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Stone Bleeding by [Mardell, Russell]
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Length: 233 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Russell has worked in independent film and fringe theatre for ten years. He trained in film production and has written and directed two films. He has also written five plays, which have been performed in theatres in London, Manchester and Salisbury, some of which he also directed. Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass (Matador) was published in 2010.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (8 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077ASZL2
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #758,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This book represents everything we fear for the society we live in and in a very realistic and comprehensible way, looks at the breakdown and fallout of that such society. I found it extremely dark and melancholy in places but that combined with the vein of humour that runs throughout the book, makes it an extremely engrossing read...I couldn't put it down!
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I was really looking forward to the second book having enjoyed muchly the first Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass. I was not disappointed. This book is darkly sarcastic, laugh out loud funny and very thought provoking.

So the country has buggered itself up (which I think in this day and age probably could happen) and you meet three people who are interconnected with it all and each other. You follow their story through the anarchy and havoc which paints such a realistic picture of what the world could be and what love can do.

I liked the POV of the characters how they are personally telling you the story like you're there in that time, like your reading a diary. I also liked how you realise this is the country falling in around itself but you don't realise how bad it is until you read through the book and it gives you glimpses and situations that reveals how dire it all is. I like that each POV was a verse and how that linked in with the characters. There are so many things with this book I can't list them all down, all those little things I like make this book one of my favourites.

I'm not ashamed to say my soppy self cried at one point in this book. Its a powerful thing, I think, realising that death is better then living because of what has become of the world and the author describes this so well I was there I could see it from their reasoning and perhaps the choice made was the better one.

I have to say as I did with the last you have to read this peoples even if it's not your type of book because this isn't my type of book I'm a fantasy reader. You will be surprised at how well written and different this book is from anything you have ever read before.

Oh and one last thing.....A Lampshade?!
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I should note that this review is for the paperback version, which I recieved in order to review. I can't post my review for the paperback version as it's not been released yet.

Stone Bleeding is a look at `broken Britain' and tells a tale of how our reality TV and celebrity obsessed culture is one step away from this brutally painted picture of life.

Anyone with a passing interest or basic study of politics will recognise Hobbes' `state of nature' in the early pages of this book, the effect that a lack of social contracts bring and the return of man's base instinct; leading to a life that:

"In such condition, there is no place for industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; [....] no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short"

Mardell litters his book with references to Hobbe's theory of the state of nature and does a good job of showing us what this might look like in Britain today.

That said, that I'm afraid that I don't quite share Mardell's vision that things would disintegrate quite so quickly, buy who knows? It's certainly an important tale of morality.

The book is told in three `verses', Zach, Albie and Archie. Each character had a role to play in the breakdown of the country, and each story is interlinked. I'd have liked to have seen a more individual voice for each of the three characters; for me they didn't feel sufficiently different.
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very clever, thought provoking story which highlights some of the madness of our modern society and what it could lead to. There is a clever twist in the story which makes you want to read the book all over again to link up the bits you originally missed. Well worth a read.
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