Michael de Waal

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The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Prior to reading The Elephant Vanishes I had read one other of Murakami's short story collections: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, which I personally felt was perhaps a slighly stronger collection on the whole. That aside, I enjoyed the stories in this volume tremendously and finished them all in a short space of time. I'm not a particularly fast reader, either. For me, the weakest story out of the whole collection was definitely 'The Little Green Monster', which I felt was really quite poor by comparison, and I guess 'Lederhosen' and 'The Fall of the Roman Empire...' didn't do much for me either. In fact, while I'm on a rant, considering it's the title story, The Elephant Vanishes also… Read more
Category Freaks: v. 1 by Sakurako Gokurakuin
Category Freaks: v. 1 by Sakurako Gokurakuin
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I just picked this up from a local library to read during my frees at college. Ok, it was pretty random stuff. The story follows 'monster hunters' or otherwise known as the 'stand' that take on missions (scooby-doo style) involving 'freaks' and the various things they do to people in the city. From freak orgies to teddy bear killers, the team come up against some random-ass situations. However, with the humour aside (which can be quite funny at times) this manga is actually quite dreadful. It has a basic story which hardly develops at all, simply involving this gang of freak hunters getting the lead on a new mission and going off to resolve it. I think the leader of the group is… Read more
A Scanner Darkly (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Philip K. Dick
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is a dark, depressing, nostalgic and surreal story by a man who had strange experiences on drugs, lost friends on drugs, and possessed a memory tainted by drugs. Philip K. Dick states at the end of the book, effectively in his epilogue, that he dedicated the work to those lost friends 'who were punished entirely too much for what they did'. The beauty of this book, A Scanner Darkly, is that it is very much based on the author's life and experiences. There is bitterness, there is hate, there is lost love and regret. Amongst it all there is satire and humour, but mostly dark and cruel.

I have to say that reading this book is more than just reading a story. You are getting the… Read more

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