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Tancredi by James Palumbo

Let your next book be a revelation. That was my plea to Bret Easton Ellis when I reviewed Imperial Bedrooms. We shall see whether the next book he writes is a revelation. What I can say is that the next book I read absolutely was. Here is a video of the author doing his best […]

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Empty. Empty is the feeling left by this book. It’s set in Los Angeles. I bought and read Bret Easton Ellis for the first time on a trip to LA in 1996. But that was American Psycho. Shockingly brilliant. Groundbreaking. Polarising. Impossible to ignore. This is Imperial Bedrooms. And, to be honest/harsh, it’s none of […]

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Bleached white. Saturated turquoise. Vivid green. Disjointed fragments of story. Flashbacks. Elusive snatches of dialogue whispered into half-asleep ears. Portents. Licentiousness. Brilliant, evocative and economic storytelling. Heaven. Hell. Death (lots of death). Immortality.  Irony. Poignancy. Allegory. And the odd LOL. That’s my word association tag cloud for The Lost Books Of The Odyssey. This book […]

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“C” by Tom McCarthy

I managed to get to the end of “C” without anyone asking me what it’s about. Which is just as well because it’s not a question that lends itself to a short answer. The answer to that question is usually a précis of the story and/or the high concept theme of the book. But “C” […]

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I’m reviewing this book before I’ve finished it. I’ve read just four out of thirty four “stories about people who know how they will die” but I can’t contain myself. Machine of Death is a book of revelations. In all sorts of ways. Firstly I don’t read short stories or anthologies. Mainly because I instinctively […]

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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

This is Ishmael Beah. The photograph was taken when he was 26. Ishmael is from Sierra Leone. Between the ages of 13 and 16 a lot of nasty things happened to him. His whole family was killed by rebel forces in a bloody and brutal civil war. He and a group of friends tried to […]

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I always complete my own review of a book before I read anyone else’s. Hopefully that stops me sounding like a book reviewer. Sometimes, if another reviewer agrees with me, but expresses my feelings better than I could, I’ll quote and link to them in an edited version. Or I’ll quote and link to someone […]

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This is a review of the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The Girl Who Played With Fire. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest. Millenium is a monthly magazine, based in Stockholm, with a reputation for investigative journalism whose purpose is to expose corporate wrong-doing. The principal investigative journalist […]

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