The five jars

Available free from Gutenberg This novel takes the form of a letter from our nameless narrator to Jane, he wants to explain how it is that he was talking to owls, for he mentioned in passing to her that he had some bit of news from them. One day, while out in the woods he […]

A country doctor

Translated by Ian Johnston ; read Online at Franz Kafka online A doctor is needed, but he has no transport. It is winter, he has no horse to harness to his buggy. His own is dead, and no one else will risk their own animals on a journey of ten miles or more in the […]

A town called panic

A town called panic

In a town (or village) called Panic live Indian, Cowboy, and Horse. But Cowboy & Indian have forgotten that it is Horse’s birthday. What will they get him as a present? He already has hats! But what about a barbecue? That would be perfect, but they have no bricks to build it. Luckily, Stephen, the […]

Still life with Woodpecker

ISBN: 0553148923 really wanted to like this book. How could I not, the synopsis from the back cover makes you want to start reading it: Still Life with Woodpecker is sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes. It reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between […]

The Affirmation

Peter Sinclair is 29, and, following his girlfriend’s attempted suicide he runs away from London, to the countryside. There he is supposed to be redecorating and doing up a family friend’s cottage in return for being allowed to stay there. But he gets distracted and begins to write his autobiography. In the course of writing […]

The Unconsoled

The unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro
ISBN: 057122539X
See also: Jabberwock ; Fantastic Metropolis

Surreal and weird are terms that come to mind when I attempt to review this book. Or to be even more accurate, very weird and extremely surreal :)

The story revolves around a world famous pianist who travels to a city, in Europe somewhere but we’re never told where exactly, and then travels around meeting people and being late for other meetings with people. Ryder seems to be suffering from some sort of amnesia at first. We don’t really know anything about him, and he doesn’t really seem to know anything about himself either.

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No Such Thing

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So there I was, flicking around this afternoon when I came across No Such Thing. My wonderful browse feature told me it was the story of a young female reporter who tried to find out what happened her missing fiancée only to discover a foul-mouthed monster whom she befriends.

Only it was a lot stranger than that. The first hour or so was all about Beatrice. On her way to Iceland to track down her fiancée her plane crashed into the sea. She was the sole survivor, but was terribly injured. In the world of this film the media have taken over and pretty much run the world, but must contend with a public who grow bored of anything after only a few hours.[1] Beatrice’s boss tried to make her go public and tell her story, but Beatrice doesn’t want to so she is pretty much abandoned in the hospital, where she must undergo an extremely painful operation, with only limited painkiller/anaesthetic.

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Linknotes:

  1. I reckon there is some meaning there, I just cant quite figure out what it is…

Kafka on the Shore

trans from the Japanese: Philip Gabriel ISBN: 0099494094 ; Mental mayhem ; Mindspill “So you’re all set for money, then?” the boy named Crow asks in his characteristic sluggish voice. The kind of voice you have when you’ve just woken up and your mouth still fells heavy and dull. But he’s just pretending. He’s totally […]

Lovely Biscuits

ISBN: 1902197011 6 short stories plus an introduction by Stewart Home. Blind in the city of light, Patricia walked carefully back through the Cimitiere Pere-Lachasie Contents: The Braile Encyclopaedia The Room Where Love Lives Red King Rising Lovecraft in Heaven Depravity I’m A Policeman I suppose weird would be a good one review of this […]

Edward Scissorhands

This really is a great film. I bought it on DVD quite a while ago, but it has taken me some time to actually watch it. And I still have the commentaries to look forward to. Unfortunately they seem to have been done by only one person, one by Tim Burton, the other by Danny Elfman. I think that commentaries are always best when there are at least two people playing off one another.
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