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(2008 - 2009 Archived Literary Page)

 

This is the Literary section of Rainlore's World of Music, covering all types of literature, although of course a primary interest would be any kind of musical literature.


In order to secure its future as an ongoing project, and indeed resume regular activity such as new reviews, Rainlore's World of Music urgently needs to raise substantial funds through some kind of sponsorship or similar. (Please also see The Future of Rainlore's World of Music on the About page, and the News entry for 2008/11/09 on the Home page.)

It has regrettably become impossible to keep Rainlore's World of Music going on a purely spare-time basis. The amount of work involved is simply too overwhelming. At the rate that for example CDs kept arriving for review and gigs were covered during 2004, there was enough work to keep two people busy on a full-time basis!

Of course, I wish to preserve the non-commercial and not for profit nature of Rainlore's World of Music, but without some kind of sponsorship the site simply cannot continue in any meaningful active way. Despite not having had any updates for about four years until its re-launch in October 2008, Rainlore's World of Music remains a popular site. The reviews and artists' profiles have always achieved excellent visibility in search results, and have also been referenced widely. There are also many new features I would like to add to Rainlore's World of Music, such as a Gig calendar to replace the old one and a Features section that should have been added during 2004 already, plus more. Sadly, without some form of sponsorship none of this will be possible and the site will at some point soon become purely archival.

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News/Latest Literary Reviews

 

2009/12/03

For laughs galore don't miss out on the just re-published Deadlines by W. A. Harbinson. First published in 1981, Deadlines is an outrageously hilarious black comedy, the finest to have emerged since the late twentieth century, and its first review is here now. A satire on the world of 'men's magazines,' the more rampant kind of feminism and the sexual more of the 1970s, Deadlines is bound to make your eyes water. Not for the humour impaired, though.

 

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2009/11/04

What a pleasure it is to witness the re-publication of a - due to the original publisher going belly-up - hitherto undistributed masterpiece by W. A. Harbinson, his 1975 novel Knock, reviewed here at last. A masterpiece this work is indisputably, a masterpiece of literary fiction and in the finest Irish literary tradition of Lever, Lover, Joyce, Beckett and on to Donleavy. And don't be put off by the label of a literary novel. Harbinson as ever remains wonderfully accessible. The Knock of the title of course refers to that of the postman, not the Northern Irish town of that name, just to clarify that point. And 'Postie' moreover resides and does his round in London. This novel is as alive and well as the day it was written and as relevant as ever. Harbinson the master storyteller at his best - don't miss!

A hilarious biting satire, Deadlines, by W. A. Harbinson has also just been re-published at last. Postal strikes permitting, this will also be reviewed very shortly. Having read a teasing, tantalising excerpt from this in Harbinson's The Writing Game, I can't wait!

 

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2009/10/18

It is almost a whole year ago now that a tome came into my hands that aroused exceptional interest. Not only a musical literary work, but moreover, jazz, one of my lifelong obsessions. A well known author and poet, too. And not least, the subtitle included the name of a jazz artist (and author) frequently reviewed (as well as profiled) on this site - Gilad Atzmon. The book in question is of course Chris Searle's Forward Groove - Jazz and the Real World from Louis Armstrong to Gilad Atzmon.

Regrettably, the review had to go a little down the queue as at the time Rainlore's World of Music had just been relaunched and there was still a very large number of older reviews that had to be caught up with. Then, when I wanted to get back to the review I realised that I had alas not only mislaid my initial notes but also somehow managed to lose the book! So it went further on the backburner. However, I did at last discover my original initial notes and also managed to borrow an apparently un-read copy of the book from the public library, and so at last the review is ready! (I must admit to a certain surprise at finding the book at the library. Public libraries these days tend to be such sad places with often such miniscule non-fiction sections as to be almost insignificent, perhaps even tinier sections devoted to the classics yet there are oodles of the latest pulp fiction and even DVD movies, mostly fit for little more than use as door stops. Libraries were once meant to be places of education and edification, but now seem to have deteriorated to mostly being places of entertainment catering for the lowest common denominator. Not only sad, but tragic.)

Chris Searle's Forward Groove - Jazz and the Real World from Louis Armstrong to Gilad Atzmon is a riveting and highly eclectic survey of a large number of jazz recordings from between 1923 and 2008 that puts the music into its social and political context, and does a superb job of it too. Don't miss the review, and most of all, don't miss the book!

 

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2009/07/01

Any further update will, I regret, likely be some considerable time in coming. I don't have the loan of a computer anymore, no computer at all for some time most likely and certainly no regular internet access, no assets left, and my financial situation is critical. So certainly in the absence of some kind of sponsorship, this may be good bye for some time.

 

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2009/06/28

The thinking man's action thriller writer Shaun Clarke strikes again! One of these days, I'd love to get round to getting my sweaty mittens on all of Clarke's novels, but for now we have a review of the extraordinary Underworld. Set in Belfast in the early years of the Northern Ireland peace initiative, with some prominent provos having turned to crime there is a compelling need to 'neutralise' the six most dangerous of these vicious thugs. Shaun Clarke's Underworld is the story of this covert operation led by an experienced SAS operative with the un-sanitised stark realism characteristic of Clarke. Above all though, this is perhaps a story of victims, and a compelling, tense psychological thriller. The suspense and tension are going to get to you and you won't want to stop until you've read the whole thing.

