Links: 25th November

Okay, this is my first attempt at doing a links post. Hopefully, over time, these will become more frequent, and the links more numerous; but, for now, you may find these pages of interest:

  • Adam Roberts reviews Transition by Iain Banks, and doesn’t think much of it.
  • Niall Harrison reviews three books, and reminds me that I really need to get around to reading The Ask and the Answer.
  • Lija from The Writer’s Pet interviews David Vann.
  • A few months old, but well worth reading: John Grant champions the good stuff.
  • Gav from NextRead asks what reviews are good for.
  • And, finally,  just because: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as you’ve never heard it before.


  1. Thanks for the link! I like your review on Legend further down here – especially what you said about the trippy structure. Wish I hadn’t wasted so much time flipping back and forth at the beginning trying to figure out why the chronology/stories weren’t matching up!

    What did you think about the interview? Do leave a comment if anything comes to mind.

  2. David Hebblethwaite

    27th November 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Lija, and thanks for commenting!

    Truth be told, I’m not sure I actually noticed that there were discrepancies until I got to The Twist — at which point, I wracked my brains trying to work out what Vann was doing. Totally unexpected, and a very effective technique.

    It was a good interview; I’ll pop along and see if I can think of something more substantial that that to say!

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