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A Wolf at the Table
If you've read and enjoyed Burroughs' 'Running With Scissors' then there's really no excuse for not reading 'A Wolf at the Table' - purely because it ...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 25, 2008
Talking Smack: Honest Conversations About Drugs
Drugs and musicians go together. At least, that's the popular wisdom. A couple of the interviewees in this collection of face-to-face interviews quest ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 24, 2014
Don't Look Now
I must admit my purchase of this book was dictated by the knowledge that its titular short story was the basis for Nic Roeg's film Don't Look Now - a ...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
Based purely on how he seems to come across in interviews, I'd avoided reading any Thomas Kenneally. I had always suspected that his books would be a ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
American Tabloid
The first in another history-minded trilogy, American Tabloid unpicks the hem of the myth of Camelot while keeping an eye on the main chance. The pros ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
You Only Live Twice (James Bond, #12)
In this story, a bereaved Bond is coming close to the end. By screwing up missions (probably not aided by the references to drinking a pint of bourbon ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Jan 07, 2009
Virtual Light (Bridge, #1)
So I'm continuing the Gibson jag I'm on. This one's the first in the Bridge trilogy, another set of novels set in a future dystopia. This time, though ...more
May 14, 2015
May 12, 2015
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
Five down, two more to go. Well, assuming they're ever finished, that is. But it does feel pretty good to have reached this point - that's a lot of dr ...more
Aug 15, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
How to be Danish: A Short Journey into the Mysterious Heart of Denmark
A brief overview of what outsiders would consider 'Danish' - design, the welfare state, a closely-held monoculture, dark crime shows - that whets the ...more
Dec 24, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
The Difference Engine
I've been on a bit of a Gibson jag of late, so I figured I'd revisit this, his distinctly non-cyberpunk collaboration with Bruce Sterling. I'd read it ...more
May 31, 2015
May 18, 2015
Jack Maggs
Peter Carey became one of my favourite authors from my HSC study of Oscar and Lucinda. I suspect the reason behind this was that that work was set in ...more
Mar 29, 2015
Feb 21, 2015
The Watch Tower
This isn't really a book I can say I enjoyed. It's masterfully written, yes, and lives up to the forgotten treasure billing Harrower's works have been ...more
Sep 28, 2014
Sep 20, 2014
The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands
I began reading this travellers' survey of the Caribbean islands because it was mentioned in Live and Let Die as required reading for James Bond on vo ...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jun 15, 2013
How to Wrap Five More Eggs: Traditional Japanese Packaging
Beautifully-photographed record of wrapping - both sophisticated and rustic - from Japan. Clear, timeless photography and just enough text. This book ...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 20, 2013
Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness
You know the Simpsons episode where Monty Burns runs a casino and lives in his room, afeared of Freemason-spruiking germs and wearing Kleenex boxes on ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
Blood's A Rover
Well, JFK, MLK and RFK were all dead by the time this book began, so I was wondering where it would go. Who else could be offed? Thankfully, foreign c ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
God Explained in a Taxi Ride
I received this as a gift. I'm not sure that it's the kind of thing that I'd pay for, but I am very glad that I read it.

It is, by turns, both enlighte
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 26, 2008
The Paradise Motel
Following a read of The Mysterium , I decided to reread McCormack's first book. It was the first of his I'd read, years ago, after I discovered that ...more
Nov 16, 2013
Oct 23, 2008
The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women
Hard on the heels of my reading of My Dark Places comes this, a second exploration of the role of women in author James Ellroy's life.

You probably wo
Oct 16, 2014
Oct 14, 2014
Setting Free the Bears
I first read this book when I was about 14. It seemed amazing back then, as it was an excursion into history and kinda-sorta sex and the road and moto ...more
Nov 08, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
American Psycho
Part of me wants to tag this as some kind of monied update of Poe's 'The Imp Of The Perverse'. It's not quite suitable yet at the same time eminently ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
The Adventures Of Dr. McNinja (Volume 1)
Even if this collection of stories existed as an idea only, it would still be the greatest idea in the history of humanity.

Mar 29, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and Death
First, I am a long-time Lovecraft fan. For years I've dug his ability - despite his Poe-aping turgid prose - to convey something unique, the ripples o ...more
Jan 18, 2014
Dec 31, 2013
Selections from Paroles
This is a truncated selection - whittled down by Ferlinghetti, its translator - of Prévert's 1946 selection of poems Paroles. The works inside are all ...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
Three to See the King
Magnus Mills' Three to See the King isn't what you'd call a trying read. I finished it in the space of two brief train journeys. It's less than demand ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
The Wasp Factory
All those readers who think Irvine Welsh the most shocking eruption on the Scottish literature scene probably haven't read The Wasp Factory. I mean, d ...more
Jul 06, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
Seven Japanese Tales
Japanese culture, when compared to what's generally passed off as Western culture, seems to be a little off. That's not a value judgement, but an obse ...more
Apr 2015
Apr 05, 2015
Uzumaki, Vol. 2
The second volume of Ito's spiral-obsessed work is wilder, less controlled than the first. It's not as tightly wound or slow-burning as the first coll ...more
Apr 19, 2015
Apr 18, 2015
Uzumaki, Vol. 1
I'd heard about Ito's manga a long time before I saw any of it. But from what I'd read - once you bypass the "hey, Japan is crazy weird, right?" stuff ...more
Apr 18, 2015
Apr 17, 2015
Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show
If you know what ero-guro is, you know what you're getting into with Suehiro Maruo's work. He's one of the most well-known artists working in this are ...more
Aug 05, 2015
Aug 04, 2015
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