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Not the End of the World

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,711 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
The Guardian (London) has called comic-thriller writer Christopher Brookmyre "the next star of the genre . . . [who writes in] the sassy, nasty, fast style of the Americans Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen." His American debut, Not the End of the World, is a fast and furious novel set in Los Angeles at the near side of the millennium, at a point when the world is about to s ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Fiona
Aug 29, 2011 Fiona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read many of Brookmyre’s books and enjoyed most. Most of them are very amusing, in some cases laugh out loud. This is definitely not one of his funny novels. There were a couple of chuckles, but the principal reaction Not The End Of The World elicited from me was fury. This book made me angry. Not because the book was bad. On the contrary, this was a well-told tale of conspiracy, religion and love in the face of adversity with interesting characters. What made me angry was the idea that the ...more
Jamie
Nov 10, 2014 Jamie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a novel so much as a hysterical rant against religion.

It's a heavy-handed, tedious morality play. The heroes are rational atheists; the villains are an abortion clinic bomber and a televangelist willing to commit mass murder in order to steer America back to the path of righteousness.

The book savages easy targets: fundamentalist Christians, the sort who think God Hates Fags and believe the earth is 6,000 years old. It also saves a little venom for child-molesting Catholic priests. Af
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Petr
Mar 28, 2014 Petr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Směs satiry, thrilleru a kritiky náboženství, což je na jednu knížku až až - vlastně až příliš. (A to není všechno, ještě to je detektivka a milostný příběh s happy endem a možná ještě něco.) Zachraňuje ji, že je napsaná svižně a že obsahuje pár překvapivých momentů, jež udrží čtenářovu pozornost. Hlavní kladnou hrdinkou je pornoherečka, která je však vlastně úplně ctnostná, bezmála panenská; kdo by to byl řekl? Hlavním padouchem je úspěšný televizní kazatel (místo děje: USA). Oba měli hodně ošk ...more
Wendle
Sep 05, 2014 Wendle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Not the End of the World = ((Religious fundamentalists ^ self-righteous indignation) + B-movie convention) x chaos

The first Brookmyre without Parlabane, set in America with only one Scottish character… this book starts off not looking so promising. It is Brookmyre though, so give him the benefit of the doubt.

A slow and steady, but mysterious and intriguing start, I had to wonder where the hell this book was going. I made a few guesses, and of course was completely wrong, but if I'd have been rig
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William
Apr 17, 2014 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable thriller, if not Brookmyre's best work. The bare bones of the plots involved form the backbone of a good story, and there are a fair number of memorably funny bits of dialogue. But what I like most about Brookmyre's work -- he is a "thinking person's thriller writer" -- derails this one a bit. There is a bit too much backstory on the central characters, and what could have been a satire on the Christian right wing falls short of that because one is left with the sense of deep anger ...more
Monica
Feb 05, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, reread
It’s a little bit Day of the Locust and a little bit Christopher Hitchens, with a dash of Carl Hiaasen thrown in for good measure. It’s 1999, and millennial fever has drawn a collection of loony right wing god botherers to Santa Monica to prepare for the End Times. There is the inept abortion clinic bomber who wants to stage a ritual suicide/redemption act starring a former porn star turned legitimate actress. There is the happy clappy Legion of Decency staging a massive pro abstinence rally dir ...more
Rachael Hewison
Whilst this was marginally better than the last two Brookmyre books I've read, it's still no where near as good as the first few I read.

In this novel the characters did draw me in a lot more, I felt that they were easy to like and identify with and I was fascinated by some of their stories and they intrigued me enough to keep me reading. However the plot itself was just crazy and I found myself losing interest in lots of places. I also really struggled with Brookmyre's descriptions and couldn't
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Alison Evans
Jan 19, 2015 Alison Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in California, where a convention of B movie producers finds a religious Christian fundamentalist rally happening across the street. The only Scot is a photographer, employed to cover the film convention. There are many other people involved including the police, ocean researchers, a former porn star. Although there are multiple complex story lines, it all ties up satisfactorily in the end. However, this is not Brookmyre's best book, as it is so utterly anti religion in any shap ...more
Myrna
Aug 25, 2015 Myrna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I wanted to like this as I really enjoyed my first Brookmyre book. Alas, it was not to be. I kept picking it up and putting it down again almost immediately. As an atheist, you would think the storyline would be right up my alley; however, the writing just couldn't hold my attention. I felt like he was trying too hard, and it wasn't working for me. After reading some reviews (the definite minority) that shared my opinion, I hold out hope that this book was a bit of an aberration. I see a differe ...more
Karen
Jan 03, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
As an unrepentant, welded-on, dedicated Christopher Brookmyre fan I do have to ration these books a bit. So NOT THE END OF THE WORLD has been lurking here for quite a long time, although I was a little startled to learn it was originally published in 1998. Not because it's been lurking for that long but because the central themes, in particular rabid evangelical religious fanatics, intolerance, insistence, terrorism and short-sighted idiocy works just as well now as it did then. Actually make th ...more
le-trombone
Mar 05, 2009 le-trombone rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-mystery
Brookmyre's third novel is not a Jack Parlabane book, although a character who made a flashback appearance in his first book Quite Ugly One Morning is a major character here.

