This modern take on the legend of the apostles mixes genres and timelines to heady effect.
Among my favourite novels by J.G. Ballard, this silly romp through suburban sexual repression glitters with a sinister wit.
Parachutes, oil spills, cultural anthropology, and the river Styx. Of course.
A short review of the movie adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel The Martian.
My pick for the 2015 Booker Prize is Satin Island by Tom McCarthy.
Please can I travel back in time and stop myself from reading this junk?
This short piece of non-fiction should chill the spines of everyone, whether they are pragmatic about nuclear weapons or terrified of them.
A short review of the Paul Thomas Anderson adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice.
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?
A modern novel about a party drug and some foxes, among other things. Very funny indeed.
A little review of Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks, which I re-read over Christmas.
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...
A single moment of carelessness irreversibly transforms a life in Evie Wyld’s second novel All The Birds, Singing.
Not as good as previous Murakami novels, but still a fun read.
“Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?”
“Let the psychotics take over. They alone understood what was happening.”
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.
A review of Don Delillo’s “Point Omega”, a confusing little novella.
A review of Michael Frayn’s “Skios”, a good little beach read.
Multiple time lines and murderous shenanigans in Peter Ackroyd’s “Hawksmoor”.
A novel about love and growing up set in the privileged world of US academia in the early eighties.
My love for both the book and the movie version of “On The Road”, explained.
The first of Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels.
A new novel by Thomas Pynchon was recently announced, here’s why I love his books.
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.
An awesome science fiction novel about the power of identity, imagination, and nightmares.
A book about the many experiences we share when we fall in love.
More books to add to the “University of life” course list!
Gonzo is the biography of Hunter S. Thompson in graphical form. In case you don’t know his work, Hunter S. Thompson was a journalist who invented the so-call...
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.
Sometimes what seems at the outset like an exciting project can end up as a rod for your own back.
It’s about a philosopher and his wolf. The clue is in the title really.
I finally took on the challenge of one of sci-fi’s iconic novels. Verdict: it’s iconic for a reason.
What if you crashed your car, ended up on one of those motorway verge hinterlands, and no one noticed that you were gone?
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...
Perhaps only writing about JG Ballard novels was a bad idea…
Another Ballard novel, this time it’s the car wreck sex-o-rama that is “Crash”.
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.
Another Ballard novel, this time it’s The Drought (AKA The Burning World).
Ballard’s first novel and the first point of call in reading all of them.
As a project to get reading and writing regularly, I will try to read all of JG Ballard’s novels.