Trade Me the Novel, by Geoff Vause (Tauiwi, $25):
There’s been quite a buzz both online and off about this book, which delves into the world of auction website Trade Me as a basis for its plot.
A trader auctions off her father’s jacket, not knowing it contains something important. The story then follows the jacket’s travels as it is passed between traders and the efforts of a pair of industrial spies chasing the jacket.
Parts of the book were good, with a fast-paced story and some real humour. However, a lot of the characters felt far too two-dimensional for me to want to make the effort to care about them.
There’s a lot of chat on the Trade Me message board about the book and many real-life traders seem to be excited by it.
However, I think that may be more to do with the fact that they can relate to the trading side of it rather than the characters.
Unless, of course, there’s a seedy underworld of traders bonking one another with gay abandon.
I’d give this one blue feedback.