Christopher Brookmyre - Pandaemonium (3 stars)

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Christopher Brookmyre - Pandaemonium

It had to happen sometime. Over the course of 12 books, Christopher Brookmyre has maintained his ability to engage, amuse, appal (in a good way) and keep us guessing to the last line. But, unless great swathes of expositional prose about the laws of physics float your boat, then Pandaemonium heralds the first Brookmyre disappointment. Or at least half of it does. When he sheds the science geek coat, and enters the world of a group of teenagers dealing with the death of two classmates, he’s cooking with propane gas.

Perfectly capturing the internal politics of high school, the rampaging hormones and musical obsessions, Brookmyre has clearly forgotten none of the nuances of adolescent life. Also on the upside, he gives religion another good kicking, sorry, rational analysis. The rest, although based on strong conjecture, comes across as shoot ‘em up science fiction, which has a far more niche market than Brookmyre’s other highly accessible work.

(Little, Brown)


1. Lynne Nicholson27 Aug 2009, 10:52am Report

Where Christopher Brookmyre leads, mayhem and a sticky end surely follow!!

I really enjoyed Pandaemonium, Mr Brookmyre has once again excelled, with his usual blend of laugh out loud witty one liners, Scottish teenage angst and Tim bashing. I do take the point that if science isn't your bag it won't excite you as much as his previous work, however being a bit of a science nerd myself I though I could see where the plot was heading and was not disappointed to be proved right.

Thank you Christopher for yet another brilliant work. 10/10 from me.

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