A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil



❤ [KINDLE] ❃ A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil By Christopher Brookmyre ➣ – E17streets4all.co.uk We could tell you about the bodies We could tell you their names where they were found the state they were in We could tell you about Etched in eBook ↠ the bodies We could tell you their names where they were found the state they were in.A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish Etched in eBook ↠ novelist whose novels mix politics social comment and action with a strong narrative He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author His debut novel was uite Ugly One Morning and subseuent works have included One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night which he said was just the sort of book he needed to write before he turned and All Fun and Games unti.

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil eBook Ú
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil
  • Christopher Brookmyre
  • English
  • 23 June 2016
  • 9780316730105

10 thoughts on “A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

  1. says:

    I bought this book on a whim in a charity shop seduced by the bizarre title One page in no make that a couple of paragraphs in and I'm seriously thinking I've wasted £1 I'm never going to finish this book The problem? Scottish accents They're bad enough coming out of people's mouths but at least you can infer much from body language and tone and if that fails ask the speaker to repeat themselves You don't understand them the second time either but at least the exasperated look on their faces is worth itAnyway heavy Scottish accents on paper?I have now given it five yes FIVE stars I grew to enjoy the accent as my brain and inner voice started to work in conjunction The story is interestingly told In the present day there are about six characters all related to a couple of murders be it investigating being accused of or friends or relatives of them As the tale unfolds you get multi character flashbacks that take you through the school journey of around twenty different people Don't worry its not confusing and it can be followedIts these flashbacks that have led me to give the book a five I can relate to those flashbacks I was one of those kids Martin I can see in all the other characters similarities to many people that I went to school and if truth be told I'd forgotten about I recognised the angst The politics The fear of being bullied The fear of being different and the conflicting struggle to be an individual The school is shit and it is in a shit area just like my school Whilst I would never want to relive it it was hugely enjoyable following all these charactersIn the end it's all brought together neatly and elegantlyThis book is a great read And it'll teach you Scottish

  2. says:

    All the adult victims suspects and investigators went to school together This story goes back and forth covering 1st to 13th grade and the present where 2 of them are dead

  3. says:

    great slang great swearing tight plot a splendid holiday read very sharp on the short lifetime of the vernacular in schools I'm old enough to remember the arrival and departure of is it chook as an expression of disbelief and smiled fondly on seeing it in print and I have absolutely avoided spoilers just read and go with the flow

  4. says:

    I would have been happy if this was at least twice as long hehe

  5. says:

    Really not sure about this one Firstly the language is really crude Secondly I am not sure if I put as much thought into my classmates as these characters do Above all however I am hopeless with names and this novel had not only numerous characters in two different eras but also nicknames But it was a smart story line with some clever and funny insights into the minds and actions of developing adolescents Maybe this should be reuired reading at teacher training colleges And I did not work out 'who dunnit'

  6. says:

    I love Brookmyre's language but this is not his best effort This mystery had so many Scottish schoolyard neologisms that the author provided a glossary at the end of the book to help the reader School memories at a Catholic school over the passage of many years as experienced by one group of kids is interlaced with the experiences of two now adult figures a police woman and a media connected lawyer trying to sort out a murder Those who know Brookmyre's take on Catholic schools should not be surprised that school officials do not come off well This is another Brookmyre that will not be easily found in the US

  7. says:

    Really enjoyed this Some hilarious episodes great fun good plot a few twists Not totally hanging together Although I guessed about halfway through still thoroughly enjoyed it

  8. says:

