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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The quality of the prose in this book simply took my breath away. I can imagine rows of schoolkids reading this one in unison for their GCSE English. It is more akin with a long prose poem, an exploration of a myriad nuances of black, than with the blockbusters that we are used to seeing […]

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Generation A by Douglas Coupland

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Much better by far, the sequel to Generation X has a coherent plot and engaging characters, set in a near-future dystopian world where honeybees have become extinct due to chemical pollution. Shades of Brave New World can be found in the soma-like substance which millions of people have developed an addiction to which promises to […]

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Generation X (tales for an accelerated culture) by Douglas Coupland

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

This is something of a disappointment after Microserfs and J Cube. Certainly I don’t feel that it lives up to the legend. Perhaps it was more shocking in 1990, and certainly I feel it would have helped me if I had read it then instead of leaving it until after generations Y and Z have […]

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Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

buy Microserfs on Amazon Beautiful, stunning and brilliantly worked, the finale of this novel brought tears to my eyes. The slow and arid pace of the main body of the book suddenly snaps into focus as the perfect foil for the drama of one man’s emotional journey: from the lonely desert of a life which […]

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