I've only read A Clue to the Exit, which I thought was clunky and bad, and I only finished it because it was very short and I was on holiday in Turkey with a limited number of books. So I haven't bothered with him since but I've now seen so much praise for the Melrose books that maybe I was wrong, or maybe A Clue To The Exit was just a one-off misfire
― Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 05:50 (one year ago) link
The last two Melrose novels are far inferior to the original trilogy, imho.
― Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 06:09 (one year ago) link
The general consensus seems to be that all his non-Melrose books are pretty bad: one of those writers who fall apart if they move beyond autobiography.
― Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 03:05 (one year ago) link
― Ward Fowler, Monday, June 4, 2018 11:09 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
bullshit, mother's milk is the best one
― flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 15 June 2018 19:41 (one year ago) link
i was skeptical of the miniseries bc... how necessary are these books without aubyn's sense of patrick's or mary's or robert's interiority? but it's really well done; weirdly my least favorite books of the series work the best, some hope in particular. at last made me cry a lot
― flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 15 June 2018 19:43 (one year ago) link
only seen the first one, cumberbatch is good!
― the bhagwanadook (symsymsym), Saturday, 16 June 2018 02:31 (one year ago) link
Yeah, series was great. Now need to read the books.
― Stevolende, Saturday, 16 June 2018 09:10 (one year ago) link
I finished At Last, at last. It's very good but does a lot of exposition that would have just been evident from the situations, dialogues or fleeting disconnected or overlapping thoughts in the initial trilogy. Still it is very good and it was helpful for me. A friend said it had done her more good than the therapy she'd been going through.
Mother's Milk is the weakest by some distance and Ward F is correct that both of the final books are a significant drop in quality.
The most amazing thing about finishing the cycle is feeling like there are characters in there (particularly Patrick, of course) that seem as vivid to me as my actual friends. I was in London as I was reading it and fully expected to bump into Partick/ Edward St A.
― Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Monday, 13 August 2018 21:18 (one year ago) link