- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 721 KB
- Print Length: 248 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1999740211
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dead Budgie Publishing (7 Jan. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004IE9Z46
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like any other book or film, it needed to grab my attention from the outset and it certainly did not disappoint in that regard. Although significantly (ok, slightly) younger than the Author, the descriptive narrative outlining the young gentlemen and their early surroundings, had me recalling tales from my own childhood immediately, and left me wanting to discover more about each character.
What really worked for me though is the shift to the present day and the fact that questions were being raised so early in the book, made we want to turn the page (well, swipe the screen) to find out more.
The book seamlessly flits between eras in a way that captures the imagination without confusion, and provides unforseen twists and turns along the way.
Overall this is a superb read and I must offer compliments to the Author, coupled with apologies for waiting so long to give it a go!
Complimentary to the author I hope is that rather like Stephen King, he gets us really interested in his characters and their situations and then he veers off on a tangent, tantalising us in our yearning to find out what is happening to them right now. Happily though, another set of equally addictive characters and scenarios take their place, this process repeats itself again... and again... until climactically, all the separate strands weave together in the tension of the closing chapters. *
All that remains is to ask Mr P, what happens next to Elvis and the unlikely band of brothers and sisters? Is there a sequel planned? Oh, I nearly forgot, I would recommend NOT reading this book at bedtime to children - whatever their age. It is a book for adults. Thanks
* Not strictly speaking true, as one of the challenges that the author sets before us is to read a novel containing no chapters whatsoever, merely sequences. This prompted me into thinking about it a little later on, unless you are going to give names to them (the best example I can give are the beautifully descriptive, convoluted, chapter synopses that Tove Jansson employs so well at the beginning of many of hers), then why bother using them at all? Generally it is a white space con, tricking the reader into believing that they are reading faster than they really are - a con that this author eschews. I say bravo. So does Morrissey ** which incidentally, is a brilliant read too.
** ISBN: 9780141394817
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