The Stone Boatmen – Sarah Tolmie

Heard a lot about this one around the time it came out from folk whose opinion I respect and now feel a little daft I only just got around to this.

Glad I finally did though; it’s a smart meditation on time, culture distance, the fantastic and literature/literary culture. Smart use of structure too, if that kind of thing interests you.

Another good one. 🙂




The Beast With Nine Billion Feet – Anil Menon

We all do that thing where we get books recommended and they sound good at the time, but sink to the bottom of your pile in favour of the shiny. So, this year, I’m going to try and get through some of the things which have suffered this fate.

The Beast With Nine Billion Feet is well worth a read. I read it as an ebook, but in paper-form, it’d be a slim volume; for all that though, it still packs in a lot of ideas about big business, bio-tech and ethics. Nice to see an author who doesn’t waste your time.

Seen through the eyes of children, I think it could be something which younger readers would enjoy, but it’s not at all condescending to the reader.

A good one to provoke discussion.

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’ve been bad at reading lately and have been meaning to do something about it. This blog is primarily a way of keeping track of what I’ve read and to discipline my reading. Probably won’t review much, but will say what I thought and felt about things as I finish them. Do feel free to recommend anything you think I might like.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah was a great start to the year. It’s a wonderful novel which examines race, (post) colonialism, privilege, relationships, growing up and, well, everything. It might make you, if you think you’re progressive, feel a little uncomfortable. Good. 
I can’t recommend this highly enough.