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Bad to the Bone (Original Fiction in Paperback)

Bad to the Bone (Original Fiction in Paperback) [Kindle Edition]

James Waddington
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Waddington transforms his novel into a kind of Frankenstein on wheels ... an exhilarating freewheeler of a novel. --Helen Rumbelow in The Times

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The greatest cycling novel ever published.
Bad to the Bone is a surreal comedy firmly rooted in the technicalities of one of the world's most comme rcialised sports, cycling. The novel's concerns are those of the late-20th century affluent nations - health, drugs, and sanity. '

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Dedalus (10 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZOYGZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #461,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of Cycling - an unresolved chord 27 Dec 1998
By A Customer
First novels are always interesting and frustrating. Like the newly ordained preacher, the first time novelist attemts to put everything s/he has inside into a single volume.
This is an interesting story and Waddington does demonstrate the ability to tell a story. Yes, it is a flawed novel. But the promise of future stories better told lie in the lines he wrote.
There are a lot of intimate details about bicycle racing and recreational cyclists will find these details of interest. Following the 1998 Tour de France and the "scandals" of performance enhancing drugs, this novel takes the reader inside the men who allow their bodies to be manipulated by the drugs, promoters, and team owners just to have the moment of triumph.
The "mystery" lies unresolved at the end. To this reader, it is a mystery as to why Waddington included the "mystery" at all. He wove a good tale of the people who race the bicycles. That would have been sufficient. The "mystery" itself fails to resolve. It leaves the reader with the questions "Why -- for what reason?"
I do want you to purchase this book. Why? Because I can tell the Waddington has more stories to tell and they will get better and better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely compelling. 12 May 2013
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Though this reads like a poor translation in places, the juxtaposition of highly philosophical concepts and the pure brutal physicallity of cycle racing is engaging and entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Tour de France Scandal! 17 Oct 2012
By Sugs
The news about the controversy over several times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong makes this seem a good time to review Jame's Waddington's rather extrordinary novel about professional cycling. The story races tumultuosly through an imagined Tour de France race with its own peculiar doping scandal. The author is a cyclist and one feels he understands somewhat of what he speaks. The twists and turns of race and story are comic, dark and bizarre. Well written and well worth a read even for non-cyclists!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid as bone, fast as a time trial 13 Mar 2001
By C. Wu - Published on
A supremely intense book that is a fast read except for the convoluted, chemically induced prose that suggests that the pumped up state that drives people to sacrifice everything in pursuit of being the best --- ever. Be ready to re-read sections as you are caught off balance, without ever falling of the paceline of the mystery that unravels. The story has elements of cyberpunk in the pace and prose that the most hardcore Gibson or Stephenson fan will enjoy this, even in the absence of nothing more technical than a hyper-tricked out bicycle in a chapter about a stage that takes place in the velodome.
An excellent introduction to the attraction of professional bicycling racing, the monotony and the glory or surviving. It also captures the team dynamics of professional cycling, that most are hard pressed to explain in an obviously individual sport. The author clearly knows his cycling history and peppers the story with vignettes that add color and tradition to the classic sport. The author has done his research and the extrapolation of advances in sports medicine seem plausible and frightening. A subplot involving a female detective is insufficiently developed but thankfully doesn't distract from the main story.
If you have a cycling fan in your life, get this book for her or him right away.
2.0 out of 5 stars As Confusing as a Bunch Sprint Finish in the Dark 17 Jan 2004
By LoraxMan - Published on
I liked the decriptions of the races, very exciting, especially the climactic Worlds race. But the stuff off the bike was just pure muddled confusion to me. I often wondered if this book weren't written by someone that doesn't speak English and the confusion was due to a bad translator. I'm still not exactly sure what was going on.
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