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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Dec. 2015
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Fleshmarket Close (A Rebus Novel)
Fleshmarket Close (A Rebus Novel)
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ian Rankin Beats his Liberal breast, 31 Jan. 2013
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I am both a massive fan of Ian Rankin and his Rebus books. I have read all Ian Rankin's books at least three or four times and find myself going back to them again and again like old friends. Especially his Rebus oeuvre.

I have to say however that Fleshmarket Close is my least favorite Rebus book by a long way. Now no Rebus book is ever bad. I think if you like certain characters, you can enjoy just reading about their lives. The plots can sometimes be almost immaterial. And Rebus is still a brilliant character, even here. But for me there are just too many misfires in this book.

The first is the missing child sub-plot (no spoilers) We have been here before. Rebus investigated an almost identical case (again unoffically) a few books back. So that kind of feels like old territory.

Secondly I have never been mad about Siobhan as a character. She has always been a bit too perfect, a bit goody-two-shoes. Her increasing presence in the Rebus books has diluted Rebus down a little for me. But in this book she becomes utterly insufferable. She speaks like some 'right-on' Guardian columnist and sometimes I find myself skipping over paragraphs to get past her little self-righteous rants.

Which brings me to the biggest issue with this book. And for me that is that it feels the only Rebus book where Rankin is quite heavy handedly pushing a liberal message. And that's unusual for him. Rankin books tend not to be judgmental or try to push a message onto the reader. But here he lets rip! The character who is the rapist gets the full on feminist rant that 'all men are rapists' treatment. Espcially by the shrill Siobhan. Then Rankiin leaves us with no uncertainly about his liberal feelings towards asylum seekers/immigrants. Some of the words coming out of Rebus and Siobhan's mouths concerning this issue could have come straight from any Immigration Support Charity. Both Rebus and Siobhan's expressed sentiment are beyond simply being sympathetic to the immigrant characters. They are aggressively critical and judgemental of the characters in the book who are given the role of opposing mass immigration. It's almost as if the characters opposing immigration are simply put there as 'Aunt Sally's' to take the full force of Rebus and Siobhan's disdain.

Now whatever your views on issues such as rape and immigration, it is very unusual for Ian Rankin to so nakedly push an agenda with his readers. I do not find such proselytizing to my taste. I prefer the more sarcsatic, indpendent minded Rebus personally. His normal attitude of a 'plague on all their houses'. Interstingly, in his next book, 'Naming of the Dead', Rankin seems to drop this approach and go back to good old Rebus as he usually is. Cynical and detached from the influences around him. Even Siobhan is toned down a bit in the next book and is not quite so annoying. So I don't know why Rankin goes for the 'message' in this book. But for me, it certainly spoils it and I'm glad he didn't carry it on.

So, still a good read if you like Rankin and Rebus. But for me personally, the least good of all his output.

Back to Basics
Back to Basics
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album by a great artist, 26 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Back to Basics (Audio CD)
Sublime, just sublime. Alan Hull needs to be filed alongside other unappreciated great British Singer Songwriters great such as Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson. It is great shame that he, like Denny and Thompson only seemed to be appreciated by other musicians and not by the public at large. In a world now dominated by the likes of Pop Idol it is such a refreshing change to listen to an album that means more than money in the bank for the TV Producers and to songs that have a durability beyond next weeks 'big new thing.'
Each of the tracks on this album say a little bit about Hull as an artist and a writer. He had a depth to his work that some of the good time, booze fuelled knees ups that were a Lindisfarne gig didn't always best exhibit. For me, his earlier work (both solo and with Lindisfarne) was the most rewarding and one has to be honest and say his output in the last few years of his life did not really match up to those early high points .Never the less this album is an excellent sampler of his work and a great introduction to a great artist.

Walk Into Light
Walk Into Light

11 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ian Anderson trying to be different and failing, 11 Jan. 2002
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I am a huge fan of Jethro Tull and consider several Tull albums to be amongst my all time favourites. But this offering from Ian Anderson is just awful. I am sorry to disagree with the previous reviewer but Ian just seems to be desperately jumping onto the [then] synthesiser bandwagon and the result is a horrible mix of poor songs, bad lyrics and half hearted performance. The only half way decent song being 'Made in England' showing just a little of that old Tull magic. I would lump this and the Tull album 'Under Wraps' as the only two Tull albums that I ended up throwing away as I felt they debased everything Tull stood for.
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