11.22.63 by Stephen King

Early in Stephen King’s time travel story, 11.22.63, protagonist Jake Epping has settled in to the town of Derry in the late 1950s (those familiar with King’s oeuvre will recognise Derry as the setting of one of the author’s best novels, It). Jake is an English teacher under the assumed name of George Amberson. He’s…

Harland’s Half Acre by David Malouf

Truly talented artists seem impenetrable: how can a person produce something transcendent, beyond and yet encapsulating human experience? Many artists seem more than human, the idiosyncrasies and oddities that allow them to complete their work characterising them as “eccentric.” The subject of Harland’s Half Acre, Frank Harland is such an artist, an impossibly talented painter…

Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut

If you believe the blurb, Timequake is a novel that tells the story of an unexplained “timequake” that shifts the world’s population back a decade and forces them to relive every moment of their lives – without opportunity for change, forcing them to make the same decisions, do the same things as they did the…

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

When I established this blog, I intended to semi-regularly review novels. Instead, I’ve spent the last six months reading through the same novel – David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, a thousand-page epic set in the near future and concerning a film so entertaining that it drives anyone who views it to permanent, drooling catharsis. The…