With his second collection of short stories, Exhalation, master of existential science fiction Ted Chiang explores AI, time travel, and alternate realities with the studious eye of an anthropologist.
This story, although not mindless, is kind of a trashy read; rather like the celebrity culture it critiques.
If this doesn’t get shortlisted for the Giller Prize, well, that would be just proof that the world is an unjust place.
What are we willing to trade off in order to have a steady income, food on one’s plate and a house over one’s head?
& Sons is essentially a novel about reclusiveness, and how that purifies art and distills it into something honest and real.
Double Feature is a pretty good work for someone whose own upbringing had to have resembled the B-movies that he so lovingly recreates here.
May We Be Forgiven is a book of pathos, and yet is darkly comedic at the same time. It’s a fine line to walk, but A. M. Homes does a pretty deft job of stringing both ends together.
If anything, Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes shows an author who is willing to stretch out and expand his palette, even as he grows well into his twilight years.
This debut entry into the genre of drug chic is getting all kinds of praise. I don't get it.
This is a novel with a grand sweep and panoramic themes of love, family, duty, politics and even betrayal. And fitting for a person who works as a doctor, it has a scalpel-like precision in its use of language.
Gods Without Men is vaguely reminiscent of the comic book writings of Grant Morrison of The Invisibles fame: there’s a lot going on within the covers of this novel, and it's as deliriously trippy and expanding as anything Morrison has put to paper.
Carry the One is a true treasure of a read, and there's no doubt that when the major awards season comes, this novel will be bestowed with high honours.
Esi Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues is not a work about the tragedy and horror of the darkest days of the Second World War, but rather, a tale of the sword that twisted in the backs of so many in the years leading up to it.