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eg. he who wrote 'Carter beats the Devil'?
If so, any good? I bloody loved that debut of his...
by that I mean I'm about 30 pages in. And yes the set up is pretty good so far. Get it!
Carter Beats the Devil is pretty much my favourite book of the last...10 years.
CBTDevil is easily the most enjoyable book I've read in that period too, with its only contender possibly 'Dangerous Parking'.
It's a joy from start to finish.
some jerk off employee was straight pervin on my girl in borders and gave her a copy of this book (protip: thats lame) and its....kinda underwhelming. i dont think dude has the talent to pull together a kinda large scale picaresque so while some sections are brilliant individually the whole thing doesnt quite pull together. also some of the chaplin stuff seems forced like he should have just written "I HAVE DONE SOME RESEARCH!!!" over and over for these sections. i think he needs to write on a bit less of an amibitious scale for a few years as he aint ready to write his "kavalier & clay" yet u feel me
The Guardian review of Sunnyside said that the author had removed 400 pages in his final edit. Maybe it needed them after all then to pull it all together?
I'll still likely give it a go when I next see it cheap. Or that new Iain Banks one...
I loved Carter. Constantly recommending it and lending it out. It always seems to come back too which is pretty nice.
I'll probably wait for the paperback though. My bookshelves are pretty sagging as it is.
i have it
and it STILL hasn't really got going. It's like endless introductions, and I'm waiting for the story to actually start. I'm sure it will come good though.