Transported should also become available in other ebook formats soon: in particular, it should soon be available for Sony’s Kobo reader, which is sold by Whitcoulls in New Zealand.
More about Transported
There are 27 stories in Transported, including stories which were selected for Best New Zealand Fiction and for the Penguin Book Of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories. Here’s a couple of extracts from reviews of the book:
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.
The originality, gentle humour and sheer variety in this collection makes it clear why former Southlander Tim Jones was long-listed for the 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award alongside established New Zealand writers Elizabeth Smither and Witi Ihimaera and Sue Orr.
The easy blending of genres and assured writing means stories like The New Neighbour[s], with its satirical take on an insular kiwi community’s reaction to new immigrants, has appeal beyond its science fiction origins.
There is an amused and kindly glow to the telling, making the commentary all the more pointed.
In other news…
I was honoured that “Books In The Trees” was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by Helen Lowe – thank you, Helen! I’m not taking part in this myself, at least not right away, because of how excessively busy I am – but it is still very nice to be recognised in this way.