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Oh My Lord.

Just finished I Shall Wear Midnight by the beloved Pterry Pratchett and yes, what a thoroughly satisfying read.

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So I jumped to something completely different and I'm reading Getting Rid Of Mister Kitchen, reviewed here by someone who hated it because ti's about a man having an appalling day, but the ways in which the day is appalling are just too implausible.

But I think that reviewer is kind of missing the point. It's not about a man having a really fucked up day and an implausibly fucked up one at that, it's about a psychopath (or at best, a really malignant narcissist) telling you the mess he's in is all about him having a really bad day and how terribly unfair the world is being to him. He has no emotional connection to how anyone around him is going.

The protagonist is a truly appallingly selfish man, and it reads as though his chickens are coming home to roost.

And because he's an arsehole, the reader doesn't mind, which makes this reader feel kind of grubby.

I am finding it grimly amusing but given my track record with reading these days, who knows what will happen.

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Am trying to pull myself together to think about dinner. Luckily I have no plans tomorrow - I think I need serious splodge-time.

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frozen_doll
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
People have always recommended me Pratchett to read, based on the books that I already love. But for the life of me, I just can't stand his novels.
patentreporter
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
I liked "I Shall Wear Midnight".
maju01
Sep. 23rd, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of one of my favourite Ruth Rendell books, "A Sight for Sore Eyes", in which the protagonist struggles to find a way to dispose of his dead uncle's body. It wasn't meant to be funny, but in a black way, it sort of was.
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