In the week that Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his Oscar, I’ve had my own brush with a literary form of Inception: my novella “Landfall” has been reviewed in Landfall magazine (well, to be fair, the review is in the associated Landfall Review Online, but you get the point.)
Reviewer Michelle Elvy sets the scene:
The book opens with twin torpedoes sinking a rickety Bangladeshi river ferry carrying refugees just off the coast of New Zealand; and it follows two characters in alternating chapters towards an inevitable encounter with each other. We are first introduced to Nasimul, who survives not only the loss of his wife and son but also the sinking of the ferry and the ensuing firestorm of the determined New Zealand navy and finds himself, by the end of the first chapter, clinging to a remnant from a lifeboat, floating on the tide towards shore. The tone shifts dramatically when we come to the second chapter, in which we meet foul-mouthed Donna, a new and inexperienced recruit in the Shore Patrol who shows little potential but a good deal of enthusiasm.
and ends her review by saying:
Whether Nasimul and Donna will survive is one question, but also looming large at the heart of this timely tale is the dark space where fear of the unknown is met by firepower. Tim Jones deftly tackles the big themes of racism and xenophobia in the small space of this novella, and the reader is left with the unsettling knowledge that the problems that manifest in the littoral zone between first-world bravado and the needs of the rest of the world will not wash away with the tide.
For the most part, she likes what she reads, and as the author I found her review incisive and thought-provoking.
How to buy Landfall
- You can buy Landfall as a standalone ebook – right now, it’ll cost you $2.90 (US).
- You can also buy it in the Shortcuts: Track 1 anthology of six New Zealand speculative fiction novellas, edited by Marie Hodgkinson, available in ebook or paperback format.
Right, my path is clear. What should I start work on next: new literary novella “The Listener”, Donald Trump biography “The New Yorker”, or that adorable tale of a child who gets mixed up between his Grandpa and his Grandpa’s first name, a little thing I like to call “Granta”?