“I’m only twelve,” said Ralph, “and I’m useless at lying. I’m no good at it.” (p127) “He’d have stuck with his namesake and Piggy. At least he hoped he would. He wasn’t very brave. But he’d have tried.” (270) Carlo Gébler’s The Innocent of Falkland Road is a coming of age tale set in […]Read more "The Innocent of Falkland Road"
Well, the Beast from the East came, met Emma, and dumped snow all over the country. Call it Snowmageddon, or Sneachtageddon if you prefer. Either way, the country is looking extremely wintry even though Spring is just around the corner. Which of course brings James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ […]Read more "Snow is General All Over Ireland"
“A house, a labyrinth of rubbish, a crazy old man and a message in a bottle: all the ingredients of a twisted crime story.” “The loveliest eyes are found in the heads of women who have suffered … Damage lies at their shining core. As I said, Drennan, you have beautiful eyes.” “Memories are […]Read more "The Hoarder"
If you haven’t seen Blade Runner 2049, please do so as soon as you can. It’s a visual feast of a film. And be sure to see it in a cinema with a good sound system – the film has an astonishing sound design, one that pays homage to and builds on the groundbreaking work […]Read more "Do Androids Dream of Electric Bleeps"
Composed almost entirely of short monologues by the ghostly inhabitants of the cemetery, it reads less like a conventional novel and more like a drama, or perhaps a scrapbookRead more "Lincoln in the Bardo"
At the time of publication, over three thousand children are without somewhere permanent to live in Dublin.Read more "Crossing the Threshold"
Unlike Deckard, who just grudgingly went about his job and then drank to forget, only to realise at the end of Blade Runner that something was amiss, K feels he’s something special.Read more "Special K: Blade Runner 2049"