Amberville - Tim Davys

I first picked this book up thinking it would be something like Jasper Fford. I figured that a noire detective novel in a world populated by stuffed animals just had to be funny. But I figured wrong. This book is filled with darkness. And these stuffed animals are more of a metaphor for the sheer disposability of human life, than cutesy kids’ toys. And yet this book has a kind of beauty to it. Imagine an Ingmar Bergman film, if he had read a lot of Raymond Chandler and had an all stuffed animal cast.

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ISBN: 9780061625138
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 23rd, 2010

The Gone-Away World - Nick Harkaway

Nick Harkaway's first novel, The Gone-Away World, is hilarious, wonderful and surreal. It is a post-apocalyptic mercenary troop muckabout with ninjas, monsters, epic kung-fu battles and an utterly compelling theme: the utter banality of every step towards becoming truly evil.

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ISBN: 9780307389077
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music

Every once in a while, I get this odd mood where I want to read a lot of poetry. Usually I start off by quietly reading to myself, but inevitably I start wanting to listen to the stuff. Poetry is, after all, partially about sound. Unfortunately, my own skill at reading aloud is a form of aural torture best avoided. Moreover, I look odd sitting on the Metro with a book in front of me, talking to myself. The upshot is that my iPod contains a nice little collection of recorded poetry, and the Naxos recording of The Seven Ages is pretty much the best. Sir Ian McKellen curated this collection around Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" soliloquy (from As You Like It). Some of England's greatest living actors read poetry which fits naturally into each of the seven ages: Infancy, Childhood, Lover, Soldier, Justice, Old Age and Death.