“IF THEN is not an easy novel, in that the experience of reading it was, for me, a constant process of triangulation and re-alignment; as a reader I never quite settled into a sense of moral surety. This in itself is an impressive achievement, though I’m unsure to what extent this was deliberate.”
Oh, sure, you write about *one* game. Good job promoting the vibrant parts of video game culture, dick.
Insomnia is a theatre piece interspersed with pre-recorded video segments and (a minimal) amount of audience interaction, further supported by fiction and a pen and paper RPG, all of which explore its characters and the central themes of insomnia and what may lie beyond sleep. I wrote a short story concerning one of these insomniacs!
“When Blakstad explores a little of what happens when public opinion and the internet turn on a woman, it’s genuinely discomfiting – as the judgement of misogynist internet courts demonstrably has been. His rendering of government is plausible in a The Thick of It sort of way, and his Shoreditch tech startup does read more like a coder bolthole than Nathan Barley.”
“In contrast to mixtapes, Signal To Noise doesn’t rely on referencing songs and musicians to provide its emotional texture. Its characters are full of life, with all the contradictory twists and turns life implies.”
“This issue includes my review of Haikasoru’s Hanzai Japan, a collection I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s variable, as are many anthologies, but its breadth and variety elevate it.”