Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks (Paperback)

Debut novel that really goes there ...
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8 Oct. 2018 By Michael M. Murray
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Debut novel by new Derby writer “PwJb&2f “arrives with a punch strong enough to warrant further attention. “ALS”, as we shall call the author in respect of his own deceit of calling his central character, “Central Character” or just “CC”, has produced a work that deserves a level of interest to levitate it above the wash of other debuts by modern British writers. This one is different, very different.

A linear structure may take the reader through the events of the story but if you are expecting straightforward sense you have come to the wrong place. Misled from the off from thinking perhaps this story is a somewhat racy affair, the tease is suddenly broken at the end of the first chapter and you hold onto your seat from there. Along the journey through a heart of darkness, it is refreshingly judgement free, enabling a wider perspective upon events as they happen and leaves the reader not quite knowing what is to come next. Occasionally a gift of a character is a little bit thrown aside too soon, enter stage left only to quickly leave stage right an Irish Republican cross dresser comedian but the hold of the story always returns itself to the bridge upon which all events seem to start and end. Every bridge scene absolutely captivates, ALS uses the bridge to, well, bridge things, it is a device that grounds effectively an otherwise loose narrative.

ALS has conjured a joy ride with a not to be trusted self-questioning narrator, events that spin the room for you in a way Sam Shepherd and Burroughs would have been proud of and a senseless sense of everything else that makes one wonder just how much Becket ALS is familiar with. Too few British writers seek to take an idea and really go there, it is an American thing to be so adventurous but it is a delight to have one of our own at last. Search this one out, set aside the few hours needed for uninterrupted coverage and strap yourself down, it is going to be a bumpy ride but a fun one that may just, may just, another tease perhaps, finish on a happy ending.

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