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Jaggy Splinters [Kindle Edition]

Chris Brookmyre
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Everyone's favourite unorthodox journalist, Jack Parlabane, goes undercover to investigate the mysterious and lucrative world of alternative medicine: in particular the practice of homeopathy. Are there unexplained forces that can be harnessed to heal us, or is it all a load of sugar? Meanwhile a sinister tale of restorative justice and the occult takes an even darker turn; two body-snatchers find more than they bargained for when raiding a morgue; and a contract killer finds that fatherhood has sent him on the straight and narrow . . . sort of.

Fast paced and wickedly entertaining, Jaggy Splinters is a dark, twisted and hilarious collection of short stories from bestselling author Chris Brookmyre.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00846X0W2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist with the publication of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING. Since writing A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY he and his family decided to move away from Aberdeen and now live near Glasgow.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 11 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been a long time fan of Chris(topher) Brookmyre and his creation Jack Parlabane and pre-ordered this on the strength of the product information mentioning that character. I thought I was getting a novel but should have read on because of course it is a collection of short stories. That in itself was disappointing but my fault for not reading all of the blurb and a collection of "new" short stories would have been enough to relieve that

However, as the other reviews have pointed out, 4 of the 6 stories are available free on the authors web site. Of these Mellow Doubt is lifted almost entirely from A Snow Ball in Hell and Playground Football though amusing is not a story.

Of the two new stories place b. is a rant against the homeopathy industry with very little plot. He did a similar thing in Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks when ranting against psychics for almost an entire chapter. While I applaud the writing and sympathize with the choice of targets a rant does not a story make. He can be forgiven that (just)in a novel length story but not in a short.

The Resurrection is a good well written short story with all the blackness and wit we have come to expect but is very short.

The standard of writing is, as always, very high throughout but I don't think that a rant, how ever well written, and a very short story for 2.99 is good value. I'm therefore awarding two stars, one for each new story.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jaggy Splinters 8 Jun. 2012
By Mr. Shy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Chris Brookmyre, as his book jackets now proclaim him, here releases onto the Kindle a short set of short stories more in keeping with the "Christopher" era - Jack Parlabane can be found in these e-pages, most entertainingly in a story where he squares up against the homeopathy industry and brings all his journalistic methods to bear.

In fact, most of the stories included are good fun, though the final section recalling playgound football is less a of story and more of an amusing magazine article - and less of a good read for it.

However, at the time of writing, the majority of the content included in this collection is available on the author's website for free. So, if you are going somewhere with a Kindle but no internet, and need some new Brookmyre, then this will do nicely. Or, for the pre-mentioned homeopathy story, which isn't on the site and is worth a read. So, 5 stars for the content but 3 for value for (admittedly not much) money - an average of 4.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 27 April 2013
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Disappointing - i was not expecting the short stories (i thought i was buying a novel) and their quality was extremely variable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 31 Aug. 2012
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I am a big Christopher Brookmyre fan and have read all his books - which made this a bit of a dull and disappointing read because it was a set of short stories that often repeated plot lines from other titles. The bungled PO robbery is a repeat of the end of The Sacred Art of Stealing, the reformed terrorist is a longer version of a story that I've definitely read in another CB book. The story attacking homeopaths felt petty and emotional and an abbreviated variation on the theme that was Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks. It may have been based on a real story but it wasn't funny and it felt like a personal vendetta on the part of the author, not story telling. Big disappointment all round.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well maybe! 14 July 2012
By Baldred
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like the other reviewers I was a tad disappointed by how thin this book is.

I also resent having to pay for a book that does not have sharing enabled. Before I buy again I'll check for sharing being enabled and if it is not I'll wait until someone has ripped it off and makes it available for a nominal/negligible sum.

If I buy a printed book I expect that my wife can read it as well! Authors, take note or expect to lose sales!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars nothing like as good as usual 9 Dec. 2012
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Normally, this guy's books are very good. This one is not. Despite the well aimed shot at homeopathy and other quackcrap, this book reads as if he wrote it before he was any good, and possibly before he was 16 years old, and had watched too many of Roald Dahl's tales of the totally expected on TV. Has the feeling of a book released because the author is now genuinely very good, so any old dross is OK. Avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel conned 1 Jan. 2013
By ldixon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wish I could demand a refund from Amazon -- I saw the name Jack Parlabane -- one of my favourite characters and then the price -- and one click later a collection of sub optimal short stories ggggrrrrr. Sharp practice Amazon! Perhaps Jack should investigate you. Mr Brookmyre -- if you were aware of this con trick then shame on you -- if not then give Amazon a slap!
Yours a disenchanted fan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caution. This is not a novel 31 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this as my first kindle purchase. Should have read the full description as amazon rather sneakily hide the fact it's a collection of short stories in the 'Read more' section of the description leading me to believe it was a Parlabane novel. I'd already read some sections elsewhere. Brookmyre's writing is as witty as ever but I was disappointed to get so little of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Brookmyre
This is very Brookmyre, but not nearly as satisfying as a full length novel. No more short stories please. Tags.
Published 4 days ago by Sophie M.
5.0 out of 5 stars great writing, each story very individual
great writing, each story very individual, each has unique twist and the humour is laugh out loud. The post office heist story is just the best.
Published 1 month ago by M
4.0 out of 5 stars But no sharp edges!
Good variety of topics each with a good few twists and, as always, a strong dash of humour.
Published 1 month ago by Trevor Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
What more can one say about Chris Brookmyre's books. The storyline was excellent as were the characters - a thoroughly good read.
Published 2 months ago by P. Graham
2.0 out of 5 stars Not finished it.
Unfortunately I didn't finish it as the writing style wasn't for me. It seemed to fractured and written in a very staccato mode with too much detail. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. M. Stoppard-jones
5.0 out of 5 stars LMAO
LMAO lol
Published 2 months ago by grummpy12
5.0 out of 5 stars Stonking read
Life might be a box of chocolates, but there are always the coffee creams. Not in this collection, where every item is a treat. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JENNIFER A.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mainly for completists.
Short stories plus some other bits and pieces from Brookmyre. Probably mainly of interest to already committed fans
Published 3 months ago by Cantthinkofapenname
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud
Funny, sarcy and real to life in the West of Scotland. The last is truly worth reading & re-reading time & time again
Published 3 months ago by Beerhunters TA
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for CB fans
Usual greatness from CB x
Published 3 months ago by patsy
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