 

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2009/06/21

You perhaps wouldn't ordinarily expect to find a review of an action thriller in the pages of this site. However, Shaun Clarke's Dragon Light is anything but an ordinary thriller. Starkly realistic and un-sanitised, this is an action thriller with a lot of difference that you'll feel compelled to read cover to cover in one go. Dragon Light is the finest action thriller I have read yet. Shaun Clarke is the author of such bestsellers as The Exit Club and the Soldier: SAS series of Special Forces novels. When you learn that Shaun Clarke is actually a pseudonym of one of the greatest of modern storytellers, W. A. Harbinson, it will be little surprise that Dragon Light is a very extraordinary thriller indeed. A bibliography of this outstanding author, both as W. A. Harbinson and Shaun Clarke, can be found here.

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2009/06/14

Another non-fiction review of another fascinating tome from the pen of W. A. Harbinson, All At Sea On The Ghost Ship, his autobiographical account of a sea voyage aboard a modern container ship traveling from Shanghai to Haifa. A riveting account of this highly unusual journey, and much more besides. Apart from life on board the ship and the ports of call on the way, the author's every thought and preoccupation are also presented, giving a more than fascinating insight into Harbinson's creative mind and the creative process itself. It's also a riveting travelogue that you won't want to put down.

I also recently encountered a review by another author, who shall remain nameless, of another book reviewed here some years ago, Gilad Atzmon's satirical first novel, A Guide To The Perplexed. Proof, if such were needed, that even one author doesn't necessarily understand the work of another. One of this particular author's main gripes with A Guide To The Perplexed was that its central character, with the deliberately obvious name of Gunther Wunker, was so entirely one dimensional. Well, hell, yes, that was half the point of this ascerbic satire, for goodness' sake. Wunker could not possibly have been anything but one dimensional for this satire to work. Indeeed, satirisations on the whole do tend to reduce characters to single dimensionality. How else would, for example, the saitirical British television classic Spitting Image have worked?! The mind boggles sometimes.

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2009/06/07

This time, we have a review of W. A. Harbinson's most outstanding work of fiction yet, Into The World of Might Be. After last month's review of his autobiographical The Writing Game, Harbinson will need no introduction here. Of all his works of fiction, Into The World of Might Be, first published in 2002, second edition 2008, is without a doubt W. A. Harbinson's most remarkable novel yet. Not merely for the fact that it is a tour de force of superb prose writing, either, although that would have been remarkable enough, especially in this day and age. No, more than that, it is a fantastical thriller that engages your imagination like few - if indeed any - others in a mind game-like fashion. This is no easy or even comfortable read - indeed, read it on your daily commute at your own peril, for you are likely to forget to get off the train - but rather something much more meaty that poses challenges to your intellect and imagination. A rare beast in our times. Let Harbinson play with your mind! Into The World of Might Be is a masterpiece, too good to miss.


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2009/05/03

A new literary review! I simply couldn't resist fitting this one in between trying to bring the site up to date. Northern Irish-born author W. A. Harbinson's spellbinding autobiographical The Writing Game - Recollections of an Occasional Bestselling Author provides a fascinating, sometimes brutally frank insight into the life and works of this outstanding, brilliant author and particularly his perspective on and experience with the publishing world. A book definitely not to be missed! W. A. "Allen" Harbinson is perhaps best known as the author of such best-sellers as the Elvis Presley biography, Elvis: An Illustrated Biography (The Illustrated Elvis in the US), Revelation, and Genesis, the latter often regarded as "The Mother of all Conspiracy Theory Novels", long before The X-Files came along and, as Harbinson fans often claim, "ripped off" the idea (which certainly seems at least plausible here, given the not insubstantial similarities!).


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2008/10/15

The only "update" at present is jazz giant Gilad Atzmon's brilliant second satirical novel, My One And Only Love from 2005.
 

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Musical Literature A-Z


Reviews added 2009/10/18:

Searle, Chris :  Forward Groove - Jazz and the Real World from Louis Armstrong to Gilad Atzmon (2009/10/15)
 

 

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Fiction A-Z

 

Reviews added 2009/12/03:

Harbinson, W. A. :  Deadlines (2009/11/30)

 

Reviews added 2009/11/04:

Harbinson, W. A. :  Knock (2009/11/02)

 

Reviews added 2009/06/28:

Clarke, Shaun :  Underworld (2009/06/19)

 

Reviews added 2009/06/21:

Clarke, Shaun :  Dragon Light (2009/06/16)

 

Reviews added 2009/06/07:

Harbinson, W. A. :  Into The World of Might Be (2009/05/31)


Reviews added 2008/10/15:

Atzmon, Gilad :  My One And Only Love (2005/03/20)

 

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Gen. Non-Fiction A-Z



Reviews added 2009/06/14:

Harbinson, W. A. :  All At Sea On The Ghost Ship (2009/06/08)

 

Reviews added 2009/05/03:

Harbinson, W. A. :  The Writing Game - Recollections of an Occasional Bestselling Author (2009/04/27)


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