Friday, October 28, 2016

A New Review from

Great Tales from Rural New Zealand
by Gordon McLauchlan

Amongst an impressive list of previous publications Gordon McLauchlan has already written a book of New Zealand historical stories, and another about the ports and shipping activities of the country’s past. Now he has collected an assortment of his pieces about rural life in New Zealand from the time when the Polynesians first arrived in canoes with their dogs and their rats and found a “Garden of Eden with no god, no humans, no apples for bait and certainly no serpents.” What they did find was luxurious forests, water and good, arable land which they, and those who followed them, began turning into farms. This book tells the stories about how it happened and those who made it so.
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

A New Review From

Mister Hamilton
by John Dickson

This is the first collection of poems from John Dickson in eighteen years, and it is worth the wait. Personally, I’m all for slow growth, and if there was ever a profession that required long and deep contemplation, it is probably that of poet.
   The twin virtues of what constitutes good writing, in my opinion, are clarity and flow. They allow for readability, and that is something I look for rather than the more difficult to define ‘literary merit’. John Dic
kson’s poems have both.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

A Snippet From Margaret Atwood

What Does Margaret Atwood Think Our Obsession With Dystopias Teaches Us?
WORDS Posted: October 16, 2016 “‘All dystopian novels are telling you to do is make sure you’ve got a lot of canned goods and a gun.’ Do you have canned goods and a gun in Toronto? ‘I’m too freaking old. I’m probably not going to make it through the zombie apocalypse anyway.'” Read the story at The Guardian (UK)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Two New FlaxFlower Reviews have been posted on

Title: This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art
Author: Anthony Byrt
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 978 1 86940 858 9
Available: bookshops

Title: Love & Magic
Author: John Hanlon
Publisher: Woven Words
ISBN: 9780992552435
Available: bookshops

Sunday, October 09, 2016

A First Review for The Forbidden Gene

By Pam Smith on September 24, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the second of Genesis Cotterell's
books I have read and while I enjoyed the
first, enough to read a second, I felt this
was even better. Half-blood Ryxin, Nayxana
Vasco, is found murdered in her home and
a man is taken into custody for her murder
with the police confident they have the right
man. However, not everyone feels the same
and, fresh back from a holiday in Ireland, PI,
Curtis McCoy, has a call from the man's son,              
saying he is convinced his father is not the
killer and asking him to investigate. With his trainee assistant, Janux Lennan, Curtis sets
out to uncover the truth. There are other killingsbefore the pair start to get close to the truth and the tension builds when they discover that Janux is on a hit list of Ryxin women, born with a particular gene - the forbidden gene.
The idea of a civilisation on earth co-creating with people from another planet and all the laws surrounding the two races is skilfully woven and highly believable. The book is dialogue driven, which makes it a pacey read and, certainly for me, extremely enjoyable.
Definitely watching out for book three.

My Latest Review on Amazon Kindle

By Lesley on October 5, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Being a fan of science fiction, I enjoyed reading this book.
It's along the lines of "District 9" - alien refugees and how
they have integrated (or not) with humans. I would describe
it as a science fiction romance with a few twists. I'm curious
to find out what happens to Curtis and 17, so will have to
get the next book.