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Gordon E. Moore's famous computing law - which sees processing power roughly doubling every two years - has pervaded every area of our lives. Nothing worthwhile is worth waiting for, which is a dreadful shame.
Birmingham quickly establishes his high-concept premise - and then goes precisely nowhere with it. Lots of questions are raised but never fully explored nor answered. Indeed, Without Warning feels very much like a six-hundred page set-up for the other two books in the trilogy.
You know the types of books that you pack in your suitcase, itching to start reading before your holiday begins but you know you should wait until you can fully immerse yourself?
As well as all this damn usefulness Perry's journalism background shines through. She drafts in Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry to slog over the 'art versus craft debate', and the book has an overall clarity consistent with a good communicator and wordsmith.
What if the Lord of the Rings was never made into a trilogy? What if the Harry Potter series never saw a screen audience? If you are one of the many who consider these movies milestones in filmmaking, then you might also agree that these were great books too.
Famed for painting her office at Vogue red (her fav colour), she once remarked, "All my life I've pursued the perfect red. I can never get painters to mix it for me. It's exactly as if I'd said, 'I want Rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist temple".
The background: January 2012, A thriving local Indian literature festival, the Jaipur Literature Festival, which gets visiting
The Hunger is upon us! You can't go anywhere these days without hearing talk of The Hunger Games premiere, and all the raving about how amazing the books and movie are. Only a few valiant souls still resist the madness, but us who've already caved know that it's only a matter of time. Right?
What follows are not New Year's resolutions, they are a writer's determinations which happen to be made at this time of year.
Mohammed Hanif's 2008 debut, "A Case of Exploding Mangoes", was an impressive feat of imaginative and literary skill. It