Little Green Alien

 
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Out by Natsuo Kirino
Out by Natsuo Kirino
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Although at first sight it appears to just be a somewhat grisly Japanese crime thriller, Out ends up posing some surprisingly weighty questions. It follows the story of four women who work together as a team on the night-shift preparing packed lunches; all very ordinary folk but all with various family problems. One has an abusive husband and one day she fights back, killing him. The others help her dispose of the body and slowly but inexorably get sucked deeper into the darker elements of society.

Although initially the plot carries you along while reading it, what you end up remembering when you put the book down are the journeys that all the characters take. And you end up… Read more
Dawn of the Dumb: Dispatches from the Idiotic Fron&hellip by Charlie Brooker
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It's hard to know how to comment on this book. On the one hand, I thought it was screamingly funny when I started reading it. Charlie Brooker is the master of the original and entertaining insult and he's prepared to describe segments of society as stupid, boring, useless and generally give voice to all the frustrations we feel with the rubbish we face every day and say the things that we would love (but simply wouldn't dare) to have said ourselves. He does it very well. Extremely well, in fact. I can't think of anyone who does it better.

The problem is that that's pretty well all he does and by the time I got halfway through this collection of articles I was desperately… Read more
The End Of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
The End Of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A definite "curate's egg" this -- "The End of Mr Y" aims to combine a story with a commentary on science and metaphysics. The story works well -- it's rather eclectic, but it starts off well told and fairly compulsive. You feel a bit let down at the end though when the implied climax fails to materialise.

At the same time the poor science, cod philosophy and such grated and detracted from what would otherwise be an extremely readable book. One gets the impression that Ms. Thomas did a great deal of research for this book, wants to make sure her readers know that she did but she fails to really understand the concepts that she's read up on. For me, this really jarred as what… Read more