Stoner – John Williams

Stoner

At the time of writing, it’s 02:50 and I should be in the land of nod. Instead I’m sat here at my computer desperately trying to find the right words to describe how John Williams’ novel Stoner has shaken me … Continue reading

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The Trial – Franz Kafka

the trial

Franz Kafka’s The Trial is a book I’ve been meaning to get around to reading for a while. Over the years I’ve heard promising things about it and the fact that it has become common parlance to describe something that … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Well, well, well, a review of a classic Christmas book just seven days before Christmas day, aren’t I the professional? In all serious though, not only is A Christmas Carol the best Christmas themed piece of media ever, it may … Continue reading

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Jam – Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw

Almost every entertainment medium is awash with depictions of humanity struggling to survive after some terrible apocalypse that has destroyed life as we know it. We’re obsessed with the idea of humanity having to fight for survival from The Walking … Continue reading

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American Gods – Neil Gaiman

Trying to define what sort of book American Gods is would be challenge to even the hardiest of readers, perhaps even a challenge to Mr Gaiman himself. It’s a fantasy novel sure, but it is firmly set in the present … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Psychopaths – Kevin Dutton

Just saying the word psychopath makes us think of stone cold murderers, rapists, gangsters, con-men, and dictators. Images of Hannibal Lecter, Dexter Morgan, and even more frightening real life psychopaths like Ted Bundy and Jack the Ripper. The media loves … Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers – Brian Michael Bendis (author), Steve McNiven (illustrator), Sara Pichelli (illustrator)

The other day I went to the cinema to see The Amazing Spider-man 2 (should’ve called it The Very Mediocre Spider-man 2 but maybe that’s not as pithy) and as always I sat for twenty minutes whilst the trailers for … Continue reading

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Machine of Death: A Collection of Short Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die – Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki

In 2005, a man named Ryan North came up with the premise of a book which would tell stories about a world where people knew how they were going to die. In this world there existed a machine called the … Continue reading

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Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

In May 1990, 22yr old Christopher McCandless donated $25,000 in savings to charity and set off from his well-to-do family to create a new life for himself. Traveling across America under his new name, Alexander Supertramp, Chris met many people … Continue reading

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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale – Herman Melville

It’s been over 150 years since Moby-Dick was first published in 1851, since then the story of Ishmael and the White Whale has seeped into popular culture via every medium on earth. From Films, television, radio, theater, comics and even … Continue reading

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