Category Archives: Fantasy and Science Fiction

April 07

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The television series for American Gods is about to be released, so I wanted to finish the sort-of sequel before it was spoiled for me in the stream of internet review of the earlier book. It’s excellent, but I’d note it barely counts as a sequel to American Gods. The main character, initially, is Charlie, […]

March 24

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology doesn’t contain new stories: if you are familiar with the source material, then you’ve heard each tale before. What’s appealing about this collection, particularly in the audiobook, is that Gaiman puts his own spin on the characters. His Thor is, to me at least, like a character out of a classic British comedy. […]

March 22

Which New Zealand Authors Have Positively Impacted Your Reading Life?

When I read that Murray Ball had passed away about ten days ago, I remembered how much I was into his Footrot Flats comics when I was a kid. In fact I remember when I spent a week in hospital when I was in grade six, my parents and everyone buying me all those little […]

December 16

Reading Diary: to the end of 2016

Well, I’ve been gone for months apparently… I’ve been experimenting with podcasting a lot, and so I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts and reading far less, but to round out the year, I’ve finished some wonderful books. A few were reviewed on their own, and for those I’ll just link across. Autobiography of […]

July 24

Invisible Man Fiction, Love to Be Invisible! You May Not After Reading/Watching These!

Since you were a kid you’ve dreamt of nothing better than being able to be in the same room as that certain someone you like as they get undressed with them having no idea you’re even there. Or maybe as you go older you wanted to listen in on confidential conversations, get stock or business […]

July 18

The Book of Lies

The Book of Lies by James Moloney. Post by Brooke Hawthorn. When I first picked up “The Book of Lies”, I was captivated from the first chapter. The adventure on which our main characters embark is exciting and with so many secrets and half-truths, the story is compelling to the very last page. When a […]

July 08

The Invisibles by Grant Morrision

Literature is meant to allow you access to the life experience of others. That’s a big claim, but if the only think you can say about a book is that it was amusing, then it wasn’t really about anything, and you could have read a better book, which both amused and attempted something deeper. The Invisibles […]

June 13

Supergod by Warren Ellis

Supergod is about the end of the world. A scientist responsible for the destruction of humanity sits, drunk and high, speaking into a communication device which appears to be a tape recorder. He recounts the arms race that led to the apocalypse. Several nations built “gods”, and these gods went to war. Each one breaks […]

April 29

Saga: the book which will convince you to read graphic novels

So, for the last few years I’ve advocated strongly that all the staff in my library, and all of our Book coasters readers, should at least try the graphic novel format. I’ve talked about four-color heroes and  biographies of concentration camp survivors, surreal dark fantasy and nostalgic Americana,  Biblical interpretations and Tori Amos lyrics, books […]

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

by Claire North Wow. When someone at my book club recommended this I was less than excited, it was described as a science fiction time travel meets end of the world novel. Not really my genres. However from page one I was hooked. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August  is so clever, it is […]