Category Archives: Mainstream

Mark Leyner – The Sugar Frosted Nutsack (2012) Review

9/10 This book is nuts and I won’t sugarcoat it for you. Don’t let the obviously perfect and attractive title fool you: this is a totally bonkers, post-modern wankfest to the nth degree. But it is also science-fantasy about gods … Continue reading

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Thomas Pynchon – The Crying of Lot 49 (1965) Review

DNF at 40%. I made some notes. This is my first Pynchon – but it is not Pynchon’s first Pynchon, that happens to be the novel V. (1963) but The Crying was his second. It is only 140 pages long … Continue reading

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Dan Brown – Origin (2017) Review

I made it two pages in before grinning ear to ear and rushing to the computer to make notes. Dan Brown’s writing is already both hilariously overwritten when it comes to adjectives and strangely flat and blunt when it comes … Continue reading

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Jose Saramago – The Elephant’s Journey (2008)

7.5/10 – historical fiction/parable I bought this one as a souvenir from my visit to Portugal, in one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, the Livraria Lello. Jose Saramago is a Nobel Prize winner for literature, known for The Gospel … Continue reading

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Michael Chabon – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000) Review

9,5/10 Superheroes, history, magical realism The story follows two young Jewish cartoonists who create the superhero The Escapist. You know how superheroes have a tragic past? Batman lost his parents; Superman’s planet was blown up. Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay … Continue reading

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