Category: Review


  • The Ryu Murakami Fan Club

    The Ryu Murakami Fan Club

    Ryu Murakami is not Haruki Murakami. Not even close. Their books are filed together in bookshops, but that’s about as close as they’ll ever be in any way whatsoever. Ryu Murakami’s bleak tales of destructive youth in dystopian Japan are unlike any other books I’ve ever read. I’ve read a lot of books. His writing […]

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  • Sexplosion by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

    Sexplosion by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

    There’s alternative and then there’s alternative. My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult make music for whenever you feel like venturing out into the night-time neon streets of the rain slicked city of sin, places with go-go dancers, and secret Satanists. Trashy? Most definitely. Fun? Always. Satirical and smart, My Life With The Thrill Kill […]

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  • Banana Yoshimoto Is Good For You

    Banana Yoshimoto Is Good For You

    When my mother took a nervous breakdown (her fourth in a week), she was prescribed a book by her GP. “Fuck reading the book,” she snarled. “I want Valium.” In theory, the NHS scheme of giving patients a list of books to make them feel better is a worthy thing to do. In practice, most […]

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  • Songs To Lose Your Wig Over #1: Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland by The B-52’s

    Songs To Lose Your Wig Over #1: Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland by The B-52’s

    Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland is the best B-52’s song that isn’t Rock Lobster or Channel Z. This is a fact that can’t be denied. Any denial should immediately result in a slow and painful deaf. Taken from Bouncing off the Satellites, the group’s darkest and most melancholic album, Girl From Ipanema is a […]

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  • Jawbreaker: An Apology

    Jawbreaker: An Apology

    This is an apology. Specifically, an apology to Jawbreaker, the movie I dismissed back in 1999 as a Heathers rip-off. I did. I watched Jawbreaker, and then I dismissed it. And now I’m apologising. I’m apologising to Darren Stein. I’m apologising to Rose McGowan. I’m also apologising to Julie Benz, Rebecca Gayheart, and Judy Greer. […]

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  • The Best Doctor Who Story In The Universe Ever

    The Best Doctor Who Story In The Universe Ever

    Choosing which wire to clip on a ticking bomb is probably much easier than choosing a favourite episode of Doctor Who. There are literally decades worth of stories and episodes to choose from, all those different Doctors and their companions friends. You have the Era you grew up watching (for me The McCoy Era), then […]

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  • Review: Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto

    Review: Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto

    A cult smash in Japan that inspired a movie of the same name, I stumbled on Kamikaze Girls whilst on a book buying spree at Blackwell’s in Edinburgh. There was something cool about the cover art: the colours, the photography, the scrawled illustration. It all appealed, so I snatched it up and read it in […]

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  • Three Spooky Books and Some Creepy Tunes for Halloween

    Three Spooky Books and Some Creepy Tunes for Halloween

      I’ve always loved Halloween. It’s my birthday away from my actual birthday. Christmas is for the family, Easter is for the kids, but Halloween belongs to me! I dress up too much, so Halloween is a chance for me to kick back and have fun. From the 1st of October until the 31st, I […]

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  • Review: Black Wave by Michelle Tea

    Review: Black Wave by Michelle Tea

    The world is ending, a slow and inexorable apocalypse on the horizon. But Michelle is too drunk and drugged up to notice the changes. She’s too busy living her life from drama to drama, each incident a mess of her own making. Michelle is writer of some renown. She shares the same name with the […]

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