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Ireland before the bingey bangey stuff happened

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-13

This book was shocking, thought provoking and above all hilarious. I don’t know if it is because i'm Irish and got all the "in jokes" but it took me to another time in Ireland when people really lived like this. Before the boom and bust Ireland and all the worldliness it brought with it. I could identify with the parochial views and the closeted lifestyles. The story is excellently told and you get so wrapped up in Jim’s world that in parts you fear so much for what’s coming next that you can hardly read on.

It’s hard to believe now, that the church in Ireland once had that much control during my generations upbringing. If you knew Ireland of the 80s this is a must read. The language, the attitudes and the people were described so well I thought I was back there, before all that bingey bangey stuff happened. My favorite book for the last year or so.

Looking forward to Kevin’s next book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Up there with Hoffman, Lynch and Rothfuss,

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-13

I loved this book, it has the same edgy feel that Name of the Wind, Left hand of God and the Gentleman Bastard books have. It could have been sharper and allowed the reader more use of their imagination by restricting the long descriptions he is so fond of. With that said im going to start into his next book immediately. One of the few new Sci Fantasy authors that entertain without harking back to Tolkien. As one of the main characters is gay, this book is definitely not for the homophobic. it was good to see something different tried in this genre. hope the next one is as good if not better.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Poor Alan Bennett imitation.

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-13

Very poor Alan Bennett imitation. Far too long winded, weak characters and self indulgent descriptions of everything. You get the feeling after listening to this book that it was a long winded description of the authors recent encounter of a deathbed experience. It was overly long and in the end, seemed rushed to produce an ending that tied all the stories together. I wont be seeking out any of French's teenage like writings in future. A pity, i was really expecting more. I listened right to the end hoping that something would give me an epiphany like moment and make all the struggle to stay with it worthwhile but alas the end was as empty as the rest of the story.