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I have been a long time fan of Chris(topher) Brookmyre and his creation Jack Parlabane and pre-ordered this on the strength of the product information mentioning that character. I thought I was getting a novel but should have read on because of course it is a collection of short stories. That in itself was disappointing but my fault for not reading all of the blurb and a collection of "new" short stories would have been enough to relieve that
However, as the other reviews have pointed out, 4 of the 6 stories are available free on the authors web site. Of these Mellow Doubt is lifted almost entirely from A Snow Ball in Hell and Playground Football though amusing is not a story.
Of the two new stories place b. is a rant against the homeopathy industry with very little plot. He did a similar thing in Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks when ranting against psychics for almost an entire chapter. While I applaud the writing and sympathize with the choice of targets a rant does not a story make. He can be forgiven that (just)in a novel length story but not in a short.
The Resurrection is a good well written short story with all the blackness and wit we have come to expect but is very short.
The standard of writing is, as always, very high throughout but I don't think that a rant, how ever well written, and a very short story for 2.99 is good value. I'm therefore awarding two stars, one for each new story.
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Initial post: 25 Aug 2014 12:22:14 BDT
Actually, Place B. was what got me hooked on Brookmyre (and yes, his novels are even better). It's not new, though: it also appears on Crimespotting, a collection of short stories taking place in Edinburgh published in 2010, which is where I first read it.
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