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In the Winter Dark – Tim Winton

In the Winter Dark is a short Australian novel set somewhere out in the country in fairly modern times. Its an exploration of the bonds that tie neighbours, of geography, … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doing a MOOC

I’ve not been posting much because I’m currently doing a MOOC on understanding and analysing SF&F so am spending most of my reading time on the reading list. Whilst its … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

2014 Man Booker Shortlist – My picks

Over the last few weeks I’ve read the shortlist, as I’ve always intended to in previous years. There was one big disappointment: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, one … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee

The last of the Man Booker 2014 Shortlist prize books, finished the evening before the results are announced. The Lives of Others is a book about family, business and revolution … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris

To Rise Again is the Man Booker shortlist book I’ve been least impressed by. Its supposedly witty and a commentary on modern life, however its very much a self-absorbed, miserable … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

J – Howard Jacobson

I enjoyed this exploration of how human society functions and who we really are. It is a near-future dystopian world, in which something has happened which is gradually revealed through … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Beka Cooper: The Doggy Books- Tamora Pierce

Mark Reads is at the end of Tortall! Its been quite a two years, reading them along and listening to Mark Read to laugh at his unpreparedness. We finished on … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is book 3 of my Man Booker shortlist readalong. Its much heavier going than the first two, although arguably still a coming of … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

How to be both – Ali Smith

How to be both is my second book in my Man Booker shortlist read, and also the second coming of age book. This meant I already felt a bit jaded … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Authority – Jeff VanderMeer

Authority is the second book in the Southern Reach Trilogy (after Annihilation) and builds on this world. It remains a near-future, earth-based (probably) book, in which something has happened. The … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

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