The Great Unknown authors: Ali Alizadeh

This is the fourth in a series of posts leading up to the release of The Great Unknown, where authors share their experience of writing eerie stories for the anthology, and give you an idea of what to expect (and, I hope, look forward to). The Great Unknown is available to pre-order from Booktopia, Readings, Fishpond (free shipping worldwide) and all good … Continue reading The Great Unknown authors: Ali Alizadeh

The Dinner by Herman Koch reviewed in the Australian

My review of black satire The Dinner, by Dutch author Herman Koch, has been published in the Australian. You can read the review here (it doesn't seem to be pay-walled). — Just wanted to let you all know I've been away all week with my family—sad circumstances, but we're all OK—and I'm very busy over the next … Continue reading The Dinner by Herman Koch reviewed in the Australian

20 classics #12: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. Read more about this project here. See the other classics here. Why did I want to read it? I’d only read Emma and Pride and Prejudice of Austen's novels, and when I heard that Northanger Abbey was a sort of satire of the gothic novel, I was intrigued. I also visited Bath … Continue reading 20 classics #12: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

20 Classics #8: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. I aimed to read them all in 2011, but that's beginning to look unlikely. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I had vague ideas about Gulliver’s Travels. I remembered Ted Danson being tied up by some little people in a film version I … Continue reading 20 Classics #8: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Guest review: Lisa Down on Making News by Tony Wilson

  Murdoch Books July 2010 9781741969238 (Aus) reviewed by Lisa Down Remember the old saying, ‘Write what you know’? It’s an adage former AFL player, author and columnist Tony Wilson must have taken to heart. His latest offering, Making News, revolves around, well… a retired soccer player, an aspiring young columnist and an author, who … Continue reading Guest review: Lisa Down on Making News by Tony Wilson

‘If only a nippleless bra could make it all work’: Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

Granta, September 2010, through Allen & Unwin in Australia (Aus, US, UK) 9781847081032 Super. Here’s a too-easily-imaginable near-future world where everyone is attached to a device, books are obsolete, people walk around half-naked and rate each other’s bits, the American empire is failing, and it’s hard to make a true and lasting connection. Sad. The … Continue reading ‘If only a nippleless bra could make it all work’: Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

Guest review: Elena Gomez on Mic Looby’s Paradise Updated

9780980374667 September 2009 (Aus/ Kindle) Affirm Press If you didn’t already know that Mic Looby was once a Lonely Planet writer and editor, it’s not difficult to guess, reading his debut novel, Paradise Updated. In it, the satirically named 'SmallWorld' publishers dominate the guidebook industry and the bloke who made them what they are today, legendary … Continue reading Guest review: Elena Gomez on Mic Looby’s Paradise Updated

Uncorrected Proof by Louisiana Alba

ElephantEars Press, 9780955867606, 2008, UK (Aus, US) Can something be playfully and overtly postmodern and still be readable - driving you through a compelling plot? Louisiana Alba proves it can be done. Uncorrected Proof is a postmodern novel that entertainingly riffs on form, style, character, tense, person - but with an overall thriller/quest type plot … Continue reading Uncorrected Proof by Louisiana Alba

Capitalism is funny – a review of Max Barry's Company

Company, Max Barry, Scribe, 9781921215643, 2008 (Aus, US) Jones joins Zephyr as an enthusiastic employee, without even knowing what the company does. This doesn't seem to be an odd thing at Zephyr, where Jones' coworkers in the Training Sales department just accept that Zephyr is a ‘holdings' company, and get on with their menial, perpetual … Continue reading Capitalism is funny – a review of Max Barry's Company