Three disappointments for the dud pile

I’ve had a bad run of books I didn't like and books read for work rather than pleasure recently, so all I can offer this week are these three pallid specimens. I’ll try to crank up my enthusiasm next week. It’s the end of term, holiday reading is beckoning, I have hopes of something marvellous waiting for … Continue reading Three disappointments for the dud pile

What I hope to read at Christmas

By the time you read this, I hope to be in Hawai'i (actually Kauai). This is a major splashout holiday, for a particular reason. It's halfway across the planet from my home, but it's also halfway between where my siblings live, and the Christmas holiday is conveniently close to a significant birthday that they will be celebrating … Continue reading What I hope to read at Christmas

Now posting on Vulpes Libris: Karen Russell’s short stories

Reading short stories is a calming way to drop off to sleep: you start, you finish, you think about maybe reading one more, you turn the light out. Zzzzz. Not so with Karen Russell: her genius and enticing weirdness makes you read the whole damn lot in one go. She's published two collections of stories … Continue reading Now posting on Vulpes Libris: Karen Russell’s short stories