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Book Review: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

January 17, 2015 by


Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ishiguro writes literary fiction layered heavily over a solid sci-fi plot that shines through only faintly–which is why he’s such a literary darling, and one of my favourite authors. “Never Let Me Go” captured my childhood exactly: I went to a British […]

Bestsellers with Typos

December 15, 2011 by


I turned towards the phone and wagged my left hand up and down from the elbow, palm up. I was frustrated. “They sell millions of copies. Who edits these things? What’s the copyeditor doing, picking his nose?” “It doesn’t matter,” said my mum. “The plot sells the book.” “I know. I know.” “You can produce all the flawlessly […]

Childhood’s Books

May 11, 2011 by


Hey all! I’m The Oogle or Oogs, sometimes “Writing Machine”—whatever. I’m a friend of Alice’s from our writing group, and she’s kindly invited me to be a guest contributor here, talking about…whatever it is I have to say, I guess. And I don’t promise it’ll be interesting. Anyway. Today I’m going to talk about the […]

Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Masterpiece

April 19, 2011 by


I grieve that I was yet to be born in 1972, when “Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright” was published. It was, as my father told me when he gave me his paperback copy, an under-appreciated masterpiece of American literature. I have since formed the opinion that its […]

Amanda Hocking & DexRaven – Part 2

April 3, 2011 by


N.B.: I’m attempting to train my body clock. It’s really awful…my autopilot seems to be just as stubborn as my conscious brain. I warn you; for the next few days I’ll be blogging to keep myself from falling asleep — so that gives you some idea about the quality you can expect. … I wrote […]

“Delirium” Might Perhaps Miss the Whole Damn Point

March 3, 2011 by


I was shopping for bog rolls and washing up liquid last night at a box store. I always go past the book sections in box stores because I want to keep an eye on what’s selling. I ended up buying Lauren Oliver’s “Delirium” after a few minutes of the excuses I tell myself when I impulse-buy: […]