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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A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction by Terry Pratchett

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction by Terry Pratchett, foreword by Neil Gaiman, Doubleday, ISBN 9780857521224, RRP $54.99 “Terry Pratchett,” writes Neil Gaiman in the foreword to this tome, “is not a jolly old elf at all.” Oh readers, did any of us really think he was? Can anyone read the words of Death […]

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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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Reach by Laurence Fearnley

Reach by Laurence Fearnley, Penguin, ISBN 9780143571728, RRP $38 You know how sometimes you start reading a book and you think about the characters in a certain way and then they change and you realise you were totally assuming they were this type of character, when it turns out they’re actually not, and it’s a […]

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