Category: Review


  • We Run The Tides by Vendela Vida

    We Run The Tides by Vendela Vida

    One of the problems I had with Happiness Is Wasted On Me was the question of how to make a coming-of-age novel sufficiently different from the rest. If we’re honest, we have to face the fact that all coming-of-age novels are similarly built. The protagonist struggles against life, valiantly battling through their teen years, facing […]

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  • Nancy Drew: Sleuth of Style

    Nancy Drew: Sleuth of Style

    Nancy Drew is many things to many people, yet across the decades there have been several consistent elements in her characterisation. For one thing, she’s deceptively resourceful. A brilliant brain. A crime busting teen queen. And she owns a wardrobe full of fierce fashions that she’s not shy about showcasing. Basically, Nancy Drew likes to […]

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  • beautifulgarbage by Garbage (an apology)

    beautifulgarbage by Garbage (an apology)

    Dear Shirley Manson, I’m writing this because I want to apologise to you. I’ve always admired your power, your supreme fierceness, your talent. In the ’90s, you were a huge part of my life. You and the band were a soundtrack for voluntary self-distancing. I listened to your voice, took in your words, studied interviews […]

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  • Gran Turismo by The Cardigans

    Gran Turismo by The Cardigans

    Sometimes a band are so good that they fear their greatness and run away from it, only to encounter a different sort of glory. The Cardigans were always brilliant. Completely, wholly amazing. Their first three albums brimmed with beautifully crafted pop that left the listener warm and happy because the music never failed to sound…wholesome. […]

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  • Me & Mr. Cigar by Gibby Haynes

    Me & Mr. Cigar by Gibby Haynes

    My first published novel was a Young Adult book called Conjuring The Infinite, a sort of greatest hits package of everything that freaked me out as a child. There’s a bit of Twin Peaks, a little Stephen King, and a smidgen of Doctor Who. Basically, I wanted to write the weird books that the teen […]

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  • My Favourite Things Of 2019

    2019 was a year when the changes hinted by 2018 finally came to pass. Thank you 2018, you rotten bugger. Anyway, my Favourite Things have been arranged in a list format, and they’re all practically interchangeable so there’s no countdown. 2019 has been a strange year, so it goes without saying that without these Favourite […]

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  • The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

    The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

    I have certain rituals that I carry out every year around this time. It’s how I survive the winter. There are certain television shows I re-watch for comfort in the cold. For instance, December doesn’t feel right unless I sit through Christmas With The Joker, my favourite episode of Batman: The Animated Series and The […]

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  • The Future Of War by Atari Teenage Riot

    The Future Of War by Atari Teenage Riot

    Years before Prodigy released their seminal Fat Of The Land, there was Atari Teenage Riot making a racket with their acerbic digital punk. The Future of War, their second album, was the logical conclusion of the futuristic fusion of aggressive guitar riffs and skull-caving beats. Atari Teenage Riot’s original incarnation – Alec Empire, Hanin Elias, […]

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  • Totally Crushed Out by That Dog

    Totally Crushed Out by That Dog

    I hate concept albums, but not this one.

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  • Looking Back At Batman #1

    Looking Back At Batman #1

    Batman and Robin swung into action (literally) in Detective Comics. Soon enough, they were starring in their own comic. It was 1940. A different, distant time. Yet the basics of The Bat were already firmly fixed in the canon. Batman #1 didn’t disappoint. Not only did it mark the return of the nefarious Dr. Hugo […]

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