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The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Quiddity of Will Self is ambitious, imaginative and extremely memorable. A post-modern tale of literary obsession, Quiddity's eclectic text touches on social engineering, madness, dystopia and myriad other subjects. It is a whirl of ideas held together by the concept of the author as a modern god, doing for Will Self what Spike Jonze did for John Malkovich.

You don't need to have read any of Self's books to understand the plot, as the main character is also a Self-virgin until he is introdced to his novels by the shadowy 'Will Self Club'.

The novel's five sections touch on murder-mystery, dystopia and even an amusing re-telling of the book's own creation. Quiddity… Read more
Megacatastrophes!: Nine Strange Ways the World Cou&hellip by David Darling
4.0 out of 5 stars Existential Threats, 25 Dec 2012
The Mayans (allegedly) warned us that the world is going to end this month; it didn't, but in Megacatastrophes, David Darling and Dirk Schulze-Makuch described nine different existential threats from nature. The potential extinction-level events are wide ranging, from solar activity and black holes to alien invasion and the rise of technology. The authors sound most confident talking about cosmic events, and there are a couple of dubious assertions about plagues, but generally the book manages to engage without dumbing down. The potential catastrophes are rated from 1 (unlikely to happen; unlikely to cause total extinction) to 10 (certain to occur, and certain to wipe out life on Earth); it… Read more
The Soul of Indiscretion: Tom Driberg, Poet, Phila&hellip by Francis Wheen
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Francis Wheen's account of this extraordinary man's disreputable life begins with a Hollywood flourish. Driberg's publishers intend to release the late peer's autobiography, sparking mass panic among almost everyone who knew him. Would he tell the Bevan story? Or the truth about the Callaghan rumour? The reader can picture a director cutting between scenes of journalists, Lords and ministers exchanging panicked phone calls.

Wheen doesn't shy away from the salacious side of Driberg's private life, in fact The Soul of Indiscretion positively revels in the sleaze, at turns witty, anecdotal, gossipy and bitchy (Wheen describes actress Jane Russell as a `raison-brained fruitcake' for… Read more

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