Books

Weta chronicles truly two out of the box

There will be many a whispered ''my precious'' when Weta fans get their hands on the new two-volume The Art of Film Magic - 20 years of Weta.

Young adult round-up

Mr Edward K. Bear, eventually known as Teddy One-Eye (one eye being accidentally bitten off and swallowed), came into Boy's life at the time his brother was born.

Short tales offer slices of the supernatural

So many ghost stories, so few ghosts?

What is veiling?

What is veiling?

In this academic but accessible work, University of Sydney Arabic and Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer seeks to ''offer an overview and an appreciation of the complex history and meanings of ''Muslim veiling'' , one of the ''most visible signs of Islam'' but also its ''most debated and least understood practice''.

The world of fire & ice

If ever there was a book for the Christmas present pile, this is it.

Crazy characters and strangely enticing scenarios merge here

Crazy characters and strangely enticing scenarios merge here

Auckland-based writer, playwright and documentary maker Julie Hill has branched out on her own with ShameJoy (Schadenfreude), a collection of nine short stories commenting on aspects of contemporary popular culture.

Guide to finding Middle-earth

Guide to finding  Middle-earth

The wild and remote landscape of Southland's Mararoa Saddle (pictured) provides a backdrop for the escape of the dwarves from Erebor in the prologue of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Merry Christmas Snoopy!

Merry Christmas Snoopy!

Charlie Brown is sure Christmas is going to be miserable.

Peter Rabbit's Christmas collection

Peter Rabbit's Christmas collection

Beatrix Potter's mischievous rabbits and mice make a Christmas comeback in this beautiful collection of stories, letters and illustrations.

Edmond's childhood world revisited

Edmond's childhood world revisited

In a recent interview with Simon Comber, Martin Edmond described how his prose voice first came to him when he was speaking at his father's funeral: ''I do remember that moment in the church in Greytown as a descent from above of something into my body and then it coming out my mouth as a voice. And I was comfortable with that and I still am. I consider it to be the voice of my prose and perhaps the one that I'm using now.''