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October 15, 2007

Edward Abbey once said that the best thing about finishing university was having the time to sit down somewhere and read a decent book. In many ways, Edward Abbey was a total prick, but no-one can really argue that the summer holidays are a great time to catch up on all that reading that you’ve […]

September 24, 2007

I’ll say it now – I have never had any interest in bird-watching, and after reading how to watch a bird, Steve Braunias’ contribution to the successful Ginger Series, I still don’t find the idea of clambering around a swampy shoreline in search of a SIPO (birder-speak for South Island Pied Oyster Catcher) even remotely […]

September 24, 2007

Just Another Art Movement originated as a twice yearly literary publication back in 1995, bringing together cutting edge poetry, prose and reviews from New Zealand and overseas, with writing from poets such as David Eggelton and Sam Hunt gracing the pages. In 2005, JAAM went the way of Sport, and publication became an annual event.

September 24, 2007

Scott Kendrick’s second book is a dual offering, featuring poetry written since his 2001 release Rhyme Before Reason, as well as a series of satirical newspaper articles written for the underground newspaper The Babylon Express, collected here for the first time in book format.

September 17, 2007

I started reading Stop Over on Thursday September 6, the day that martial law was declared in Fiji. Again. Although the multiple coups and various suspensions of democracy perpetrated against the people of Fiji since the Rabuka coup d’état in 1987 cannot help but play a role in any book about the country, Bruce Connew’s […]

September 10, 2007

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust was originally published in a hardcover format, with illustrations beautifully rendered by Charles Vess. Now that it has been made into a film, (starring Charlie Cox, Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer), illustrations are obviously considered superfluous, and Hardline Review has reissued it as a paperback.

September 3, 2007

The oddly ungrammatical title of Louise Wareham Leonard’s second novel is supposed to evoke the fractured interpersonal relationships of the main characters, and the difficulty the narrator, Holly, has in connecting with others, both in love and family matters.

August 13, 2007

It’s an inescapable fact of life that people are often going to be judged on superficial terms. The sheer number of strangers that we encounter in an average day ensures that the majority of them are going to be assessed rapidly on a limited series of attributes, then quickly and efficiently generalized and assigned a […]

August 13, 2007

Meet the rudeboys. A rough young bunch of wannabe thugs obsessed with owning the latest cell-phones, tricked-out cars, baggy jeans, and built-up bodies.