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3.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but it's not great, 29 May 2007
This review is from: The ASBO Show (Paperback)
Sorry for quoting Roy Walker there. Not particularly hip n happening but I was struggling to think of my own title...

I absolutely loved Refusal Shoes when that came out and also quite liked Blag. As usual Saint has painted a scarily accurate picture of the staff he is describing and from personal experience I can tell you that unfortunately the setting up of an ASB Unit is exactly how it is depicted here. The first couple of chapters or so are the best by far but the story itself is still captivating after that, just not so funny.

I have only given this book 3 stars because about halfway through the book the storyline just gets a little bit too far-fetched for my liking. Saint is trying to make an important point and that's why he goes off on one but I think that he could have made his point just as easily (and more effectively and humourously) if he'd have kept within the realms of probability...

Might pass this book on to my boss (who is head of an ASB Unit) and see if he thinks Saint's idea is a good one - Who knows? Maybe I wrote it off as improbable a bit too quickly?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too contrived to be affecting., 29 Oct 2007
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A. Miles (Al Khor, Qatar) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The ASBO Show (Paperback)
The difference between this and Ballard is that the latter never felt he had to make his books credible - you accepted that the idea of a man trapped on a traffic island, for instance, because you immiediately understood it was a metaphor . Saint's own central metaphor- a viewing gallery in an old tower block where people pay to be entertained by an oblivious underclass - is a good one, but he spends almost half of the book describing the unwieldy, contrived and far-fetched chain of events that enable this unlikely scenario to develop. This insistence on making his book 'realistic' is paradoxically exactly what makes it so unbelievable.
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