Books

October 1, 2012

It’s an odd combination, but I think that it works, provided one does not mind the combination of whimsy and realistic science.

September 24, 2012

This is a particularly fantastic book if you are a fan of Neil Gaiman or Ben Aaronovitch, but want something different—good, urban fantasy with a Middle-Eastern setting.

September 24, 2012

In an unfortunate case of critical cuckolding, the novel’s real merit pivots entirely on its conclusion. This is story-telling stretched over a conceptual framework whose real power can only be fully comprehended once the final lines have been read.

September 17, 2012

So my expectations upon picking up the novel were not high. And I was therefore very surprised when I was unable to put it down.

September 17, 2012

The story of the birth of Jesus is dangerous ground to be treading upon, yet Grahame- Smith deftly weaves a story around this biblical tale by focusing less on the birth and more on what happened next.

September 10, 2012

Salient sits down with author Chris Cleave about Gold his new novel about two cycling rivals preparing for the London Olympics.  Your characters have very complex life stories and their experiences play into their ambition as cyclists. Do you believe that human hardship encourages people to seek success?   I’ve done something with this book [...]

August 20, 2012

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.

August 13, 2012

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.

August 13, 2012

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