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Nicholson Baker's new novel is a bizarre riff on pornographic themes. The problem is it's just not creepy enough...

By Jonathan Tel   August 2011

House of Holes By Nicholson Baker (Simon & Schuster, £14.99)

“She went to a quarry with her Geology 101 class…It was vast and they dug granite there, mostly for tombstones…She turned away from the edge, and that’s when she saw a hand poking out from behind a rock.” This may sound like the starting point of a murder mystery or a horror story, but in Nicholson Baker’s new novel, House of Holes, the detached arm turns out to be a sentient sex-toy. It invites the woman to follow it.

As anybody who’s fallen in love with a beauty or taken…

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