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Forrygende øko-thriller lader børnene straffe overforbrug

Briten Hesketh Lock ser strålende ud, maskulin i sin bedste alder med fin karriere, høj, slank, blændende begavet med hang til nørdet talfiksering, hvor han tæller alt fra datoer til samlejer, anerkendt antropolog af uddannelse med godt betalt job som problemknuser, når noget går selvmorderisk galt for internationale selskaber. Så er han sågar ferm til […]

Truslen fra metangassen og handicapsex

Bethany er en spinkel teenager, der har myrdet sin mor ved at stikke en skruetrækker gennem hendes ene øje. Derfor er hun nu på den lukkede afdeling, hvor hun konfronteres med en ny behandler, Gabrielle, der gør opmærksom på, at hun altså er psykolog, ikke psykiater, hvortil Bethany svarer: »samme lort, nyt røvhul!« Den genstridige […]

Slade House by David Mitchell

“Tonight feels like a board game co-designed by MC Escher on a bender and Stephen King in a fever,” observes a spooked member of a university’s paranormal society in David Mitchell’s manically ingenious new novel, Slade House. It’s hard not to read the assessment as the author’s compressed verdict on his own Halloween-timed offering, but the book is much more […]

A Funny, Creepy Voyage for All Ages

In darkly interesting times, authors who can satisfy a previously unidentified hunger have the world at their feet. Writing as Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler gave young readers a drug they didn’t know they craved until they tried it. The wild gothic of the Unfortunate Events series was the literary equivalent of a scorpion lollipop: a macabre treat. […]

Top 10 Environmental Disasters

“Drastic change, danger, mass destruction, lives upended, radical re-thinkings of the status quo, new societal rules, moral dilemmas, the grinding physicality of daily survival … what’s not to love? Environmental cataclysms open huge imaginative possibilities for any writer– and reader – with an interest in big ideas and a penchant for the apocalyptic.” Read more […]

The Rule of Cruel Optimism: Truth v. Lies

One of my favourite jokes goes like this: There’s an optimist and a pessimist. The pessimist puts his head in his hands and says, “Oh no, things can’t get any worse!” And the optimist replies, “Oh yes they can!” When I write fiction, I find it useful to apply the structure of this joke to […]

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman

In literature, nothing dates like tomorrow. The hypothetical readers of the late 21st century may look back on the Armageddon fixation of some of today’s dystopic fiction with an indulgent smile. But they may also be struck by how much of the political and physical landscape they recognise. That the radically altered world on the […]

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

“I wanted you to have an extraordinary life,” confesses Rosemary’s mother in Karen Joy Fowler’s wise, provocative and wildly endearing take on family love. Did no one warn Mrs Cooke to be careful what she wished for? Had she any inkling of the family cataclysm her innocent desire would engender, and the complex repercussions her daughter […]