"Men of few words are the best men." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act III, Scene II

Monday, October 22, 2012

Currently Reading ...



The Last Town on Earth 
by Thomas Mullen


Set against the dual backdrop of World War I and the devastating 1918 influenza epidemic, ‘The Last Town On Earth’d is a brilliantly drawn tale of morality and patriotism in a time of upheaval. Deep in the woods of Washington lies the mill town of Commonwealth, a new community founded on progressive ideals, and a refuge for workers who have fled the labor violence in the surrounding towns. 


When rumours spread of a mysterious illness that is killing people at an alarming rate, the people of the uninfected Commonwealth vote to block all roads into town and post armed guards to prevent any outsiders from entering. One day two guards are confronted with a moral dilemma. A starving and apparently ill soldier attempts to enter the town, begging them for food and shelter. Should the guards admit him, possibly putting their families at risk? Or should they place their lives above his and let him die in the woods? The choice they make – and the reaction it inspires in their town and beyond – sets into motion a series of events that threaten to tear Commonwealth apart.

 A sweeping cinematic novel, ‘The Last Town on Earth’ powerfully grapples with the tensions of individual safety and social responsibility, of moral obligation and duty in the face of forces larger than oneself.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

QMBC XVII: Falling Man




Reading:

Falling Man
by 
Thomas Mullen


Venue: Bull & Castle, Dublin

Date: Sunday, 2nd December 2012



One Sentence Summaries

McGavin: "This was a more serious book than I was expecting from the King of Candid Camera"

Clay:"We have unfairly Bin Laden with this book."

Webb: "Very well written but a little Allahu-ak-Boring."

Syme: "I endorse it, I endorse it, I endorse it"

Jameson: Censored


The Scores

Whitby Syme:
Plot - 12/20
Execution - 15/20
Characters - 18/20
Food for thought - 8/10
Extra points - 7/13
Total: 60/83


Tiger McGavin:
Action - 7/13
Well Writteness - 10/13
Sexiness - 6/8
Quincey Morrisness -10/14
Interestingness - 12/15
Unputdownableness - 10/20
Total: 55/83


Carl Jameson:
Total: 41/83


Atticus McCarthy:
Total: 35/83

William Clay:
Total: 35/83

Mycroft Webb:
Well Writteness -  9/11
Quincey Morrisness - 9/11
Interestingness -  9/11
Unputdownableness -  9/11
Action - 9/11
Characters -  9/11
9/11-ness -  9/11
Quincey Morrisness:  -8/6
Total: 55/83

Average for The Last Town on Earth: 46.83


Nominations

McGavin: 
50 Shades of Grey - E.L. James

Clay: 
Moby Dick-  Herman Melville
How to be a Woman - Kaitlin Moran

Jameson: 
Angry Baby - Arthur Matthews
The Last Town on Earth - Thomas Mullen

Syme: 
The Black Count - Tom Reiss
The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu - Sax Rohmer

Webb: 
Women - Charles Bukowski
The Underground Man - Mick Jackson


The Voting



The next book selected by the QMBC was The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen.