BOOK REVIEW: SEASON OF MIGRATION TO THE NORTH, BY TAYEB SALIH (1966)

In Naughty Dog's 2013 videogame The Last of Us, a fungus turns people into zombies. It latches itself onto your brain and, as it grows, it alters your behaviour, ramping up aggressiveness, making you instinctively attack uninfected humans. Season of Migration to the North is like this fungus. I wasn't going to write a review of … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: SEASON OF MIGRATION TO THE NORTH, BY TAYEB SALIH (1966)

BOOK REVIEW: THE ESSEX SERPENT, BY SARAH PERRY (2016)

I should have loved The Essex Serpent. Instead, I just liked it. Sarah Perry's second novel follows a bunch of eccentric characters in late Victorian England as they embrace or resist the massive changes sweeping society and culture at the time--including the rise of socialism, evolutionism, and atheism. These characters include: Cora Seaborne, a young widow … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THE ESSEX SERPENT, BY SARAH PERRY (2016)

BOOK REVIEW: FOXLOWE, BY ELEANOR WASSERBERG (2016)

In China Miéville's door-stopping fantasy novel Perdido Street Station, the scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin becomes obsessed with understanding the mechanics of flight. He puts the word out that he's looking for anything that flies: "I want birds, insects, bats... also eggs, also cocoons, also grubs, anything that is going to turn into a flying thing. … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: FOXLOWE, BY ELEANOR WASSERBERG (2016)