Author's details

Name: Ian Mond
Date registered: October 15, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett — January 6, 2017
  2. Serious Sweet by A.L. Kennedy — January 4, 2017
  3. My Top 10 Books (well 11, actually) for 2016 — January 3, 2017
  4. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien — December 21, 2016
  5. The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee — December 20, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Number crunching 10 year of the Ditmars — 29 comments
  2. Hugo Commentary: Best Fan Writer (long post – tangents included) — 23 comments
  3. Some Brief Thoughts on the Aurealis Awards Nominations — 22 comments
  4. Hugo Thoughts (Part Three) — 18 comments
  5. Gender Bias, Case Number #219067 — 15 comments

Author's posts listings

Dec 06

Hystopia by David Means

“Hystopia” is the name Eugene Allen gives to his war novel, an attempt to work through the trauma he experienced during the Vietnam War. But before we even begin “Hystopia”, the reader is provided with a lengthy note from an editor that puts Allen’s book into historical context. In fact the editor, in the opening …

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Dec 05

I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas

I am Providence is a terrific novel.  It’s a murder mystery set at a Lovecraft convention.  This might sound cringeworthy at first, the sort of book open to all sorts of shitty stereotypes, but works beautifully because the novel has been written by someone who (a) has experienced the muck and guts of the fannish trenches and …

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Dec 03

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Sofia is a twenty-something who works as a Barista in the UK and spends most of her free time looking after her ailing mother Rose. They’ve headed to Spain, the setting for 90% of the novel, so Rose can visit the clinic of Doctor Gomez a man who she believes will discover why her legs …

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Dec 02

The North Water by Ian McGuire

I’ve just found Quentin Tarantino’s next movie project once he’s finished with whatever he’s working on right now.* The North Water by Ian McGuire, described by someone on Goodreads as Jack London on steroids, is a hyper violent, grimy, potty-mouth thriller set on a whaling ship and the icy waters of the Arctic Circle. If …

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Dec 01

Savages by K. J. Parker

K J Parker’s Savages is escapist fun about the fall and the rise and the fall and the rise (maybe) of Empire told with a wry sense of humour. As this is my first taste of Parker at novel length (I read one of his award nominated novellas a couple of years back) I can’t …

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Nov 29

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Chimes is a beautifully written book – it came as no surprise to read in the author bio that Anna Smaill is a poet – with a post apocalyptic setting that is imaginative and ambitious in concept but makes only a modicum of sense in execution. Smaill conceives of a post-disaster London where the …

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Nov 24

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant is my first taste of Kazuo Ishiguro’s work and on reflection possibly not the best place to start.  Intellectually I enjoyed the novel, especially the second half, but some uneven character work made the beginning section a real slog.  In particular, the first third of the novel is mostly focussed on the …

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Sep 04

The Museum of You by Carys Bray

One of the best books I read in 2014 was The Song for Issy Bradley, Carys Bray’s Costa winning début novel.  My expectations, therefore, were a tad on the high side when I picked up her latest (and second) novel The Museum of You. And while it doesn’t deliver the same emotional punch as her first …

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Aug 29

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

I first became aware of Grady Hendrix when he began writing the Great Stephen King Reread column on He’s since followed up that with Freaky Friday, a choice selection of some of the worst offending mass market horror paperbacks that were published in the 80s. A number of which I’ve read. In both cases, Hendrix …

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Aug 24

Love, Sex & Other Foreign Policy Goals by Jesse Armstrong

Well, what a disappointment that was. I blame Mike Pesca’s interview with Jesse Armstrong on The Gist which made Love, Sex & Other Foreign Policy Goals sound a shitload more interesting and funnier than it turned out to be. Armstrong is a comedy writer known for his work on shows like Peep Show, The Thick of …

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