Category Archives: Book reviews

What we’ve been reading

December 14

Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone  by Nevo Zisin Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer. Nevo was not born in the wrong body. Nevo just wants everyone to catch up with all that Nevo is. Personal, political […]

December 09

Nausea

Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre ; translated from the French by Robert Baldick ; with an introduction by James Wood Nausea, published in 1938 by existential philosopher and author Jean-Paul Sartre, is a poetic diary-style account of a French writer who is perplexed by his own moral existence. The entries follow Antoine Roquentin’s train of thought, feelings […]

December 08

The White Princess

The White Princess is a mini-series derived from the Philippa Gregory books and follows on from The White Queen (my review of The White Queen can be read here). You don’t necessarily have to watch the predecessor but I appreciated the follow through in the story arc. The White Princess begins two days after Richard III’s […]

December 08

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster-Bujold

Lois McMaster-Bujold is one of the grandmasters of science fiction. She’s has so many Hugo Awards they made up an extra one to hand her this year (Best Series). She’s been writing the Vorkosigan Saga for roughly forty years, and so it’s with some sadness I read this book, which feels like an ending. That’s […]

December 07

Brave New World

Brave new world: with the essay “Brave new world revisited” By Aldous Huxley; foreword by Christopher Hitchens. Brave New World is a classic dystopian novel published in 1932 by Aldous Huxley, the English author of many other big titles including Chrome Yellow (1921) and Point Counter Point (1928). The themes of the novel are often […]

November 30

John Dies at the End by David Wong

The book is a horror comedy., mixing Lovecraftian themes and black humour. It’s the first novel by Jason Pargin, under the pen name of David Wong. Pargin is a prolific writer for the Cracked website, and there’s crossover in his style of humor. The novel was originally written as episodic blog posts, so structurally it […]

November 24

Riverworld by Philip Jose Farmer

In a single moment, everyone wakes. Everyone. Every human, ever, wakes on the banks of a river millions of miles long. They are naked, hairless and returned to their early twenties. Every infirmity is gone. Each has a cylinder tied to their wrist, which they discover provides three meals a day, and some other little […]

November 21

Your life in my hands – a junior doctor’s story by Rachel Clarke

Your life in my hands –  by Rachel Clarke ‘I am a junior doctor. It is 4 a.m. I have run arrest calls, treated life-threatening bleeding, held the hand of a young woman dying of cancer, scuttled down miles of dim corridors wanting to sob with sheer exhaustion, forgotten to eat, forgotten to drink, drawn […]

November 17

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo is a book that provokes strong and varying opinions from the reader. Awarded the Booker Prize winner for 2017 it is at once an annoying, frustrating, silly read, and at the same time totally provocative and intelligent, and a literary experience like no other. Set in 1862  it tells the story […]

November 15

A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Shortly after the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander Rostov is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and into the elegant Hotel Metropol. Here, in an attic room that is blatantly demeaning to the social standing and culture of the count, he commences a life of house arrest. And so begins this wonderfully charming novel. […]