Books

March 11, 2013

This week, three Wellington writers will be setting out on a literary roadshow of sorts. The Rocky Outcrop Writers tour, featuring Pip Adam, Kirsten McDougall, and Ashleigh Young, plus a host of guests, will be visiting bookstores, libraries, and galleries across the lower North Island. Recently, Salient had the chance to talk to Pip, Kirsten, [...]

March 6, 2013

Where to buy ARTY BEES 106 MANNERS ST Arty Bees is one of the bigger Wellington bookstores, despite being second-hand. They’re open until 9pm most nights and until 10pm in the weekends, which is a brilliant way to pass the time while waiting for buses in winter. There’s a wide variety of books in stock [...]

March 4, 2013

Written by Anais Nin Is there any way to write well about sex? Too much metaphor and the thing itself is destroyed in a glut of words, too little and it can become cold and clinical. The issues of gender politics, the fluidity of sexuality and sexual identity, and different sexual kinks also come into [...]

March 4, 2013

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October 15, 2012

The only real downsides to ebook ownership is that due to the lack of a second-hand market, ebooks don’t go down in price over time the same way that paperbacks do.

October 1, 2012

An occasionally cavalier approach to narrative cohesion begs the question: has Zadie Smith secretly been schooled by Manhire?

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.