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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:33 pm 
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Julian Cope's new novel appears to be getting a Mexican thumbs up from a range of critics. I didn't realise he had written a previous book on heritage sites. Go Julian.

I never did get round to reading Nick Cave's novel though it sounded cartoonishly violent from a reading I heard. There's a Willy Vlautin (he of Richmond Fontaine) novel on the shelf gathering household miscellany too.

The only book I recall enjoying immensely from this genre was No News At Throat Lake by Lawrence Donegan, one-time bassist with Lloyd Cole and current golf correspondent with The Guardian (a natural progression from turtle-to-V-neck). He upped urban sticks and hoisted his flag on a run-down cottage in Donegal for a year to find himself (immersed among some loony locals). Probably best enjoyed by a local; I laughed heartily.

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Louise from Sleeper is apparently a novelist now. I don't read novels though so I have no idea if they're any good. Hope that helps!

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Louise from Sleeper is apparently a novelist now. I don't read novels though so I have no idea if they're any good. Hope that helps!


I read one - Goodnight Steve McQueen. It was ok. Not sure I'd have bothered if I didn't fancy her.

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I read one - Goodnight Steve McQueen. It was ok. Not sure I'd have bothered if I didn't fancy her.



*cough* Have I ever told you my Louise Wener joke? :twisted:

I read both her books - ideal and entertaining trashy read for the commute.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:08 pm 
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I've read both Nick Cave novels. And The Ass Saw The Angel is sort of Southern Gothic. Very good, but always felt Cave should have set it in his native country; it would lend itself just as well to the Australian outback and setting it in the Southern States invites comparison to the likes of William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Harry Crews. The fact that it doesn't pale totally into insignificance against such greats is testament to Cave's writing. The Death Of Bunny Monroe is a blackly funny tail of middle age womanising lothario, set in and around Brighton. Both books are well worth reading. His screenplay for the film The Proposition is also excellent.

Like Marg, I have had a novel by a singer sitting on my shelves for years without being read; in my case it's Go Now by Richard Hell.

I've read one novel and a book of short stories by ex-My Bloody Valentine singer David Conway. There were a couple of stand out stories in the collection that I particularly liked. The novel, Celebrity Bedlam, reads like a sort of comic book / pulp fiction version of a JG Ballard novel. It's lurid and violent and would, I think, make a very enjoyable film, in the right hands.

Jeff Noon is probably better known as a writer than a musician, but I first encountered him playing in a band called Manicured Noise, who I saw circa 1980, on a bill with The Monochrome Set and Prag VEC. His "Vurt" series of speculative fiction works are highly recommended. I also like what I've read of his later works, but the Vurt books are the best entry way into his world.

Bought a couple of collections of short stories by Flaming Stars singer Max Decharné at a jumble sale once, but they weren't very good and he's much too proud of his punning ability. The second one is notable for having as it's titular story The Prisoner Of Brenda, which, a quarter of a century after this collection was published, became the title of a novel by Colin Bateman.

Other than that, I've read The Furies by Mick Farren, which was shit, although his somewhat self serving and totally unreliable autobiography, Give The Anarchist A Cigarette, is very entertaining; a collection of short pieces by Lydia Lunch and Exene Cervenka, called Adulterers Anomynous and Babel by Patti Smith, both of which I read so long ago that I've no recollection of them whatsoever.

Quite keen to read Andre Williams's Sweets And Other Stories.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:17 pm 
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Good work Milch. You're some man for one man. I'd forgotten about Babel, and I had to look up the Jeff Noon chap.

Did your man from The Auteurs ink a novel or did I imagine that?


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Good work Milch. You're some man for one man. I'd forgotten about Babel, and I had to look up the Jeff Noon chap.

Did your man from The Auteurs ink a novel or did I imagine that?


No, he's written two books of memoirs - I read the first about Britpop and it was great.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:24 pm 
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Has any one here read The Nigger Factory by Gil Scott-Heron?
Thinking that may well be worth checking out.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:55 pm 
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The same Gil Scott-Heron *gears up to drop in useless factoid* whose Dad played for Celtic?

Nah. Hadn't heard of it, but will have a glean at the Amazon reviews.

Milch, have you ever written a review for Amazon?


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Milch, have you ever written a review for Amazon?



I have...

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:28 pm 
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Lash it up there like a good man.


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Lash it up there like a good man.


But not for books... just music...

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:54 am 
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Milch, have you ever written a review for Amazon?

No. Have you?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:50 pm 
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Just some astrophysics books.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:04 am 
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Hope that's not you that's been slagging off my work on the astrophysical processes involved in gas dynamics.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:37 am 
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Different author, similarly contentious debate. Quick excerpt: "My mate contends Brian Cox is a ride, whereas I believe there is sufficient empirical evidence to suggest he is too pretty to be classified as one".

When I said books, I meant book covers.


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When I said books, I meant book covers.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:06 pm 
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KevW wrote:
Louise from Sleeper is apparently a novelist now. I don't read novels though so I have no idea if they're any good. Hope that helps!

Did anybody hear the radio play broadcast on Radio 4 last week, in 15 minute episodes, written by Louise from Sleeper and a bloke who used to be in the farm? Don't know if it's on the i-player, but I heard the first episode and it was crap. They seemed to have no idea how to write for the medium.

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