    Recommended by Emma and Jim Emma I may need your help on clearing up a point or twoSo in general I enjoyed this but it was flawed and I think I missed a few things The school years sections were definitely my favourite parts I recognised uite a lot of general childhood tropes in there as well as some typically Scottish ones The writing was often really funny seeing a Primary One kid's thoughtful very rational inner monologue and reasoning versus what actually happened or was said was a fantastic juxtaposition There was a lot to relate to and I found the school yard politics really interesting and enjoyed seeing the characters developThe present day murder mystery stuff was less strong My big complaint is that it took a really long time for me to match up the various characters involved in the present day to their school euivalents This was partly because there were so many characters and it all jumped about a lot but also it was massively obfuscated by all the nicknames and stuff I'd say for probably the first half of the book at least I didn't have some of the important characters matched up in my head so I think I missed a lot of both nuance in the character development as well as some outright important plot points I reckon some of that's on me but some of it is down to poor writing When I did make these connections though I did enjoy seeing how the characters changed and thought it was clever how Brookmyre made you change your opinion of them as they grow up and is revealed about their personal lives how and why they behave the way they doPossibly as a conseuence of this I am not sure I have fully understood the ending Spoilers ahead I do not understand Eleanor's role in what happened she was obviously involved from what is covered in the last exchange but I am not sure how And I am also not sure WHY Robbie and James are even trying to hide these bodies in the first place The whole crux of the story is that these guys are clearly guilty except that it turns out they're not Why did they bother putting themselves in SERIOUS shit and making themselves look guilty of murder when they could've just called it in? And if it was actually Eleanor who was the one who witnessed this why didn't SHE just call it in? As far as I can gather none of the twothree of them did anything illegal or had anything to protect I don't get the motive at allThe ending left me feeling a bit annoyed and unfulfilled but overall I did enjoy the writing and black sense of humour and think I will check out of his work

  9. says:

    You know the feeling that you get when you pick a book randomly out of the bookshelf in a book store or a library hoping it would be at least not a total sht and it turns out to be a great book? That was how I feel about this book It was not totally random actually Thanks to Nick Hornby lately I'm a sucker for anything British Nope 90s to date novels by British male writer to be precise This book had a uote from Guardian's review on the cover 'Looks back with a painfully accurate eye One of the funniest writers in Britain' British and funny Plus I like the cover I was so buying itIt turned out that it's actually Scot instead of British Same difference? English is already not my first language third if you count Sundanese But after I survived the Scottish dialect I really enjoyed the book It IS funny Cleverly written Twists that keep you from putting it down A long journey for the characters and you seek longingly for the connection Which kid grew up to be which adult How they are so different yet so similar And the funny thing is I spent my childhood thousands of miles apart totally different culture yet I can totally relate to them I think I was Helen if not the girl version of MartyAfter 200 pages or so and I'd already figured out at least 75% of the Scottish I just realized that there was a glossary on the back A bit late but still came in handy not only for reading this book but also for general purpose especially if you plan to go to Scotland Such as this oneginger Generic term for carbonated minerals Despite billions of dollars spent on brand recognition and advertising in Glasgow Coke Pepsi Seven Up and Sprite are all referred to as 'ginger'or this onefitba Popular team sport known in some uarters as 'soccer' invented and given to the world by the Scots English claims to have invented it rest on their having the first Football Association which proves only that they invented football bureaucracy Thanks a pantload guys You form yet another bloody committee and a hundred years later we had to put up with Jim FarryShite Now I have to look for another Christopher Brookmyre's book

  10. says:

    A psychological thriller in which we get to go inside the minds of a whole cast of characters; but rather than explore the complexities of adult life this book uses the far traumatic and scarring experience of going to school when personalities are shaped in ways that we never uite understand in later lifeFrom the first day at primary when the children learn a lot than just their names to the last day at high school when some long buried truths suddenly come to light this is clever funny sad everything you want really The characters voices are crisp and clear even if you have to remember to pay attention as the nicknames by which they are known continually change and the various paths that lead them to the tangled and inexplicable crime all feel right there's even a bit of redemption and closure for many of them which is terrific One of the real highlights of the story is the way it allow him to explore the evolving use of language cleverly the dizzying way in which slang arrives from thin air and then departs; how swearing is used as a grammatical tool the different levels of maturity and immaturity of the characters etc Sure the glossary is a bit of a cheat to make it look convincing but that's a small nit pickAs a crime novel this is OK A plausible range of suspects are introduced and means motive and opportunity are all present and correct even if the critical piece of evidence is withheld until the dénouement But that's all secondary to the school story and how wonderfully real it is

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