Friday, May 17, 2013

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.

Dead fish. Hope Beach, South Arm Peninsula. April 2013.

100 Days in Photographs: Pivotal Events That Changed the World, Nick Yapp: A stunning collection, if a little US-centric. B+.

The Body in the Library, Agatha Christie: A dated little murder mystery. By the numbers. C.

The Inheritors, William Golding: A fantastically-rendered and irredeemably sad tale of the extinction of one of the last remaining Neanderthal tribes at the hands of the more advanced (yet malevolent) Homosapiens. The final chapter nails the tragedy of it all beautifully. A.

After the Quake, Haruki Murakami: An odd little collection inspired by the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Uneven, but worthy. B.

Marry Me, Dan Rhodes: I do love every new Dan Rhodes release. Marry Me is no different. Equal parts sour, bleak whimsy and savage whimsy inspired by the concept of marriage. As black as coal and funny as hell. I loved it. A.

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