The King of Torts

The King of TortsI read ’s “The King of Torts” a couple of weeks ago. It’s the first Grisham book that I’ve read for a while; The Partner being the last one.
Well, I really enjoyed it in an odd kind of way… the story just rolls along and seems to twist and turn, not plot twists, but more what the story is about. There are a number of places where I felt that the author has lost the plot and was breaking rules of coherent and acceptable writing practices; he seems to give you too much information up front. However, this seems not important to the actual story… which is ultimately a moral about greed.

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The Crow Road

The Crow RoadI’m reading The Crow Road by at the moment. I’m enjoying it even if I can only manage to read about a chapter a day, due to commitments… anyway so far my favourite opening paragraphs to a chapter are;

Right, now this isn’t as bad as it sounds, but… I was in bed with my Aunty Janice.
Well, actually, in one sense it’s exactly as bad as it sounds because when I say I was in bed with her, I don’t mean I was in bed with her because we’d gone hill walking together and been caught out in a snow storm an eventually found shelter in some exceptionally well-appointed bothy that just so happened to have only one bed and we had got in together to keep warm; nothing like that. We were fucking.

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GooglewhackHot on the heals of reading Are You Dave Gorman? I’ve just finished reading Dave Gormans Googlewhack Adventure. You should probably take a little time to check up on what a is… but in esscence its when you type two words into Google as a search phrase and only get one page back… there are other rules.

Again I watched the DVD before reading the book. But the books is still very enjoyable all the same. I don’t think it is quite as good as Are you ? Mainly because in that one, Dave is obssesed with his task and Danny is unwittingly and against his will pulled into it. In this one Dave is kind of performing both roles. Nevertheless, I still laughed out loud on numerous occasions.

See Also: Dave Gorman’s Website

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Are you Dave Gorman

Are Uou Dave Gorman?I watched the TV show The Dave Gorman Collection some time ago, but I’ve only just got around to reading the book Are You Dave Gorman? I guess that technically I didn’t really need to read the book, but I was interested in all the extra detail that the book would afford.

Anyway, I really enjoyed it. Funny all the way through. And all those extra little details are really worth the read. For those not familiar with the TV show or the Book. ends up trying to win a bet against his flat mate that he can’t meet 54 other Dave Gormans. It’s a bet that sees them travelling the world and putting themselves in some very strange situations.

See Also: Dave Gorman’s Website

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War of the Worlds

War of the WorldsJust finished reading , . One thing that I found very interesting whil reading, was my memory of the script written by Doreen Wayne for ’s musical version, or more to the point the brilliant narration by .

If we consider the opening of the book, it takes the first 200 or so words to say what Doreen says so eloquently in about 80.

No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us.

Jeff Wayne's - War of the Worlds I really enjoyed the book, but it does re-enforce my general belief that older is not necessarily better. As a general rule I don’t enjoy watching old “classic” films, and a number of “classic” books I have read – I didn’t enjoy. It think something that Doreen did in her adaptation of the book was to cut out much of the waffle, like when you buy world of warcraft mounts. Not just as a bridged version, but as a good condensing of meandering narrative. You can read the text of Doreen Wayne’s Adaptation here.

The more I thought about it, the more I considered that Jeff Wayne’s musical is actually a better adaptation of the book that the films. The two films made so far have transported the action to another place and time. Wouldn’t it be much better to have a film set in the time and place that the original story was covering? So am I so glad that I read in a press release

In addition, earlier this year Jeff commissioned a large team of UK animators to begin production of a feature length CGI-animated film based on his Musical Work which is intended to be released in cinemas in 2007 – and the team are making unbelievable progress. The film will sty true to
the HG Well’s novel, being set in Victorian England and will of course make good use of Jeff’s music!

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You can read the eText version here. 
Official Website for Musical Version.

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