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I've collated a number of reviews of this unusual novel,
including one by regular ERBzine contributor, John Martin.
John's review differs a fair bit from most of the others featured.
Complying with the wishes of ERB, Inc., the publisher
re-issued a revised edition of the popular book in 2011.
The re-issue came out under a different title -- Jungle Rock Blues -- and with different character names.
Excerpts from this book appear at
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“Each new book from Nigel Cox is a surprise. But Jungle Rock Blues is a wild, slow-motion astonishment. – Bill Manhire
“...Nigel Cox's fourth novel has me jumping up and down excitedly because I can't believe how good it is. To take such an unlikely attention-getting idea and to develop it into such an intelligent book it's like seeing someone suddenly make a successful film of Lord of the Rings in Miramar. ...This whole book rings true. It's superbly written and utterly original." – David Larsen, The NZ Herald
“Nigel Cox was born in 1951 and died of cancer in 2006. One of the leading NZ writers of his generation, he was the author of six novels and an essay collection. For many years a bookseller at Unity Books Wellington and Auckland, he also had an important career in museum development as part of the project teams that created Te Papa and the Jewish Museum Berlin, where he spent five years, returning in 2005 to New Zealand and to Te Papa as Director of Experience.
“Jungle Rock Blues, Nigel’s fourth novel, was released in 2004 to rave reviews from readers and critics, and was a runner-up at the 2005 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
His fifth, Responsibility, was a runner-up in 2006, and his sixth, The Cowboy Dog, was published posthumously in 2006. Phone Home Berlin: Collected Non-Fiction appeared in 2007.
Sublimely imaginative, it defied all expectations. There's nothing superficial about this tale and the deeper you become entangled in the clever and romantic story the more you believe. Well, perhaps you suspend disbelief momentarily in order to discover whether the giant wetas ultimately devour the entire New Zealand population with the oozing poison. Or see Tarzan deal with the Colonel. Or wonder how he keeps his loincloth fastened with the adulation of 50's and 60's American teens. Nigel Cox is no slouch and he takes you on a journey that you will find hard to escape. It still makes me smile, three months after finishing this lovely read. ~ Amazon Review
ERBzine Editor Note:
I did a news item on this book in my News section at the time it was first released
– I don’t do that news section any longer since I now put all this stuff into our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
I also plugged it in the SWAG section where I also reprinted a review.
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