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Tokyo Year Zero (Tokyo Trilogy 1) by David Peace
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 19 Jan 2009
God, I'm baffled by all the negative reaction to this novel. I thought it was just the most stunning, visceral, haunting and hallucinatory book I've ever read. Peace's style risks teetering into self-parody, but in my view he avoids it here - and the result of that risk-taking is to put you right inside the mind, the body, the soul of Detective Minami, to make you breathe the foul air of postwar Tokyo, to make you ache for his poor wife and children, and to dream his recurring nightmares.

It's exhausting, and it's far from easy or light-hearted, but please please please if it sounds like your kind of thing, don't let the low average rating on here put you off. It's Peace at his… Read more
I Could Ride All Day In My Cool Blue Train by Peter Hobbs
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise, 16 Mar 2006
I read Peter Hobbs' Whitbread-nominated debut novel, The Short Day Dying, and found it deeply impressive, in a dark-night-of-the-19th-century-Methodist-preacher's-soul sort of way. This short story collection is equally impressive, but in completely different ways. Clever, modern, diverse, demotic and in places very funny, it showcases a wildly unpredictable new literary talent. I'm not sure who I can compare it to, as it's so original, but names like Borges, Calvino and Murakami spring to mind, and I can't think of much higher praise than that.