Trout Fishing in America

By Richard Brautigan A review on the back of this book used the term “mayonnaise” to describe Trout Fishing in America – and they were exactly right. Reading it was like eating a sandwich with an odd amount of mayo. Sometimes there was too little and it felt dry, sometimes too much and it felt creepy to eat, sometimes there was the perfect amount and … Continue reading Trout Fishing in America

Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

By Susanna Clarke Weighing in at over 780 pages, Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a hefty, plot dense book that will tide you over for days. Despite its remarkably few characters for such a long work, it manages to entertain and reason with the most patient readers. Following the traditions of a comedy of manners as well as a historical novel, the book uses … Continue reading Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

The Ring Companion

Meikle, Denis. The Ring Companion. Titan Books, 2005. For my resources on Ring and The Ring: click here, or here for my Ring novel review. While this a definitive resource on the facts surrounding the various Ring films – of which many are included and examined in this book – the author’s tone is remarkably pretentious. He introduces his research by stating that his book … Continue reading The Ring Companion

The Ring

Barnett, Janet, and Randy Russell. The Granny Curse And Other Ghosts And Legends From East Tennessee. Winston-Salem, NC: J.F. Blair, 1999. Blake, Linnie. “Nihonjinron, Women, Horror: Post-war National Identity and the Spirit of Subaltern Vengeance in Ringu and The Ring.” In The Wounds of Nations: Horror Cinema, Historical Trauma and National Identity, 44-68. Manchester University Press, 2008. Bräunlein, Peter J. “Spirits in and of Southeast … Continue reading The Ring