Book 9: Submission by Michel Houellebecq

It sounds far-fetched: a Muslim wins the French elections and introduces Sharia law. And French society – that bastion of liberte – submits.

But in Houellebecq’s hands it becomes eerily plausible. He’s being deliberately provocative, of course – that’s Houellebecq’s MO. Still, he writes the politics so believably it makes it easy to suspend disbelief. Continue reading “Book 9: Submission by Michel Houellebecq”

Book 8: All The Birds in The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

This is a strange book.

As I’ve said elsewhere on this blog, I love novels that seek to blur and break down the boundaries between genres. Give me horror in my romance, science-fiction in my spy thriller, fantasy in my historical fiction. Continue reading “Book 8: All The Birds in The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders”

Book 7: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

What’s left to say about this one?

The most critically-acclaimed book of 2016 was also one of those rare literary novels to achieve mainstream commcerical success – thanks in no small part to a glowing endorsement from some woman named Oprah Winfrey. Continue reading “Book 7: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead”