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Forum: Book Reviews 9th Dec 2011, 10:44
Replies: 72
Views: 8,243
Posted By John Self
Re: Gilbert Adair

Gilbert Adair has died, according to a tweet from Nick James of Sight & Sound magazine.
Forum: General Chat 13th Apr 2011, 8:03
Replies: 9
Views: 2,239
Posted By John Self
Re: The Modern Library 100 Best Novels: The Board Vs. Readers

That thread seems to relate to a non-fiction top 100 vote, Mookse. Did Rand and Hubbard even write that many non-fiction books??
Forum: General Chat 13th Apr 2011, 8:00
Replies: 9
Views: 2,239
Posted By John Self
Re: The Modern Library 100 Best Novels: The Board Vs. Readers

Did they offer you a free psychology test?
Forum: General Chat 11th Apr 2011, 21:30
Replies: 1,121
Views: 72,677
Posted By John Self
Re: Happy Birthday to...

Belated thanks for the birthday greetings!
Forum: Book Reviews 7th Apr 2011, 19:55
Replies: 4
Views: 1,983
Posted By John Self
Re: Greg Baxter: A Preparation for Death

Well he takes his art (I suspect he would settle for no less a term) seriously, that's for sure, though in my email exchanges with him before and after the interview, he is naturally 'normal' and not...
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Mar 2011, 10:10
Replies: 45
Views: 9,190
Posted By John Self
Re: The Orange Prize 2011

And in the UK, The Sentimenalists is published by Heinemann. It's been selected for the Waterstone's Eleven promotion, so should get some coverage here irrespective of prize lists. I have a proof,...
Forum: General Chat 18th Mar 2011, 19:40
Replies: 242
Views: 31,102
Posted By John Self
Re: Recent Purchases 2011

Off to Nepal, then, David?
Forum: Book Reviews 18th Mar 2011, 19:40
Replies: 96
Views: 19,387
Posted By John Self
Re: Booker Prize 2011

How ambiguous, Lynne! Did you like it, or do you just mean that you think it fits certain Bookerish criteria?
Forum: Book Reviews 10th Mar 2011, 22:35
Replies: 82
Views: 15,151
Posted By John Self
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

Does the novella have a name, Sam?
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Mar 2011, 21:24
Replies: 82
Views: 15,151
Posted By John Self
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

I've almost finished it, Paul - it didn't take long. In some ways I would have liked it to be longer, so that I could wallow in it more, and take more time over it. The centre story, 'Emergency', has...
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Mar 2011, 19:18
Replies: 331
Views: 38,358
Posted By John Self
Re: Recently Abandoned

Surely dislikeable characters aren't a reason to abandon a book...? I have only read one of Dick's non-SF novels, Confessions of a Crap Artist, which was OK. He was no prose stylist, but his best SF...
Forum: Book Reviews 1st Mar 2011, 16:05
Replies: 96
Views: 19,387
Posted By John Self
Re: Booker Prize 2011

Hot on the heels of his story collection Pulse, Julian Barnes has a novel out in August, The Sense of an Ending. If Amazon is to be believed, it's 144 pages, making it more novella than novel. But...
Forum: Book Reviews 26th Feb 2011, 8:31
Replies: 204
Views: 24,150
Posted By John Self
Re: Philip Roth

That's broadly how I felt about The Counterlife, Mookse, which is sometimes regarded as Roth's masterpiece.
Forum: Book Reviews 21st Feb 2011, 22:30
Replies: 82
Views: 15,151
Posted By John Self
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

Chris, what you say about being surprised by Owen Meany after Cider House's rationality is interesting. I read, don't ask me where, that Irving intended Owen Meany as a denunciation of faith, and was...
Forum: Book Reviews 14th Feb 2011, 22:07
Replies: 15
Views: 3,928
Posted By John Self
Re: John Williams

A long piece (http://www.westword.com/2010-11-04/news/sixteen-years-after-his-death-not-so-famous-novelist-john-williams-is-finding-his-audience/) on Williams and his late, posthumous rise.
Forum: Book Reviews 14th Feb 2011, 22:06
Replies: 538
Views: 59,461
Posted By John Self
Re: Martin Amis

A very good point, Kevin. As far as I know, though, Amis remains good pals with Rushdie (and McEwan, who has also written a children's book, The Daydreamer), so I'd be surprised if he did mean it...
Forum: Book Reviews 12th Feb 2011, 20:18
Replies: 538
Views: 59,461
Posted By John Self
Re: Martin Amis

Gil, surely you're joking. It's not as though Amis's latest novel is out in paperback next month or anyth- ...oh.
Forum: Book Reviews 12th Feb 2011, 15:08
Replies: 8
Views: 2,201
Posted By John Self
Re: J.R. Ackerley

Not really, though I had expected it to be a sort of non-fiction version of We Think the World of You. The narrator in the novel is indistinguishable from Ackerley, certainly, but there is a clearer...
Forum: Book Reviews 12th Feb 2011, 9:34
Replies: 8
Views: 2,201
Posted By John Self
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

I'd give it ****0, raised from a potential ***00 by the beautifully elegiac ending of the book (the main book, that is, rather than the more or less pointless appendix). It does, as ono indicates, go...
Forum: Book Reviews 4th Feb 2011, 13:42
Replies: 117
Views: 13,753
Posted By John Self
Re: Penguin Modern Classics

Just saw that, BiNS. I have a couple of other titles in the series (Saul Bellow and Isaac Bashevis Singer) and they're handsome little things. I do hope the Telegraph ones don't have the newspaper...
Forum: All About Palimpsest 28th Jan 2011, 14:29
Replies: 18
Views: 7,254
Posted By John Self
Re: let's leave amazon

Wavid has now confirmed that he will ditch the Amazon link. Whether he signs up for a Book Depository one remains to be seen...
Forum: All About Palimpsest 28th Jan 2011, 11:32
Replies: 18
Views: 7,254
Posted By John Self
Re: let's leave amazon

Haha, I do the opposite! I look up reader reviews etc on Amazon and then buy them in Waterstone's (or from Bookseller Crow if I can't get them in my own branch of W's).



True, there's...
Forum: All About Palimpsest 27th Jan 2011, 22:37
Replies: 18
Views: 7,254
Posted By John Self
Re: let's leave amazon

I agree, Kevin. However it is the decision not of any of us but of the site owner, Wavid. I don't know if he gets any money from the Amazon link these days, though I know he used to. I will try to...
Forum: Book Reviews 26th Jan 2011, 20:23
Replies: 96
Views: 19,387
Posted By John Self
Re: Booker Prize 2011

Well I have a Kindle app for my iPhone, so I could find out how bad it is for a relatively small outlay, but I already know that the answer to that is "Worse than I could ever believe possible."
Forum: Book Reviews 26th Jan 2011, 20:20
Replies: 96
Views: 19,387
Posted By John Self
Re: Booker Prize 2011

Go easy, Mookse, otherwise he might delete his 'best wishes' from your copy.
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