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September 6, 2010

Over the Weather and Under the Moon By Francesca Brooks On the fifty-second day of her heart-stopping crush on a girl called Elizabeth, Nora woke up and begged the universe for a spontaneous medical condition that wouldn’t quite kill her, but would give her a justifiable excuse to stay in bed and wallow. At least […]

August 16, 2010

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls Author: Steve Hockensmith Whoever said that you can’t judge a book by its cover clearly hasn’t read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. It’s all there in the title, and it even has a blood-spattered monster child on the front for the benefit […]

August 9, 2010

City of Lost Girls Author: Declan Hughes Prepare to have your preconceived, Southpark-based notions about Irish detectives demolished. Running with a crime-fiction genre this week, City of Lost Girls is the fifth instalment of Declan Hughes’ Ed Loy series, about the aforementioned private eye kicking ass and taking names in his native Dublin. The story […]

August 2, 2010

Ponder this spine-chilling thought: if two geeky Harvard undergrads had gotten enough sex at uni, Facebook may never have happened. Thank you social hierarchy, thank you! Because Facebook rules. Even your gran has it. And while I’m sure she appreciates the profanity-laden status updates and classy post-town Maccas photos, we all know that without Facebook, […]

July 19, 2010

This is a Pakistani novel and it’s also a new release. That makes it a relevancy score for me, and a cultural high five for you. Set from the early 80s–2000, the story is one of family and philosophy, unfolding against a backdrop of religious fundamentalism, political unrest, and war. It’s one of those books […]

July 12, 2010

The world of publishing is a weary one, filled with discarded manuscripts and the kind of crushing rejection that epitomises the starving artist. Amy Brown—young, celebrated and published, has defied the statistics and Salient is here to document the start of her promising career. A graduate of our very own VUW, Brown marched off into […]

May 24, 2010

Having taken ENGL114, I can tell you with considerable expertise that this is a gothic novel, and it epitomises everything about the genre—the unreliable narrator, the vulnerable female fighting supernatural forces, and the potential for misinterpretation at every corner. Set in 1891, Florence and Giles is the story of 12-year-old Florence and her half brother […]

May 10, 2010

The J.T. Leroy debacle was once described by the New York Times as the greatest literary hoax of our generation. After having read the book, I’m thinking maybe they should be glad that Leroy isn’t the drug-addled, child-abused, cross-dressing rape victim of this ‘autobiographical’ set of short stories. The stories (there are ten) begin in […]

April 26, 2010

When the author, Salman Rushdie, isn’t being slapped with death sentences by Iranian Ayatollahs or appearing in Bridget Jones’ Diary, he spends his free time writing wonderfully fantastical novels about Indian doll makers who try to lose themselves in American pop culture. In Fury, the doll maker in question is a Cambridge-educated scholar named Malik […]