August 17, 2008

Christopher Brookmyre - Quite Ugly one morning

A typical hard bitten detective a la Micky Spillane, a dead ex-husband, a good looking ex-wife - is there too much more you can ask for from a typical potboiler?
But wait, this is not typical. Add a nice dose of dark humor, lesbian detectives, toilet humor and gruesome murders and you have a Jack Parlabane novel. It's dark-funny and it has shitloads of shit, puke, turds and what not. Jack, our hero, is a good looking young journo who can get into houses at the drop of a hat and hang from his fingertips. Ah, but he has a history of people trying to kill him in LA (which self respecting journo doesn't?) and hence makes his way back to jolly old Edinburgh.
A doc massacred (with nose bitten off and two fingers torn off in the nose - thats how gross it gets) in the house below him ends his first night hangover and he gets to work.
Not scintillating from a dectection point of view, but it has its own readability - all in all maybe a 3.5/5

August 13, 2008

Iain Banks - Consider Phlebas

Interesting - Banks writes interesting stuff spanning a large volume of space. Although going by reviews I would have expected to be much more impressed. Maybe I'll read another one of his culture novels.
Next in the list
Dan Simmons - Ilium

August 03, 2008

The Twilight Zone

People went into raptures at the release of the fourth installment of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Zone. So your truly decided to investigate these paranormal activities and see whats to special about the next so-called fan series after Harry Potter. Findings -
  • Vampires, Werewolves and a teenage girl who 'smells' amazing (its a floral refreshing kinda smell)
  • Its a love triangle. Between animals and humans :)
  • I managed to get through the first and most of the second before finally giving up and wondering what was so popular about it.
  • It drags. Yawn
Next series please.
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