Saturday, September 09, 2006

C&P Blog in another literary post shock!

You wait around for ages for posts about books from a bookshop blog and before you know it...

I've never been able to read JG Ballard. I've tried and tried but have always failed by page 15 to connect in anyway with his dystopian worlds. His new book Kingdom Come came in and I thought I'd give it my customary bash assuming it would be on the rejects pile toot sweet. But you know what? I get this one! I've got 15 pages in and I'm hooked. It's about the weird satellite towns that rub up along the M25. His descriptive and observational writing is so spot on that I can feel the boredom and shock of driving through these wastelands.

I do hope he doesn't mess this one up and go all weird... It's very mundane at the moment but incredibly biting. Fingers crossed.

6 comments:

  1. You mean it isn`t a novel ?

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  2. Oh yes it is! It even starts with a murder...

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  3. Adam in enjoying book by author he usually hates... Hmm. So you'll be giving The Road a try now, won't you? I'll have a go on Kingdom Come if you do. Reading Ballard is something I look forward to almost as much as doing my tax return.

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  4. Finished The Road today...

    ...words fail

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  5. I love that opening line...an advertising man's ingrained habit of tasting the wrapper rather than the biscuit...

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  6. No, it`s no good. I can`t see myself reading this one. Too many books, too little time, too sure I won`t like it.

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