1Q84 books 1 and 2, Haruki Murakami

Recently I have paying more attention to the one star reviews on amazon than the five star ones. It’s not as negative as it sounds, I have found that gauging what the one stars are saying can give an interesting perspective. Five star reviews can be a bit gushy, but if they are tempered byContinue reading “1Q84 books 1 and 2, Haruki Murakami”

Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman

  A debut novel can be the purest glimpse into the mind of a writer. Before becoming saddled with the weight of expectation and an awareness of having to live up to what came before, the debut can seem like an unshackled, carefree, gleefully¬†un-self-conscious¬†thing. Boxer, Beetle is like this. It reads like Beauman had aContinue reading “Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman”

The Art of Planning Ahead

I’ve not been buying many new books lately. It’s not because I’ve gone off them or anything, its because I thought it would be a good idea to work my way through the backlog of unread books lying around the house before I started adding to it. I had this idea that it would beContinue reading “The Art of Planning Ahead”