‘The Sot-Weed Factor’, by John Barth

I've been reading this book for about five years. I've started it countless times, each time with the intention of finishing it, but I'd get to the last hundred pages or so and put it down - but not for the reason you expect. I closed this book close to the end for the first time after… Continue reading ‘The Sot-Weed Factor’, by John Barth


‘Sirens of Titan’ by Kurt Vonnegut

I'm now a fan of KV. I'd read KV previously,  that oft recommended 'Slaughterhouse Five'  which I rather enjoyed but I read that during (and for)  study purposes. As such, I viewed it with a critical eye - ever aware that I might have to take my hand from the page to pick up the… Continue reading ‘Sirens of Titan’ by Kurt Vonnegut

Review: Janette Ayachi ~ ‘A Choir of Ghosts’

These last few months I've been mulling my way through Janette Ayachi's A Choir of Ghosts - a collection of mythical, imaginative poems exploring Amsterdam, Leith, Berlin and elsewhere. Ayachi is incredibly good at describing and summoning place and melding this in with the human; the emotional, the personal, and the particular. Anyway, the whole… Continue reading Review: Janette Ayachi ~ ‘A Choir of Ghosts’

Bret Easton Ellis – Less Than Zero

'Don't ask me about my mother.' 'Why not?' 'Don't say that.' 'Why not?' I say again. 'She finds the vest. 'Here.' 'Why not?' 'What do you do?' she asks, holding out the vest. 'What do you do?' 'What do you do?' she asks, her voice shaking. 'Don't ask me, please. Okay, Clay?' 'Why not?' She… Continue reading Bret Easton Ellis – Less Than Zero

Black & BLUE | Emanations News | News

Well, it's all over. The marks are in, and I 'graduate' next February with an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA. Scary. Anyway, to Black & BLUE... So I spent last week flicking through the first issue of Black and BLUE, a magazine I have previously seen only in passing. I've taken a good… Continue reading Black & BLUE | Emanations News | News

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Fall & The Myth of Sisyphus

I have to admit, when I started reading The Fall I really wasn't enjoying it. I kept putting it down, I kept making cups of tea, I kept finding excuses to play with the cat - I just couldn't get on with it. It felt slow. The protagonist seemed so big headed, full of himself, boastful… Continue reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Fall & The Myth of Sisyphus

Paul Auster – In The Country of Last Things

I finished this book on the train yesterday and, like all of Auster's books, I wanted to immediately turn the book over and start again. But I didn't, and maybe that says something about this particular book. Moon Palace I must have read over five times now, and The New York Trilogy has been read at… Continue reading Paul Auster – In The Country of Last Things

Will Self – Grey Area

(Two days at university done, now for more blog posting...) Wow. 'Stretching up the hill ahead of me, I begin to see all of my future relationships, bearing me on and up like some escalator of the fleshly. Each step is a man, a man who will penetrate me with his penis and his language,… Continue reading Will Self – Grey Area

Iain Banks – Whit

I bought my copy of Iain Banks' Whit at my local market for 25p, and I'm very glad I bought it. As soon as I saw it I knew it was something special. I've worked at that market for around six years (SIX YEARS!) now and, until Whit, hadpurchased only one other item. I read the back and… Continue reading Iain Banks – Whit