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Leading by the nose, Elizabeth Crayford

Scented Laurence Fearnley Penguin, $38.00 ISBN 9780143773283 If technology and price allowed, Scented would have made a fantastic “scratch and sniff” novel. As it is, the pitfalls of first-person narration make this a challenging read, and I finished the book…
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Opening the fifth dimension, Lydia Wevers

Science Fiction: A Review Of Speculative Fiction: Special Double Issue Featuring Phillip Mann (Vol 19, Nos 1-2) Van Ikin (ed) $AUD30.00 ISSN 03146677 A special double issue of a well-regarded journal, plus full-page authorial cover photo, is a handsome tribute…
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“The frequent flyer friar” John McCrystal

Nailing Down The Saint Craig Cliff Penguin Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9780143773740 Those familiar with Craig Cliff’s work will know that he is fond of a kooky premise – a starting-off point that allows him to tread the blurred line…
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Absolutely fabulous, Thom Conroy

The Absolute Book Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776562305 The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox is a Ronsardian ode to worldbuilding. Who creates worlds? What connects them? Who controls them? These questions shape the novel’s plot, subject and…
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The life and the work, Martin Edmond

In Fifteen Minutes You Can Say A Lot: Selected Fiction Greville Texidor, (Kendrick Smithyman ed) Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776562268 All The Juicy Pastures: Greville Texidor And New Zealand Margot Schwass Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776562251 In April…
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Back to the future, Harvey Molloy

Where We Land Tim Jones The Cuba Press, $22.00, ISBN 9781988595023 Īnangahua Gold Kathleen Gallagher KingFisher Publishing $30.00 ISBN 978047345945I Small presses continue to publish some of our most exciting new fiction. Both Where We Land and Īnangahua Gold take…
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Marking time, Maggie Trapp

When It All Went To Custard Danielle Hawkins HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 9781775541417 The Julian Calendar William Henry Marsilio Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780958235556 What a difference a year can make. The plots of Danielle Hawkins’s When It All Went To Custard…
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Keeping it in the family, Tina Shaw

Necessary Secrets Greg McGee Upstart Press, $38.00, ISBN 9781988516639 Loving Sylvie Elizabeth Smither Allen and Unwin, $37.00, ISBN 9781988547114 Two recently-published novels explore inter-generational stories, yet there couldn’t be two more different treatments. (more…)
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Doors and mirrors, Alex Mitcalfe Wilson 

The Chosen One Joy H Davidson DHD Publishing, $27.00, ISBN 9780473448301 Harsu and the Werestoat Barbara Else Gecko Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776572199 The World of Greek Mythology Ben Spies Spies Publishing, $20.00, ISBN 9780473455866 Fantasy has always mattered to me.…
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Blank spaces, Tim Grgec

The Farewell Tourist Alison Glenny Otago University Press, $27.50, ISBN 978198853129 All of Us Adrienne Jansen and Carina Gallegos Landing Press, $22.00, ISBN 9780473451684 Louder Kerrin P Sharpe Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561964 Alison Glenny’s Kathleen Grattan Poetry award-winning…
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