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Books December 17, 2016

A Collapse of Horses

[TOC:ul In this story] The stories in the American author Brian Evenson’s A Collapse of Horses are presented as “literary horror”. The New York Times has compared Evenson’s writing to that of Kafka and Poe, while also acknowledging …

Books November 26, 2016

The Transmigration of Bodies and Signs Preceding the End of the World

[TOC:ul In this story] Mexico’s Yuri Herrera is a rare thing: a writer to get truly excited about. This book, comprising two novellas, gives us Herrera’s work in translation for the first time. It is writing that is simultaneously concise and epic, …

Books November 12, 2016

Children of the New World

[TOC:ul In this story] Children of the New World is a stellar book of short stories by the American writer Alexander Weinstein, that shows how science fiction is arguably the essential genre for our age. The stories here present various futures, …

Books October 08, 2016

The Better Son

[TOC:ul In this story] Katherine Johnson’s second novel, The Better Son, is an example of a subgenre of Australian literature often called the Tasmanian Gothic. This type of story typically features an oppressive father and a buried secret, …

Books September 03, 2016

Rupture

[TOC:ul In this story] Susan Varga, a writer of fiction and nonfiction, turns her hand to poetry in this collection documenting her recovery from a stroke. Rupture is divided into six sections. The first, “Masterstroke”, is undoubtedly the …

Books August 20, 2016

Heroes of the Frontier

[TOC:ul In this story] Dave Eggers, an American writer and activist, is obsessed with his country and its foibles. Like Michael Moore, he portrays North America as both farcical and obscene, and his work is simultaneously exhilarating and distressing. …

Books July 23, 2016

Year of the Wasp

[TOC:ul In this story] Joel Deane is a novelist, nonfiction writer and former political speechwriter. He is also a poet whose work successfully incorporates these other roles. His poetry has the narrative drive and desire to “say something” more …

Books July 09, 2016

Ruins

[TOC:ul In this story] This first novel by the Sri Lankan–Australian writer Rajith Savanadasa takes place in the latter stages and aftermath of the Sri Lankan Civil War, during which the Tamil Tigers fought for an independent homeland. It ended with …

Books July 02, 2016

The Toymaker

[TOC:ul In this story] The male anti-hero is a popular character type recently. Mad Men, for instance, gave us Don Draper, a deceitful womaniser who was also tragically insecure, a man of the world as pitiful as a child. In this “post-feminist” …