The setting is Los Angeles, where photographer Steff Kennedy has newly arrived and is waiting for his assignment: photographing former porn star Madeleine Witherson as she touts her new career in legitimate acting in her new movie Angel's Claws. The event is happening at the American Feature Film Market, an annual event to d
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The Cats Mother
I've enjoyed all of his books that I've read so far; as I've said before, he's like a Scottish Ben Elton, writing thrillers with an entertaining cast of characters so he can rant about whichever topic he's select, in this case religion.
Here a Christian fundamentalist hatches a plot to set off a tidal wave (this was written in 1998 before we all started calling them tsunami) to destroy LA, as he has predicted. Meanwhile an ex-porn star is targeted by another religious terrorist also trying to ma
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Lana Kamennof-sine
Brookmyre is genius.
A deft hand with humour, philosphy, sin, religion, football (the real kind! Although Motherwell? Yeah just jealous we haven't the options in Canada.)

He even mentions Australopithecines! "He figured that once upon a time a bunch of Australopithecines were sitting around a fire, discussing in guttural grunts how the neighbourhood wasn't what it used to be, how the paths weren't so safe no more, & how it all must be heading for some dreadful culmination. such a shame, too,
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Godzilla
Dec 12, 2011 Godzilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, philosophy, 2011
Mr Brookmyre transports his tales to LA, but packs his Scottish wit and dialect for the sunshine vacation.

Written in the late 90s, with the beenfit of hindsight, a tale of terrorist atrocity with a religious background seems a little prophetic and slightly spooky, especially when mixed in with the tsunami angle from more recent times.

The story tears along at a great pace, and the characters, as ever, are warm and engaging. Brookmyre writes dialogue with apparent ease and conviction.

The tale of m
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Unwisely
Jul 05, 2009 Unwisely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2009
So, I read another Christopher Brookmyre mystery earlier this year. I thought this was the next on in that series, but, no, this is a different cast of characters, and in the US. And, OMG, *painful*. I started reading this and put it down. Renewed it twice and was going to have to take it back, so I took it with on a beach vacation. And it was *still* painful. Every character was a cliche. Everything was telegraphed. Which, fine, but there wasn't enough going on to hold my interest. Despite disa ...more
Graeme Wyllie
Aug 03, 2013 Graeme Wyllie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the book starts it reads like a combination of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen featuring a sleazy film festival running across the street from a Christian television preachers festival and a tall gangly Scottish photographer caught in between. And for the first two thirds, it's a comedic tale similar to Brookmyre's others with some wonderful asides on the links between sport and sectarianism in Glasgow. But the last third changes tack quite dramatically and the background and psychology of th ...more
Stephen Wallace
Mar 30, 2009 Stephen Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in LA, the book deals with the American B-Movie industry, Christian Fundamentalist, geology and a lanky Motherwell fan. Typical randomness by Brookmyre.

The characters are excellent. Brookmyre often reference is characters in his other books - with both of the main characters, Larry and Stef being mentioned in Quite ugly one morning and A big boy did it and ran away respectively. It is just a shame that neither have appeared in any future books that C.B. has published.

