Archive for May, 2011

May 15, 2011

The Passage: Justin Cronin

by Andy

You know what?  This isn’t important literature; it has nothing [much] to say about the world we live in and isn’t interested in holding a mirror up to anything for the sake of critical commentary.  What it is, however, is what a good novel should be, which is bloody entertaining and genuinely thrilling.  The print equivalent of solid, big-screen excitement; I’d say mindless entertainment but it’s too well structured and written for that, so mindful entertainment I guess [?].  A damn fine read.  Especially if it’s not the sort of thing you would ordinarily go for.

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May 6, 2011

London’s Lost Rivers

by Team Riverside

Paul Talling, £9.99

The man behind Derelict London has been at it again, putting together another pocket sized tour to the bits of London you never knew existed; wet bits, to be specific – rivers, canals, ditches, brooks – long since drained, built over or otherwise consigned to the vagaries of history.  A handsome little book and most illuminating.