• Books for Dying To

    For Ten Years This Important Image Of An Ecstatic Death Among Books Featured on the Homepage of My Website

     

    Peter Burnett

    to survive a destructive book is no less painful
    for the reader than for the author
     
    Featured Volumes:
     
    LF Celine: Voyage to the End of the Night / Death on Credit / Guignol's Band / Rigadon
     
    Wyndham Lewis: Men Without Art / The Complete Wild Body / The Apes of God
     
    Giacomo Leopardi: Operette Morali
     
    Thomas Bernhard: The Loser / The Voice Imitator / Extinction / Gathering Evidence / Wittgenstein's Nephew

     

  • Erraid

    My favourite passage in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped is the episode in which David Balfour is shipwrecked on the island of Erraid.  I sometimes think that Kidnapped goes downhill after the Erraid sequence.  There is the hike across Mull and then the chasing through the heather, none of which attends the climatic drama of the early chapters, and the plot settles into true road-movie territory. Whenever I read the book, I always find myself returning to that old Erraid magic!

  • Stealing Fire

    Stealing Fire, by Craig Sterling Published poet and thriller writer James W Wood, was printed by myself in 2011.

  • The Overman Culture by Edmund Cooper

    Overman Culture Edmund CooperThe Overman Culture (1972) by Edmund Cooper is without doubt the strangest, most unreasonable, far-fetched, peculiar and probably unnecessary story ever told. The mystery hangs together very well, but its explanation is not far from drivelsome. It’s a mercifully short book, and I say merciful because a pay off like that, even with a reasonable build up, is probably not worth the wait.

    Yet still pick it up. The idea of trying to overcome a world made of fantasy is such a compelling theme, and it doesn’t matter if it’s somewhere between The Truman Show, The Stepford Wives and The Matrix, the very fact that it’s got Zeppelins in it betrays its fast-beating steampunk heart.

    Edmund Cooper (1926 – 1982), who also wrote under the names Richard Avery, George Kinley, Broderick Quain and Martin Lester (those are just the ones I know about) wrote quickly, like many SF authors, and his books are typical to the genre, and very often about one person against the world, and very often a post-apocalyptic world at that.