Kill Your Friends. View PDF. film (Feature). Director Owen Harris Starring; Rosanna Arquette; James Corden; Nicholas Hoult; Tom Riley. Production Company. Meet Steven Stelfox. London New Labour is sweeping into power and Britpop is at its zenith. A&R man Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the. Kill Your Friends: A Novel ePub (Adobe DRM) download by John Niven Kill Your Friends ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub .
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Kill Your Friends book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. It's not dog-eat-dog around here it's dog-gang-rapes-dog-then-. Title: - Kill Your Friends Author: John Niven. This PDF document has been generated by calibre [soundbefabnavi.cf], and. AS the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty- seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through .
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Paperback Verified download. Imagine a character so completely depraved, degenerated and perverted that he makes Hannibal Lecter seem like a Sunday school teacher. Now imagine that character fueled by a mountain of cocaine and an ocean of vodka.
Now take away any sensitivity he may have learned for others of a different race, gender, physical capability, social class, postal code or sexual preference. Make him believe that there is nothing so important as the pursuit of money, put him in a nice suit, give him an expense account and turn him loose on the world without a modicum of care about the consequences of his actions to himself or others.
Now if I told you that you were going to read a novel centered on such a character, you might expect it to be a horror novel, or a thriller, maybe a mystery or police procedural. You would probably not expect that it would be the funniest thing you've read in years. I will caution you here: If, however, you're possessed of a strong stomach and aren't easily offended, you're in for a treat.
I first read about this novel in an imported ,English music magazine and was immediately intrigued as I had spent 22 years in retail music at the "middle managers " level here in the US. His scenarios are blunt ,and descriptive whether describing his co-workers , their drug habits or his own characters sexual debauchery ; no holds barred!
Highly recommended for those are not afraid to admit that wretched excess exists, if not in our own lives, then in excellently wrought characters in novels.
One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified download. It is a wonderful novel with much deserved acclaim, as are his two other novels.
As a side note, 'Kill Your Friends' is currently slated to become a film, and is in pre-production at present with a slated release. Reminded me of "Out", by Natsuo Kirino with dark, off-hand violence and perverseness, laugh out loud dead-pan gruesome. One roots for Steven Stelfox, a totally amoral, intensely non-PC, psychopath who is totally unlikable, who lacks any censors to his thoughts and ultimate deeds.
As in "Who's afraid iof Virginia Wolf" there's a delight in seeing a character s cruelly, wickedly, slice and dice other people, reveal thoughts we generally suppress. A good read with, one assumes, more than a little truth to the characterizations of the business. I ordered this book thinking it would be a fun read where I would get to see some references to my favorite bands. In that aspect, this book did not disappoint. I even appreciated the cameos of my absolute faves- Brett Anderson and James Bradfield.
That's why I gave this book 2 stars. Otherwise, this book was a complete rip off of Irvine Welsh. Only, Welsh is a much better read. I almost stopped reading; however, when I begin a book, I just can't leave it unread. Burning this book! American Psycho meets Fear and Loathing during my college days and spawns a baby with fetal alcohol syndrome flush with the scars of a failed, coke-fueled back-alley-coat hanger-abortion. This baby is called Kill Your Friends: A novel. This is a compliment by the way.
I loved this book. Taking a look into the life of what has been recently coined a Professional Sociopath; the protagonist of this book is the most extreme of this phenomenon. However be aware, if black comedy offends or is not your cup-of-tea, this book will not appeal. So then do what my partner did and read it like a thriller. John Niven taps brilliantly into mind of a sociopath and with his understanding of the music industry this book leaves you worrying about going into the office on Monday.
I found the beginning somewhat entertaining, mostly because I'm a fan of the music and the artists depicted in the time period.
After that it got repetitive and over relaying on the crude imagery, seemed a little like American Psycho without the great writing. Over all I found it dull and didn't even finished it.
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The Art of Practicing: Added to this, he has utter contempt for the bands he is promoting, his colleagues and peers is mixed with disdain and jealousy towards anyone who looks as if they will succeed in this grubby business.
Finally he snaps. The murders begin. A happy ending ensues for Mr Stelfox - he gets what he wants at the record company, and seemingly gets away with murder. For now at least. This book is profane, vulgar, cynical, violent, non PC and immensely funny. I enjoyed it very much.
At times it teetered on the edge of excessive parody but Niven just about reins it in - I think. Who am I to judge.
Postscript - the book name checks more than a few records and record company executives.