Out Of Season
Paperback, 326 Pages
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Fictional comedy drama set in the English holiday town of Blackpool in the off season. A very funny, fast-paced plot that contains sex, drugs, violence, gangsters and plenty of laughs as a teenage boy gets into a world of grief and very dangerous people when all he wanted was to impress the girl of his dreams.
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Sep 24, 2009"From Kopek Publishing" Review: I really enjoyed this book. From a personal point of view, there were so many things that took me back to my own youth. Anyone who grew up in a seaside town will be able to identify with so many of the settings and characters. Saying that, it’s definately a lads book, I’m not sure that the fairer sex will enjoy some of the scenes, or the strong perspective from a male. The book moves along at a fairly fast pace, and the chapter organisation is such that there is no good point in which to stop reading. This means that you should make sure you have plenty of time before you start reading, else you’ll be thinking about it, and wondering what happens next, until you can pick it up again. The characters and their stories are cleverly interweaved throughout the book, and as the story moves along, you start to feel an empathy with Tony and the hole he seems intent on digging. There are several twists and turns, with the tension mounting as all the... More > threads are drawn together, before the story culminates in an ending that you weren’t expecting. What I Most Liked: One thing I really enjoyed in the book was the recollection amusement arcades it felt like stepping back in time to when as a youngster, I used to play the slots at my local arcade. I too was considered something of an expert. I also enjoyed Ian’s narrative style, I felt engaged almost from the first chapter, and really cared about what happened to the main characters. I enjoyed the way the tension within the story was slowly built up and climaxed at exactly the right point. What I least Liked Whilst I relly enjoyed the book, and found it difficult to put down, it is obvious that Ian has not had the advantage of professional editing. This meant that there was the odd occasion where I needed to re-read a sentance, but this most certainly didn’t distract from my overall enjoyment of the book. I imagine that if Ian were to get the attention of a traditional publisher this would feature in some top sellers book lists. Conclusion: If you grew up living in a ‘touristy’ area, then you will absolutely love this book. If you didn’t, then this is still a great read, and there is plenty for you to enjoy. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.< Less
Aug 31, 2009"out of season by ian watson" This is one of those books that creeps,unnoticed,beneath your skin.The way the writer builds the characters leaves you looking at the last page with a touch of loss.They are so believable i'd fully expect to bump in to them along the Golden Mile! There's awkward Tony standing on the cusp of adulthood,his 'sidekick' Bene whose personality seems to fit with Tony's like the missing jigsaw piece. Big Frank, whose 'trade' would make you despise him,engratiates himself upon your psyche with his brutal honesty. The setting of the saga,in a popular seaside town,invites the reader into a world not advertised in any holiday brochure. The humour is genuine,the relationships between the characters developes as in real life and the plot unfolds in a totally believable way. I read this book in one sitting and found myself wanting pictures of the people i had come to know.I have even matched famous actors with the characters as i would love nothing more than... More > to see them in my three dimensional world. Waiting for the sequel Mr.Watson???< Less
Aug 21, 2009"The best book I have read this year!" There is only one major problem when it comes to this book... it really is impossible to put down. Once I started to read, I would find moments in the day just to read another chapter. Its witty, packed with great one liners but also has heart and moves you at times. I really hope that the author and the book go on to bigger and better things.
Aug 5, 2009"Out Of Season by Ian Watson" An excellent book. Full of hilarious one liners and gags that made me snort to myself unexpectedly. Great story line that gets revealed bit by bit with unforeseen turns. Once it was all set up for the conclusion i had to wait a couple of days until i had the time to do it justice in one stretch.
Apr 3, 2009"Utter Genius....." I must start by saying that 'normally' i'm not a reader BUT.... This is one of the truly funniest, engaging books around! From the setting of Blackpool to each character, it all seems to mould into the perfect read. Everything about this book is believable...I put this down to the style of writing of the author. Charming, laugh out loud funny, tense and even sentimental. A great find....A perfect read.
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- Ian watson (Standard Copyright License)
- Ian Watson
- July 2, 2009
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.21 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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