ah come on. Feersum Endjin only makes sense when read in a heavy glaswegian accent.
I'm talking White Inch/Jordan's Hill type.
The Bridge is much more East coast, inber
I want to be Cultured
Interesting point about the dialect, I listened to rather than read it, hearing peter kenny read it to me in a gentle scottish burr means i wasnae worried abou' the weird spellings, ye ken?
I quite enjoyed it though, found the ending satisfying, quite enjoyed Ferg too.
on the "went to see Battleship yesterday, I'm not proud of the fact" ID
Agree with much of the above - have cross-posted my own review from my blog into a seperate thread.
In a nutshell....
1st third - great on a real The Crow Road vibe
2nd third - still feeling the Crow Road vibe shaping up for a great twist in the end...
Final third - Oh...is that it?
This rather sad story reminded me of the suicide in Stomemouth:
"Just have fun"
I found Stonemouth to be a slim story with Iain's trademark elements chucked in rather than integrated, a big hoose on a Scottish estate here, a couple of conspiracy theories there, all well and good but no payoff. It's an enjoyable enough novel dialogue wise, Stewart gets a bit shouty from time to time, going off on one at a funeral and extols the virtues of iPhones so often you wonder if Iain's getting a product placement fee. Canal Dreams is better.
Last edited by Conscious Bob; 20-02-2013 at 08:47 PM.
Drink, but very carefully...
Just finished. True, it doesn't have the substance or oomph of The Crow Road, the contemporary cultural references are a bit laboured, and I winced a bit at discovering Stewart is another opinionated Banksian lefty... but... it was a really enjoyable read. Supporting characters like Ferg and Phelpie are well-drafted and there's an appealing air of mystery. Like Stewart (my namesake, as it happens), I was left with a sense that there was a lot of stuff bubbling under the surface that I'm never likely to figure out: Grier's role, Callum, etc.
Once again, 'sans M' fails to hit the heights of his earlier works but Stonemouth is considerably better than The Business and Dead Air and probably Canal Dreams and ... Garbadale, too.