I find it hard to give
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Nev Percy
Normal Scottish guy counter-posed to LA craziness (I saw David Tennant in 'LA without a Map' not long afterwards)... Brookmyre's Steff was a whole lot funnier and more credible than Tennant's character.
With a subject like the idiocy of America's religious right in millennial 1999, CB could have laid into them a lot more! I almost felt it came out kinda balanced. He actually scored more points off the idiocy present in Celtic/Rangers tribalism than off the Americans. There was certainly more cha
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John O'Neill
May 01, 2015 John O'Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again with humour and crime drama Christopher Brookmyre thrills us with this Scot in California thriller. It is an excellent crime/thriller novel which you must not miss.
Gemma Williams
In this funny and enjoyable book Brookmyre gleefully sticks it to the fundamentalist Christians, a favourite target of his. The plot centers round a televangalist eager to bring God's wrath to the fornicators of LA with the aid of a nuclear bomb-induced tidal wave. There's also a bomb on a boat set to go off if the porn star heroine doesn't accede to the bomber's demands to kill herself live on TV. Not quite as funny and inventive as his best, but still a great read. Sharp satire on religion and ...more
Helen Fields
Brookmyre is a genius of black comedy. The satire cuts like a knife, although it may take a little while to get your head around the scottish accents. I love the way Brookmyre is completely irreverent and he writes characters who are absolutely believable in spite of the insane situations he puts them in. I'll avoid spoilers but when you mix a religious convention with a pornography exhibition and a tidal wave things are bound to get messy, and not in a good way. This book is laugh out loud funn ...more
Juanita
Jun 17, 2014 Juanita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this writer, and I love this book. Jack only shows up as a comment or two, but the other characters are powerful too.
Karen
The first non-Parlabane Brookmyre, and fairly nasty it is too. I took waaay too long to read it, meaning some of the subtler plot points passed me by. The characters were of mixed success; Luther St John was the power-crazy, dangerously smooth operator you could imagine being played by an older Tom Cruise but, I'm sorry, Maddy Witherson was just a creature born out of Brookmyre's fantasies: a porn star with a smart mouth, even smarter mind, and real breasts? In L.A.? Forget it. And her big clima ...more
Yvonne
Jul 18, 2007 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Brookmyre is a little known author in the U.S. Think a zany, Scottish Quentin Tarantino with overtones of Monty Python, only funnier. You are either going to love him or hate him. No middle ground. I personally am an addict. Set in California this book includes many different groups: the press, terrorists, an evangelical convention, porn stars. These swirl around one another causing mayhem and riot. Warning. If you take the book to the beach you might get distracted by people passing ...more
Jane Brown
Apr 23, 2015 Jane Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not his best, but you cannot go wrong with Brookmyre!
Mariagabriella
Not the best by Mr Brookmyre, but still a very, very enjoyable read. I love these Glaswegian characters he creates, and I do share their view of the world, in this case in particular on religion and what it does/did to mankind.If it took me so long to finish it it's only because I struggled a bit at the beginning, not knowing where the story was going. Glad I finished it, though.
Gayle Smith
I love Christopher Brookmyre's stories. I have no problem understanding his Glaswegian phrases. I've ordered all of his books. This one? Holy crap. The only thing worse than having Jehovah's Witnesses show up at your door is paying good money for a proselytizing atheist. Everyone I know who has read this including an English and a Welsh atheist agree: this book is just not up to his better stuff. Thankfully, he got it out of his system. Put this one back on the shelf and go read "A Tale Etched i ...more
Eric
Sep 12, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Brookmyre seems to have some issues with religious zealots. Or at least they make good villains. This story has a fascinating, convoluted plot which required a LOT of background to help the reader understand what was going on and why the characters were acting the way they were. The character background is about as creepy as it gets and hard to get through. The geological/seismological background is just plain interesting. This is my fourth book by this author. Yeah, I enjoy his stuf ...more
Saylaveev
I have left this book as unrated. I apparently don't like the earlier writing of Christopher Brookmyre. I enjoyed "its all fun and games until someone loses an eye" but the other 2 I have tried to read left me wanting more as far as characters go. I'm hoping he's doing more writing with those other characters in his later stuff so I can keep enjoying his book, it seems like a lot of his books contain the same characters a few times over.
Denise Martin
Jan 26, 2011 Denise Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A good easy read. Would probably have had more impact had I read it at the millennium but at least not that long ago that i don't remember the hype. I did keep picturing it as a movie - maybe because it was set in Hollywood - John Malkovic playing Luther St John, Denzel Washington as Larry Freeman. Struggled to cast the Scottish bloke though!
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Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. His debut novel was Quite Ugly One Morning, and subsequent works have included One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, which he said "was just the sort of book he needed to write before he turned 30", and All Fun and Games unti ...more
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