Review: Maggot Moon

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

Forward, comrades.

 

In 2007 a team of Russian scientists and explorers planted a rust-proof copy of their country’s flag on the seabed below the North Pole. The message was clear: this land, with all its oil and gas, belongs to Russia. After completing his mission, the group’s leader, Artur Chilingarov, said, “If a hundred or a thousand years from now someone goes down to where we were, they will see the Russian flag.”
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David Foster Wallace: 5 facts about the celebrated American novelist and his most famous book, Infinite Jest

This week marks the 20th anniversary of David Foster Wallace’s critically-lauded 1996 novel Infinite Jest, a satirical exploration into hyper-consumerism and addiction in near-future dystopian North America. It was a follow-up to his highly-praised debut The Broom of the System.

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Review: Half A Creature From The Sea

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

Half A Creature From The Sea a book by David Almond.

 

In his introduction to a recent Dylan Thomas anthology, the Welsh poet Owen Sheers described his country’s most famous verse writer as ‘a poet of the sea.’ Thomas’ water was Swansea Bay. For David Almond, an equally aquatic children’s and young adult writer, the water is that of the North Sea, ‘sometimes brilliant blue, and sometimes almost black… more “Review: Half A Creature From The Sea”

Review: The Double Shadow

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

Not quite seeing double.

 

Sally Gardner’s young adult novel builds on two important themes from her previous offering, the minimalist and magical Maggot Moon. In the latter an omnipotent Big Brother-type Politburo tries to manipulate people’s perception of the present. Now it is the past that is under attack. more “Review: The Double Shadow”