Some cack-handed book reviews……

I’ve had a bit more free time than usual, what with being on Holiday for a couple of weeks- to stave off the boredom I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading. I thought I would tell you a little about the books and what I thought of them. I’ve also been typing up some ideas for a new project.

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmCOLD GRANITE! So far I’ve only read one other Logan McIntense book, and I can’t fucking remember which one it was- It might have been blind eye or something. I really enjoyed HALFHEAD though.

I enjoyed this book, it passed the time. I don’t really read stuff like this- Crime stuff, I mentioned before I tried to read some Ian Rankin- but I just found the whole thing a bit repetitive. I suppose someone should write a book for me really, something a bit more quirky- a bit odd. I’d like to read a crime book that’s a bit like this but with added Will Self/Vonnegut strangeness and sick black humour. Mind you, I would be the only person to read it. Maybe I should finish that story I was writing ages ago…..Hmmm. Fuch-nose min.

I found this book out at Glenburn- I imagined that it was a KLARTY book, erotica? A bit like that 50 shades of KLART book that’s driving frigid housewife’s into a frenzy of bean bashing at the moment. It wasn’t though. I would really recommend this book- it’s a cracking read- and really funny. I particularly liked the bit where the guy gets his balls stuck in a bath plughole. We’ve all been there right?It’s a bit like the history of a well to do Viagra merchant- and the tale of a very selective spermbank. Do read it if you get a chance….

This is a belter of a book, the thing I really like about Niall is that he’s a good writer, and he just fires off loads of ideas. I have no idea if he’s a great historian or not- comparing reviews at Amazon and various high fallutin’ academic sources reveals he may well be commiting the terrible crime of being, you know a bit popular. Much like that Neil Oliver* guy who presented that Coast show and the ill-fated BBC Scotland History of Scotland.

Jealousy is a terrible thing, it’s pretty much par for the course among academics though. The dicks!

*Is that how you spell his name? I cannae be bothered checking. He’s that guy that stamps about the country side – then turns around and talks at you about stuff- he’s dead good at that.

Please don’t expect anything too coherent or indeed useful. Mainly I like to read books with a nice cover or that will make me appear clever but not to the extent that I look like a specky cunt that’s read a fucking dictionary.

Also, I’ve already pre-ordered some really neat sounding books scheduled currently for an October release- Mark Mazower is releasing this: Which I’m really looking forward too- His fantastic book Dark Continent was one of the few books on my reading list at Aberdeen University that I actually enjoyed reading- You must know how University reading lists go, you get a pile of titles and quickly read the conclusion- then spend the rest of the time fishing for useable quotable material.

Mazower’s forthcoming book is called Governing the world:The Rise and Fall of an Idea

Here’s a bit of blurb from the pre-order product description:

From the acclaimed, award-winning author of “Dark Continent” and “Hitler’s Empire”, comes a visionary, far-reaching history of two centuries of international government that also goes to the heart of current world crises. In 1815 the shocked and exhausted victors of the decades of fighting that had engulfed Europe for a generation agreed to a new system for keeping the peace. Instead of independent states changing sides, doing deals and betraying one another, a new, collegial ‘Concert of Europe’ would ensure that the brutal chaos of the Napoleonic Wars never happened again. Mark Mazower’s remarkable new book recreates two centuries of international government – the struggle to spread values and build institutions to bring order to an anarchic and dangerous state system. It shows how what started as a European story became the framework for today’s world, as free traders, communists and nationalists all put forward their own radical visions of international harmony.
Niall Ferguson is also unleashing the rule of law and it’s enemies in the same month. It’s going to be a right laugh.
One of the great puzzles of history is how best to explain the fate of nations – the wheel of fortune that raises up some and throws down others. There are a bewildering range of explanations, mostly contradicting one another, and embracing everything from climate to resources, from technology to plain luck. All societies are linked however by perhaps the most remarkable, tangled and elaborate of human inventions – the institutions that hold us together. In his fascinating new book, Niall Ferguson dramatizes the overwhelming importance of the structures that allow us to be governed, to trade and to legally protect ourselves and – at the heart of it all – the host of ways in which we create “Civil Society”, joining and engaging with whatever really matters to us. “The Rule of Law and Its Enemies” is an attempt to explain what it is that makes us human – how we come together to build our societies and how we succeed or fail in making the structures that allow us to be happy, secure and fulfilled. In a rapidly changing world, there can be no more important subject.

Sounds pretty good. I’m looking forward to both of these. I like the ideas in both of them.



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