Books

The Unlimited Dream Company

3 minute read

Among my favourite novels by J.G. Ballard, this silly romp through suburban sexual repression glitters with a sinister wit.

Gods of Metal

4 minute read

This short piece of non-fiction should chill the spines of everyone, whether they are pragmatic about nuclear weapons or terrified of them.

Inherent Vice: A Short Review

5 minute read

A short review of the Paul Thomas Anderson adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice.

The Martian by Andy Weir

4 minute read

A review of The Martian by Andy Weir. A novel about an astronaut abandoned on Mars. In fact, he has survived. But how on Earth (Mars?!) will he get home?

Glow by Ned Beauman

3 minute read

A modern novel about a party drug and some foxes, among other things. Very funny indeed.

Building Brains

7 minute read

A garbled post about thinking about thinking; taking in David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King”, pictures of ghosts on Instagram, and teaching computers to lo...

All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

2 minute read

A single moment of carelessness irreversibly transforms a life in Evie Wyld’s second novel All The Birds, Singing.

High-Rise

5 minute read

“Let the psychotics take over. They alone understood what was happening.”

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

3 minute read

A short review of “The Ocean At The End Of The Lane” by Neil Gaiman. Also veers a little into befuddled wonderment about brains and memory.

Point Omega

3 minute read

A review of Don Delillo’s “Point Omega”, a confusing little novella.

Skios

4 minute read

A review of Michael Frayn’s “Skios”, a good little beach read.

Hawksmoor

6 minute read

Multiple time lines and murderous shenanigans in Peter Ackroyd’s “Hawksmoor”.

The Marriage Plot

2 minute read

A novel about love and growing up set in the privileged world of US academia in the early eighties.

On Pynchon

6 minute read

A new novel by Thomas Pynchon was recently announced, here’s why I love his books.

Even The Dogs

5 minute read

After “If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things” and “So Many Ways To Begin” comes “Even The Dogs”, a tougher read but still as beautifully written.

The Gone-Away World

3 minute read

An awesome science fiction novel about the power of identity, imagination, and nightmares.

Some Lessons In Love

3 minute read

A book about the many experiences we share when we fall in love.

Another Reading List

less than 1 minute read

More books to add to the “University of life” course list!

The Lonely Londoners

4 minute read

A review of Sam Selvon’s “The Lonely Londoners”, a 1956 novel about the experiences of West Indian immigrants arriving in the UK in the Windrush years.

Never Mind The Ballards

2 minute read

Sometimes what seems at the outset like an exciting project can end up as a rod for your own back.

Dune

2 minute read

I finally took on the challenge of one of sci-fi’s iconic novels. Verdict: it’s iconic for a reason.

Concrete Island

2 minute read

What if you crashed your car, ended up on one of those motorway verge hinterlands, and no one noticed that you were gone?

Favourite Culture Ship Names

1 minute read

One of my favourite things about the Culture novels is how the ships are named and having found a list on Wikipedia, I thought I would share ten of my favour...

More Books

3 minute read

Perhaps only writing about JG Ballard novels was a bad idea…

Crash

3 minute read

Another Ballard novel, this time it’s the car wreck sex-o-rama that is “Crash”.

The Crystal World

5 minute read

Another Ballard novel, this time we’re off to a jungle that’s rapidly turning into Crystal. But why? Because it’s Ballard, that’s why.

The Drought by JG Ballard

6 minute read

Another Ballard novel, this time it’s The Drought (AKA The Burning World).

The Drowned World

3 minute read

Ballard’s first novel and the first point of call in reading all of them.

J. G. Ballard

2 minute read

As a project to get reading and writing regularly, I will try to read all of JG Ballard’s novels.