100 Pages: DAMNED if I do…

You have to give Chuck Palahniuk his due – the man is versatile. Sure, he sticks to gross & creepy…. but he never repeats the same gross & creepy.  Palahniuk’s latest book has raised the gross-out factor to a new level that the producers of FEAR FACTOR could only dream of. DAMNED pays twisted homage to Judy Blume’s 1970 YA classic by beginning each chapter … Continue reading 100 Pages: DAMNED if I do…

100 Pages: One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina

The series 100 Pages was started to highlight those books I’ve put aside after 100 pages – not due to any fault of the author or the quality of the writing, but because ultimately they were not to my taste.  100 Pages is a way to recommend deserving books that I know BookSexy Review readers will be interested in, even when I am not. One … Continue reading 100 Pages: One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina

100 Pages – Happily setting aside Chef by Jaspreet Singh

I started this series – 100 Pages – for the books I can’t finish, but which I still think might have merit.  Chef, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, falls into that category.  I received my copy through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program. So let’s rip off this band-aid quickly. Kirpal “Kip” Singh, the novel’s narrator, is dying of a brain tumor.  Kip  … Continue reading 100 Pages – Happily setting aside Chef by Jaspreet Singh

100 Pages – Setting Aside TOKYO, CANCELLED by Rana Dasgupta

I thought the idea (at least my idea) behind Tokyo, Cancelled very clever. A modern take on Boccaccio’s Decameron where, instead of waiting out the Black Plague in a country villa, Rana Dasgupta’s storytellers’ are stranded in an airport by a snowstorm. Passengers unable to find hotels spend the night telling each other tales. Tokyo, Cancelled is a short story collection bound within a frame … Continue reading 100 Pages – Setting Aside TOKYO, CANCELLED by Rana Dasgupta