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Georgy Girl

Posted on June 10, 2017. Filed under: Blue Review |

Georgy Girl

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue Review: Wailing Ghosts

Posted on January 9, 2017. Filed under: Blue Review |

Wailing Ghosts
Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling
Blue rating: 4 of 5 stars

“…Which all goes to show that although foxes may be capable of getting hold of objects from a very long way away, they do not hold on to them for ever.” Pu Songling – The Golden Goblet, Wailing Ghosts.

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Blue Review: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Blue Review |

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

Blue rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nine short stories. They’re fab – but there’s that short story thing going on (that usually happens in film school short films) where the stories just, sort of, end and you don’t get to know what happens later (except the Viking tale; dig that ending). Bummer. Closure. We all need closure.

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Blue Review: A Little Life

Posted on October 4, 2016. Filed under: Blue Review, man booker shortlist 2015 |

A Little Life
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Blue rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book… brought me down.

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Blue Review: Self’s Murder

Posted on August 19, 2016. Filed under: Blue Review |

Self's Murder
Self’s Murder by Bernhard Schlink

Blue rating: 3 of 5 stars

“It’s a shame one can’t chose one’s last case. A high point, a finale, one that rounds off with a flourish everything one has achieved. Instead, the last case is as accidental as all the others. That’s how it goes: you do this, you do that, and before you know it, that was your life.”

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Blue Review: It Had to Be You

Posted on August 7, 2016. Filed under: Blue Review |

It Had to Be You
It Had to Be You by David Nobbs
Blue rating: 3 of 5 stars

A story about grief – and about your relatives being a bunch of self-centred bastards.  Didn’t seem mortifyingly dark or melancholy enough for Reggie Perrin’s David Nobbs.  Acely humanist though.

And now I’m suddenly thinking about Reggie Perrin – which I used to watch when I was a kid (in the seventies).

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Blue Review: Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders

Posted on May 20, 2016. Filed under: Blue Review |

Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders

Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders by Neil Gaiman

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

This man’s imagination is bonkers. And scary.

 

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Blue Review: A Spool of Blue Thread

Posted on May 17, 2016. Filed under: Blue Review, man booker shortlist 2015 |

A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

A story that made me feel so sad; about the transience of life; about how I ought to tell the people I love how much I do love and cherish them – before it’s too late.

 

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Blue Review: Classic Science Fiction Stories

Posted on February 12, 2016. Filed under: Blue Review |

Classic Science Fiction Stories

Classic Science Fiction Stories by Tig Thomas

Blue Review rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read all these stories when I was a kid. I’d forgotten that I’d read them. Reminded me of my dad. He loved Science Fiction, too. Probably where I got it from. Fab.

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Blue Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Posted on January 19, 2016. Filed under: Blue Review |

The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Blue Review rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Brilliant.

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Blue Review: How to Be Both

Posted on November 4, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

How to Be Both
How to Be Both by Ali Smith

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a lovely book; warm and funny – but made me feel so lonely and sorrowful.

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Blue Review: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Posted on October 15, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

Blue Review rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very, very funny – theologically and especially atheistically so. And sort of reminded me of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 – my favourite book before coming across Catcher in the Rye. Still “I can only suggest the effect it had on me, that is, that the feeling that my life … and the world’s every carefree, winsome hour, were perfectly without meaning.”

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Blue Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Posted on September 15, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.

 

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Blue Review: J

Posted on August 15, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

J
J by Howard Jacobson

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

A bleak dystopian retro-future effloresces a sinister argument to restore humankind’s requisite ‘equilibrium of hate’ in order to avoid/precipitate WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED happening again – with absolutely magnificent literary wit.

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Blue Review: Dark Fey: The Reviled

Posted on August 3, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review |

Dark Fey: The Reviled
Dark Fey: The Reviled by Cynthia Morgan

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t recall having ever read a Mystical Fantasy story before and, for sure, I’ve never read a Mystical Faerie Fantasy – so I had only a vague idea of what I’d find there and no idea, really, of how I’d react to it.

What I discovered was a tender love story – through and around which raged a fearsome and wholly relentless battle between, literally, Light and Dark.

Ayla, a faerie of the Light, is a gifted empath whose compassion is so deep-seated and enduring that she can’t help but take on others’ pain and angst – especially that of those close to her heart.

Gairynzvl, is a faerie of the Dark; he’s one of The Reviled, The Fallen Fey – and, from the deep shadows, he begins to watch Ayla; he watches and waits – risking his all.
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Blue Review: The Outsider

Posted on June 23, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review |

The Outsider
The Outsider by Albert Camus

Blue Review rating: 5 of 5 stars

I often wonder why I do things, as well. Must be the sun.

 

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Blue Review: The Lives of Others

Posted on April 8, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

The Lives of Others
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

An arduous read of unrelenting inhuman cruelty – with neither salvation nor redemption at the end.

 

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Blue Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Posted on March 10, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

 

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

Man’s inhumanity to man. Inexorable loneliness. Then you die. (In sh*t).

 

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