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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
With the publication of Richard Dawkins’ typically arrogant and polemic best-seller The God Delusion, and Keith Ward’s predictably reasonable response on the side of the angels with Is Religion Dangerous?, 2006-07 has been a great period for religious/scientific debate in the mainstream media.