Category Archives: Else

Kindred – Octavia Butler

Welp. I read this in a day. That probably says more than the thousand words I’m going to write could possibly convey about how good I thought this book was (spoilers, I’m going to write those thousand words anyway). Because … Continue reading

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House of Names – Colm Tóibín

Hot on the heels of Bright Air Black, another literary reinterpretation of a Classical myth (this time, the Oresteia)… which was probably a bad idea. I mean, this has been on my reading pile for ages, so I was going to get … Continue reading

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Bright Air Black – David Vann

This one was another birthday present, and one where I read the blurb and just went “yessssss”. Because I am predictable, and giving me reinterpretations of Classical myths to read is never going to go wrong. And then it comes … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

So I didn’t manage to finish The Vorrh in enough time to ensure I’d get through The Handmaid’s Tale in enough time for book club, so I’ll be going back to it*. I’m far enough in that I know it’s … Continue reading

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The Last Days of New Paris – China Miéville

A brief deviation from the award nominee schedule into a novella I had faith would be amazing (and could borrow from boyfriend without having to buy it myself…). I’m at the point now where I’m just going to start anything … Continue reading

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This Census Taker – China Miéville

It’s like China Miéville got distilled into one tiny, 140 page, concentrated form. It’s a stunningly beautiful little piece of writing – you really feel the trees and the damp and the cold and the fear – and at the … Continue reading

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The Ten (Food) Commandments – Jay Rayner

For bonus points, I actually won this book from Goodreads, having had Flatmate tell me repeatedly that I ought to read and he’d lend me his Kindle if he had to so I would. Nice when the world works out … Continue reading

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