Expletives in the title? Yeah, let's dash a few letters out, wouldn't want anyone to realise someone wrote a "naughty" word.
The story follows the adveExpletives in the title? Yeah, let's dash a few letters out, wouldn't want anyone to realise someone wrote a "naughty" word.
The story follows the adventure of Martin Carter, a bank manager in a small dying town. Martin's life is a huge disappointment, so instead of buying a sports car he robs his bank and goes on the run. Pursued by a security agency, meeting all sorts of interesting Aussie characters, and trying to find the elusive perfect breakfast, Martin does the midlife crisis in style.
As a long time fan of Geoff McGeachin's writing, it was a pleasure to pick up one of his humorous novels again, after reading his award winning Black Wattle Creek. Can't have humour in a book and have it win awards. There are rules. Fat, Fifty and Fucked is Geoff's first novel and sets the template for his irreverent, humorous, fun, and foodie writing style that his Alby Murdoch novels utilised. I also think Geoff captures the stereotypical Aussie characters and humour in a way that few other authors manage, even if some would find this off-putting, despite how he doesn't go the full Alf Stewart.
Great adaptation of Stark's novel of the same name. If anything this adds to the fantastic Parker story rather than simply retelling it in graphic novGreat adaptation of Stark's novel of the same name. If anything this adds to the fantastic Parker story rather than simply retelling it in graphic novel form. ...more
Potatoes and Pirate-Ninjas: the reason you will read this book.*
I'm late to the Mark Watney appreciation society, since I only heard about this book aPotatoes and Pirate-Ninjas: the reason you will read this book.*
I'm late to the Mark Watney appreciation society, since I only heard about this book as a result of the movie trailer. I guess at least I didn't find out about the book after watching the movie and wondering if it was based on anything. The blurb essentially sums up the novel "Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there." There you go, premise done.
To say I enjoyed this book is an understatement, as I usually hate novels that try to be hard sci-fi. I mean, if I want to read a physics text book I'll grab the one on my shelf, not some of the "plausible" made up stuff that hurts my needless exposition aversion gland. So to find a hard sci-fi story that manages to be so entertaining was no small feat. The humour was a big part of the reason for the enjoyment. I felt that this addition was very important to not only the characterisation of Watney the space-nerd - because nerds are normally only funny to laugh at - but also in how too many novels would have taken the same premise far too seriously.
So now I'm looking forward to the movie. This should adapt very well to the big screen, and Matt Damon seems like a great choice for Watney. Hopefully Ridley Scott won't go all Prometheus with The Martian and we'll have a great adaptation.
* Because you'll wander what the hell those things could possibly have to do with a book about Mars. ...more
Interesting series from Justin Jordan. Quite a departure from the fantastic Luther Strode series. Can't give this more than 3 stars because it feels lInteresting series from Justin Jordan. Quite a departure from the fantastic Luther Strode series. Can't give this more than 3 stars because it feels like I've read most of this before. Although it does hold the promise of something more which will make it worth reading the next instalment. ...more
I've always wondered how many professional killers like to stage suicides. Purely on a intellectual curiosity basis of course. Honest.
Mark Billingham'I've always wondered how many professional killers like to stage suicides. Purely on a intellectual curiosity basis of course. Honest.
Mark Billingham's The Dying Hours is another in the successful run of Tom Thorn crime novels. In the last book, Thorn was bumped back down to uniform and is loving it so much that he starts an investigation into a suicide that didn't seem right to him. It isn't long before he finds others that aren't suicides but part of a hit list for a retired criminal. And that's pretty much the novel summed up.
Therein lies my problem with the book. Crime novels are as full of tropes and cliches as any other genre and there are only so many plots to go around, it is about using the tropes in an interesting way. Billingham is highly regarded and I've heard good things about his work, but this story felt flat to me. There were too many well worn steps being trod over the course of the novel and it bored me. Reading other reviews there were many long time fans who felt the same way.
If you want a standard crime novel, this will fit the bill. But it might be worth checking out the other books in the series, or other works from Billingham, instead of this one....more
This was a fantastic adaptation of the original Parker story by Richard Stark, aka Donald Westlake. The artwork especially captured the grit of the orThis was a fantastic adaptation of the original Parker story by Richard Stark, aka Donald Westlake. The artwork especially captured the grit of the original and Cooke has managed to adapt the work to the graphic novel format flawlessly.
Interestingly, after Slayground is a short based on the Parker novella The Seventh (see my review here). In just a few pages Cooke has managed to capture much of the story. I look forward to reading more of these adaptations....more
There's no book quite like the autobiography, since they are usually biographies with some poor ghost writer having to make an illiterate celebrity (sThere's no book quite like the autobiography, since they are usually biographies with some poor ghost writer having to make an illiterate celebrity (sportsperson) sound interesting. Odd that I'd decide to read an actual autobiography.
David Mitchell is a particularly funny comedian from the UK, one part of the Mitchell and Webb team, and Back Story is his tale of growing up and "getting on the tele". Listening to the audiobook had the added benefit of David telling his story and giving his various rants and jokes the life they deserved.
That's right, this book is funny from start to finish. Many comedic efforts fail to do this, either trying to squeeze too much out of a one joke premise, failing to be consistent, or having the jokes become tired - more of the same - somewhere in the middle of the book. Ostensibly told as David walks to work one morning, and recounting his life thus far, he manages to pack in a lot of commentary about schooling, university drama societies (Footlights), and the oddities of making shows for TV. And in true David Mitchell style there are plenty of witty insights, comedic rants, and down the barrel jokes to tell the tales.
I generally think that celebrity biographies are symptomatic of what is wrong with publishing and book stores. Someone has gone to a lot of effort to convince the reading public that these celebrities actually wrote the book (because they have heaps of spare time, and are well known for their writing prowess) and that they have something interesting to tell you that the tabloids haven't already used as filler around those telephoto swimsuit shots. They've even managed to convince people that this is what you buy people as gifts, especially Xmas gifts for your dad. I don't know if this was a big campaign or just one of those things that happened, but it would be great if people could stop pretending that sports people are interesting, are literate, and are actually writing a tell-all-book.
It is probably because David Mitchell is clearly the writer of this book, that the humour and the story told are entertaining yet honest, that I've enjoyed this autobiography. Too often in the past I've been disappointed with biographies and comedy books, so this was not just a good read, it was refreshingly good....more
AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER. Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless nightAT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER. Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.
It has been awhile since I journeyed from Roundworld to Diskworld and with Sir Terry's passing it seemed like the right time. The trouble with picking a Diskworld novel to read is which of the 41 to choose. I settled upon Raising Steam, the ode to the very British obsession with steam trains.
Two things struck me when reading Raising Steam. First was that the TV miniseries adaptation of Going Postal was perfectly cast. Reading I couldn't help but see Charles Dance as Vetinari and Richard Coyle as Moist (Slightly Damp). This gives me great hope for the forthcoming adaptation of the best novel of all time, Good Omens. The second thing was that as a non-British person I feel like I'm missing many of the jokes. There are so many references throughout the novel that hint at jabs being taken at various cultures, peoples, politicians, and institutions. Some are obvious, like the French and Aussie ones, but others I'm guessing I'd have to have been to the UK to understand.
This is all another way of me saying that there is no such thing as a bad Diskworld novel. Goodbye, Sir Terry, thanks for the legacy....more