Sightlines

Neil Gaiman once said aspiring writers shouldn’t just read, but that they should make a point of reading books they didn’t like. By which I’ve always taken him to mean, ‘books you’d normally avoid’. I’m glad I took that advice because if I hadn’t, I would have missed this little gem. Sightlines is a collection …

2 by Lansdale

Here’s the problem. Your favourite writer has created a series centred on two East Texas boys who keep getting into trouble with criminal gangs, deranged killers and corrupt businessmen. The dialogue crackles, the action is fierce and every single character, no matter how minor, leaps off the page. But the thing is, writing a popular …

A Little Life

I overheard two young women in a bookshop looking at this, and one saying to the other that she couldn’t read it again because it was just ‘too intense’. Well, I’ve read it now and I can only agree. In fact, my feelings about it are best summed up by the following passage on the …