Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Written By Jake Garner “If you hide in your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn” Any fan of radical dystopian fiction has undoubtedly heard of this notable work by Ray Bradbury. Personally Fahrenheit 451 is part of the ‘Big Three’ as far as distressing and disturbing dystopian futures go. Bradbury’s novel…

Crash – J. G. Ballard

Written By Ciaran Dermott “I wanted to rub the human race in its own vomit, and force it to look in the mirror.” In a disturbing blend of violence and eroticism, Ballard achieves a near flawless work of postmodernism. Blending the line between fiction and reality, this vividly self-aware novel delivers a sexually charged series…

The Men Who Stare At Goats – Jon Ronson

Written By Jake Garner “Most goat-related military activity is still highly classified.” Unconventional, humorous and in some select places nauseous, The Men Who Stare At Goats is a perfect example of modern day journalism that unleashes upon the reader a description of undiscovered military programmes, carried out by the U.S.A. The pages of such illustrate…

Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

Written By Ciaran Dermott “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.” Perhaps no novel represents the extraordinary literary innovation of Virginia Woolf other than her 1925 classic, Mrs Dalloway. A preeminent figure in British feminism and modernism, Woolf was the central figure of the Bloomsbury group of intellectuals which was to play a…

The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

Written By Jake Garner “We passed the market where always we bought to eat, and passed even the street where we used to live, and we came ‘til the prison, and there they put us” First of all, one thing needs to be established.  Under no circumstances should a comic, or to be more punctual,…

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

Written By Ciaran Dermott “But a knife ain’t just a thing, is it? It’s a choice, it’s something you do. A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don’t. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again. ” This…

Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth

Written By Ciaran Dermott “It’s a family joke that when I was a tiny child I turned from the window out of which I was watching a snowstorm, and hopefully asked, “Momma, do we believe in winter?” In typical Roth fashion, Portnoy’s Complaint blends the sexual, the comic and the Jewish together in a hilariously…

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Written By Jake Garner “You better not never tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy.” The location is rural Georgia, during the first half of the twentieth century, immersed in the tyrannical casualness of the archetypal Southern American State. Alice Walker’s legendary work of fiction, The Color Purple, is celebrated for being one of…