Author Archives: Barbara Howe

The Traitor and the Thief

Category: Fantasy / steampunk Audience: Pre-teens and teens primarily, but a fun, light read for adults, too. Minimal violence and no sex or foul language. In The Traitor and the Thief, Gareth Ward’s debut novel, a fourteen-year-old boy named Sin … Continue reading

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Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body

Category: Hard Science Fiction/ Mystery Audience: Suitable for teens and up. No sex and minimal implied violence. In Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body by New Zealand-born author Simon Petrie, hard science fiction intersects with another of my … Continue reading

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ConClave3

ConClave3, New Zealand’s 39th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, was held this past weekend in Auckland. I did not, as I had hoped, win a Sir Julius Vogel award for either Best New Talent or Best Youth Novel (for … Continue reading

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Engine of Lies

He never promised happily ever after, but Lucinda is still dismayed by how quickly reality intrudes on her fairy tale. Assassination attempts and lightning strikes disturb her honeymoon, but the return home brings no peace of mind. When the discovery … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

Two weeks ago, the world lost a wonderful teacher. In her ninety years, Sarah Lucinda Davison Howe touched many lives. As a professional, early in her career she taught in the public schools and later gave music lessons out of … Continue reading

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WOW

We were down on the South Island this past week, taking a short family vacation before delivering our daughter to the University of Canterbury for the start of the school year. For me, the highlight of the trip was the … Continue reading

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Year of Wonders

Category: Historical fiction Age: Adult. Some violence, non-graphic sex, graphic descriptions of the effects of the disease. The year is 1665. Bubonic plague is sweeping through London. Further to the north, in Derbyshire, the plague comes to the mining village … Continue reading

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The Five Hundred Kingdoms

Category: Fantasy Age: Varies. Minimal violence, but a few sex scenes. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker for fairy tales. It shouldn’t be surprising then that Mercedes Lackey’s Five Hundred Kingdoms series appeals to me. In this fantasy world, … Continue reading

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Children of the Black Sun

Category: Fantasy Age: Adult. Violence, gore, sexual abuse, physical and psychological torture. Lots of it. What choices can you make when there are no acceptable choices left? That seems to be the question raised in Australian author Jo Spurrier’s Children … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays

It’s warm summer weather here in Wellington, with the pōhutukawa trees (also known as Kiwi Christmas trees) in full bloom. I don’t expect to be posting as regularly for the next couple of months—I’ve been working too hard, and want … Continue reading

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