s last novel, Never Let Me Go*. Ten long years for Ishiguro fans like me. The announcement of a new novel was a welcome relief. The Buried Giant is the […]

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Book review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Doubleday, ISBN 9780857522320, RRP NZ$36.99 Unreliable narrators are all the rage these days, as are unlikeable narrators. It’s a fine line though, unreliable can veer into the ridiculous while unlikeable can end up unreadable. It takes a good author (and a good editor, I suspect) to keep […]

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The Sunken by S.C. Green

The Sunken by S.C. Green, Grymm & Epic Publishing, available on Amazon. It’s 1830s London. Increasing numbers of dragons are invading the city. King George III is still alive but slowly degenerating into a mad, flesh-eating, blood-sucking monster. Science, art and engineering are the politics, religion and philosophy of the masses and the Royal Society […]

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Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson

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Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson, The Friday Project (Harper Collins NZ) A highly original debut novel from a New Zealand writer, Of Things Gone Astray is witty, moving and thoughtful. On a normal morning in London things start disappearing for a small group of characters. Things like a sense of direction, a workplace […]

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Book review: Wake by Elizabeth Knox

Wake by Elizabeth Knox, Victoria University Press, ISBN9780864737700, RRP $35 I have to confess: I have a huge reader and blogger crush on Elizabeth Knox. Not only has she given me some amazing and mind-blowing reads (Black Oxen, The Vintner’s Luck, the Dreamhunter series), she’s accomplished at that literary/genre/audience hopping trick AND she’s amazingly accessible […]

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