Category Archives: Humour

A Film For Friday: Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbreds_(2017_film)From Wiki:

‘Thoroughbreds is a 2017 American black comedy thriller film[4] written and directed by Cory Finley, in his directorial debut. It stars Olivia CookeAnya Taylor-JoyAnton YelchinPaul Sparks and Francie Swift. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017, and was released on March 9, 2018, by Focus Features and Universal Pictures.

The plot follows a high-school student, Lily (Taylor-Joy), and her sociopathic friend Amanda (Cooke) as they scheme to kill Lily’s stepfather, Mark (Sparks), via contract with a drug dealer (Yelchin). The film received positive reviews, holding an 86% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, and a weighted average score of 76 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating “generally favorable reviews.’

 

Recommended Read: A Mint Condition Corpse by Duncan MacMaster

a mint condition corpseComic book artist, part-time sleuth and multi-millionare Kirby Baxter arrives at a Canadian comic book convention intending to catch up with old friends but he is very quickly caught up in a murder investigation.

Duncan MacMaster’s A Mint Condition Corpse is a joy. Fast-moving, funny and choc-full of great characters, observations and dialogue.

Highly recommended.

Jack Strange Reviews Cold London Blues

cold london bluesOver at his blog, Jack Strange says:

‘The story itself is a can of worms into which the freakish cast is drawn willy nilly, through their different points of contact with a criminal family, a heist, a number of hits, and one or two murders that aren’t hits.

But this book isn’t just about characters and plot.

First and foremost it’s about language, and this is where it really shines.

It’s written like a hard-boiled novel from the fifties, updated for the present day, turbocharged, and powered by rocket-fuel.

There is at least one line on every page you’ll want to quote to your friends. On many pages there are several. ‘

Read the rest here.

Recommended Read: The Coming Thing by Anne Billson

the coming thingNancy is an unsuccessful London actress whose life goes decidedly pear-shaped when she gets pregnant – with the Antichrist.

Anne Billson’s The Coming Thing is a hell of a romp.

It’s like an inventive, witty and fast-moving cocktail of Ealing Comedy, the Final Destination films, The Plank, ’80s satire, and more.

The Coming Thing is a bundle of joy and is highly recommended.

 

Keith Nixon Reviews Big City Blues

25075581_10215184739034391_1005746388_oOver at Amazon.co.uk , ace crime writer Keith Nixon says:

‘Poland based British author Paul Brazill serves up another belting slice of noir with a splash of dark humour. Seven interlinked stories follow with an international flavour, leaping principally between London and New York with Durham and Cambridge thrown in for good measure, and a lengthy cast of colourful characters often with names to match (like Kenny the Cokehead and Bertie the Bolt). What Brazill does best is weave a dirty story with characters on the grey side of the law, using smart vocabulary and sharp dialogue alongside black humour which is a delight to read’

A Couple Of Top Reviews For Too Many Crooks

24882943_10215165683318010_17190122_oOver at GOODREADS, LIZ says:

‘Down and out in London and Warsaw 
Paul D Brazill doesn’t miss a step in this story. Dive bars, drunks, and dangerous criminals abound in a most entertaining way.’

And DOUGLAS CRONK says:

‘Hilarious tale with neo-nazis, gangsters, ne’er-do-wells, and bikers set in London and Warsaw.’