Books

20/08/12

Critical voices have asked where the angry writers are; where are the writers who challenge our comforts and understanding? Where are the social novels? Where are the writers that roar? With his new novel Freedom, Jonathan Franzen gives an excellent answer.

13/08/12

This is a wickedly illustrated graphic novel (upmarket from a comic) in both English and te reo Māori versions, about an actual event in history and hero of Aotearoa.

13/08/12

To begin bluntly, reading this book is like swimming through porridge.

13/08/12

A science fantasy novel entirely in te reo Māori accompanied by a DVD featuring Katerina Mataira as the narrator. This is an AWESOME book, and beautifully written. The the first science fantasy novel I know of, that’s written in te reo Māori.

06/08/12

As the book unfolds it becomes clear that the central threat to Borlú and the Cities is, and always has been, existential; it lies in their un- knowledge and un-perception of each other. To solve the case Borlú must decipher the boundaries of his cultural reality—he must see for the first time in his life.

30/07/12

The Marriage Plot traces the lives of Brown University students Madeline, Mitchell and Leonard in a turmoil of overseas adventures, a struggle with manic depression, and graduation in the year of ’82.

30/07/12

There are so many stories written in and of Prague that the city’s streets, both real and imagined, are teeming with plots and characters. There is a novel, somewhere, in the observance of doors opening and closing as protagonists from across history and the pages of literature shuffle about those cobbled streets, each missing one another by [...]

23/07/12

You know the feeling. It’s two o’clock in the morning. You’ve got an exam in two weeks. An essay due in tomorrow. You don’t remember the last time you picked up a textbook. You don’t remember the last time you bought a textbook. Things are grim. You begin to wonder whether you made the right choice [...]

16/07/12

affection for life. Ripe with loving descriptions and detailed knowledge of every facet of London life; of jazz, mythology, history, science, Aaronovitch’s interests are all-encompassing and deeply passionate.