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Forum: Book Reviews 29th Dec 2013, 17:30
Replies: 22
Views: 13,349
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Palimplists 2014

March

11. Kicking the Sky, Anthony De Sa **000
10. The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner ***00
9. The Thing About December, Donal Ryan ****0

February

8. Minister Without Portfolio, Michael...
Forum: Book Reviews 29th May 2013, 16:15
Replies: 6
Views: 2,504
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: The Women's Prize 2013

I'm another one who would not have read Life After Life until I saw David's thoughts on it -- and I too found it a very impressive book. As for your hidden question, Ang, my view would be that it...
Forum: Book Reviews 9th Apr 2013, 3:51
Replies: 23
Views: 5,853
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: 2013 Palimplist Conversations

I was looking forward to the Englander collection because I quite liked his Argentine novel (the title of which has slipped me right now). And, like Bill, I thought it started off okay, but rapidly...
Forum: Book Reviews 23rd Mar 2013, 16:16
Replies: 23
Views: 5,853
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: 2013 Palimplist Conversations

Ang: After 60 pages, I was annoyed more than anything else -- in the edition I was reading the "interior" thoughts were in italic type. I didn't think they were telling me much and it was even...
Forum: All About Palimpsest 28th Dec 2012, 20:22
Replies: 447
Views: 51,581
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Issues and Problems

I took a very deep breath and did it. Now I feel that it is only moments until there is a brutal knocking at the door and I am dragged off to be burned at the Palimpstake.
Forum: Book Reviews 28th Dec 2012, 20:20
Replies: 19
Views: 16,064
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Palimplists 2013

December

53. Constance, Patrick McGrath ***00
52. Island: The Collected Stories, Alistair MacLeod *****

November

51. Watching The Climbers On The Mountain, Alex Miller ****0
50. A Bird's...
Forum: All About Palimpsest 28th Dec 2012, 18:21
Replies: 447
Views: 51,581
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Issues and Problems

It seems so much more official when one of the Mods opens the thread.
Forum: All About Palimpsest 28th Dec 2012, 17:43
Replies: 447
Views: 51,581
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Issues and Problems

Please will someone open a 2013 Palimplist for us :-) . I know comment traffic has dropped off here, but people have been very good about keeping their reading lists and ratings up to date and it is...
Forum: Book Reviews 4th Jun 2012, 5:39
Replies: 14
Views: 2,733
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Orange Prize 2012

I am another one who is not in the least inclined to read the winner -- and like paddyjoe, I was impressed with the short list.

Just goes to show that one never knows how a jury will tilt.
Forum: Book Reviews 27th May 2012, 22:08
Replies: 0
Views: 1,154
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Clark Blaise

Clark Blaise deserves his own thread. Now in his 70s, he has been writing short stories all his life -- for the last 10 years he has headed the Institute fo the Study of the Short Story.
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Forum: All About Palimpsest 27th May 2012, 20:49
Replies: 447
Views: 51,581
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Issues and Problems

I am not getting any warnings today either. And the Palimslists are working.
Forum: All About Palimpsest 15th May 2012, 17:45
Replies: 447
Views: 51,581
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Issues and Problems

I'd be happy to contribute.

Ang raises a good point on the RSS feed and cross-posting. The archives here are of real value -- I consult them on a regular basis.
Forum: All About Palimpsest 14th May 2012, 22:27
Replies: 447
Views: 51,581
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Issues and Problems

I am not getting a problem -- so perhaps it got fixed because my security system is hyper-sensitive.

I'd like to make another suggestion. When Stewart set up the RSS feed on the Book Review...
Forum: Book Reviews 1st May 2012, 18:04
Replies: 12
Views: 3,082
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Elliot Perlman: Seven Types of Ambiguity

I am sure this novel will hit the Booker judge's attention -- whether it will get to the longlist is another question

And thanks for the reference to Frayn's Skios. He is one of my favorites and...
Forum: Book Reviews 1st May 2012, 2:18
Replies: 8
Views: 1,203
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Reviving book reviews on Palimpsest

What I'd most like Beth is that when you have a thought that helps the blog if you would leave it there. I do think the community here is quite special (and very international) -- for some of the...
Forum: Book Reviews 1st May 2012, 1:24
Replies: 8
Views: 1,203
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Reviving book reviews on Palimpsest

This website was not my first home for online book discussions. Four years ago, I found the Booker Prize website and discovered a community for friends who talked about books.

At that stage, I...
Forum: Book Reviews 1st May 2012, 0:33
Replies: 12
Views: 3,082
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Elliot Perlman: Seven Types of Ambiguity

I'd appreciate some feedback on the review above. Not only have I posted a much longer review than is normal for Palimpsent, I've included a number of responses from the posting on my blog.

I'm...
Forum: Book Reviews 1st May 2012, 0:25
Replies: 12
Views: 3,082
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Elliot Perlman: Seven Types of Ambiguity

Eliot Perlman has attracted not a comment in six years, so maybe it is time to re-open the thread. I do think that time will show that Perlman is one of the better novelists of our time.

(And...
Forum: Book Reviews 1st May 2012, 0:06
Replies: 0
Views: 1,934
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Dave Margoshes: A Book of Great Worth

I confess to my personal conflicts of interest in the opening para of this review (which I have copied from my blog) -- despite that, I think it is a great and important collection. For a discussion...
Forum: All About Palimpsest 30th Apr 2012, 23:50
Replies: 447
Views: 51,581
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Issues and Problems

I don't have any red stars either -- the great thing is that since I have only one "red-star" book (Tony Judt's Memory Chalet, must to jog memories) it looks even better having a star in a box than...
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Apr 2012, 3:50
Replies: 5
Views: 1,719
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Desmond Elliott Prize 2012

Ang: Strictly the themes as reported in reviews, since I haven't looked at the novel (and my comment was about me, not the book, I should emphasize). Coetzee and Galgut were two that came to mind.
Forum: Book Reviews 26th Apr 2012, 19:10
Replies: 5
Views: 1,719
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Desmond Elliott Prize 2012

I liked The Bellwether Revivals more than you did. And I abandoned The Last Hundred Days. I've been impressed by commenters who liked Absolution, but they have not overcome my own concern: This...
Forum: All About Palimpsest 26th Apr 2012, 17:26
Replies: 447
Views: 51,581
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Issues and Problems

I'll add both my thanks and congratulations to Wavid. I've been watching the discussion and experiencing the same problems -- great to have it sorted out.
Forum: General Chat 9th Mar 2012, 3:41
Replies: 23
Views: 3,010
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Orange Prize 2012

e.g. Jane Austen, George Eliot, the Brontes.

Hardly seems a contest.
Forum: General Chat 9th Mar 2012, 0:00
Replies: 23
Views: 3,010
Posted By KevinfromCanada
Re: Orange Prize 2012

And, of course, stir the pot. Part of what makes you so charming, Stewart.

I don't have any problem with a prize restricted by gender since citizenship, location and genre all are used as...
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