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Good review for "Transported" in New Zealand Books

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joulukuu 10, 2008, 5:36 pm

I feel slightly weird about posting this, but my short story collection Transported has got such a good review in the journal "New Zealand Books" that I decided I wanted to share it with you! The reviewer Isa Moynihan said:

"That 16 of the 27 stories in Tim Jones's collection Transported were previously published in magazines and anthologies including Best New Zealand Fiction 4 (2007) testifies to their appeal to both editors and readers. They contrast brilliantly with the other two collections (she reviews in this issue) not only in variety of style and genre but also in originality of ideas. There are satire and surrealism; dystopias and parables; 19th century pastiches and contemporary vernacular – sometimes juxtaposed, as in "The Visit of M. Foucault to His Brother Wayne". And all spangled with literary references and other, sometimes arcane, allusions ….

Other targets for Jones's skewering wit are politics, corporations, advertising, xenophobia, pretentious lit crit and (my favourite) the invasion of the local arts scene by bureaucracy and commercial jargon. In "Said Sheree", poets are ranked in tiers "for funding purposes" and are reassessed and reclassified every autumn. Both "Win a Day with Mikhail Gorbachev" and "Best Practice" give us caricatures of the worst excesses of corporate values in the best traditions of brilliant cartoonists ….

So, dazzling and highly entertaining and, for that reason, somewhat lacking in the canonical requirements of depth and layering. But sometimes an epigram says more than an essay."

I cut a few sentences out, but they were positive too. Getting this review was a nice early Christmas present!

(New Zealand Books, is an excellent journal, full of long articles about New Zealand writers and writing - I've been a subscriber for several years. There's more info about it at if you're interested)

joulukuu 11, 2008, 2:38 am

How wonderful for you. I saw a review somewhere else and meant to link it for you but forgot. I hope it results in many more sales for you. ☺

joulukuu 11, 2008, 3:34 am

Thanks, Otakuu! There was a good review in the Southland Times, so that might have been it.

joulukuu 11, 2008, 12:24 pm

Yes, it was in the Southland Times. I am glad you know about it.

joulukuu 11, 2008, 12:51 pm

Congratulations Tim, you must be thrilled!!

maaliskuu 15, 2009, 2:35 am

Tim I have been thoroughly enjoying Transported, I have enjoyed picking it up and delving into the various stories. I will be loaning it to my Mum (who has excellent taste in books) and will look out for more of your works - I feel a trip to Unity coming on.

maaliskuu 15, 2009, 7:06 am

Thanks very much, SpicyCat - I'm glad to hear you're enjoying Transported, and I hope your Mum does too! I think Unity still has my latest poetry collection All Blacks' Kitchen Gardens - please let me know if it doesn't & you'd like a copy.