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"Funny" books can quickly get tedious; once you know the author's style you start to anticipate the jokes and the humour lessens with each one. Not with this one though. It's a long book, but kept me entertained from beginning to end. I listen to audiobooks at night as an alternative to reading because it keeps my husband awake when I have the light on. Listening to this probably disturbed his sleep more than a reading lamp, because I kept laughing. In addition to the humour, it's also a damned
Question - why on earth are all the swear words in this censored? I kept hoping there'd be a logical explanation, but I didn't find one. Probably the publishers work, but come on Colin, we're all grown up here, so why have you gone all coy on us?That said, this is the usual Bateman fare. I found it too long and too convoluted; the narrative delivered through too many characters and I think pace seriously suffered as a consequence. It failed to keep my interest and I was glad to get it finished.
Two chapters in and I realised I had already read it , but carried on in thoroughly enjoyed the for a second time . I enjoy Colin Bateman his books are funny but also give you an insight into what Belfast life used to be like .
Great characters, all with their back stories, (mostly screwed up and self-involved). Honesty is not a trait often found here, sometimes with violent, brutal results. Other times, just huge, hilarious consequences. Highly recommended!
Good book, I love Bateman . Darkly comic with heart.
Very enjoyable book great humor and gripping story a real page turner
Funny, witty, Bateman classic.
Great book. It's what I think would happen if Carl Hiaasen moved to Northern Ireland. Funny and fast paced with a layer of interesting interwoven characters.
Love Colin Bateman. He is very funny. Only maybe the past year or so did I get into Northern Irish mysteries and they are great.
664 pages, 133 chapters averages out at about 5 pages a chapter, veering rapidly between the stories & fates of a motley group of characters interacting against a backdrop of post Peace Agreement Belfast. Short chapters, whacky characters, crazy interactions, this is a light enough and vaguely pleasurable read.The book starts off with a disastrous blind date and we follow the long and winding path of these two wise-quipping losers fumbling their way back towards each other's arms. For losers, th...
Finished Colin Bateman's "I Predict A Riot" at the weekend, all 535 pages of it. 😳 And it is exactly what it says on the tin......A Riot! Set in post troubles Belfast, there are a myriad of interconnected stories going on. You have Walter & Margaret who meet on a disastrous blind date and her accountant ex husband Billy, Maeve who's waiting for her "ornithologist" husband, Redmond, to return home from Columbia, Mark who has political aspirations in the Unionist Party, Stephen who runs an unortho...
The subtitle of this novel is "Murder, Extortion and Carrot Cake" - which sums it up quite well. Set in modern Belfast, there is mayhem, thuggery, accounting, fashion design, and corruption as well, but there are some truly wonderful characters, beautifully drawn. It is a crime/thriller, but it's also very funny - and that combination, to be successful, takes talented writing. And I am normally deeply uncertain when facing a 600+ page book (my experience with Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum" set the
A friend who knows me very well gifted me this book - spot on!I loved the banter which lifted the book and enabled Bateman to deal with the horrific underside of Belfast - the side the tourist board does it's best to brush under the carpet - like every other country dependent of tourism for a large chunk of it's economy.Whilst the recreational rioting the drugs prostitution and protection rackets go on other folk get on with living their lives - or trying to despite the many obstacles and frustr...
This is a thoroughly entertaining read. I have followed "Bateman" since the days when he was Colin Bateman, and I began by reading all the Dan Starkey books (which I also recommend).I Predict A Riot is intelligent and funny. The humour is, at times, dark and understated but it is genuinely laugh-out-loud stuff. Bateman somehow creates bizarre, flawed, accident prone characters who are totally believable.I don't want to give a synopsis of the story (others will do that) but I do want to engender
This was a very well narrated book, but unfortunately one that became rather tedious as we follow the fortunes of a group of characters, mostly hapless, around Belfast.People try to follow their dreams and keep getting more and more tangled up in messes, mostly of their own making. Many stories are intermingled and by the end of the book you find out how most of the people are related in some way or other, which gives the idea about what small society the city actually is.When you start to keep
I like Colin Bateman's style and humour but this book goes just a bit too far with the multiple threads of characters life stories, for me anyway. It's very funny in places but the wildness of the situations stretches the fictional credibility a little too much. He mixes political commentary on the Troubles in N.Ireland well with dark humour but I could wish he had made the characters a little more believable. He manages this very well in Mystery Man. I'm quibbling I know but life's all a quibbl...
A riot it isThis one is shallow and vapid, but impossible to put down. The plot is farcical, but the characters are rich and full of life. They are flawed, flailing at life, but enormously likeable in their earnestness. The dialogue crackles and will have you chuckling out loud every few pages. The Belfast setting is so vibrant, the accent leaps off the page. No audio book needed to thoroughly savor the local pithiness. Humor at its best: shining a bright but forgiving light on our bumbles. A gr...
Probably the funniest book I've ever read, one that I will read many times. I've bought every copy I've found in charity shops and then given them to others, knowing that I was making them laugh. All of Colin's books are a joy to read but this one is a the best so far. Writing this review reminds me that I should go and find another copy so I can read it again, it's been two years so I'm due some more hysterical laughter. Get this book!
I read about 80% of this two days and then it got left at my sister's house. I really enjoyed the lightness of touch and the breezy style of writing as I read it but a few weeks later can't rememeber much beyond the incident with the carrot cake and have not the slightest inclination to get another copy and read the ending. A fun, fluffy but forgettable read.
Murder, extortion & carrot cake all set in a "peaceful" Belfast. Fantastic characters, fast paced chapters and funny. I think I have gained more knowledge about Northern Ireland in the last couple of days then in the last 10 years I've lived here!!!! Great book well worth a read.
fantastic book! can't recommend it enough! loved it so much i didn't mind carrying its brick-sized volume around in my handbag for a week!!
well threaded plot, funny, dark - the Carl Hiaasen of Belfast? (he wishes)an enjoyable romp.
This is my first Colin Bateman and I am enjoying it so far. It is not a serious novel. It is funny... so far. I really enjoyed this novel. it stayed with me for a long time
Quirky, whitty, but still managing to remain a gritty british detective novel. Not usually my style, but I really enjoyed this. Bateman has a great sense of humour.
A laugh out loud crime set in Ireland. I read it a while ago, so I can't remember everything, but I remember I enjoyed it!
Cool, funny. That's what I remember about this book. I would re-read it just to be able to post a proper review. I remember it being that good
Really long, really easily digestible characters and storylines, all interesting, parts funny. Not so much big on suspense or mystery, yet still engaging. Got to be a little too long by the end.
Hilarious twists and turns and a satisfying ending. A feel-good book despite the murders and beatings.
Amazing characters, very funny throughout. Couldn't put it down.