Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
So I'm on week 3 on my 52AZ reading challenge and this one I finished within two days. Not because it was short, but because I was so desperate for it to be over I went into super Kel speedread mode.
I give you The Incredible Adam Spark by Alan Bissett. The comic-book-red-and-yellow cover jumps off the shelf at you and once I'd read the blurb I thought I'd actually found a book I might like to read.
Alas, it was precisely the sort of book I don't enjoy. It just tries too hard to be 'different'. Adam Spark, special needs, works in McDonalds. Has a lesbian sister, his parents have topped themselves from the sounds of it (although the story is told by Adam so sometimes the details are a bit hard to grasp because he sees the world differently due to his learning difficulties - or so we're led to believe) and if that wasn't edgy enough for you, his girlfriend has cystic fibrosis.
It's written from a first person point of view and as a result it can get very jumbled up at times. Not to mention the fact that it's also told with a Scottish accent. As a result, if you read it for long enough, when you put the book down, you may find yourself 'thinking' in a Scottish accent. I know I certainly did.
I suppose it's supposed to be gritty and downbeat when it's set around rundown Scottish council estates but the fact is I don't like depressing stories like this. I read to escape bad days or the grim normality of every day life and I can't understand people who want to read depressing tales. There isn't even any humour in the book. The Big Issue in Scotland called it a comedy in their review; well I'm sorry, but any attempt at jokery was a complete miss. It does seem to get a bit better towards the end but maybe that was just me looking forward to getting it over and done with. Very disappointing. And a very misleading blurb too. 2/5
Next week I'm checking out Sanctuary by Ken Bruen