Short Story – The Definition of Monster

Serena opened the door to the alley with a kick. The bad smell greeted her like a steaming cloud of vinegar shot up the nose. She had been working there for a year, and still couldn’t figure out what it was. At least the combined aroma of fried meat, chips, and cheap sauces that came …

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Neuromancer Review

The debut novel of acclaimed science fiction author William Gibson, Neuromancer is one of the definitive works of the cyberpunk genre. It feels incredibly ahead of its time, so much so that I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to read this when it was released in 1984. Its ideas are so …

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Short Story – Little Black Dress

Loretta's purse is black. It matches her shoes, her small, veiled hat, and of course, her dress. She smooths the fabric over her legs as she sits down at the table. She wonders how grieving women are supposed to perform the act of sitting down. Sadly, she supposes, and does her best to emanate grief. …

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When Genius Failed Review

Or to quote the full title: When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein. Long Term Capital Management was one of the most ambitious hedge funds of it's era. Run by academics rather than financiers, LTCM was the pinnacle of ivory tower intellectualism in the money management business. With …

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Daughter Of Smoke And Bone Review

I don’t often read straight up fantasy stories but when I do this is exactly how I like them. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is a perfect blend of urban and high fantasy with humour, magic, monsters, and a hip European setting that eventually morphs into a tragic love story that spans …

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Short Story – Shadowplay

As I enter the party the first sight that greets me is a female face - red and wet, tears cascading – knelt over a fallen boyfriend, unconscious yet still stoically clutching a half bottle of rum. I nod to a stranger – like myself, young, male, tan – we note our shared appreciation and …

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Animal Farm Review

Before his seminal 1984, George Orwell honed his political and social commentary with Animal Farm. Few would have thought that a book about talking farm animals could be an allegory for the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the dictatorial regime of Joseph Stalin, let alone one so insightful and empathetic. Orwell shows us how easy …

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Short Story – And so it is

Scene One A zoo, two strangers approach, a young brunette woman, hair bouncing off her shoulder blades, a stray purple bra strap from beneath a white top, one slightly older gentleman with thinning blonde hair, smiling eyes, short sleeve shirt and bronze arms. They are alone, it is too early for school trip children and …

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