The killers and the kills: approximation of a playlist §55

31 03 2011

Songs referring to assassins, their victims or just a bit of killing

Abraham, Martin And John – Marvin Gaye

Psycho Killer – Talking Heads

Ruby – Kaiser Chiefs

I’m just a killer for your love – Blur

Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution – Tracy Chapman

No more heroes – The Stranglers

Killing an Arab – The Cure

I Believe – Booth and The Bad Angel

The Ballad Of John and Yoko – The Beatles

Mr Brightside – The Killers

(Talk to me like) Jackie Kennedy – The Bible

X-offender – Blondie

michael – Franz Ferdinand

Ladykillers – Lush

Seconds – Human League

Killer – Adamski

Lincoln’s Eyes – Mercury Rev

Kill the poor – Dead Kennedys

Oswald defence lawyer – The Fall

Kill all hippies – Primal Scream

Grey scale

24 03 2011

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.

Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane – a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.

For Eddie, it’s love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey . . .

If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels . . . neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey.

It’s a little less self-assured than Fforde’s other work and, whilst the premise is clever, the execution is somewhat strained at times. Nevertheless, entertaining enough and worth a go. Still prefer Thursday Next to Eddie Russett though…

More dark Norwegian nights

17 03 2011

Nemesis by Jo Nesbo

Grainy CCTV footage shows a man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier’s head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn’t get his money in time, she is executed. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case.While Harry’s girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame gets in touch. He goes to dinner at her house and wakes up at home with no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning the girl is found shot dead in her bed. Then Harry begins to receive threatening e-mails. Is someone trying to frame him for this unexplained death? Meanwhile the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery.Gripping and surprising, Nemesis is a thriller by one of the biggest stars of Scandinavian crime fiction.

Intricate plotting. Very impressive. I think these books are getting better and Hole is becoming a really interesting character.

Chilling out

10 03 2011

Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason

On an icy January day the Reykjavik police are called to a block of flats where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The discovery of a stab wound in his stomach extinguishes any hope that this was a tragic accident. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation with little to go on but the news that the boy’s Thai half-brother is missing. Is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life? The investigation soon unearths tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland’s outwardly liberal, multicultural society. A teacher at the boy’s school makes no secret of his anti-immigration stance; incidents are reported between Icelandic pupils and the disaffected children of incomers; and, to confuse matters further, a suspected paedophile has been spotted in the area. Meanwhile, the boy’s murder forces Erlendur to confront the tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.

An impressive yarn which sensitively addresses challenging social issues in the context of a crime investigation into a senseless murder of a young boy. Erlendur is a really intriguing lead and further complexities in his history emerge which add to the plot. Well-written and translated and nicely paced, the Indridason books continue to deliver the goods.

A chorus line: approximation of a playlist §54

3 03 2011

Songs which start with the chorus

Baby Now That I’ve Found You – The Foundations
It’s My Party – Lesley Gore
Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
January – Pilot
Song 2 – Blur
Jimmy Mack – Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
I shot the sheriff – Bob Marley and the Wailers
Chapel Of Love – The Dixie Cups
Dancing Queen – ABBA
Good Times – Chic
Jolene – Dolly Parton
My love – Petula Clark
Nowhere to Run – Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
She Loves You – The Beatles
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
Take a Chance On Me – ABBA
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

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