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Book Review: Hamlet's Blackberry by William Powers

posted on 5 September 2011 in Books

The central point of this book is that the human brain needs time to properly distil information; a period of reflection, of downtime. The problem today is that we don't have these moments, these "ga...more info >>>

Book Review: Khao San Road by David Young

posted on 13 July 2011 in Books

Going through immigration at Bangkok airport, an officer noticed I hadn't completed my arrival card - there was no destination address. "Where you stay for your trip?". "I'm not sure, it's my first ...more info >>>

Book Review: Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

posted on 19 May 2009 in Books Book Review: Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

This is the second book I've read from Fyodor Dostoevksy (Crime and Punishment being the first) - and already he is one of my favourite authors - up there in strange company with Martin Amis and Will ...more info >>>

Book Review: No Problem Girl by David Young

posted on 30 March 2009 in Books Book Review: No Problem Girl by David Young

***CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS*** This story starts out with two very dispirate threads; one follows Peter, living in Chicago, who is reluctant to settle down. He picks up women in ba...more info >>>

Book Review: My Favourite Wife by Tony Parsons

posted on 14 March 2009 in Books Book Review: My Favourite Wife by Tony Parsons

Tony Parsons wrote a great book called "Man and Boy" back in 2001, and returns to the same blueprint with My Favourite Wife - a story of a man putting his marriage in jeopardy by having an affair. ...more info >>>

Book Review: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth

posted on 3 March 2009 in Books Book Review: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth

I'd heard many good things about Philip Roth, so I decided to buy "Exit Ghost" - it's a fairly slim novel so if I hated it I wouldn't be wasting too much of my time. It turned out to be a good read. ...more info >>>

Book Review: A Fraction Of The Whole by Steve Toltz

posted on 27 February 2009 in Books Book Review: A Fraction Of The Whole by Steve Toltz

This is a very seductive book: no matter what page you flip to, you can get immersed in the narrative. This is what tempted me to buy it - I thought, gee this is gonna be a masterpiece! ...more info >>>

Book Review: Sukhumvit Road by David Young

posted on 23 February 2009 in Books Book Review: Sukhumvit Road by David Young

The story is based in and around Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok - a road that conjours up images of fat pale men drinking mid-morning beers, craning their necks to the sports channel. Another image is of fa...more info >>>