Author Archives: James

Simon Jenkins makes the case for anarchism – unintentionally

Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins has been getting all exercised about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent speech to the Trades Union Congress about the evils of the “gig economy”. The main reason for this seems to be his belief that the Church of … Continue reading

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Don’t stop believin’: Religion and “Danganronpa V3” (spoilers)

“Danganronpa” is a video game series (four games so far – V3 is the latest). The plot can perhaps best be summed up as “”And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie meets “Battle Royale.”” A group of Japanese high … Continue reading

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Armchair Detective: The Elke Retreat Incident (Gary Dale Mathias & friends)

This one’s quite a story. Some tales end in mystery, and some become mysterious part-way through, but this one goes further, and more or less has nothing but mystery from the outset. We’ve just passed the fortieth anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

It’s become a cliché when writing about science fiction to say that it often tells you more about the time it was written than the future in which it’s set, that SF writers often predict technological change correctly whilst getting … Continue reading

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Book Review: Howards End by E.M. Forster

To be honest, I think I preferred his Way. Joking apart, though, “Howards End” is one of the more high-brow books I’ve written about here, and also the only one I’ve finished and thought: “I really don’t understand why this is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Against Nature by J.-K. Huysmans

Nothing is simple about this novel, not even its title. “Against Nature” is the one the translator of the edition I own went for, but it has also been known as “Against the Grain”. Some English speakers, if required to … Continue reading

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Video game review: Code: Realize – Guardian of Rebirth

How do you solve a problem like “reviewing video games whilst at the same time being terrible at playing them”? Well, I suppose you could, in theory, just lock yourself away in your room for weeks and play like crazy … Continue reading

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