The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh. Another entry in the increasingly implausible series following the characters introduced in "Trainspotting". In this one, chaotic psychopath Begbie has given up violence and alcohol and become a successful artist in California, living an idyllic life doting on his beautiful wife and two daughters. When his estranged son dies, he returns to Edinburgh where everyone expects him to take revenge.
It's a compelling read which I got through quite quickly. The characters are interesting, there's tension over what will happen, and the ending is lurid but effective.
However as it's got more satirical it's harder to suspend disbelief in the characters. There are some slightly awkward excuses in the text as the narrator defends some artistics changes.
Overall though, a decent book, worth a read if you want a follow-up. I thought it was a bit better than "Porno".
What I'm Watching
Saw Independence Day 2: Resurgence at the cinema. 20 years on, the aliens attack again but this time Earth has partly mastered their technology and has space fighters and laser cannons.
Not my choice, but better than I expected. Tongue-in-cheek fun, with some of the old cast gleefully hamming it up alongside some younger guys. Pretty entertaining.
Pics. Tilt-shift effect Van Goghs.
Politics. Diane Abbot: This is not Labour MPs vs Corbyn. They’re at war with party members. Jeremy Corbyn Plans ‘Mandatory Reselection Of MPs’ If He Wins Fresh Leadership Mandate. We need more sortition.
Brexit. Markets have been hit hard by Brexit but they have not crumbled – politics has. "A 51.9% to 48.1% vote is actually pretty decisive... President Obama won reelection over Mitt Romney with 51.9%, and that isn't thought of as a narrow marginal victory". Huge spanner in works for negotiation.
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