I’ve been reading a bunch of stuff from New Zealand writers this last week, so wanted to give a shout out to some of the great fiction coming out of Aotearoa.
The first book I read was Night’s Favour, the debut novel by Richard Parry. It has werewolves, and action, and cop stuff, and witty banter between friends, with a slice of romance on the side. I really enjoyed it, and it was AWESOME to read a werewolf book where they aren’t sexy and lusty and saturated with romance and bleh (not that there is anything wrong with that,  I’m just sick of werewolves not being wolfish and primal and raw). I think I must now go in search of more werewolf books that are werewolf books and not YA or paranormal romance, because it was a really nice change.
Night’s Favour is a very easy read, and Parry has a great style that should appeal to a broad range of people. Well worth checking out.
Next on the list was At the Bay of Chtulhu by the awesome Matt and Debbie Cowens, of Mansfield with Monsters fame. I have to admit that I still haven’t read any of Katherine Mansfield’s original works (only the Cowen’s versions), and I’m not overly familiar with Lovecraft’s stuff either (however I am going to have to change that stat). I enjoyed the hell out of this novella, more than I thought I would! It was dark and creepy and intriguing and I could have done with a lot more. MORE I SAY! A delicious story.
Last, but certainly not least, I’ve started in on the juicy gem that I received in the mail end in the weekend from Steam Press – an advanced copy of The Wind City by another debut author, Summer Wigmore.
I saw the cover a few weeks back and thought it was gorgeous – it’s even better in print, actually the whole design of the book is lovely and that’s something I really appreciate about Steam Press. They obviously take a lot of time and care into making their books different from the rest, and they have a really special quality to them.
(Is it totally weird and nerdy of me to say that I adore the font used for the page numbering? It’s like the numbers are both floating on air AND drifting in the sea. Totally cool. And there are these beautiful partial images above the chapter numbers… it’s lovely, really. Yeah okay, I’m a weirdo…).
Anyway, so far I am only a few chapters into the book, but I am loving it. The characters are unique and jump right off the page, and it’s so awesome to see a book set in Wellington (one of my favourite cities in NZ), which taps into local mythology. If it continues the same way it has started out, this could well end up being my favourite Steam Press book to date.
I think you should definitely check it when it hits the shelves in November. I can’t wait to get deeper into it.
So, that’s what I’ve been reading this week! What about you?