Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine


Danger is my business – Mr Danger

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Brilliant, demented, and dirty – but what would you expect from a trio of spanish session musicians after dark

Should the laws of physics apply? Helen Oyeyemi’s White is for Witching

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Should the laws of physics apply to a novel? There are readers who,  not without reason, demand that yes, the laws of gravity, and thermodynamics must apply at all times if the work is to be taken seriously. For example, if a character is to cross a room, they should do so – with or […]

Fup – a modern fable by Jim Dodge

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

There was virtually nothing I liked about Jim Dodge’s Fup when it arrived at my door. A blurb from the Independent on Sunday telling me ‘You’ll love it’, coupled with the sub-title ‘A modern fable’, had me close to shredding it with extreme prejudice. Three things stopped me, though – the peculiarly grumpy looking duck […]

The Unfortunate Fursey – Mervyn Wall

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

A medieval Irish monastery under siege by the forces of darkness, who find their breach in the cell of the unfortunate brother Fursey, a monk blessed with a stammer who thus can’t adequately perform the rites of exorcism required to keep the monastery safe.  The premise alone, regardless of the excellent execution, should be enough […]

Dissapointed by Joy – and/or Isaac B. Singer

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

How do you choose what writers to read? Or more specifically, how do you choose from those writers that you know you’re ‘supposed’ to read? The dead and dusty ones from the canon.  I take shortcuts, which is probably the reason why Cervantes has never darkened my door. Short stories have many virtues, but they’re […]