Book 4: Gamelife by Michael W. Clune

You might not know this about me: I’m a gamer. I played Ghosts and Goblins on a neighbour’s PC when I was four years old and (apart from a few years during uni when I was taking myself way too seriously) I’ve been playing ever since. I play just as much as I read: a lot.

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Book 3: The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville

This time last year I tried China Mieville for the first time and came away terribly underwhelmed.

This Census-Taker was a dull, uneventful novella that left almost no lasting impression on me – 12 months later I can’t even remember the premise.

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Book 1: The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

The opening pages of this debut novel from Tamil author Anuk Arudpragasam are truly stunning.

Set during the dying days of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war, the novel introduces us to Dinesh, a young Tamil man left orphaned and alone by the fighting, as he carries a wounded six-year-old boy to a camp clinic. The boy’s arm has been shredded by shrapnel, dissolving his hand and forearm into a “soft, formless mass, spilling to the ground from some parts, congealing in others and charred everywhere else”. It’s not the boy’s first brush with amputation: he’s already missing a leg from an earlier encounter with a landmine. Continue reading “Book 1: The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam”