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2.0 out of 5 stars
2.0 out of 5 stars

on 20 July 2007
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time - let's get a group of writers and ask them each to write a short story based on a song by The Fall. Sadly, however, this selection reveals the limitations of taking your title first and then trying to create a story around it. None of the writing is particularly bad, it's just that in the main the stories are tedious:there are a lot of predictable "twists in the tail", attempts to be bizarre that come across as just stupid ("City Hobgoblins" being a case in point), or humorous stories where the joke runs out of steam ("Iceland"). The desire of some of the writers to lever in other lyrics by the Fall into their stories is also quite irritating.

That's not to say that all of these stories are awful - John Williams "memoir" of being on the periphery of the early days of The Fall ("An Older Lover etc") stands out, as do the sci-fi of "The Man Whose Head Expanded", and the one effective "twist" story, "Godbox"

Two final points - two of the stories aren't even based on Fall songs (but other people's songs they have covered), and despite the amazon photo of the cover, there is no "introduction by Mark E Smith" - allegedly the old curmudgeon is none too impressed with this book either.
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