The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills

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Read The Forensic Records Society Online Free - I remained convinced that my original theory was correct: there were some records that were never heard on planet Earth unless I (or James) happened to be playing them.

Two men with a passion for vinyl create a society for the appreciation of records. Their aim is simple: to elevate the art of listening by doing so in forensic detail. The society enjoys moderate success in the back room of their local pub, The Half Moon, with other enthusiasts drawn to the initial promise of the weekly gathering.

However, as the club gains popularity, its founders' uncompromising dogma results in a schism--and soon a counter group forms. Then the arrival of a young woman called Alice further fractures the unity of the vulnerable society. As rifts are forged and gulfs widen, Magnus Mills, the master of comic deadpan, humorously examines the surreal nature of ordinary lives.

The best novel yet from award-winning, Booker Prize shortlisted Magnus Mills--a hilarious and surreal exploration of power, fanaticism, and really, really good records.

Title : The Forensic Records Society
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ISBN : 1632868164
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 pages


Icewineanne rated it ★★★★☆

November 13, 2017

"There's a unique sound preserved in each and every groove, and that's why records are so important" A brilliant little book that takes a a very humorous look at organized groups. It begins with two men who are both seriously obsessed with music on vinyl records. Specifically rock 'n roll recordin...

MisterHobgoblin rated it ★★★★☆

February 28, 2017

Magnus Mills writes short, quirky books about ordinary people in rule-bound situations. In this case, we have a number of blokes – all with blokey names: Dave, Peter, Kevin, Keith, Barry, Mike, etc. – who form a club in the backroom of their regular pub, The Half Moon, where they listen to each o...

Blair rated it ★★★★☆

April 16, 2017

The first Magnus Mills I've read, and a bit of a mind-bending experience for me – though everything I've heard suggests the low-key surrealism of The Forensic Records Society is in line with the mood of the author's previous novels. It's about a small group of men, regulars at the Half Moon pub,...

Latkins rated it ★★★★☆

December 15, 2016

I'm a fan of Magnus Mills's quirky, humorous and slightly surreal fiction. This one is about the eponymous society, who meet up in the back room of a pub each week in order to listen to records. The leader, James, is very strict - no latecomers are allowed in, each person gets to bring and play 3...

Ben rated it ★★★★★

July 01, 2017

Another wonderful Magnus Mills. I can't get enough of him. I too was perturbed by the ending. My only guess is that he wanted it to end as abruptly as a vinyl record, as the needle reaches the last groove.

Steve rated it ★★★★☆

May 31, 2017

No comments or judgements (or even quotations).

Sid rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 18, 2017

This is a very odd book indeed. I hadn't read any Magnus Mills before and was looking forward to it, but in the end I was left bemused. The story is narrated by an unnamed man who, with his friend James starts up a society in the back room of a pub, in which they simply listen "forensically" to re...

Dawn rated it ★★★★☆

June 05, 2017

Can someone please explain the ending??

Gumble's Yard rated it ★★★☆☆

April 12, 2017

Was it really beyond human capacity, I pondered, to create a society which didn’t ultimately disintegrate through internal strife? Or collapse under the weight of its own laws? Or suffer damaging rivalries with other societies For Mills this is a deliberate return to the real world after the depar...

Jim rated it ★★★☆☆

July 15, 2017

A book I bought for its cover, which should have warned me that it was going to be too clever. The tale (about a group of nerdy neurotic guys forming competing music-listening societies at a local pub) is told by its most clueless member, always watching and drawing conclusions from events he can...

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