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Book review: Back Story by David Mitchell


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I always knew I liked David Mitchell, but now it's official; he's like, in my top ten favourite people of all time list.

Book review: Johnny Passe by Scott Fivelson and Tim Cleavenger


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”I'm Passe. Johnny Passe.” In the big city where everyone scurries onto the next big trend, and the classics fall by the wayside, it's easy to become passe. Unless you're noir by Fivelson and Cleavenger. In this case, Passe is enduring.

Book review: Watchmen / The Dark Knight Returns by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons / Frank Miller & Lynn Varley


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If these were turned into movies by people who actually gave a crap about them, then they'd make pretty good films but still probably wouldn't hold up to multiple viewings the way the comics do.

Play review: Dial L for Latch-Key by Scott Fivelson


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You'll wish you could see Dial L for Latch-Key in a theatre near you immediately after reading this little gem, because then you'd be sitting in a theatre laughing with other people, as opposed to snickering quietly to yourself alone.

Book review: The Beijing Of Possibilities by Jonathan Tel


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With almost text-book precision, Jonathan Tel captures the essence of the perfect short story in this loosely woven collection of heartbreaks, secrets, humanities and mundanities, backdropped by the mysterious Beijing.

Book review: Whom God Would Destroy by Commander Pants


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A light-hearted romp through the big boys of serious topics - Whom God Would Destroy examines the subjects of religion, psychiatry, the mentally ill, and alien conspiracies in a sniggeringly hilarious meander through some cunning plot twists and a whole new understanding of the universe as it is.

Book review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


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If this was about a pubescent boy instead of a pubescent girl, it would confirm everything a certain sort of person likes to pretend lurks primarily within the purview of the homosexual mindset. But it isn't, so deal with it, heteros.

Book review: Poe: Illustrated Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe


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This volume brings together thirteen of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories and poems and couples them with the visual art of thirteen talented and engaging artists.

Book review: Cultural Amnesia by Clive James


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If this was one of its crisp, aphoristic sentences, it would be: "The lessons of history do not suit our wishes. If they did, they wouldn't be lessons, and history would be a fairy story."

Book review: Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells


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Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood is a book that every daughter should read - an explosion of friendships, lies, honesty, despair, raw emotion, and the complex relationships between generations of women.

Book review: Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow by Peter Hoeg


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A rather lovely blue-green photograph of a body silhouetted in water, under some understated silver text. Nicer than the library's hardcover, which was a bland white thing with cartography and so forth.

Book review: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk


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In a world where beauty opens every door, can a person be brave enough to be everything they don’t want to be?

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