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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is a beautifully written book that moves at a laconic pace yet arrives at its inevitable end without faltering - definitely one to read a second time and more I think to fix the characters in mind and answer some of the questions. Yet it still feels like there is more to come, like a further unravelling could take place. I saw the film first and don't feel that it did a disservice to the book - what differences there are between the two probably result from casting decisions and I'd recommend both book and film. I anticipate going on to read some more of his books - having sated myself on Cormac McCarthy for a year.

Here's a question, how does America produce so much fine… Read more
Short Scenes ~ Ted Barnes
Short Scenes ~ Ted Barnes
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ted plays most (all?) of the instruments on this album of gentle, persuasive music. When the ears need to ease into the next phase of the day the my mind needs something to hold on to there's plenty to be found here. Dense, careful and lush with enough musical references from folk, ambient, and the fringes of cabaret to keep you wondering where he's going next, these tracks emphasise that it is the individual that counts not the general populist direction. Luvverly stuff!
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's a while since I read this book and this will be the third time that I've bought it! Every copy I have loaned out has stayed out - I assume either treasured or burned.
The degenerated and childlike language takes a few pages to gel in your head, then becomes a clear voice, that of the narrator. He tells a story of searching for meaning in a post-apocalyptic countryside - this may sound hackneyed but it's not. Living in Kent where the story evolves gives extra meaning and I'd want the book for the map alone (I trust the new edition retains it) - there are still some places I'd like to identify in the book and a few more puzzles to unravel.
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