[Epub] ➞ A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil ➟ Christopher Brookmyre – Tactical-player.co.uk

A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil I would have been happy if this was at least twice as long hehe I didn t enjoy this as much as most of the others of his that I ve read, plot not as interesting, too much time on the flashbacks with overly detailed play by play descriptions of school football games and discos, and no characters you can like It wasn t very funny and the murder mystery not that clever I like sarcastic black humour but the viciousness of the kids behaviour and casual sadism shown by and towards the kids by both teachers and some of the parents just left a really bad taste in I didn t enjoy this as much as most of the others of his that I ve read, plot not as interesting, too much time on the flashbacks with overly detailed play by play descriptions of school football games and discos, and no characters you can like It wasn t very funny and the murder mystery not that clever I like sarcastic black humour but the viciousness of the kids behaviour and casual sadism shown by and towards the kids by both teachers and some of the parents just left a really bad taste in my mouth It certainly makes me wonder whether my school years were just really lucky, or did Brookmyre have a terrible time of it There s a lot of 80s scene setting especially with the musical and fashion references, which was amusing since I m about the same age as his characters, and I do recognise the obsessions and motivations of many of the kids, although I grew up in London not Glasgow thankful All the adult victims, suspects, and investigators went to school together This story goes back and forth, covering 1st to 13th grade, and the present where 2 of them are dead. You know the feeling that you get when you pick a book randomly out of the bookshelf in a book store or a library, hoping it would be at least not a total sh t, and it turns out to be a great book That was how I feel about this book It was not totally random, actually Thanks to Nick Hornby, lately I m a sucker for anything British Nope 90s to date novels by British male writer, to be precise This book had a quote from Guardian s review on the cover Looks back with a painfully accurate eye You know the feeling that you get when you pick a book randomly out of the bookshelf in a book store or a library, hoping it would be at least not a total sh t, and it turns out to be a great book That was how I feel about this book It was not totally random, actually Thanks to Nick Hornby, lately I m a sucker for anything British Nope 90s to date novels by British male writer, to be precise This book had a quote from Guardian s review on the cover Looks back with a painfully accurate eye One of the funniest writer A murder has been committed But, who done it In a small rural community, most of the adults have known each other since they were children at school together The book travels back and forth between the adults, their reactions to the murder and attempts to find out what happened, and their former selves as children at school where they got to know each other and grew up together The sneekiness of the plot hinges on the fact that the children sometimes knew each other by nickna A psychological thriller in which we get to go inside the minds of a whole cast of characters but rather than explore the complexities of adult life, this book uses the fartraumatic and scarring experience of going to school when personalities are shaped in ways that we never quite understand in later life.From the first day at primary when the children learn a lotthan just their names to the last day at high school when some long buried truths suddenly come to light this is cle A psychological thriller in which we get to go inside the minds of a whole cast of characters but rather than explore the complexities of adult life, this book uses the fartraumatic and scarring experience of going to school when personalities are shaped in ways that we never quite understand in later life.From the first day at primary when the children learn a lotthan just their names to the last day at high school when some long buried truths suddenly come to light this is clever, funny, sad, everything you want really The characters voices are crisp and clear, even if you have to remember to pay attention as the nicknames by which they are known continually change, and the various paths that lead them to the tangled and inexplicable crime all feel right there s even a bit of redemption and closure for many of them which is terrific One of the real highlights of the story is the way it allow him to explore the evolving use of language cleverly the dizzying way in which slang arrives from thin air A good book, well written with the caustic tongue I ve come to expect from Christopher Brookmyre It switches nicely between now and then, and there are some great moments and situations However, the main plot you kind of feel is being disguised a bit by the back and forth of the narrative.The crime is not quite as clever and disturbing as usual, and the writing perhaps a little less turgid Brookmyre never really gets into his stride with any of the rants that he is famed for.So all in all, I A good book, well written with the caustic tongue I ve come to expect from Christopher Brookmyre It switches nicely between Working my way through Christopher Brookmyre s back catalogue, and have enjoyed them all up until this one A story in two time frames an up to date murder investigation where all the protagonists the police, the investigators, the witnesses and the victim all went to school together There s a back and forth describing school days which we all can recognise, and is well written, but is harshly interrupted by the present day murder Of course, the two timelines come together in the end, but Working my way through Christopher Brookmyre s back catalogue, and have enjoyed them all up until this one A story in two time frames an up to date murder investigation where all the prota great slang, great swearing, tight plot a splendid holiday read very sharp on the short lifetime of the vernacular in schools I m old enough to remember the arrival and departure of is it chook as an expression of disbelief, and smiled fondly on We Could Tell You About The Bodies We Could Tell You Their Names, Where They Were Found, The State They Were In We Could Tell You About The Suspects Too, The Evidence, The Investigators Join A Few Dots, Even Throw You A Motive But What Would Be The Point You Re Going To Make Your Own Assumptions Anyway After All, You Know These People, Don T You You Went To School With Them We All Did Granted, That Was Twenty Years Ago, But How Much Does Anybody Really Change Exactly So If You Really Knew Them Then, You Ll Already Have All The Answers If You Really Knew Them Then Put On Your Uniform And Line Up In An Orderly Fashion For The Funniest And Most Accurate Trip Back To The Classroom You Are Likely To Read, As Well As A Murder Mystery Like Nothing That Has Gone Before It Forget The Forensics Only Once You Ve Been Through School With This Painfully Believable Cast Of Characters Will You Be Equipped To Work Out What Really Happened Decades Later Even Then, You Ll Probably Guess Wrong And Be Made To Stand In The Corner


About the Author: Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author His debut novel was Quite Ugly One Morning, and subsequent works have included One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, which he said was just the sort of book he needed to write before he turned 30 , and All Fun and Games unti Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author His debut novel was Quite Ugly One Morning, and subsequent works have included One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, which he said was just the sort of book he needed to write before he turned 30 , and All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye 2005


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