Tag Archives: Contemporary Fiction

The Enigma of Lies: Kate Atkinson’s Transcription

Atkinson, Kate. Transcription. Bond Street Books, 2018. I found it very interesting that within the space of about six weeks I found myself reading two books, Anthony Quinn’s Our Friends in Berlin, which I reviewed not that long ago, and … Continue reading

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The Gamer’s Apocalypse: Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One

Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One. Arrow, 2011. Although I read this book before I read Tanglewreck, I find myself writing this post after reviewing the Winterson novel. Ready Player One has now been made into a movie which has been enjoying … Continue reading

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Mending Time: Jeanette Winterson’s Tanglewreck

Winterson, Jeanette. Tanglewreck. Bloomsbury, 2006. What an enjoyable read this book is. I found it perhaps somewhat misplaced in the adult fiction section of my local library. As I began the book, I suspected that its original intended audience was children. A … Continue reading

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Theme and Variation: Julian Barnes’ The Noise of Time

Barnes, Julian. The Noise of Time. Random House Canada, 2016. This, too, was a novel I borrowed from the library and which had to be returned. It’s not a particularly long book and is, as is often the case with Barnes’ work, … Continue reading

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A Sparkling Wit. Penelope Lively’s The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

Lively, Penelope. The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories. Penguin, 2016. As I think I’ve noted before, short stories are not always my favourite genre to read. They’re just too short. However, the form’s very brevity means that the good short story … Continue reading

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Singing in a not so minor key: Jennifer Ryan’s The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

Ryan, Jennifer. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. Broadway Books, 2017.  How best to describe this book? That is a hard question to answer. It’s a very good read, something of a page-turner and other clichés. But it’s much more than that because … Continue reading

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“A Mysterious Buzz.” Fatal Leaps in Bradley Somer’s Fishbowl.

Somer, Bradley. Fishbowl. St. Martin’s, 2015. This novel, (is it a novel?) is the not so tragic story of Ian the goldfish who takes a “perilous plunge from his bowl on the twenty-seventh floor balcony” (5) of an apartment building, … Continue reading

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