Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Reviewed in Critic

Here's a two thumbs up review of Scott's To the Moon, in Seven Easy Steps. The book was launched earlier this year by Titus Books and you can order it from their website and bookshops like Parsons in Auckland, Unity in Wellington and UBS in Dunedin. Read Michael Steven's review here and read about the launch here. Click on the image to enlarge and read the review.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott's first book is one that you continually want to pick up and re-read. What he offers us in ‘To the Moon, in Seven Easy Steps’ is a truly diverse poetry book. The book includes more traditional short poems, longer prose poems and an academic travel log.

In the section 'The Archive is Open' Scott follows in the tradition of Harold Stewart’s Ern Malley, creating a fictional character Reverend Roger Rountree. This section shows Scott's liking for the fantastical but it is also a chance for the author to delve into his interest in NZ history and write poetry in a style different from his usual style (i.e. a more trad poetry style and writing on more spiritual topics).

There is disquiet or dissatisfaction in Scott's prose - mirroring the real contradictions in our world – e.g. goodness of the human spirit vs the atrocities taking place in the world (see the poem 'Katyn').

One gets the feeling that every word is carefully chosen in this book and the prose has a quiet lyrical quality and natural rhythm. It really is a book that everyone can find something in it that they enjoy and something to challenge them.

I hope it gets some good recognition and there are many more books to come!

12:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made a serious effort to buy the book when I was in Christchurch but it doesn't seem to be available there anywhere... will have to do the internet order thing when my expired Visa gets renewed.

2:34 pm  
Blogger Skyler said...

We'll have to get on to the Titus Books sales team and get it into christchurch book stores. You can order it online - think you may be able to send them a chq too if your visa isn't working.

3:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually a visa's no good! titus hasn't yet made it to the 21st century; cheque, cash, bank direct debit, or just promise to give us the money sometime when we'll see you and I'll send you a copy. [muzzlehatch]

5:57 pm  

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