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Introducing Derrida by Jeff Collins
Introducing Derrida
by Jeff Collins
read in July, 2016
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Very good - does a solid job of drawing out some key arguments and contextualising them. There's lots of illustrations, which makes it feel like you're reading the most high-brow children's book imaginable.

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Confrontations by Ernst Behler
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The bits I understood were interesting! I felt it gave me a flavour of the key differences between Derrida and Heidegger's interpretations of Nietzsche rather than allowing me to understand all the intricacies.

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Ice by Anna Kavan
Ice
by Anna Kavan
read in July, 2016
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The brutal and abusive narrator pursues a fragile ex-partner across a world undergoing a surreal apocalypse, a world being buried beneath walls of ice as mindless war continues regardless.

Sustains an otherworldly aesthetic throughout; sharp white and
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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
"The Buried Giant is a subtle and melancholy reflection on memory and forgetfulness and the roles they play both in the lives of individuals and those of countries and peoples. It is the kind of novel that yields up its secrets gradually, and it’s..." Read more of this review »
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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
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+ Lots of interesting ideas, very readable and far better than, say, Against a Dark Background.

- Far too many subplots going on: could have been half the length and would have been more exciting as a result
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“My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all, I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in our family is dead.”
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