/ 'A Week In December' - Sebastain Faulkes
Does it improve?
It wasn't one of my favourites SF books.
Only when he calls bankers a bunch of cnuts. And that's it, I'm afraid.
I heard that on R4 as a Book at Bedtime number a few years ago and thought it was very good. However, the reader was Julian Rhind Tutt who could make the phone book sound captivating. Incidentally, he's just finished doing another BAB, "The Knot" by Mark Watson, which was also very impressive.
Probably his weakest book in my opinion. He introduces various interesting characters but then more or less ignores half of them and the book kind of fizzles out as if he got bored of writing it.
Have you read the brilliant Engleby? Undoubtedly his perfectly crafted masterpiece, lacking any of the flaws of his other books. A Fool's Alphabet is also superb, but being pre-Birdsong, hardly anyone seems to have read it and it is often absent from bookshops.
Oh, and whatever you do, don't read Human Traces. It's dreadful and as long as all his other books put together.
I thought Birdsong was nice.
> I thought Birdsong was nice.
Excellent in parts, but over melodramatic in others.
Listened to it as an audiobook, seem to remember getting to the end of it and thinking I'd lost the last CD... Didn't seem to have any kind of climatic ending.
Thought his Bond book Devil May Care was good though.
Hmmm, I'm getting the definite between-the-lines feel here for abandoning ship!
The only other book of his I've read was 'Metroland' which I enjoyed. This was a random charity-shop purchase so no great hardship to accidentally drop it back in there as I'm passing. Got a couple of alternative reads to move straight onto and I'm confident they'll be better.
Cheers for the comments one and all.
"A week in December" was entertaining light relief after "Human Traces"
They are hours of your life that you will never get back.
> "A week in December" was entertaining light relief after "Human Traces".
Yes. I suspect that, having done so much research into psychiatry for Human Traces, Faulks probably realised he had written a dismal and rambling apology for a novel, so decided he might as well put it to better use and so wrote the fantastic Engleby.
I thought it was brilliant. Loved the characters. I'd read nothing of his, was given the book and so read it with no expectations. I must read more of him.
Although, if you don't like it yet, you probably never will.
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