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The gods gathering, John Dickson

Valparaiso Bob Orr Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869402820 Human Scale Tony Beyer Sudden Valley Press, $16.95, ISBN 0958368481 The first time I read these two books, I read fast to find out whether I would want to read them…
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Editorial — Issue 57

Poetry reviewing and the art of dullness Reviewing poetry is hard, harder probably than any other kind of reviewing. With fiction, there are (usually) characters and a plot to provide a starting point. With history, ecology, or economics, there are…
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Man in the dock, Lynley Hood

The Trials of Eric Mareo Charles Ferrall & Rebecca Ellis Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734328 Some crimes touch a collective nerve, trigger a collective outrage. The high-pitched intensity of the debate – the foam-flecked arguments, the inflammatory media stories,…
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Poem — Jessica Le Bas

driving back from Takaka she says I will have to get a tricky one this time cause you are a smarty-pants she looks out the window g for grass h for hills t for trees r for river I will…
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Holding the baby, Paula Boock

The Skeleton Woman: A Romance Renée Huia Publishers, $29.95, ISBN 1877283169 In a review of this, Renée’s fifth novel, the New Zealand Listener used the gratuitous headline “The one about the lesbian and the baby”. Shame on them. What it…
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Writing us up, Tom Brooking

Country of Writing: Travel Writing and New Zealand, 1809-1900 Lydia Wevers Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 186940271S New Zealand’s extreme isolation has always made it 
attractive to travellers. As the most remote destination on the globe it has always held…
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Summoning the shark, Catharina van Bohemen

the shark bell Christine Johnston Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018248 Halfway to Africa Bronwyn Tate University of Otago Press, $24.95, ISBN 187727626X The Shark Bell is the story of a summer in the late 1960s St St Clair’s Beach, Dunedin, told…
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Letters — Issue 57

Lauris Edmond’s “false voice” In her review of my Kin of Place (October 2002 issue), Elizabeth Webby comments: “His reading [of Lauris Edmond’s “The Lecture”] depends entirely on the assumption that the “I” of the poem is Lauris Edmond herself…
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Satire and sympathy, Sally Sutton

The Shag Incident Stephanie Johnson Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415019 When the playwright and academic Mervyn Thompson was abducted, branded a rapist, and tied to a tree by a group of feminists in 1984, I was eleven years old. I don’t…
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Children’s book awards finalists

Winners of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2003 will be announced on April 8. Finalists in the four categories are: Junior fiction: Buddy by V M Jones (HarperCollins); A Friend in Paradise by Des Hunt (HarperCollins); The Dragon’s…
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