Those of you going into Monsters expecting a campy action film where monsters snatch up screaming women and chomp up men with their razor sharp teeth are going to be disappointed; Gareth Edwards' Monsters is not that movie.
Ulysses, a colleague of mine once deftly observed, “is the novel of the 20th century.” I responded, “Ulysses may indeed be the novel of the 20th century, but Martin Amis's Money is the best novel about the 20th century.”
The Montreal electrofunk duo who you've (hopefully) heard so much about in the past few months has released their third full-length album, Business Casual, and the subject matter is exclusively concerned with various dealings with women.
Nothing is new in this book; in Shirer's account Hitler is still a vile man and his henchmen still do vile things. Why then, you might justifiably wonder, is this colossal book so important?
A few years ago, if someone had asked me what the best TV show of all time was, I'd have been hard pressed to come up with an answer. That was then. Now, I can answer, without a moment's hesitation: MASH.
Catch-22, Joseph Heller's magnificently subversive rumination on the madness of war, the evils of bureaucracy and the ineluctable absurdity of the human condition, is my favourite novel. I have read it a dozen times over, and it comes easily to hand whenever I find myself slouching about, opening books at random.
This year saw a splash in the Canadian literary scene, as Yann Martel published Beatrice & Virgil, his first book since the Man-Booker prize-winning Life of Pi, which was released in 2002. In doing so, he was given an advance of $1 million: the highest fee ever paid for a Canadian novel.
As a huge fan of the Star Wars films, I've never really ventured into what is known as “The Expanded Universe” composed of books, comics and video games that accentuate and expand the Star Wars mythology. I recently took up a friend's recommendation to look into the world of Star Wars comic books, starting with
Relationships are, and always have been, difficult. Imagine how much more difficult they would be if you had to fight every one of your lover's exes to the death.
Josh Ritter is currently touring Europe in support of his new album So Runs the World Away. Ritter barely escaped the wrath of the Icelandic volcano to play in Dublin.