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Five novella-length stories are included in this new collection. The stories cover a wide range of intriguing narratives - myth, historical fiction, contemporary comedy, drama, and science fiction. Passionate, humorous, and sometimes provocative writing. NZ Interest.
This title is also offered as part of the Narrative Muse Book Club.
Comments from Groups
Finely crafted, diverse range of stories. Everyone enjoyed this book and intend reading more of this author. Hikurangi 001
Not exactly enjoyed but all agreed a master writer with stories to tell. Nelson 023
We especially enjoyed the [stories] set in Ihimaera's background of Waituhi and the East Coast area, which gave us an insight into the Maori way of life. Coromandel 002
We were astounded that an author could write in so many different genres. Mixed reactions - some loved it others not so much. Wrote from the heart- emotional. Auckland 256
Quite a number of us skipped some of the stories, some regretting that they did so once the discussion started as they felt they missed out. We all enjoyed his writing. Pukekohe 001
Good to read some Witi again. 'Medicine Women' seemed to be the best read. Otaki 001
We all thought Ihimaera such a talented writer. Great Kiwi feel to all the stories. The space story 'Dead of Night' was the only one not liked. Christchurch 229
Maori stories enjoyed the most - good discussion. Masterton 005
We all enjoyed the book and felt some stories could have been novels.
Mixed reception. Most people enjoyed some sections, and acknowledged the author's writing ability.
Enjoyed by all. We are keen to read more of his books.
An accomplished writer made the read a good one, but we would have preferred more about the places visited and less about the rocky marriage!
Some found it hard to get into but those who finished it highly recommended it, so those who didn't finish kept their books to complete it.
A lively discussion. Some enjoying the short stories, others believing his writing is overrated.
This was enjoyed by the group, with the exception of the middle part which was felt to be out of step with the rest of the book. The notes were particularly good.
We were pleasantly surprised to enjoy a collection of short stories - most members said they did not usually read them. We all think Witi is an amazing writer, and thought provoking.
Enjoyed by all. A book all New Zealanders should read. We all thought 'Medicine Woman' was our favourite, then 'I've Been Thinking of You, Sister'. Great discussion.
There was a mixed response within the group in the enjoyment of the stories and the book as a whole, which led to plenty of good discussion.
Varied responses. Lots of discussion with only a small group of 5 members. People either loved or loathed the different stories. Interesting.
An interesting range of stories of varying lengths and topics. Most people found 2-3 that they really liked.