Books

Oryx and Crake

Added on October 25, 2016

Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2003 Oryx and Crake is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It was shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. The novel is set in the future. Atwood has argued in the media against the label of science fiction, preferring speculative fiction, because the novel [...]

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The Year of the Flood

Added on October 25, 2016

The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2009 Canadian literary superstar Margaret Atwood wrote The Year of the Flood as a sort of sequel to Oryx and Crake, but it is actually more of a companion novel. Her tour to promote the book included a choral group singing some of the [...]

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The Bone Clocks

Added on October 19, 2016

The Bone Clocks David Mitchell Sceptre Books, London, 2014 The Bone Clocks, the epic new six part novel by David Mitchell, came out to mixed reviews. In James Woods’ so-so review, he says, “David Mitchell is a superb storyteller. He has an extraordinary facility with narrative: he can get a narrative rolling along faster than [...]

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The Museum of Innocence

Added on October 15, 2016

The Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2009 This beautiful novel by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk uses the story of a rich Turkish man’s selfish love of a shop girl as a metaphor for the struggles of a Westernizing society that clings to its traditional view of women as chattel. In [...]

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Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment

Added on October 5, 2016

Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment James P. Reynolds Crack the Spine Literary Journal, U.S.A. August 2012 Inner Voices, Outer Lives, New York, 2014 Having so far written over 300 posts about other people’s fiction, I am now going to showcase a little of my own.  Life Shrinkage, one of my flash fiction stories, [...]

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In the Wake

Added on September 6, 2016

In the Wake Per Petterson The Harvill Press, U.K. 2002 In the Wake, Per Petterson’s second novel, is a fictional account of a young man who loses most of his family in the real-life Scandinavian Star ferry disaster of 1990. Petterson knows of what he writes. He lost his own mother, father, brother and cousin in this [...]

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The Catcher in the Rye – Reading copy

Added on August 29, 2016

The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Little, Brown and Company, U.S.A. 1991 I want to juxtapose a collectible book and a reading copy, and since I have posted a couple of very collectible Catcher editions, I want to talk about my often re-read, 44th (note the 44 on the number line) printing of the 1991 Little, [...]

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Brokeback Mountain

Added on August 9, 2016

Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx Fourth Estate, U.K. 1998 This Fourth Estate edition came out in 1998, less than a year after the story first appeared in the New Yorker magazine. In 1999 it was included in Proulx’s short story collection Close Range – Wyoming Stories. Brokeback Mountainwon an O. Henry Award and a National Magazine [...]

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The Childhood of Jesus

Added on July 29, 2016

The Childhood of Jesus J.M. Coetzee Text Publishing, Australia, 2013 This powerful dystopian novel moves away from Coetzee’s recent semi-aubiographical writing, reminding me of earlier works like The Age of Iron or In the Heart of the Country. Reviewers loved The Childhood of Jesus, which garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. In his [...]

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McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern # 7

Added on June 30, 2016

McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern # 7 Michael Chabon, Various Contributors McSweeney’s, U.S.A. 2001 This edition of McSweeney’s Quarterly contains nine booklets with original stories by Kevin Brockmeier, Michael Chabon (Further Adventures of Kavalier and Clay), Ann Cummins, Courtney Eldridge, A.M. Homes, Heidi Julavits, J.T. Leroy, Allan Seager, William T. Vollmann and Chris Ware. Kevin Brockmeier’s story [...]

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