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November 25, 2017
Great fun read. Martin is a fabulous talent, and writing novels is another to add to the armoury - what can't he do?
This is a clever book, that is both light, but also well plotted and heavily layered with wonderful colloquial phrases that can't help but raise a rye smile or giggle and a lot of e...
October 07, 2017
Actual score 3.5
Comedic writing is hard and this one is a good example of this genre. This book is pretty funny and does a good job at skewering hubris. There were a few bits where I actually laughed out loud, which I feel is required in this genre.
The story was both optimistic and pessimistic at...
October 04, 2017
It's hard to know who Tony Martin is poking more fun at: the media, the general public, the AFP (Australian Federal Police for non-Aussies) or the terrorists.
It is 2006, the post September 11 terrorist media hype has the residents of quiet Dunlop Crescent in suburban Melbourne on high alert. Rum...
December 09, 2017
I don't read a lot of fiction so for me to say this was entertainingly and almost cinematically written for a first novel speaks very well of the skill of its author. There will be a lot of references you may not get if you aren't Melbournian/Victorian and are conversant in the author's career, b...
November 27, 2017
I really wanted to like this book, and tried to do so, but the book seemed to be more a failed movie script than a novel. It didn't know whether to be dark or humorous/satirical, and it was convoluted to the point where it seemed to lose any sense of internal rhythm. The characters were numerous...
November 21, 2017
Man oh man, did I love this. Unsurprisingly, really, seeing as I've been a massive fan of everything T. Martin's ever done. But it is very good, regardless. I've been thinking quietly to myself about putting this forward as perhaps the Great Australian Novel - which, sure, is probably going a lit...
December 07, 2017
A good fun yarn
This was a good romp through 2006 Melbourne; a basic disaster unravelling in a quiet Melbourne street. The characters were great except when they became obsessed with obscure movies and aspect ratios that didn’t quite fit their stations in life. One suspect this was the authors own...
November 14, 2017
I love Tony Martin's humour and it shines through in this comedic novel.
Poking fun at the media, the talkback radio callers, the general public, the Australian Federal Police and terrorists, no one escapes unscathed in this story that begins with New Zealand immigrants being assumed Muslims.
December 09, 2017
Satirical humour mixed in with an action / thriller plot. Martin pokes fun at a lot of aspects of modern day Australian society. I found myself snickering throughout this book.
December 01, 2017
Actually 3.5. Laughed out loud often but by the end had become a little confused with which characters were where. Funny and talented author.