English Slacker Paperback – 1 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Chris Morton and Ceri Louise Thomas will be sharing their expertise in a 2-hour documentary on the crystal skulls, to be aired mid-May 2008 on the SCI FI Channel on NBC/Universal. Morton and Thomas s A&E documentary on the crystal skulls received high acclaim in the United States and abroad. Independent filmmakers, they now live in Britain, having spent several years in Mexico.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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
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.
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.