Skeeter Davis ~ The End of The World (1962)
Not The End Of The World
Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. A story with people who have been victims From loss, from violence, from sexual abuse , but that is does not define. Example, the porn star - Madeline. She is a person distancing herself from her family because of abuse - but she is a full person in this story. The abuse is not all there to her story. Each character is fully realized, from the detective mourning his son's death due to illness, to the photographer, wanting to see the sites of Los Angeles.
As an unrepentant, welded-on, dedicated Christopher Brookmyre fan I do have to ration these books a bit. Not because it's been lurking for that long but because the central themes, in particular rabid evangelical religious fanatics, intolerance, insistence, terrorism and short-sighted idiocy works just as well now as it did then. Actually make that less startled, more disgusted. Because the guts of the book made me stop and think, and increasingly made me more and more disgusted with the way that the things haven't changed and the lunatics are still out there waving their intolerance in everyone else's faces and shoving their messages down everybody's throats. When I wasn't laughing at their portrayal, I was more than just a little bit annoyed with the sorts of things that Brookmyre was holding a magnifying glass on - right up close and very very pointedly as Brookmyre does best. The Guardian London has called comic-thriller writer Christopher Brookmyre "the next star of the genre. When an oceanic research vessel is discovered with all of its crew vanished, it sets off a chain of events that pulls Lt.
NOT THE END OF THE WORLD - Christopher Brookmyre
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Scottish photographer Steff Kennedy is attending a B-list movie festival, held at an L. There he meets and makes eyes with Maddy Witherson, a sweet, misunderstood porn star famous for her leading role in Whore of Babylon ; it is later revealed she was sexually abused as a girl by her Bible-waving father, a U. Meanwhile, LAPD officer Larry Freeman is investigating the mysterious disappearance of a group of scientists from an ocean research vessel. Everyone's paths cross when a conservative Christian group decides to augment its anti-Hollywood rhetoric with a well-placed bomb, which literally dumps Maddy into Steff's arms. The bombers, however, demand an even more extreme remedy—Maddy's suicide on national television as an act of public repentance—or they'll blow up a boat full of Hollywood executives. While it's obvious that everyone will scramble to stop the bombers, less plausible elements like a bunch of long-lost religious scrolls and lots of chatter about the impending end of the world, are distracting.