Great Kiwi Reads

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?

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13 thoughts on “Great Kiwi Reads

  1. Woo! Couple of things.
    1. It’s totally cool to say you love the fonts in a book. It’s part of the feel of the thing, and that helps with the story 🙂
    2. Thanks heaps for the shout-out on my book! I’m glad that the werewolves were up to spec 😀

    1. They were, don’t worry 🙂 And glad I am not the only one who digs font stuff! I think a lot of people don’t bother with the fancy stuff in ebooks, so it’s always cool when I get my hands on a print book and see that extra effort has gone in 🙂

      1. When I was putting together the print copies of Night’s Favour, I *agonised* over the font choices and selection. I spent far, far too much time worrying about what characters to use for the section breaks, too. It made me hate myself a little 😀

  2. Great post. I’m looking forward to reading Night’s favour. Matt’s reading it at the moment and really enjoying it. I’m super-excited about The Wind City too. Wish I had an advanced copy.

    Thanks for the kind words and shout out for At the Bay. 🙂

    1. Hey, you’re totally welcome. I picked it up in support of you two, but then got totally wrapped up in it. It was awesome 🙂 Hope you enjoy Night’s Favour, and The Wind City too when it comes out!

  3. I am 20% of the way through Night’s Favour and I’m really enjoying it. Also, thank you for the kind words about At the Bay!

    1. Yay for established authors enjoying my stuff 🙂 When your mother likes it, you’re never sure if it’s legit, but when someone In The Trade ™ is enjoying it, it gives me a happy 😀

    1. Yup, the first two are out in ebook format, and The Wind City will be in both print and digital formats – though, I think you should get the print because you’ll be all ‘ohhhh pretty’ like me! LOL

  4. I’ve just started “Ghostland and Afterland” by Irish author Paul Murray. Loving it so far – picked up from withdrawn books at Howick Library. Definitely drawn by the cover of “The Wind City”, too.

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