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The Thing about Thugs
3.34
First and foremost, Tabish Khair’s novel, The Thing About Thugs, is a great read. Both literary and accessible with beautiful writing and colourful ch...more
Oct 12, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
 
Beyond the Frame's Edge
3.69
I think what's interesting about a first novel is how you are introduced to a clear set of the author's concerns. It is perhaps the book they have bee...more
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Nov 22, 2013
 
Mouthing the Words
3.64
Funny. I've had a couple of books that are taking me ages to read. But I found a copy of Camilla Gibb's Mouthing the Words in a crazy op shop on Redfe...more
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
 
Candy
4.03
Soon after arriving in Australian in 1999, I came across Luke Davies's wonderful book of poetry, Running with Light. I always meant to pick up 'Candy'...more
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May 03, 2014
 
How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position
3.47
A book review is never objective but when I know the person who has written it, it becomes less so. Not that I would be untruthful, exaggerate or over...more
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May 05, 2014
 
The Zigzag Way
2.88
At university, with the incomparable Geoffrey Eathorne as our professor for our Commonwealth Literature course at Trent University in Canada, I read A...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
The Harp In The South
3.98
I wonder where Plymouth Street, Surry Hills is, the setting of Ruth Park's 'The Harp in the South'. I can almost imagine it only a block away, perhaps...more
Jan 2012
Dec 14, 2012
 
Gentlemen of the Road
3.40
Michael Chabon is one of those names that I scan bookshelves for, all on the basis of one book: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. It was a...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
Are You My Mother?
3.63
I found "Fun House" compelling reading so when I found out that Alison Bechdel had published another graphic novel, I went down to my gay and lesbian...more
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
 
Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East
3.83
I like to think it's a compliment to a book if I'm interested enough in it, engaged or enraged, in order to want to write a review.

I also think (and...more
Nov 15, 2012
Jan 31, 2013
 
Calendar Boy
3.44
Calendar Boy was my first book of short stories, with many of the stories having been published in other collections of gay fiction (in that lost age...more
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Nov 08, 2011
 
Back When We Were Grownups
3.48
I've read a few Anne Tyler novels, way back when, and obviously liked them enough to keep returning to them. She creates memorable, fully-dimensional...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
 
The Poisonwood Bible
3.98
After hearing about this book for years, I stumbled across a copy in a charity story and grabbed it. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I migh...more
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Apr 13, 2012
 
You or Someone Like You
3.19
I do like the process of reviewing, as it helps me organise thoughts, pay more attention, and try to delve into material in an intelligent way. Yet so...more
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Dec 15, 2013
 
Strong Motion
3.50
In Jonathan Franzen’s 1992 novel, ‘Strong Motion’, we see the prodigious talent that would bring him worldwide fame with ‘The Corrections’ and the mor...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 12, 2013
 
Phantom Limb
4.00
Phantom Limb is a book of poety with shifts of voice and perspective to keep things lively - he inhabits Montaigne in one long poem, and in another, e...more
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Mar 04, 2012
 
The Funnies
3.63
I thought the premise was strong: a death in the family, taking on new responsibilities, a parody of the 'Family Circus' cartoon that I'd grown up wit...more
May 25, 2014
May 24, 2014
 
The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered
4.10
(Original review is here: http://andyquan.com/?p=65)

Books are years in the making, and it was a few years ago that Tom Cardamone, asked whether I’d be...more
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Jan 10, 2011
 
Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone
4.31
I read Eduardo Galeano's Memory of Fire trilogy when I was in my late teens. I wore it with pride, as it seemed to represent a lot of what I wanted to...more
Mar 13, 2013
Jan 12, 2013
 
Work Life: New Poems
3.33
Poetry is mostly undercover these days, so I think it's interesting how you stumble across a book. I happened to be at a reading in Glebe in Sydney, A...more
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Jan 10, 2011
 
Season Of Anomy
4.07
It's been so many years, I don't know why this book out of the many books I read in university, I remember. It was part of a course on 'Commonwealth L...more
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Oct 19, 2011
 
The Reader
3.69
Beautiful book. I think I give it a 4.5.

Challenging, philosophical, engaging.

I liked the style of prose: direct, unshowy.

Couldn't get the movie out of...more
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Apr 13, 2012
 
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
3.94
Ha ha ha!
Oct 2013
Jan 09, 2014
 
Slant
4.50
Slant was my first book of poems - it was so exciting to be published. Silas White of Nightwood Editions did an amazing job as my editor. The voice of...more
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Jan 10, 2011
 
Swallowing Clouds: An Anthology of Chinese-Canadian Poetry
3.75
I had great fun co-editing this collection - and mainly due to the poets included. It's a wide range of diverse voices from so many different types of...more
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Jan 10, 2011
 
Bowling Pin Fire
5.00
Hey. Bowling Pin Fire was my last book of poetry - I think the description here sums it up pretty well. More information about the book and some revie...more
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Jan 10, 2011
 
Six Positions: Sex Writing by Andy Quan
4.57
Hi. Six Positions was my collection of gay erotica and sex writing, published through Green Candy Press. Many of the stories appeared in the "Best Gay...more
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Jan 10, 2011
 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
4.05
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Jan 10, 2011
 
A Cup of Light
3.69
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Jun 22, 2012
 
Way of the Winding Path: A Map for the Labyrinth of Life
4.20
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Jan 10, 2011
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