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  • Instead he has published the kind of books Rushdie and others were expecting to appear when Vineland did: Mason & Dixon (1997), a vast, semi-parodic historical novel about the surveyors of 18th-century America, and Against the Day (2006), an even vaster fiction about early 20th-century balloonists, anarchists and other characters so numerous and eclectic as to be almost beyond summary.

    Rereading: Vineland by Thomas Pynchon

  • I've written before about this genre of prose books inspired by comic books, but all the other published titles I've read are simple, semi-parodic, mass-market entertainment (not that there's anything wrong with that).

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • “One bite from him, and it’s all over,” he began in his exuberantly emphatic semi-parodic Aussie vowels, and then let the creature sink its fangs in.

    Unfair Dinkum


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  • Graham Greene had a semi-parodic relationship with the genres his novels exploited,a wry tolerance of their exigencies and tropes. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    February 27, 2012