Books

26/02/07

Descent is the provocative first novel by VUW Masters student Matt Gers. As with many first novels, Descent smacks of autobiography. However, the fast-paced passages that follow the life of medical intern protagonist Juan are a fascinating read. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

19/02/07

Let’s face it – if you didn’t love books you probably wouldn’t be here at Vic. So, keeping that in mind, you’ll need a good summary of the best places to dust off a good book…. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

16/10/06

“Young men admired me. My parents adored me. I had a horse fathered by a stallion from the desert.” Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

16/10/06

Born in Rochester, New York and raised on a farm near Lake Ontario, Ashbery’s first ambition was to be a painter. Sadly, instead of painting, Ashbery became a poet and has since won nearly every major American award for his poetry, beginning with the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1956, selected by W. H. Auden, [...]

16/10/06

It’s a story as old as the hills, one of those you find in every culture with the characters slightly changed. An idealistic young man agrees to help his girlfriend with book reviews for a student magazine, and is then compelled to hold his nose for a year while plucking artefacts from the diarrheic stream [...]

16/10/06

I admit that I had my suspicions about such a blatant gimmick. I admit to being a bit of a book snob, and would have preferred to see New Zealand writers, instead of New Zealand celebrities, on the panel of judges that chose the six stories, which this book contains. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post [...]

09/10/06

It’s possible that people who have tried to watch The Office and Extras, but find them too excruciatingly uncomfortable for words, will not enjoy this book. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

09/10/06

Poet and fiction writer, Cochrane was born in Wellington, into a large Catholic family and educated at St Patrick’s College. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

09/10/06

Science fiction is like country music. Otherwise open-minded people often dismiss it as a genre: “Oh, I’ll read anything… except sci-fi” is roughly analogous to “Oh, I’ll listen to anything… except country.” In some minds the phrase ‘science fiction’ brings to mind Star Trek books-of-the-TV-series, and indeed those are part of the sci-fi spectrum; but [...]