Prole Art Threat 2015 in review

31 12 2015

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.


It’s really not very impressive to be honest so perhaps best avoided

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


13 12 2015

The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith



Have just finished the third, and probably the best, in the series:

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down.

All three are pretty good examples of the crime thriller genre and Galbraith (really J K Rowling) really does have fun with the format. Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott are both great characters and each of the three books is clever, sharp and really well-paced.




6 12 2015

Submission by Michel Houellebecq


In a near-future France, François, a middle-aged academic, is watching his life slowly dwindle to nothing. His sex drive is diminished, his parents are dead, and his lifelong obsession – the ideas and works of the nineteenth-century novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans – has led him nowhere. In a late-capitalist society where consumerism has become the new religion, François is spiritually barren, but seeking to fill the vacuum of his existence.

And he is not alone. As the 2022 Presidential election approaches, two candidates emerge as favourites: Marine Le Pen of the Front National, and Muhammed Ben Abbes of the nascent Muslim Fraternity. Forming a controversial alliance with the mainstream parties, Ben Abbes sweeps to power, and overnight the country is transformed. Islamic law comes into force: women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged and, for François, life is set on a new course.

Submission is both a devastating satire and a profound meditation on isolation, faith and love. It is a startling new work by one of the most provocative and prescient novelists of today.


Houellebecq, known as the bad boy of French literature, doesn’t disappoint in his latest, set in 2022, in which François comes to terms with Islamic law under the new political regime in France. A clever, controversial and at times extremely disturbing novel. Would be improved by deletion of François’ porn fantasies.


3 star

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