Reasons to Stay Alive
November 11, 2017
Matt Haig's account of escaping anxiety and depression is as uplifting and life-affirming as its title suggests.
Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun
October 30, 2017
Sarah Ladipo Manyika's experimental novel explores the effect of age on memory and circumstance in San Francisco.
October 6, 2017
A review of the hard sci-fi novel by Alastair Reynolds.
October 3, 2017
So... has anyone else read this recently? It's a bit spooky.
Command and Control
September 29, 2017
It took me three years to get through this amazing book on the history of nuclear weapons and their safety.
Acts of the Assassins
July 30, 2016
This modern take on the legend of the apostles mixes genres and timelines to heady effect.
The Unlimited Dream Company
July 14, 2016
Among my favourite novels by J.G. Ballard, this silly romp through suburban sexual repression glitters with a sinister wit.
Something Coming Through
May 17, 2016
An enjoyable Science Fiction novel crossed with a murder mystery.
November 20, 2015
Parachutes, oil spills, cultural anthropology, and the river Styx. Of course.
The Martian: A Short Review
October 18, 2015
A short review of the movie adaptation of Andy Weir's novel The Martian.
My Booker Prize Pick 2015
October 12, 2015
My pick for the 2015 Booker Prize is Satin Island by Tom McCarthy.
Time and Time Again by Ben Elton
September 29, 2015
Please can I travel back in time and stop myself from reading this junk?
Gods of Metal
September 2, 2015
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
July 25, 2015
A short review of the Paul Thomas Anderson adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice.
The Martian by Andy Weir
April 3, 2015
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
March 16, 2015
A modern novel about a party drug and some foxes, among other things. Very funny indeed.
Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks
January 3, 2015
A little review of Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks, which I re-read over Christmas.
October 24, 2014
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 love.
All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
September 2, 2014
A single moment of carelessness irreversibly transforms a life in Evie Wyld's second novel All The Birds, Singing.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
August 24, 2014
Not as good as previous Murakami novels, but still a fun read.
Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
August 17, 2014
“Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?”
October 5, 2013
"Let the psychotics take over. They alone understood what was happening."
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
July 30, 2013
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.
July 23, 2013
A review of Don Delillo's "Point Omega", a confusing little novella.
July 5, 2013
A review of "Skios" by Michael Frayn, a good little beach read.
June 26, 2013
Multiple time lines and murderous shenanigans in Peter Ackroyd's "Hawksmoor".
The Marriage Plot
May 20, 2013
A novel about love and growing up set in the privileged world of US academia in the early eighties.
Why I Love "On The Road"
April 11, 2013
My love for both the book and the movie version of "On The Road", explained.
Consider Phlebas: A Picaresque In Space
March 18, 2013
The first of Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.
February 26, 2013
A new novel by Thomas Pynchon was recently announced, here's why I love his books.
Even The Dogs
September 23, 2012
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
August 15, 2012
An awesome science fiction novel about the power of identity, imagination, and nightmares.
Some Lessons In Love
June 25, 2012
A book about the many experiences we share when we fall in love.
Another Reading List
June 25, 2012
More books to add to the “University of life” course list!
Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson
June 17, 2012
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-called “gonzo” style.
Reading list, mid-April 2012
April 20, 2012
The Lonely Londoners
April 9, 2012
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
February 9, 2012
Sometimes what seems at the outset like an exciting project can end up as a rod for your own back.
The Philosopher And The Wolf
November 2, 2011
It's about a philosopher and his wolf. The clue is in the title really.
September 9, 2011
I finally took on the challenge of one of sci-fi's iconic novels. Verdict: it's iconic for a reason.
June 21, 2011
What if you crashed your car, ended up on one of those hinterlands beside the motorway, and no one noticed that you were gone?
Favourite Culture Ship Names
April 3, 2011
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 favourites with you!
March 18, 2011
Perhaps only writing about JG Ballard novels was a bad idea...
February 1, 2011
Another Ballard novel, this time it's the car wreck sex-o-rama that is "Crash".
The Crystal World
September 26, 2010
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
September 8, 2010
Another Ballard novel, this time it's The Drought (AKA The Burning World).
The Drowned World
August 14, 2010
Ballard's first novel and the first point of call in reading all of them.
J. G. Ballard
August 2, 2010
As a project to get reading and writing regularly, I will try to read all of JG Ballard's novels.