The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill The time is 1976, the place is Laos. The Royal Family has been overthrown by the Communist Pathet Lao; many of the country’s intellectuals and ruling class have emigrated, and the country is reshaping itself while struggling out of chaos. Caught up in this is Dr Siri Paiboun, a … Continue reading Book Review
Hmmm… The drugs do work! Well, so far. I’m feeling cheerful and energetic, and generally much happier and healthier than I’ve been for bloody ages. I’ll have to tell Doc G about it – he’ll be pleased that something he’s prescribed for me is finally working. So I’ve really been charging ahead with work – … Continue reading Feeling Good…
Duma Key by Stephen King I have to confess that I haven’t read that many Stephen King books. So this could be far from being one of his best. However, it’s very nearly the best King that I‘ve read so far. 1992’s Dolores Claiborne and last year’s Lisey’s Story I’d class as he very best; … Continue reading I Am Reading…
Alic Sebold’s The Lovely Bones was built around in interesting and (as far as I know) original concept of the afterlife: rather than there being a single one-size-fits-all Heaven where everybody goes, everyone gets their own individual Heaven – a place where they are truly happy. Although each heaven is specific to each individual, they … Continue reading A More Interesting Read…..
The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod It’s strange how a book you’re reading can fit into the moment. I’d already read several of Ken MacLeod‘s books and was impressed enough to grab this one straight away from the library shelf. It’s set in a Britain of the near future, when terrorism has spread widely and … Continue reading The Execution Channel
How to Good-Bye Depression: If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way? by Hiroyuki Nishigaki In case the title doesn’t make it clear, the author explains: I think constricting anus 100 times and denting navel 100 times in succession everyday is effective to good-bye depression and take back youth. You can do … Continue reading The Cure For Depression!
The Poet in Exile by Ray Manzarek Ray Manzarek used to be the keyboardist with legendary group The Doors. This rather slim novel is a bit of a mixture – part-wish fullfillment fantasy, part roman a clef. For a Doors fan, the early, gossipy, bitchy roman a clef part is the most entertaining – you … Continue reading The Poet in Exile
Cell by Stephen King The blurb on the back claims that King is the greatest storyteller ever. Oh no he’s not. Not on the evidence of this, anyway. I can instantly come up with the names of at least three other authors whose plotting and characterisation are consistently superior to this. (OK, the three are … Continue reading Cell
The Minotaur by Barbara Vine I have been a long-time fan of Barbara Vine (who also writes as Ruth Rendell). Her novels deal with mytseries and secrets and the dark things that hide behind surbuban faces – especially English suburban faces. They often aren’t entirely successful; in particular, she has constant problems making her working-class … Continue reading The Minotaur
Granny Made Me An Anarchist by Stuart Christie. Stuart Christie is probably a completely unknown name for anyone under fifty (in fact, he’s probably equally unknown to most over-fifties too); he was deeply involved in anarchist politics and activism in Britain, Scotland and Europe in the 60s and 70s. His main claim to fame is … Continue reading Granny Made Me An Anarchist