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Virtual Cities (2020, Norton & Company, Incorporated, W. W.)
4 star

Virtual Cities

4 star

1) "This, a most unexpected town of surprises, is filled with glorious anachronisms and rather odd activities and characters. In the Cartographer's Hut, one can find the monocled Wally B. Feed, a hero of the anti-Largo movement and a connoisseur of all things Big Whoop. Woody the Woodsmith's Woodtick Woodshop, on the other hand, may seem unremarkable even if it is the place to discover that a woodchuck could chuck no amount of wood since a woodchuck can't chuck wood. Alternatively, visitors can drop down the hatch to the Bloody Lip Bar and Grill for a selection of grogs and gazpacho soups, or walk the main boardwalk to the Swamp Rot Inn, its pet alligator, and that single room available for rent. At the far end of the plank-walk, on a picturesque set of rocks, Mad Marty's stranded laundry ship provides clean clothes to all, and constant amusement to the …

I'm Your Man (2012, Ecco)
4 star

I'm Your Man

4 star

1) "Leonard's was a comfortable, secure life during an uncomfortable, insecure time. Days before Leonard's fifth birthday, Germany invaded Poland and World War II began. Closer to home, in 1942 there was an anti-Semitic rally on St. Lawrence Boulevard—the Main, as locals called it—which was the traditional dividing line between English and French Montreal. It was led by Montreal's French Nationalist movement, which included supporters of the Vichy regime in France. One particularly risible claim of the organization was that the Jews had taken over the clothing business in order to force modest young French-Canadian girls to wear 'improper gowns in New York styles.' During the rally, the windows of several Jewish-owned shops and delis on the Main were broken and racist slurs painted on walls. But for a seven-year-old living in Westmount, sitting in his room reading his Superman comics, it was another world. 'Europe, the war, the social …

We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night (Ebook, 2017, HarperCollins)
4 star

Scrappy tough guy and three-time loser Johnny Keough is going a little stir-crazy awaiting trial …

What odds, man.

4 star

1) "What’s going on Johnny?

Come on, whatcha doing? How are ya? Poor Johnny. Touchy Johnny. In this mindset. How you are? Imagine. How’s our John-John doing? How’s he makin out, comin along, doing for himself? How’s he keepin? Fuck. Slung halfways out the window for a haul, cause that’s what this piss-arsed place is come to. Imagine that, tumbling out onto the street for the sake of a stale Number 7 cause where he might pollute his own room. Where he sleeps alone. Poor old Johnny."

2) "She’s just Madonna. She’s just a girl that turned, got scared, got talked into talkin. And she’ll show up in court lookin like she do, prolly wear that pink thing she’s got, and do her eyes that way she does em. That’s Johnny then, done for. As good as gone. But Johnny aint done for now is he? Not yet. No not …

We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night (Ebook, 2017, HarperCollins)
4 star

Scrappy tough guy and three-time loser Johnny Keough is going a little stir-crazy awaiting trial …

She’s just Madonna. She’s just a girl that turned, got scared, got talked into talkin. And she’ll show up in court lookin like she do, prolly wear that pink thing she’s got, and do her eyes that way she does em. That’s Johnny then, done for. As good as gone. But Johnny aint done for now is he? Not yet. No not yet. What have they got on him? Just, just . . . ahh fuck it.

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Les Indes noires (Hardcover, 1988, Crémille)
3 star

Les Indes noires

3 star

1) "«Mr. J. R. Starr, ingénieur,

«30, Canongate.

«Edimbourg

«Si monsieur James Starr veut se rendre demain aux houillères d'Aberfoyle, fosse Dochart, puits Yarow, il lui sera fait une communication de nature à l'intéresser.

«Monsieur James Starr sera attendu, toute la journée, à la gare de Callander, par Harry Ford, fils de l'ancien overman Simon Ford.

«Il est prié de tenir cette invitation secrète.»"

2) "L'ingénieur regardait donc autour de lui d'un œil attristé. Il s'arrêtait par instants pour reprendre haleine. Il écoutait. L'air ne s'emplissait plus à présent des sifflements lointains et du fracas haletant des machines. A l'horizon, pas une de ces vapeurs noirâtres, que l'industriel aime à retrouver, mêlées aux grands nuages. Nulle haute cheminée cylindrique ou prismatique vomissant des fumées, après s'être alimentée au gisement même, nul tuyau d'échappement s'époumonant à souffler sa vapeur blanche. Le sol, autrefois sali par la poussière de la houille, avait …