Daily Bookshot: Fear and Loathing in a 2nd-hand Bookshop

Fear and Loathing in a 2nd-hand Bookshop, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. I was chuffed to bits to stumble across a 2nd-hand copy of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas recently, not least because it was a Flamingo Modern … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

As many of you will know already, lit reviewing is a never-ending cycle of read and review, read and review, read and review, and while there are no complaints about that from me (because at the end of the day it's both a thrilling job and a … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy

In a Nutshell: The Secret Lives of People in Love is one of the most deeply absorbing and touching story collections I've ever read. Van Booy has an incredible ability to find beauty and insight in almost anything, and the way in which he turns those … [Read more...]

The Mute Ventriloquist by Simon Van Booy

Title: ''The Mute Ventriloquist' by Simon Van Booy Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books) Date Read: 14 June 2011 Briefly: Childhood friends Drake and Kristine meet up accidentally after years apart. They … [Read more...]

‘The Still But Falling World’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: ''The Still But Falling World' by Simon Van Booy Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books) Date Read: 13 June 2011 Briefly: The narrator reminisces on Morano Calabro, the small Italian village he grew up … [Read more...]

Fifty-Two Friday: Report on Internet User By Andrew Pippos

Title: Report on Internet User by Andrew Pippos. Date Read: 25th February 2011 Briefly: A snapshot of an evening in the life of an Internet user. Afterthoughts:What makes this story interesting is not just the fact that it is presented in the … [Read more...]

Fifty-Two Friday: Estrellas y Rascacielos By Justin Taylor

Title: Estrellas y Rascacielos by Justin Taylor. Date Read: 18th February 2011 Briefly: A group of young anarchist band members drink to some undisclosed success, but it gradually becomes clear that rebellion is not the only thing on the mind of … [Read more...]

‘Save as Many as You Ruin’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: ''Save as Many as You Ruin" by Simon Van Booy Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books) Date Read: 06 February 2011 Briefly: New York City, and while walking home from the office, Gerard, prompted by the … [Read more...]

Introducing ‘Fifty-Two Friday’

Nobody was more delighted than me (probably) to find to out last week that Harper Perennial were taking their free short story portal, Fifty-Two Stories into a third year. With the focus in this new year being on the enigmatic single-word topic … [Read more...]

‘Conception’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: 'Conception' by Simon Van Booy Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books) Date Read: 19 September 2010 Briefly: The narrator sits at his kitchen table reminiscing on his life and his marriage to a … [Read more...]