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Ryan Paine

Ryan Paine reviews 'The Island of Four Rivers' by Christopher Morgan

December 2006–January 2007, no. 287 01 December 2006
Aldous Huxley often prioritised the expression of themes and ideas over the development of character and plot in his fiction. Ape and Essence (1948), one of his less well-known novellas, was no exception, but it was also funny and thought-provoking. The Island of Four Rivers, by Christopher Morgan, has none of these redeeming features. Both Morgan’s and Huxley’s main characters make their way ... (read more)

Ryan Paine reviews 'Metro' by Alasdair Duncan

April 2007, no. 290 17 October 2022
Alasdair Duncan’s Second novel, Metro, opens as a perceptive and witty portrait of the urban, metrosexual scene. Once again, the main character is a repressed homosexual: this time his peers are twenty-something business and law students. The novel palls around chapter four, just maintaining interest in loops of nightclub scenes, bawdy behaviour and skin-deep insights. The vernacular tone is ref ... (read more)