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Milk, Sulphate and Alby Starvation

Milk Sulphate and Alby Starvation There s a megalomaniac professor digging a hole outside his flat His small stake in the amphetamine market in Brixton is being threatened by a mysterious Chinese man And the Milk Marketing Board has t

  • Title: Milk, Sulphate and Alby Starvation
  • Author: Martin Millar
  • ISBN: 9780947795917
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • There s a megalomaniac professor digging a hole outside his flat His small stake in the amphetamine market in Brixton is being threatened by a mysterious Chinese man And the Milk Marketing Board has taken out a contract on his life Welcome to the bizarre, obsessive world of Alby Starvation.Alby s doctor refuses to believe he s allergic to just about everything which heThere s a megalomaniac professor digging a hole outside his flat His small stake in the amphetamine market in Brixton is being threatened by a mysterious Chinese man And the Milk Marketing Board has taken out a contract on his life Welcome to the bizarre, obsessive world of Alby Starvation.Alby s doctor refuses to believe he s allergic to just about everything which he is , especially milk But when Alby soon discovers that his ongoing ailments are directly linked to the consumption of said product, he gives it up and is cured Only thing is, he goes on to suggest this remedy to a number of other people suffering from milk allergies In Millar s surreal backyard, the Milk Marketing Board sees sales slump to an alltime low So there s only one thing left to do put out a contract on Alby Starvation Now Alby must save both his life and his precious comic collection.In Martin Millar s surreal tale of the urban counterculture a world full of shoplifting, deaththreats, paranoia, and video game arcades Alby s frantic struggle to avoid being shot falls somewhere between Irvine Welsh and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

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    1. Martin Millar

      Martin Millar is a critically acclaimed Scottish writer from Glasgow, now resident in London He also writes the Thraxas series of fantasy novels under the pseudonym Martin Scott.The novels he writes as Martin Millar dwell on urban decay and British sub cultures, and the impact this has on a range of characters, both realistic and supernatural There are elements of magical realism, and the feeling that the boundary between real life and the supernatural is not very thick Most of them are set in Brixton, Millar s one time place of residence Many are at least semi autobiographical, and Love and Peace with Melody Paradise and Suzy, Led Zeppelin and Me both feature Millar himself as a character.As Martin Scott his Thraxas novels are a fusion of traditional high fantasy and pulp noir thrillers.In 2000, he won the World Fantasy Award for best novel for Thraxas.

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    1. from the Powell s review Milk, Sulphate and Alby Starvation reads like a kind of ur Trainspotting that was possible while the shadow of the Sex Pistols was still fresh There is no phony nihilism and no political posturing, just the celebration of fleeting opportunities for happiness in the squalor of punk bohemia Eh, this was fine and fun, but not nearly as crazy or cool as I d hoped Very slapsticky, and very funny, in that sarcastic silly British way Here is my favorite paragraph which, of cour [...]


    2. Martin Millar writes like Kurt Vonnegut, if Vonnegut had read classical Greek comedies and watched a ton of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Which is to say, while the tone and simplicity of the writing style is very similar, but the tone is less we are all destined for doom and only civility can make it somewhat less unpleasant and I am destined for doom ooh, Buffy is on Anyway this is the first of Millar s books that I read I picked it up during a semester abroad in England, and one of my few regret [...]


    3. There is a tone in almost all Martin Millar books that I just love This book seems like it shouldn t work but completely does I felt like the way it switched between 1st and 3rd person It was clear and not at all gimmicky There are ideas that are fleshed out a bit in the brilliant Lonely Werewolf Girl but they work in this story as well.


    4. Another one of my favorite books ever this book has everything Think video game tournaments meets radical anti corporate veganism meets Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels


    5. Alby is a punk in London who has been very sick When he went to the doctor, the doctor told him the problem was nerves and gave him sedatives, even though he was vomiting and bleeding randomly He thought he would die, until a friend suggested adding food slowly into his diet to see if he was allergic to anything He improved until he drank milk When other people heard his story, they did elimination diets and found they were allergic to milk Soon, Alby found himself at the center of a media blitz [...]


    6. Woody Allen meets Pulp Fiction Alby, a punk and minor drug dealer in his mid 20s, is very sick and discovers the cause of it to be milk After being featured in a newspaper article, Alby becomes an inadvertent campaigner against milk When milk sales drop, the Milk Marketing Board wants to put an end to him He d go on the run, but he can t quite bring himself to leave his extensive comic collection behind.The chapters are divided into short scenes which depict the interconnected set of characters [...]


    7. Great fun A story story that doesn t waste time with over complicated psychology of characters and just keeps the action going putting them in harms way Quite humorous.




    8. A silly, fast read and lots of fun The kind of book Kurt Vonnegut might have written in one of his lighter moods, if he d been a British punk.


    9. per essere il suo primo romanzo millar ha gi chiaro il suo stile far intrecciare tra di loro le vicende di soggetti assolutamente ai margini della societ , fino ad un finale che se non risolutore almeno mette una sorta di armonia caotica nelle vite dei protagonisti e, tra le righe, c l inghilterra dell era thatcher, tra la radio che parla di scioperi e minacce da guerra fredda, e i ragazzi che vivono negli squat col sussidio di disoccupazione


    10. Reminds me of Pulp Fiction The plot contains drugs but is not explicitly about drugs The organized criminal underworld is involved The narrative cuts suddenly from following one character to another, and these pieces eventually fall together into a wonderful plot.It s also one of those books that dropped me into a different place and time and I got lost there while reading.


    11. After greatly enjoying Millar s Lonely Werewolf Girl, I wanted to check out what else he had written Since this is the only one of his books that has been translated to Finnish under the name of Alby N lk kurjen maitosota , I picked it up from the library and gave it a go It was okay, made me laugh a good few times and even as a translation, Millar s great writing style came across nicely But as a story, it felt incomplete and somewhat unsatisfying The ending fell flat and some of the side stori [...]


