on 6 August 2004
James Grant does not so much hand his reader a rich bowl of New Orleans as show them the surface, put a hand to the back of their head and push them in. Your mother wouldn't approve, but if you like the taste you'll dive in and want to swim all the way through without stopping for breath, which is the first effect New Orleans has on his main character. The author of FLEM and co-author of Two Lumps delivers an uncompromisingly honest and direct tour of a unique city, its culture and its alcohol, with all the sex and hangovers. Rich in detail, including brief notes written in situ, this book grabs and holds onto your mind as stubbornly as the pounding remnants of last night's Grenade cling to the inside of your abused and aching skull.
on 6 August 2007
Dark and sexy, a true gem of a first novel; it's the sort of book you will be compelled to read in a day and then wish you could read it again for the first time as soon as it's over. Set in New Orleans Pedestrian Wolves is so fantastically descriptive visualising the characters and locations is a synch. The protagonist is a likeable cad looking for a good time in The Big Easy. Seduced by the city and guided by an invisible force we follow David Livingstone on a weekend long bender fuelled by booze, lust and an insatiable hunger for sensation. A window into the gothic subculture, Grant adeptly illustrates the personalities, humour and interests of the people involved in this scene giving this book an authenticity many others lack. Easily one of the most enjoyable books I've been lucky enough to read.
on 28 August 2004
Pedestrian Wolves is James Grant's love letter to New Orleans. Through his not-at-all-allegorical protagonist David Livingstone, we're taken on a fun-filled but exhausting tour of Nola, where everything is done to excess, sanity is cast to the wind and life is lived up. An amusing and affectionate nod to Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan helps set the tone, and the reader is dragged along, willing or no, into David's adventure. Intamicy,booze, overindulgence, in short: affirmation of life -- it's all there. Why aren't you?
Set aside a day to read this cover to cover. Resign yourself to the fact that you won't get anything done that day and don't regret it for an instant.