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Anthropology: And a Hundred Other Stories by Dan Rhodes
7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I can't understand reviewers' urge to compare this to Queneau's Exercises in Style. While it's true that both rehash the same idea over and over, Rhodes still has a lot to learn from the master: Queneau managed to rework a deliberately identical plot to the point of utter irrecogniseability; Rhodes on the other hand sketches vague self-referential tid-bits that melt into one big pot in the mind. If you were to quiz me re: a particular story I'd draw a blank, and I only read it a few hours ago.

It's without question that the man has potential; the prose is sparse and clever, if a tad too self-consciously so. I just wish he hadn't wasted his talent in telling us 101 times x 101… Read more
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm in two quite separate minds about this book.

On the one hand, the story is solid, the characters are sympathetic and one cares about what happens to each and everyone of them. The social and anthropological observations re: human (specifically, teenage) interaction are touching because they are plausible - were actual dead youngsters to return as zombies and attempt to reintegrate themselves in a school setting, reactions would be as complex and contradictory as they are portrayed here.

Also effective is the multi-perspective narrative: though the book is written in the third person, we are taken inside the minds and hearts of several of the characters in turn and… Read more
If Minds Had Toes by Lucy Eyre
If Minds Had Toes by Lucy Eyre
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you liked the idea behind Jostein Gaarder's seminal Sophie's World but find yourself slightly daunted by its thickness and sometimes didactic approach, this is for you.

If Minds Had Toes rests on a silly yet brilliant premise: there is an afterlife specifically devoted to housing dead philosophers; Socrates is the president of this land; he and the mysanthropic Wittgenstein enter a bet to decide once and for all whether philosophical vocation is a gift or a curse.

In order to prove their respective theses, an ordinary live boy is selected, and taken on a series of guided tours of the World of Ideas, where he is confronted by the great questions in a series of… Read more

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