With his debut novel, American writer George Saunders has not only produced a masterpiece, he’s produced a book so original, unique and bizarre it defies classification. It certainly defies my meagre critical abilities. Continue reading “Book 10: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders”
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”
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”
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”