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Bowling Ball: Glasgow Smiles Better (Three Realistic Holes trilogy Book 1) by [Walker, Escobar]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1049 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Twisted Literature (UK Imprint) (10 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4V2M7C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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Good stuff : banter, casual violence, sleaze, daftness, recognisable, ranting
Niggles : geography, bus numbers and a couple of continuity pointers

In similar vein to Brookmyre - funny, entertaining, language - and Irvine Welsh - plot, rawness and squalor

Read it once. Now going back for the stuff I missed.

Highly recommended.
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FABULOUS!
My first discovery of Escobar's writings......, life has changed for the better ever since. Having devoured all his publications on Amazon (Kindle) since, including months of excited and frustrated anticipation during the waiting period of pre-ordering, I can hardly wait for more of his delightful work.
Being a 'Weegie in Exile', it's such a delightful reminder of my pubescent and later years growing up and behaving badly in Glasgow.

It made me feel I'd lived, ate , and slept ( where appropriate :-)) with all the characters.

This review applies equally to Sideways Movers (I've copied it there), and can't wait for more !
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Crikey, i've read some close to the knuckle books in my time, but this takes the biscuit. Jaw droppingly funny & absolutely filthy.

If John Niven & Irvine Welsh had a lovechild, and it fell on it's head on the way out of the filithiest orifice known to man, you'd be 1% of the way to just how wonderfully deranged Escobar Walker is.

Really.
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Despite the occasional amusing and/or shocking episode, this is a poor "Trainspotting by numbers" - like the author read Irvine Welsh and thought it would be easy to combine schemies and booze and violence and regional accents to come out with a hit Scottish novel but missed out on key aspects of tone and plot and character development.

The main problem I have with it is that while it emulates Trainspotting's format of having each chapter written in the first person but by different characters, the author can't get those characters to speak in different voices. This makes it read like the same man living three different lives.
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Starts off very funny but becomes a bit of a drag. Not one likeable character and I am a massive fan of Scottish Anti-hero characters. Unfortunately none of the three main lads in this book compare to some of the better main characters in Scottish fiction. Will still probably read the sequel at some point though, quite a gripping ending.
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A brilliant opening (pun noted) and a cracking read for those not easily offended by graphic Glasgow humour. At less than two notes, it's a steal and safer than buying gas lighters (four furra pound) on Argyle Street. I fully recommend this book, and I'm already looking forward to the next installation.
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I wanted to like this book, I really did. Escobar Walker is a very, very good writer with a massive talent for observation and for conveying those characteristic traits of people that make them so individual and entertaining. This is the kind of skill that has given people like Billy Connolly a long career and makes for a potentially great writer. Unfortunately Walker isn't making the best of his considerable writing skill or his capacity for characterisation and cutting humour.

For me, Bowling Ball was one long exercise in relaying as many Scottish clichés as possible in 90,000 words. All the main characters speak with one voice, in that they're almost indiscernible from each other, blending in to one long narrative throughout the book. To identify each character Walker uses the phrase "my cousin's flatmate", or a version of it dozens of times throughout, which is, I suppose, a clumsy way of letting the reader know which character is narrating but becomes annoying as the book progresses. Much simpler to give each character a distinct personality and voice or even stick the character name at the chapter heading.
Every character encountered was either a Frances Begbie (violent Neanderthal) derivative or a victim. None of the characters developed at all during their stories, and if being completely honest, the book didn't really have a definite plot. This isn't always a huge problem (see Trainspotting) if the characters have an interesting journey, but the characters Walker has created aren't allowed any growth and are very much trapped and stunted by the stereotypical values, attitudes and traits that Escobar has saddled them with.
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A story peopled by a cast in the style of Irvine Welsh's Train Spotting. Work-shy, bottom-feeding, drugged-up, psychopathic characters, with a fondness for anal sex and beating up women. Ho-hum .. Reheated cabbage, as Mr Welsh would say.

Change the names of the characters to Rents, Sick Boy and Begsbie, and you have a blatant case of Plagiarism.

Add in dozens of typos, incomplete sentences and punctuation errors, and the net result is a not a very rewarding read.
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