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KlaraZ



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:37 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

The latest Phil Rickman/Merrily Watkins novel is out---The Secrets of Pain---and my copy has just arrived from the library. I shall dive into it this weekend!

http://www.philrickman.co.uk/pages/Secrets.html

(Hope there's going to be a lot about Lol in it!)


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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In response to Castorboy's suggestion I am putting this here (minus, I hope all the typos of the original, which I know I could correct if I could be bothered).  

I read The Lamp of the Wicked by Phil Rickman recently.  This one was long and detailed and based around the Fred and Rose West crimes and home.  They weren't really characters, but their legacy was vital to the story.  Phil Rickman said it hadn't been an easy book to write, and it wasn't at times all that easy to read, either.  I hadn't been aware of much of what he told us, as I do tend to ignore the details of such crimes, partly for squeamish reasons, but also so as not to give publicity to them.  

Evie has said Rickman isn't the best of writers, but I didn't find anything that bothered me in his writing - it isn't stylish or testing, but it is competent.  Oddly he can put a very nice phrase in, and then soon after a rather silly one.  I didn't think much of his simile of the sun being like an egg yolk, for instance.  

But a bigger criticism from me is that this book was too long (about 450 pages), and it had far too many threads at the end.  Extra crimes or uncertainty about the solved ones, and I just found that somewhat irritating.  It would have been more concise and more strongly finished without this.  I also found a jumpiness to the story, with constant changes back and forward to other characters.  Sometimes just three or four pages and then we would dart off to someone else.  I find this not conducive to concentrated reading. But I will read more of his.  I did feel this was a more serious and socially-important novel than the earlier one I read, mostly I think because it did take as its main premise a true, terrible and widely publicised crime, and showed the lasting effects and ripples across society that such an event and all its ramifications have.

I am interested to see mention of Nick Drake here - I mentioned him to my dil the other day and she didn't know of him.  I only know him by what I have read - haven't deliberately listened to him, though I think he is occasionally played on our radio here.  

Cheers, Caro.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NZ really is enlightened if they play Nick Drake on the radio!  Not sure I've ever heard him on the radio here.  Have a listen sometime, Caro - really beautiful songs - Five Leaves Left is my favourite album, and there is lots on youtube.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought I might have that wrong, but checking their website I see Pale Moon was their feature album one afternoon in February 2009 and Five Leaves Left was their feature album in Feb 2010.  That doesn't mean I heard it though.


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county_lady



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just finished reading the first three volumes of the Merrily Watkins books. The weather being hot here making me unable to sleep I was often reading through the night. They are strangely compulsive though not at all the type of book I normally read.


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KlaraZ



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a new Merrily Watkins novel out! 'The Magus of Hay'. My copy ordered from library has arrived and I'll be reading it next.



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