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Prologue #1: 'Wind / Pinball' by Haruki Murakami
For a long time, Haruki Murakami's first two novels seemed to me like
peculiar enigmas fitting of the novelist's idiosyncratic style. For
decades since their original publications (in the late '70s and early
'80s), they were only available in the English la...

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I'm Back!
It's been a while. There's been no huge single reason why I haven't updated in such a long time, though I've been happily immersed in other projects since then (I'll come to that in a bit) and I definitely found that 'Epilogue' was a lot easier to manage wh...

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Epilogue #9
Revenge Yoko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) As a rule, I've decided generally not to cover short story compilations (a decision I came to after reading Haruki Murakami's The Elephant Vanishes ) on the basis that there's often a lot more difficulty ana...

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Epilogue #8
Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon There are some things you can pretty safely expect to come across in a Thomas Pynchon novel -- hilarious character names, irreverent songs, staggering levels of research, perhaps a reference or two to 'magenta and green'... the ...

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Epilogue #7
Raising Steam Terry Pratchett I'd been thinking recently about how Terry Pratchett was probably the author who first got me really interested in literature, and also about how good a 'first author' Pratchett is: as well as just being in tune with the fantas...

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Epilogue #6
The Luminaries Eleanor Catton In my 'Epilogue' about Eleanor Catton's interesting (and highly recommended ) first novel, The Rehearsal , I wondered how (and, I suppose, if) her style in that novel -- one characterised by experimentation in a modernist / pos...

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Epilogue #5
The Castle Franz Kafka The final novel in the Vintage-released collection of Kafka's complete novels, The Castle , is one that's left me with a mixture of opinions and thoughts hanging in the ether -- much like, unfortunately, the story set up by Kafka in t...

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New Storytelling: Gone Home / Kentucky Route Zero
Games telling stories is nothing new. Within the ever-burgeoning indie scene though, there have been a spate of studios pushing the boundaries of how stories can be told within this medium. The two games I've played most recently -- The Fullbright Company's...

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Epilogue #4
The Rehearsal Eleanor Catton Eleanor Catton has received plenty of attention this year for her Booker Prize-winning novel, The Luminaries . It was an interest in this novel -- seemingly written in a historiographic metafiction-esque style, and compared by s...

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Epilogue #3
Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared Franz Kafka Before I started reading from the compilation of Franz Kafka's three (unfortunately all unfinished) novels, Amerika  was the one I had the least knowledge of. Little bits of information that I gained from the acc...
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