“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.
Monday, May 21, 2007
The Embiggened O # 1,007: In Which We Discover It's Actually Possible To Bust A Lung Blowing Your Own Trumpet
We're feeling the love this week, people, and from 'Ireland's biggest-selling weekly magazine' (™) the RTE Guide at that. The gist of their review of The Big O runs thusly: "A smart, cynical, twist-tastic romp about a disparate group of good, bad and ugly types that is just crying out for a movie treatment ... Message to Paddy Breathnach: read this and go eat Hollywood." Paddy Breathnach? Y'mean Paddy Breathnach of I Went Down fame? Criminy! They still haven't hoisted it onto the books section of the RTE website yet, but we're not greedy - we're just going to bask in the moment. Like, c'mon, it was the Guide fer Chrissakes ...