Tag: Russian Roulette

Oli Jacobs – Filmic Cuts V: Suplex Sounds of the 70s | Review

Title: Filmic Cuts V: Suplex Sounds of the 70s

Author: Oli Jacobs

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 248

Rating: 4*/5

 

Oli Jacobs - Filmic Cuts V: Suplex Sounds of the 70s

Oli Jacobs – Filmic Cuts V: Suplex Sounds of the 70s

 

This book was a lot of fun, and there are a lot of reasons to recommend it – the quality of the writing, the quality of the paper, and the fact that this is one of those rare indie books that’s printed as a hardback.

Here, in the fifth collection of author Oli Jacobs’ short stories, we’re treated to a half dozen or so cracking little short stories that span a number of a different genres, with my favourites including an account of what happened during an expedition to another world and a gripping piece about The Game.

The Game is a televised game of Russian Roulette in which participants volunteer to play, knowing they’ll either win £1 million every day for the rest of the year, or be carried out on a stretcher with a bullet through their skull. This piece was interesting because it was written using short sentences – which were snappy and to the point (like a bullet) – and descriptions of the characters, such as The Guy, The Housewife and The Thrillseeker, instead of actual names.

Overall, it was an impressive read, and while I thought the actual layout could have been improved, it’s on a par with some other books by mainstream authors. I preferred this book over Stephen King’s Just After Sunset, for example.

 

Oli Jacobs

Oli Jacobs

 

Click here to buy Filmic Cuts V: Suplex Sounds of the 70s.

 


Graham Greene – A Sort of Life | Review

Title: A Sort of Life

Author: Graham Greene

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 157

Rating: 8/10

 

Graham Greene - A Sort of Life

Graham Greene – A Sort of Life

 

A Sort of Life is one of Greene’s several autobiographical works, and all of them can be enjoyed independently or all at once. It’s fascinating to read about the author’s early life, including his time in Berkhamstead where his father was the headmaster of the local public school.

Here, Green covers his schooldays and his time at Oxford with surprising candour, even covering the time when he played Russian Roulette against himself to try to inject some excitement in to a life that seems fascinating to us but which seemed humdrum and repetitive to the writer.

Graham Greene is one of my favourite writers ever, and this autobiography reminds me of why I love him – his writing is consistently gripping and the way he portrays himself is more fascinating than most of his fiction.

 

Graham Greene

Graham Greene

 

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