This blog was going to be about how amazing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol 1) is, but I couldn’t get past the disparity in quality between the comic and the movie…
Utopia Avenue – David Mitchell
Much as I loved reading Utopia Avenue, as I turned over the last page, a small part of me couldn’t help but wonder …what if?
Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
If I were to draw up a sliding scale, with 'slightly unusual' on one end, and, 'completely unhinged from all conventional reality,' at the other; well, Gravity’s Rainbow is...
Piranesi – by Susanna Clarke
Piranesi’s particular gift is the haunting quiet it instils in your mind...
The importance of reading in the age of COVID.
2020 has been a weird year. I suppose that’s an understatement for a lot of people...
Some Christmas Book Suggestions
Tis the season to be jolly... as they say. Ordinarily, I'm not the biggest subscriber to the Christmas consumerism culture, a luxury I'm afforded by correct condom usage and a subsequent lack of children. This year's a little different though (I mean - obviously) and I think everyone needs to get out there and give everyone else a bit of win.
Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
So, the question faced, as I try to write a review of Infinite Jest is:- how do you write a review of Infinite Jest, without writing a book about Infinite Jest?
Dead Lions – Mick Herron
So, this is fun read. Simple as...
Death and the Penguin – Andrey Kurkov
Yes - in case you're wondering - I bought this book because it's called 'Death and The Penguin'. Simple as that. No big story. Can't say I'm overly familiar with Ukrainian fiction, or even that the name Andrey Kurkov rang any particular bell with me. I didn't even think, 'Ooh, like Batman.' I just got … Continue reading Death and the Penguin – Andrey Kurkov
The Starless Sea
If you're a fan of the fantasy genre, or grew up in the times after Harry Potter swept through the imagination of a generation, you've likely heard of Erin Morgenstern's first book, the indisputably wonderful, 'The Night Circus'. While The Starless Sea isn't quite as good as that (a book that I would certainly recommend … Continue reading The Starless Sea