Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lazy Sunday Service

The nice people at Serpent's Tail have sent me an ARC of Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty, which is released early March. I've only read the prologue so far, but it's a great start. The scene is an Irish man in a so-called Irish bar in New York giving out about the shoddy, hyperreal nature of the bar. The dialogue is spot-on.

"My point, friend, is that this is not an affectionate homage. This is not an interior critique. This is not Jay-Z using, what I advisedly call, the N-word. This is a collection of cliches that actually undermines what it is supposed to be celebrating. This whole ethos is a paradigm in need of shifting. And the fact that is generated by people, no offence, with only a tangential connection to the ur-source of that culture makes it all the more embarrassing."

The barman nodded. "So do you want another pint then? One without a shamrock on its head?"

And it roles from there. Great stuff.

My posts this week:
Review of The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
What we do or what others think we are?
Three stories: zonings, permissions and enforcement
Review of The Wild Blue by Stephen Ambrose
Radio work
Review of The Ice Harvest by Scott Phillips
Stories fade to haiku

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