Books

July 30, 2007

Using the very simplest of formats, the Tui “Yeah, Right” billboards have reached iconic status in New Zealand because of their constantly changing and always slightly skewed take on New Zealand life and current events.

July 16, 2007

Love, according to Bukowski, is a dog from hell. I’m inclined to agree with him, in spite of this, as soon as I picked up Bukowskis’ tome of ‘love’ poetry and read a couple of verses I felt like pushing it through the nearest book return I could find. However, as soon as you slam […]

July 16, 2007

When I saw the cover of Waimarino County & Other Excursions, I had that sinking feeling, no doubt familiar to everyone who has ever had to read a book about high country sheep farming or rural New Zealand in the 1930s. Fortunately, I managed to stay awake long enough to get through the first page, […]

July 16, 2007

Anna Fitzgerald was conceived by her parents through in-vitro fertilisation in order to be a perfect bone marrow match for her sister Kate, who has leukaemia. All of her life she has never questioned this role, until now. We gain insight into how and why she makes the decision to sue her parents for the […]

July 9, 2007

In space, nobody can hear you scream. True or false? If you answered true, well, I’m afraid that come the inevitable robot uprising, you are going to die. Or, at the very least, be subjugated by lethal artificial intelligences and made a slave for the entirety of your puny biological lifespan. Because in space, robots […]

July 9, 2007

Unlike good whisky, good art often consists of a blend of different styles, and a (re)combination of previously used constituents. When I read that The Invention of Hugo Cabret combined elements of novel, picture book, graphic novel and film, my curiosity was piqued.

July 9, 2007

Pierre Furlan’s Bluebeard’s Workshop & Other Stories is translated from French by Victoria University lecturer Jean Anderson.This book is a wonderful collection of stories about the games we play and the tales we tell.

May 28, 2007

The World Is Deep, Deeper Than Day Can Comprehend “I have a fascination for the documents that blow through the ruins of war, the pages of letters home and the bureaucracy of armies and the now useless instructions on how to fire ground-to-air missiles that flutter across the desert and cover the floors of roofless […]

May 21, 2007

When great artists die, there is always the temptation to make money off their memory with the endless publication of material that was often (rightly) left on the cutting room floor. This has afflicted artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Tupac Shakur. It happened to John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the donnish creator of The Lord […]