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Late to the Party: The Ladies of Grace Adieu, by Susanna Clarke

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The Ladies of Grace Adieu is a short story collection released shortly after Susanna Clarke’s stellar first novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. The nine stories collected here mostly take place in and around the world Clarke laid out in Norrell, a Regency-era England in which magic and faerie are very real (and dangerous) concepts, well-known if not outright feared by most people. Strange and Norrell are the two great magicians of their age, protecting […]

Review: S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

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WARNING: There may be some slight spoilers for some aspects of this book in the review. As the element of surprise and the feeling of discovery is one of the pleasures of reading this story, you might not want to know anything at all going in. If you want to read this book absolutely cold, please venture no further, and know only that I really liked it. 1. The mysterious man known only as S. […]

Review: Night Film, by Marisha Pessl

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A disgraced journalist is brought into a case involving a young woman who has disappeared from her father’s million-dollar estate. He teams up with a plucky female sidekick to figure out what’s going on, and ends up way over his head. While I could easily be describing Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo there, these are also the broad strokes that lie behind Night Film, […]

Late to the Party: Eutopia, by David Nickle

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In the mountainous Kootenai region of Idaho, there exists a town named Eliada. The dream of a rich industrialist named Garrison Harper, by the year 1911 Eliada is a booming Utopia fiercely devoted to the ideals of Community, Compassion and Hygeine. Of course, there’s a darker undercurrent, as in every Utopia: the town is being planned across strict eugenic principles, as a place where the strong are being bred apart from the weak, a philosophy that […]

Late to the Party: The Teleportation Accident, by Ned Beauman

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  This was a great book. A breakneck mix of Pynchonesque rollicking party scenes, hardboiled dialogue, a milieu that recalls Isherwood, Orwellian down-and-outs, with the spectre of Lovecraft lurking around the proceedings from the 8th page onward, Ned Beauman’s second novel more than deserved to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and has me eager to read his first, Boxer, Beetle. Egon Loeser, whose name I alternated between pronouncing as “loser” and “laser” in […]

The Resolution Project Season Two: Lolita (1955)

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“My choice, however, was prompted by considerations essence was, as I realized too late, a piteous compromise. All of which goes to show how dreadfully stupid poor Humbert always was in matters of sex.” (p. 25) The Resolution Project Season Two: For my New Year’s resolution last year (2011), I decided to try and read all one hundred of the novels picked by Time Magazine as the best since their inception in 1923 to the list’s publication in […]

The Resolution Project Season Two: Pale Fire (1962)

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Musical Accompaniment: The White Stripes “Little Ghost” (“I’m Slowly Turning Into You” would also be a good one) “I have no desire to twist and batter an unambiguous apparatus criticus into the monstrous semblance of a novel.” (pp. 86) The Resolution Project Season Two: For my New Year’s resolution last year (2011), I decided to try and read all one hundred of the novels picked by Time Magazine as the best since their inception in 1923 to the […]

The Resolution Project Season Two: I, Claudius (1934)

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Musical Accompaniment: Kanye West – “POWER” “I was a very sickly child – ‘a very battleground of diseases,’ the doctors said – and perhaps only lived because the diseases could not agree as to which should have the honour of carrying me off.” (1018-20, Kindle version) The Resolution Project Season Two: For my New Year’s resolution last year (2011), I decided to try and read all one hundred of the novels picked by Time Magazine as […]

The Resolution Project Book Eighteen: Call It Sleep (1934)

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“The sight of him this evening was terrifying. Never, not even the night he had beaten David, did he radiate, so fell, so electric a fury. It was as though his whole body were smouldering, a stark, throbbing, curdling emanation flowed from him, a dark, corrosive haze that was all the more fearful because David sensed how thin an aura it was of the terrific volcano clamped within.” (p. 127) The Resolution Project: For my New […]

The Resolution Project Book Forty-Seven: Infinite Jest (1996) – Part Three

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This is the third part of my review of Infinite Jest. Here‘s the first part, and here‘s the second part. The Resolution Project: For my New Year’s resolution this year (that being 2011), I decided to try and read all one hundred of the novels picked by Time Magazine as the best since their inception in 1923 to the list’s publication in 2005. I exempted myself from reading ones I’ve already read, leaving some eighty-six or so to read before […]