Dead Souls continues Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series in full force.
This time, Rebus is attempting to figure out why a successful colleague with a seemingly happy home life would commit suicide by throwing himself off Arthur’s Seat, outs a recently released from prison pedophile to the press with the result of throwing one of Edinburgh’s housing projects into a state of vigilantism, and gets sucked into the wake of an ongoing trial against two men accused of molesting boys at an orphanage. In tandem with this, his home life, as is becoming par for the course, goes from bad to worse.
The amazing thing about Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels is how they become better and better over time—as Rankin gets more comfortable with his characters and settings, he continues to peel off more and more layers.
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Posted Saturday, 03 June, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.