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Entries from Jun 2013

Dave Simpson: The Fallen – Searching for the Missing Members of The Fall

19 Jun 2013 · No Comments

The Fallen has been on my to-read shelf for a while, but it was The Fall’s new release, Re-Mit that made me actually pick it up. Variously storming and shambling, Re-Mit forcibly recalls legendary BBC DJ John Peel’s oft-quoted praise of the band, “always different, always the same.” Lead single “Sir William Wray” sounds like [...]

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Tags: f-title · rock · s-author

Willo Davis Roberts : The View from the Cherry Tree

01 Jun 2013 · No Comments

For better or worse, I found myself thinking of The View from the Cherry Tree as sort of what-if-Ralphie-of-A-Christmas-Story-witnessed-a-murder? story. (The novel substantially predates the film, of course, but post-dates the Jean Shepherd novel from which the film drew, so maybe the association isn’t entirely spurious. (Then again, it could as easily be what-if-Dennis-the-Menace-witnessed-a-murder?) The [...]

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Tags: children's · mystery · r-author · v-title

Jennifer Egan: A Visit from the Goon Squad

01 Jun 2013 · No Comments

Egan pushes the boundaries of what can reasonably be called a “novel” with this intricately structured and densely-linked set of stories. I don’t think there’s a single element — of plot, character, or even theme — present in all the tales. Characters reappear in various contexts, with a cameo role in one story becoming the [...]

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Tags: e-author · fiction · v-title