    12. When someone returned a book to a friend I was sitting next to, I had to ask him what it was MILK, SULPHATE, AND ALBY STARVATION, it turned out The author, Martin Millar, who I was vaguely familiar with, but never would have read for whatever prejudice, until my friend asked if I wanted to borrow it Well, I kind of want to read everything, so I said okay It took me a couple pages, but in short time I was enjoying the ride a babble of intersecting stories of Brixton lowlifes that tie into a neat [...]


    13. If you like stories in which one coincidence after another pushes the characters together in ever entertaining ways, you ll probably love this If you need a clear and definite plot and don t like silliness, this won t be the book for you, especially as it ends quite suddenly Little is resolved, but there are clues that suggest how the characters will end up The Good Fairies of New York has of a plot and a linear narrative, so if you re not sure, try that one first.I finished this book in a mu [...]


    14. Not my usual thing I thought from the cover that this would be science fiction and it isn t It s comic magical realism, and certainly very funny As a person with milk allergies, I ve always somewhat suspected the Milk Marketing Board as being as corrupt and terrifying an organisation as they re portrayed here, so that was a lot of fun to read about The treatment of East Asian characters was somewhat questionable and makes a lot sense now that I m aware that this book is actually from 1987 the e [...]


    15. I hope Martin Millar never reads this blog post and decides that I m a jerk, but I m going to go ahead and say it anyway Milk, Sulphate, and Alby Starvation is his first book and you can tell I wish you could not tell I love it when I can t tell but you could tell You could also tell it was absolutely definitely Martin Millar and nobody else whatsoever, what with all the shifts in point of view, and the brief, brief little snippets of action at one time My short attention span thanks you for tha [...]


    16. I was dissapointed by this book It took me months to get through it, I kept putting it down and reading something else I really enjoyed two of his other books i ve read It had somewhat interesting story lines and once they started geting closer together it got better It was felt like it was written by someone on speed so maybe he was just doing to much research The end sorta fizzeled out right in the middle if what could probably be considered the climax Unless the Kung Fu in the living room was [...]


    17. What an absurd and funny book The plot essentially revolves around Alby Starvation, a young, small time amphetamine dealer in Brixton and the crazy people around him an assassin from the Milk Marketing Board out to kill him, a Chinese druglord searching for him, a crazy professor digging up the street searching for an ancient crown, and a myriad of other characters whose lives intersect in unexpected ways If it sounds silly and bizarre that is because it is Yet somehow it works, and the story is [...]


    18. An exercise in the unreliable narrator becomes a sort of quick cut magical realist comic book about a speed dealing slacker paranoiac Does that make sense No Well, it mirrors the book But in a good way This is like reading bar notes on napkins It has a great offhanded way about it that also makes it feel pretty thin in parts And repetitive But I enjoyed it It s the ultimate attention deficit novelette Beware the Milk Council And the Brazilian hit woman And Ethelbert The Unready s magic crown.


    19. I d forgotten how completely hatstand this book is in places It fairly crackles along though, with an interesting narrative technique leading you along the way.Bizarre conspiracy theories clash with wonderfully drawn characters and big doses of black humour to provide a rollercoaster tale of chance and whimsy.Some of Alby s observations would cause any reader to nod along in agreement Despite some obvious defects, he s such a warm character that you can t help but be drawn into his chaotic exist [...]


    20. I enjoyed this book even than I enjoyed the other book of his I ve read, The Good Fairies of New York Millar s style of jumping from character perspective is surprisingly cohesive and I never felt lost in the narrative He also has a way of slowly drawing all his characters closer together as the story progresses, bringing them ultimately together for a Shakespeare comedy style finale A quick, fun, read and a nice break between heavier books.


    21. At first this book was a bit confusing, not just because it had several different stories going on but also because I had never read anything like it before However, as the story progressed I began to really love it I found the ideas very comical and loved the character of Alby Starvation I found it so clever at the end when all the stories ended up being connected and found the ending very funny and clever.


    22. A little dated now, it has to be said but off the wall and sporadically hilarious The short paragraph structure makes it a little hard to get into but once it gets going this is an original and greatly entertaining read Perhaps a bit too clunkily PC for its own good in places but still a tonic in these depressing times.


    23. Great characters and turn of phrase Look what I ve got for you, says Fran, and gives him a biscuit, he takes it enthusiastically and stuffs it into the vast pouches on either side of his mouth, you wouldn t believe how much this hamster can put into these pouches, something to do with another dimension, I think.


    24. Always loved this book not my favourite of his that accolade belongs to Good Fairies of New York it might have been Ruby and the Stone Age Diet, if not for the downbeat ending Glad that I ve started re reading all Mr Millar s.


    25. As Martin Millar wrote a number of my favorite reads last year I decided to have this be my first book of 2010 Not quite as clever as The Good Fairies or Lonely Werewolf Girl, but an enjoyable distraction


    26. I enjoyed the book modestly, but there seemed to me to be too much of the college essayist on Dexedrine, hammering the keyboard with his sunglasses on against the glare of a small desk lamp at 3 00 a.m There could be a graphic novel version of this story, as it is cartoonish in nature.


    27. A stew of eclectic characters thrown together to make one tasty novel Paranoid drug dealers, videogame playing henchmen and Zen masters and punk wastoid females Come sit a spell and let Mr Millar dazzle with his British wit and whole bunch of slang.


    28. I used to think that Dreams of Sex and Stagediving was my favourite Millar book, but on re reading Alby, I am pretty sure this one is I would write a longer review but every letter I type is smearing and pork pie into my keyboard so I am going to stop now Read it though.


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