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Smokeheads by Doug Johnstone
Smokeheads by Doug Johnstone
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, 21 Mar 2011
Having had the pleasure of hearing Doug Johnstone read a couple of chapters of Smokeheads on World Book Night, I was looking forward to what he describes as a cross between Deliverence and Whisky Galore.

Four friends approaching forty arrive on Islay for a whisky tour but quickly fall foul of the law and things go from bad to worse as they uncover some of the seedier aspects of island life. It's pretty straight forward thriller fayre but Johnstone's easy style and break-neck pace keep the pages turning.

It's not without its faults, though. Of the four friends, two of them are so poorly sketched I'm a bit surprised that Johnstone went to the bother of naming them. Of… Read more
This Book Does Not Exist by Mike Schneider
This Book Does Not Exist by Mike Schneider
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inventive debut, 11 Mar 2011
I bought this on the strength of the title and I'm pretty pleased that I did. It opens very well indeed and Schneider describes a relationship that feels real and believable. Proceedings take an unexpected turn soon after the initial set-up and while I'll admit that I was slightly disappointed (because the opening is so good), I found myself adapting into the alternate world that presented itself to me. For me, the book sagged a little in the middle when it felt there was a bit too much navel gazing by the narrator but it picked up again and provided a satisfying conclusion. Certainly worth a punt, especially if you fancy something a little different.
The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh
The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ran out of steam, 7 Mar 2011
The initial set-up is very good -- the grimy characters, the rainy city, the big mysterious house with the big mysterious attic, the disturbing secrets -- and I stayed with it until I was about halfway through, knowing it wasn't exactly spectacular but entertaining nonetheless.

After that, it runs out of steam a bit and started to feel a bit overwritten until near the end when a room full of new characters is introduced at great length and you just know none of these people are going to be important so don't feel at all guilty in skipping. The end itself felt out of focus with the rest of the book.

A decent introduction to Welsh's writing and despite my disappointment… Read more