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Guest review: Alice Grundy on <i>Mr Peanut</i> by Adam Ross

Guest review: Alice Grundy on Mr Peanut by Adam Ross

Angela Meyer April 26, 2011

Vintage, 9780099535379 (Aus, UK, US) Reviewed by Alice Grundy The cover of Adam Ross’ first novel, Mr Peanut, is swathed in praise from no lesser lights than Stephen King and Michiko Kakutani. The title page features a reproduction of Escher’s ‘Mobius’ flagging the role of the double in the plot. All the signs point towards […]

Guest review: Matthia Dempsey on <i>What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us</i> by Laura van den Berg

Guest review: Matthia Dempsey on What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg

Angela Meyer February 22, 2011 1 Comment

Scribe Publications, February 2011 (Aus, US, UK) 9781921640896 Reviewed by Matthia Dempsey Laura van den Berg has particular skill in capturing the strangeness that can come at times—the sense of being a stranger to your own life and the world. For many of the women in her stories this feeling is the result of a […]

Cult carny lit: Katherine Dunn’s <i>Geek Love</i>

Cult carny lit: Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love

Angela Meyer December 27, 2010 3 Comments

Vintage, 1989 9780375713347 (2002 edn) (Also Aus, US, UK) Miss Olympia is an emotional, hunchbacked albino dwarf, and the complex narrator of this wonderful novel. In the present, Oly secretly watches over the remaining members of her carnival-of-freaks family: her daughter, Miranda, and her mother, Crystal Lil. Why her observance and care is secretive is revealed through […]

‘If only a nippleless bra could make it all work’: Gary Shteyngart’s <i>Super Sad True Love Story</i>

‘If only a nippleless bra could make it all work’: Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

Angela Meyer October 29, 2010 1 Comment

Granta, September 2010, through Allen & Unwin in Australia (Aus, US, UK) 9781847081032 Super. Here’s a too-easily-imaginable near-future world where everyone is attached to a device, books are obsolete, people walk around half-naked and rate each other’s bits, the American empire is failing, and it’s hard to make a true and lasting connection. Sad. The […]

Guest review: Chris Flynn on Justin Cronin’s <i>The Passage</i>

Guest review: Chris Flynn on Justin Cronin’s The Passage

Angela Meyer September 7, 2010 3 Comments

The Passage Justin Cronin (Aus, US) Orion 9780752897851 Reviewed by Chris Flynn It’s funny how movies influence books so much these days. The fact that The Passage was optioned by Sir Ridley Scott for $1.75 million within a week of Cronin settling on a $3.75 million publishing deal for his vampire apocalypse trilogy is unsurprising […]

Like, embrace the pain: the Bret Easton Ellis interview (part 2)

Like, embrace the pain: the Bret Easton Ellis interview (part 2)

Angela Meyer August 20, 2010 2 Comments

It’s very telling, you know? Find part 1, right here, folks. Kathy: My two very favourite novels of all time are Lunar Park, and Pet Sematary by Stephen King, which kind of makes perfect sense… Bret: Yes, it does. Kathy: I’m really interested in the idea that Lunar Park may be becoming a film. I’m […]

Both ways is the only way she wants it: an interview with Maile Meloy

Both ways is the only way she wants it: an interview with Maile Meloy

Angela Meyer June 16, 2010 2 Comments

As the title indicates, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it (Text, May 2010 in Aus, Riverhead US), Maile Meloy’s engaging collection of stories, is about the fear, desire, pleasure, confusion and complications of wanting it both ways and sometimes having it so. It’s like Guido’s dilemma in Fellini’s 8 1/2 – he wants […]

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on Stephen King’s <i>Under the Dome</i>

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on Stephen King’s Under the Dome

Angela Meyer February 11, 2010 2 Comments

9780340992579 Hodder 2009 (Aus, US) I sometimes wonder when Stephen King will stop. Having published more than 150 books, it’s hard not to wonder when the ideas will dry up. What’s next Stephen, a killer broom monster? A giant ribbon that wraps itself around its victims and strangles them of life? A giant dome that […]

Kilts and wine breath: a conversation with my sister about meeting Diana Gabaldon

Kilts and wine breath: a conversation with my sister about meeting Diana Gabaldon

Angela Meyer November 19, 2009 3 Comments

Some years ago when I was a bookstore girl, I became intrigued by this massive brick of a book called Cross Stitch (Outlander in the US), which many middle-aged women would get flustered over: ‘You haven’t read it?’ they’d ask. I read it, and it was great fun – particularly the raunchy historical Scottish sex, and the […]

<i>Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned</i>: Christopher Currie interviews Wells Tower, part the second

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned: Christopher Currie interviews Wells Tower, part the second

Angela Meyer September 11, 2009 6 Comments

  Part the first of Christopher Currie’s interview with Wells Tower can be found here. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned Wells Tower Granta, 2009 9781847080486 (Aus, US/Kindle) In other interviews, you’ve talked about your stories having a ‘moral pendulum’ swinging between characters, and the importance of putting the reader slightly off-balance at the end of a […]