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Black Spring
I've read that Miller is out of fashion at the moment. I can see why he might have been in fashion in just the same way as James Joyce and D H Lawrenc ...more
Oct 12, 2009
Feb 03, 2010
Exile and the Kingdom
Exile and the Kingdom consists of half a dozen short stories. Like Camus’s famous novel, each story deals with an outsider.

The first story presents u
Sep 2007
Sep 01, 2007
In The Wake
When I first decided to buy this novel it was because I believed it dealt with loss. It does but if loss is the disease then what are its symptoms? On ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
The Lighthouse
Reviews of this book are all over the place. I can see why people would give up on it. There really isn’t a likeable character in the whole book. That ...more
Mar 02, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
Ping Time & Other Tales of Revenge
What’s good about this collection is that a single tone permeates it rather than a theme. None of the protagonists are especially nice which might put ...more
Dec 14, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
The Plains
The Plains is a dense story about a filmmaker who spends years researching a film on the seemingly featureless Australian plains country and its peopl ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 01, 2007
Among Women Only
The title of this book in Italian is Tra donne sole which transliterates as ‘Among Single Women’. I’m not sure why R.W. Flint went with Among Women On ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
Tamarisk Row
Tamarisk Row is the story of a young boy growing up in Australia. He is a solitary-type and prefers to immerse himself in an imaginary world rather th ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Apr 01, 2012
Death with Interruptions
The premise here is not new. Depending on your age you’ll probably think of the 1934 film, Death takes a Holiday or its 1998 remake Meet Joe Black or, ...more
Dec 19, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
The Handmaid's Tale
I’ve been making a real effort to read more books by women. Some of the books I’ve picked from must-read lists; some I’ve just taken a chance on. The ...more
Oct 10, 2014
Oct 10, 2014
Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather
Gao Xingjian is another one of those Nobel Prize winners who, when the announcement came, we all went, “Eh?” And I do know that’s part of the point, t ...more
Dec 02, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
White Lady
I should probably say up front that Jessica and I are friends. I should add that I’m not the friend you turn to to ask if your bum looks too big in so ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 30, 2014
The Boy Who Kicked Pigs
I picked this book up a dozen times but never bought it. Thank God for Christmas and daughters. It's a grusome little work, a wonderful diversion. If ...more
Jan 2005
Aug 18, 2007
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
I think, for once, the brevity of this book does the subject matter a disservice. The short pieces were originally presented as 90-second interludes o ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 20, 2007
The Third Policeman
The real problem with this novel for contemporary readers is that it’s been done before. I’m not going to tell you what’s been done before but when th ...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 27, 2014
The Ministry of Fear
This is one of Greene’s “entertainments”. When I first started reading it the author who came to mind was Kafka but as I got into the book I started t ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
Little Hands Clapping
This is not a perfect book. The climax comes a little quickly at least it felt like that. It might have simply been me turning the pages at a ferociou ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
The Year of the Hare
Arto Paasilinna was working as a journalist, a job he found was growing "more superficial and meaningless" by the day and he was looking for a change. ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Apr 29, 2013
The Humans
There’s nothing new under the sun. If you’re a writer and you really want to depress yourself spend an hour or so (as I’ve just done) clicking through ...more
May 05, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
Night Boat
There is a lot of meditation in this book. A lot. A lot of what most people, westerners certainly, would regard as doing nothing and thinking about no ...more
Sep 22, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
This is Life
This is Life is a missing baby mystery and an enchanted Parisian adventure. Hand in hand with lovable heroine Aurelie Renard, you will see life as you ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
The Yellow Wallpaper
My first thought when it comes to this book has nothing whatsoever to do with its content. The cover of the Virago edition, a British press establishe ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 11, 2007
The Necrophiliac
Normalcy. We aspire to it. It’s the safe thing to be. Everyone wants to be normal, don’t they? But there’s a loophole, a get-out clause: Normal for me ...more
Nov 26, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
Thirst, like most words, doesn’t always mean dry-mouthed. Men with ‘a thirst on’ will drink long beyond the point of rehydration. This is clearly the ...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
Comedy in a Minor Key
When you read the history books it’s easy to forget that war is all about the most ordinary of people. There are far more foot soldiers than there are ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
On the surface, like the novellas of Jonathan Gould or Patrick Süskind’s The Story of Mr Sommer , this looks like it’s a kid’s book and, indeed, there ...more
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 15, 2014
The Bell Jar
I struggled with this book. I found it dated and that’s fine—it is of its time and were it an historical novel written today I’m sure its author would ...more
Nov 16, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
Dept. of Speculation
Ah, the best made plans…
My plan was to never get married. I was going to be an art monster instead. Women almost never become art monsters because art
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
“[Ice] won the science fiction book of the year after being nominated by Brian Aldiss. He has since admitted that he didn't really think it was SF, bu ...more
Nov 07, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
Briefing for a Descent Into Hell
I have a problem with the word ‘experimental’ because most experiments fail; it’s in their nature. When I use word ‘experiment’ here I mean a test to ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
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