Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New Zealand Book Month: These Are My People

March is New Zealand Book Month.

It's a great opportunity to discover something new, and NZ Book Month will even contribute towards your reading cause with a $5 Book Voucher, downloadable from their website.

New Zealand has a thriving speculative fiction community. Here are some of the books and authors  you may wish to check out:

"Mansfield With Monsters" by Debbie and Matt Cowens - Know those classics mashed up with zombies or vampires? "Mansfield With Monsters" is like that, but better, and with a New Zealand twist!

"Growing Disenchantments" by KD Berry - the sequel to "Dragon's Away"

The Chronicles of the Tree series by Mary Victoria - classic high fantasy.

The Wall of Night series by Helen Lowe - more classic high fantasy, by a Christchurch based author no less!

The New Zealand queen of the paranormal romance genre, Nalini Singh

"Ghost Hand" by Ripley Patton - fantasy for young adults

For more YA, there's Jane Higgin's "The Bridge"

Check out more of our own self-publishing authors Paul Mannering (horror), Pat Whitaker (science fiction), and Beaulah Pragg (fantasy)

For some science fiction, try Grace Bridges.

Huge in the fantasy genre are Jennifer Fallon, Russell Kirkpatrick, and Philippa Ballantine.

I am friends with some of these authors, have a passing acquaintance with others, and know others by reputation only, but I'm proud that all of them are associated with the New Zealand speculative fiction community. And these are authors who are novel producers! There are many of us involved in short fiction too. To find out more about us, head on over to SpecFicNZ's website.

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