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War Stories
War Stories
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Con, 17 Sept. 2008
This review is from: War Stories (Paperback)
There's nothing wrong with the writing or the writers assembled here, but this is not a book of war stories. It's made up almost entirely of extracts from novels--pieces never meant to be read in isolation, and not designed to stand on their own as stories. Not what the cover claims!


The McAtrix Derided (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
The McAtrix Derided (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Robertski Brothers
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why?, 3 Jun. 2005
The parody books Adam Roberts has been churning out under various names - parodies of the Matrix, the Hobbit, the Silmarillion, Star Wars, etc - need to be stamped out! I truly enjoyed his first few proper novels (especially Stone and Polystom), but his recent The Snow showed serious, debilitating flaws. My thesis is that if he spent less time on these frivolous, unfunny take-offs and more on his proper books, everybody would be better off. I beg him! Stop!


Transmission
Transmission
by Hari Kunzru
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and a lot of fun, 9 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Transmission (Hardcover)
For some this book might seem a little too light-hearted, but 'Transmission' expertly blends comedy with a serious, involving exploration of globalisation and the disenfranchising powers of the new economy. Bollywood, Silicon Valley and New Labour's UK all come together in something that has overtones of the great Bruce Sterling.


Metamorphoses: A New Verse Translation (Penguin Classics)
Metamorphoses: A New Verse Translation (Penguin Classics)
by Ovid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of European literature, 9 Jun. 2004
This excellent blank-verse translation (brand new)captures the wonderful and witty energy of Ovid's huge epic - nothing less than a poetic history of the world from it creation to the deification of Augustus, via a series conflicts and sexual affairs that result in numerous magical and surreal transformations. Great!
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Stories of Your Life and others
Stories of Your Life and others
by Ted Chiang
Edition: Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous short SF, 1 Jun. 2004
For those who enjoy the mind-boggling SF of Greg Egan, you must try this fantastic collection of short stories and novellas by US-based Ted Chiang. Where Egan concentrates on biology and physics at the bleeding edge of the imaginable, Chiang focuses on mathematics, linguistics and religion. A brilliant collection - 'Story of Your Life' and 'Hell is the Abscence of God' in particular are marvellous, marvellous stories.


Gotz & Meyer
Gotz & Meyer
by David Albahari
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Banality of evil" intelligently explored, 19 May 2004
This review is from: Gotz & Meyer (Hardcover)
A meditative 160-page, 1-paragraph exploration of the lives of two men who drove one of the genocidal gas-trucks for the Nazis in WWII Serbia. This exploration drives the schoolteacher narrator, a Holocaust survivor himself, into a convincing depiction of madness. The ending is a chaotic let-down, but then this study of evil both extreme and banal is too clear-sighted to be able to wrap up its ideas in any easy way.


And Now You Can Go
And Now You Can Go
by Vendela Vida
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous debut novel, 6 May 2004
This review is from: And Now You Can Go (Paperback)
Veda's marvellous debut novel is an insightful, subtle exploration of how proximity to violence (violence which could have been a lot worst) can affect someone, and how that is tempered when the person who commits the violence is utterly pathetic, fit only for pity. It's also funny and unpredictable. The sort of first novel that almost every writer would kill to have the talent to produce.


Erasure
Erasure
by Percival Everett
Edition: Paperback

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely clever, moving and dark, 22 April 2004
This review is from: Erasure (Paperback)
Everett has been pretty much ignored outside of the US, but he's a verytalented writer who deserves wider recognition. Erasure is probably hisbest book, the tale of a black US academic who writes a scathing pasticheof the sort of psuedo-authentic ghetto-talk black novels that are hugelysucessful these days in America. The book becomes a hit, despite his bestattempts to strangle it, and the resulting misadventures explore thenature of race and art and authenticity. And it's very funny, too.


The God Boy (Penguin Modern Classics)
The God Boy (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Ian Cross
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition to Modern Classics, 22 April 2004
First published in the 1950s, this wonderful debut novel from New Zealandjournalist Ian Cross is told through the worldview of a young boy in asmall town (though it's big enough to be the whole world to him), as helooks back on 3 incredible days in his 11th year. Grim subject matterleavened by the humour and wisdom of the writing, which reveals more thanthe narator, Jimmy Sullivan, knows himself. Fantastic stuff, and I'mkicking myself that I'd not heard of this before. Penguin have done wellto add this to their Modern Classics series.
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The Kaiser's Last Kiss
The Kaiser's Last Kiss
by Alan Judd
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great work from a neglected but wonderful novelist, 1 July 2003
This review is from: The Kaiser's Last Kiss (Hardcover)
Focusing on a few days during WWII, this is the tale of the last days in the life of the exiled Kaiser as his Dutch home is taken over by a group of invading Nazis who haven't yet decided if he's more valuable to them dead or alive. It makes use of some familiar WWII elements, but in unusual and unexpected ways, and is yet more evidence that the often ignored Alan Judd deserves much more praise and notice.


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