Books

Humans' extraterrestrial existence examined

Humans' extraterrestrial existence examined

I recently read two chunky, contemporary science fiction epics over a month: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, and Neal Stephenson's Seven Eves.

Reimagining of J.M. Barrie's classic tale set in sexual counterculture

Reimagining of J.M. Barrie's classic tale set in sexual counterculture

I have to admit to feeling a few moments of doubt about the palatability of Lost Boi for mainstream readership after looking at the author's profile (Sassafras Lowrey describes herself as a straight edge queer punk who has been honoured by, among others, the National Leather Foundation).

Story examines challenge to rural conventions

Story examines challenge to rural conventions

In 1970s rural New Zealand, sharemilkers are a regular part of the dairy farming community.

Solid history of New Zealand in WW1

Solid history of New Zealand in WW1

The latest World War 1 book is also one of the biggest.

A rich history

A rich history

The east coast of the South Island is a little bit special, writes Linda Burgess in this extract from her book, Historic Churches: A Guide to Over 60 Early New Zealand Churches.

Challenging historical story

Little Rachel Rabinowitz lives in a tiny apartment in New York with her brother Sam and her parents. The time is 1919.

Overlooked, Dambusters slipped below radar

It was little wonder the Dambusters unit carried the gruesome tag ''the suicide squadron''. Of the 133 airmen who set out on the raid on the three Ruhr dams in 1943, just 73 returned.

Personal and global perspectives

Oamaru born novelist Fiona Farrell has been a Cantabrian for many years, so I was looking forward to reading her response to the quakes.

Tale ticks all the way to climax

London, 1883. Irish nationalists are carrying out terrorist actions and the police and Home Office are at a loss to discover the maker of their bombs.