Monday, December 29, 2008

A Snowball in Hell

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Publication Date: 2008 Category: Crime Fiction, Black Comedy Who'll want to read it? People who love thrillers with a twist or two. Personally, I think if you like Colin Bateman you will also like Christopher Brookmyre. These two are my guilty little addiction - I've given them both up several times, which is always easy until they go and release more books! Point of no return: The bit on the front cover that says "Christopher Brookmyre". Classic line: "He's dressed in just a pair of pants, one of the leg-holes riding up his crack and exposing his left bum-cheek, a fold of his belly overlapping the elastic stretched around his abdomen. For a guy never done castigating the lazy, he's done well to disguise his athletiscism." pg 19
" 'Pressure,' he says as if trying to reboard his own train of thought before it chugs off without him." pg 110
"According to Socrates, 'fame is the perfume of heroic deeds'. What would the most venerated of Greek philosophers think of Bedroom Popstars, or Big Brother, were he to witness the willing indignities of those seeking only that perfume, and who regarded its scent as an end in itself." pg 312 What's it all about? It's a satire shredding reality TV, celebrities and wannabes to bits. It features three main characters from two of Brookmyre's previous novels. If you loved evil genius Simon Darcourt from A big boy did it and ran away, Zal Innez from The sacred art of stealing and Angelique de Xavia from both novels, you'll be ecstatic at this release. This book makes you laugh but you may find yourself feeling guilty. I don't know what else to say without spoiling the fun, but it does have the trademark Brookmyre twists and turns that keep you guessing all the way. Publisher: Little, Brown

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