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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Reading,
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This review is from: English Slacker (Paperback)From the start, this novel flows very naturally. The reader is able to get to know Chambers quickly, and begin to gain insight into his thoughts and day to day lifestyle. Although the main character is far from remarkable, you find yourself drawn in, wanting to know more about him and his past. There are aspects of Chamber's character that most people will recognise; the uncertainty of the future, the feeling that everyone else is doing better than you, and a desire to block out the more unpleasant things in life.
This book is perfect summer reading for school leavers, but likewise holds an appeal for older readers too; we can all remember being 18 and thinking the future was supposed to be all mapped out- for some of us (myself included!) we are still waiting for that to happen!
I've deliberately kept the summary brief as I don't want to give too much away, but there are unexpected moments and plenty to keep the pages turning.
This book is refreshingly lacking in pretension, and is written in an open and honest style, making it easy to read and difficult to put down!
4.0 out of 5 stars The spirit of a youthful summer!,
This review is from: English Slacker (Paperback)English Slacker takes place in that final summer after school is over, and university or whatever else beckons beyond.
We follow 18-year-old Chambers as he enjoys all the drink, drugs, awkward encounters with the opposite sex and bumming around that summer has to offer in his coastal English town. But less enjoyable for him are his reoccurring memories of an old friend, Colin, and his attempts to get his head around what happened with Colin - who despite not being around any more is still having an impact on his life.
I enjoyed English Slacker for its sense of time and place (it's set in the late 90s) and the spot-on depiction of the rambling and aimlessness of youth. Sometimes it is a little bit TOO rambling and aimless, and could have done with an earlier introduction of what it's really 'about'.
Nevertheless, it's a fun and recommended read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ENGLISH SLACKER by Chris Morton,
This review is from: English Slacker (Paperback)I first read this book in draft on the Great Writing forum. It was something out of the ordinary run of amateur writing, and although at first I found it a difficult read, every time I saw a new chapter posted, I had to go and read it. And for a woman of my age to read the first-person narrative of an 18 year old youth, and then go on reading it, it must have something. I'm just not sure what.
Chambers, the narrator, has just finished college in his home town of Bracksea. The tale wanders apparently aimlessly, somewhat like Chambers' own life, through events both past and present over the ensuing summer. Although cannabis, tobacco and alcohol feature very largely in the story, Chambers is an oddly endearing lad, without much ambition or devilment in his makeup. It's laid-back and chatty and colloquial, and it's also very small-town England. There's only routine swearing, no rampant sex and almost no violence. There isn't even, apparently, much of a story. And yet...
This is really an exploration of the as-yet-undefined brain of adolescence still going along with a me-and-my-mates approach to life. Chambers, recalling his formerly joined-at-the hip friend Colin, puzzles over what is reality and what isn't - especially when his reality is constantly distorted by artificial "enhancers."
I won't spoil "English Slacker" for you by revealing what the crisis turns out to be... or how it does turn out to have a narrative after all.
ENGLISH SLACKER is written by Chris Morton, and published in softback by Punked Books. 188 pp, UK £7.99, US $15.99. ISBN 978-095331728-8
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer Read,
This review is from: English Slacker (Paperback)A refreshingly good read. The characterisation of the main protagonist is authentically realistic and although he is in no way regarded as being classed as a 'hero' in the novel, his exploits with drink, drugs and girls are extremely fun to read. The book explores various (past) events into the character development and there is plenty going on to keep the reader interested.
A very good summer read (even though it was raining for the week I was reading it, but then that's British summertime for you!) I look forward to reading more from Morton.
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