- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 862 KB
- Print Length: 313 pages
- Publisher: Green Wizard Publishing; 1 edition (18 Mar. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XQJXQT8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book has a slow start, and at first I just thought, yes, Mark Barry's always worth reading, but maybe this isn't as hard-hitting as my favourites. But by only 10% it became much more interesting, and I was reminded why I like this writer's work so much. The observations, the character detail, the dialogue, the sharply viewed snippets of popular culture, the fearless sentences that might make lesser writers think 'hmm, I want to write that, but dare I?' ~ I loved it. Unanswered questions kept me agog all the way through the first half; what was Carol's connection to the Giffords? And what were these mysterious 'work outs' with 'Gnasher' about?
Up until 52%, it was a jolly good book, I thought, but then ~ whoosh! It became something else. Questions were answered, and there were some passages of real brilliance (feedback for Mr Barry: Steve's speech about why he doesn't talk about feelings, and Carol's description of Steve's bender). The plot stepped up about ten notches, and all of a sudden I was reading a different novel.Read more ›
This is a love story… this is what it says at the beginning of Shiny Coin but if you’re looking for hearts and flowers, tears and romance, walk on by, because this is not one of those. This is the other sort. This is the type of love story that tortures breaking hearts, the type of love story that can’t ever be, and that happens in real lives only too often.
Because this is what Barry writes, real lives. His characters, and their interactions with each other, are honest and totally believable, even when they do things we could never imagine. Nothing is shied away from and while we love the rapport shown between some of his people, the faults, failings and weaknesses of all are viscerally depicted on the page.
Carol has moved back to Wheatley Fields following the death of her father. I imagined her as glamorously gothic and totally cool, but her fabulous hair, makeup and clothes make her an oddity in the conservative passages of her home town. She gets a job at the book shop working for the older and wizardly wise Steve and they hit it off, becoming friends as well as work colleagues.
One day there’s an altercation between the odious Toby and Steve, when the former tries to buy a comic, and it is this that is the catalyst for the shocking events that unfold.
While Steve bears the brunt of what is to come Carol knows it is not aimed at him, because following a terrible betrayal when she was last home she has returned with a plan for revenge, and it’s one she’s determined to see through.
Readers familiar with Barry’s work will recognise references such as the Arkwright Trust from The Night Porter, The Jacket, a short story in Punk Rocker, and Carla, of course, as this is its loose sequel.Read more ›
My review is simple – I felt like I lived this book. Mark Barry's ability to conceive and express the inherently inconceivable and inexpressible has borne out a fabulously-written tale of raw human emotion and revenge and of the mind's complete inability to accept defeat even when annihilation is staring you in the face.
Carol Prentice is a complicated and damaged character – we understand immediately that her history in the well-heeled town of Wheatley Fields, in her life before University, a time that we don't yet know about, is the key to unlocking the persona she now projects to the world. I had to brush over her valleyspeak, I wasn't sure initially whether it was genuine, as it can conjure images of Deliciously Ella – which is decidedly not the exposed and gothic character of Carol Prentice. But, over the course of the novel, I began to feel that her idiosyncracies were real and this intelligent young, woman had developed them in compensation for the confidence stolen by her past. Through her relationship with the older and sometimes wiser book-seller, Steve, that she truly blossoms and an unlikely love story, and at the same time definitely not-a-story-of-love, evolves.
As each page of A Shiny Coin for Carol Prentice turns you start to feel this wonderful sensation that something magnificent is developing right before your eyes but you don't know what it is until the last stroke of the brush is complete. The beautiful cover is just the varnish on the canvas, but I'd like to note that, while you can't judge a book by its cover, sometimes it can give you a pretty good idea of what lies beneath.
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Take the film “Hot Fuzz”, set it in a book shop, throw in a little more darkness and A Shiny Coin for Carol Prentice is what you get. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rae Gee
A Shiny Coin For Carol Prentice:
I’ve now read four of Mark Barry’s books, each one different in genre. Read more
The main character, Carol Prentice, made quite an impression right from the start with her dark clothes, hair and Doc Marten boots. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jaye Dawes
When Carol Prentice left her home town of Wheatley Fields for Manchester University she had no plans to return. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CathyR
The characters have substance and depth - you'll either love or hate them! A shiny coin for carol prentice is easy reading (great for commutes), with an intriguing storyline... Read morePublished 2 months ago by CJ
I just cannot understand the high ratings this load of tosh received. What an absurd unbelievable tale this was. And the Grande finale was, well...boringPublished 2 months ago by E. Nicol
This book has a dark aesthetic set against a backdrop of the “dark, menacing pubs, Tudor edifices and rains-wept, piss-drenched alleys” of “one of the bleakest cities in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
After a friend recommended this book, I decided to buy it and was not disappointed! The only downside was that I lost most of a night's sleep due to this book arriving on my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Humanist
A real page turner revealing a brilliant story. I've definitely read far worse from better known authors. Well done Mr Barry.Published 2 months ago by Lindsey
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