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I read my first Ian Rankin novel (Knots & Crosses) in like 2 days yesterday
This man makes me very happy
but in my head he has always been some kind of holiday book writer, like a catherine cookson for men.
am i wrong?
he is immensely trashy, but also gritty and has vague literary merit
I have just finished my first year of English literature degree so wanted to read something SOLELY fun you see (although he does have allusions to Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark and Thomas Pynchon, which I personally feel is a weird combination)
Which was pretty ace.
i heard him on Radio 4 talking about how he used to have a muted posthorn painted on the back of his leather jacket :):)
I want a muted posthorn tatoo now.
Except I'd probably look all pretentious and be constantly explaining to people who look at my skin how "The Crying of Lot 49 is amazing but Gravity's Rainbow is just a big stony mess" etc.
WE AWAIT SILENT TRYSTERO'S EMPIRE tattooed on yr forehead
"WE AWAIT SILENT TRYSTERO'S MASSIVE PENIS" tatooed just above my genitalia.
in the fact that they are straightforward, fairly formulaic genre fiction. jsut very very well written.
what they like?
i *really* wanna read a jilly cooper novel...
i was just listing stuff i wanna read!
Is Jilly high enough quality for the book challenge?
and they are very good, if a tad samey. But then most crime writers get quite samey after a while.
books and they're good. Lots of crime fiction is straight forward and may not use the whole lexicon of English but they tackle some important issue. Plus, reading Rebus always makes me want to visit Edinburgh. Like watching Northern Exposure used to make me want to visit Alaska.
I read half of Black and blue but got a bit bored. The writing was good I guess but i'm sick of Scottish cities being associated with "grit" and "grittiness". A change would be nice.