Those of you who have read his previous books will know to expect more of the same in that wonderful, humorous, style with which he can captivate your attention. Here he tells of his guitar heroes and influences, of which there are many. Along the way we get more of his own life story and his meetings with some of his heroes. No pictures, but then none are needed as the words lead you to your own images as each story is so magnificently told you feel you were there. So, here we have an amusing, informative and of course knowledgable read, as of course Deke is such a master of the instrument himself. But the book succeeds also in making you check out, again if needed, and maybe some for the… Read more
This is the first Ian Rankin novel I've ever read. I've been on a bit of a `heist' trip recently (and am trying to find more - suggestions, anyone?) and this more than fit the bill. It is wryly amusing in parts, though it's more Richard Stark than Donald E Westlake; there's occasional violence, and a likeable protagonist. It's different from other capers in that the main character isn't the one who dreams up the plan for the heist: He doesn't share the cunning of Thomas Crown, but the bored-millionaire motive is the same. If I were to make a criticism, it's that the narrative is very heavy on the dialogue, and I was a bit irritated with almost every line of speech ending with "he… Read more
The Cheshire Ring is playwright John Oliver's first novel, a farcical caper which sees a husband and wife, son and daughter-in-law take a canal trip around the circuit, "the Cheshire ring." They don't know it, but the money from a bank robbery is hidden onboard their narrow boat, Collette, placed there by robbers to collect later. The robbers are naturally perturbed when the boat starts cruising, and in fear of losing their ill-gotten gains, they hire their own boat and give chase - albeit very slowly. Before long, M15 have joined the 10 m.p.h pursuit, although they're on a different case altogether.
The tone is, unsurprisingly for a comic novel, very light, and the writer… Read more