Yearly Archives: 2001

Thinly sliced, Rebecca Lovell-Smith

the honey suckers Victoria McHalick HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503805 Extreme Weather Events Tim Jones HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473073870 These are slight books, two debut collections of New Zealand short fiction which, sandwiched between heavier weightier tomes, would scarcely be noticed.…
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The amazonian element, Diane Hebley

The Apple Tree and other stories Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $29.95, ISBN 0908783469 Scarface Claw Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783620 Baby Bumble and the Sock Pirates Vivienne Joseph, illustrated by Ruth Paul Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783507 Nanny…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

“Bugger the dragonflies”, Bernard Carpinter

Shirker Chad Taylor Allen & Unwin, $35, ISBN 0862419026 A defenestration (nice word, eh?) makes an arresting beginning to Chad Taylor’s third novel. Especially as the defenestree is the narrator. Just how Ellerslie Penrose came to be flying out of…
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Subliminal euphonies, Cilla McQueen

Realia  Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734204   deep down musical hearts beat for no reason no apparent reason (“Beats”)   I like the sound of Kate Camp. She has an ear for a harmonic beat within the…
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Laughter in the dark, Terry Locke

No Joke  Mark Pirie Sudden Valley Press, $22.95, ISBN 0958209103 Excuse me, would you mind putting me on to Mark Pirie… if that’s his real name. Oh, it is? Yes, thank you. Look, Mark, I thought you might like some…
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Words for music perhaps, Nick Bollinger

Love This Life: Lyrics 1978-2001 Neil Finn Allen & Unwin, $35.00, ISBN 1865085081 Lyrics without melody Mahinarangi Tocker Street Women Press, $19.95, ISBN 0473074427 I have always been a passionate pop fan, but never a great lover of the printed…
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Posted in Literature, Music, Non-fiction, Poetry, Review

Fly-swat of the gods Linda Burgess

When Gravity Snaps Owen Marshall Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415280 A small piece of homespun advice before I start. It is not 
a good idea to play country/bluesy/folksy music quietly on your CD player as you read Marshall’s latest collection of…
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The uses of memory, Louise O’Brien

Little Moon  Emma Neale Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414756 Little Moon, Emma Neale’s second novel, following the success of Night Swimming in 1998, is an account of the troubled childhood and adolescence of a young woman growing up in New Zealand.…
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The French defection, Owen Marshall

Son of France  Geoff Cush Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415027 An intellectual comic novel needs a good idea, and Geoff Cush had one for Son of France. What if the French, instead of being thwarted at Akaroa, had succeeded in making…
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Good sex and elegant science, Peter Hawes

Kokopu Dreams  Chris Baker Huia, $24.95, ISBN 1877266310 First Hunter: Spirit Shinto  Dale Elvy HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503899 The Army of Five Men, Volume One  Shaun Hick HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503848 Counterpart  Mike Johnson HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503856 Hollywood once…
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