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    Mass Market Paperback ñ Soft ePUB ´ to kill Glade And James Lyle, the striving marketer who thought up the brainwashing scheme in the first place, is deliberately out of the loop about its consequences All three are so perfectly drawn that you d recognize them on the street, and the way Thomson describes their quirky, weirdly decorated flats and lifestyles captures the flickering pulse of London with uncanny accuracyDick Adler."/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 352
  • Soft
  • Rupert Thomson
  • 06 July 2019
  • 2253153184

About the Author: Rupert Thomson

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SoftMass Market Paperback ñ Soft ePUB ´ soft mobile, SoftSoft MOBIAt first glance, the thrillers of British author Rupert Thomson seem to have nothing in common except the expansiveness of his imagination and the lucid radiance of his writing Air Fire is about a group of French people sent to California at the end of the th century to build a church The Insult is about a man blinded by a robber in a supermarket parking lot who discovers one night that because of a bizarre experiment he can see again Thomson s latest finds three very different characters an aimless waitress, a reluctant hit man, and an ambitious young marketing executive linked by the sudden success of a new soft drink But a closer look confirms the feeling that Softcontinues the author s fascination with the way science can bend and shape the destinies of all sorts of nonscientific people Certainly Glade Spencer, the flaky young woman who flies off periodically for unpleasant encounters with her American lawyer boyfriend, has no idea when she signs up for a sleep clinic to earn some extra cash that the soda slogans planted in her brain could cause her death Barker Dodds, the nightclub bouncer from Plymouth, doesn t know why he s being paid to kill Glade And James Lyle, the striving marketer who thought up the brainwashing scheme in the first place, is deliberately out of the loop about its consequences All three are so perfectly drawn that you d recognize them on the street, and the way Thomson describes their quirky, weirdly decorated flats and lifestyles captures the flickering pulse of London with uncanny accuracyDick Adler.

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10 thoughts on “Soft

  1. Maciek says:

    Soft is a novel which doesn t have a clear idea what it wants to be Is it contemporary noir, focused on shady characters in the underbelly of London An expose of the equally shady side of contemporary advertising industry Or simply a book about three different people, all living different existences until one day their lives come together The truth is somewhere inbetween Soft tries to combine all three elements into a cohesive whole, but ends up like most of its ambitious predecessors did Soft is a novel which doesn t have a clear idea what it wants to be Is it contemporary noir, focused on shady characters in the underbelly of London An expose of the equally shady side of contemporary advertising industry Or simply a book about three different people, all living different existences until one day their lives come together The truth is somewhere inbetween Soft tries to combine all three elements into a cohesive whole, but ends up like most of its ambitious predecessors did with a whole lot of ideas and themes, but not really diving deep into any of them Thomson s characters come from very different backgrounds he s at his best when writing about Barker Dodds, a former bouncer from Plymouth now trying to make it in London Thomson s clearly familiar both with the job and surrounding, and Barker s sections echo the London novels of Martin Amis not entirely a bad thing He s much weaker when it comes to Glade Spencer, an aimless drifter caught between her on and off American boyfriend and lonely father and James Lyle, a marketer who devised an ingenious concept to sellKwench , a soft drink just introduced to the UK market.All these characters live separately, but eventually come together, and not in a way that we might have expected But by the time they do, we no longer really care The criticism of a gigantic industry is too obvious to really be illuminating, and characters too thinly drawn to make any impact we forget them once the last page is closed, and the book quickly fades away from memory Thomson has done better than this, especially in The Insult which was the first novel by him that I have read Soft is the third, and while not the best of the lot it still made me want to readof his works something that I look forward to doing soon

  2. MJ Nicholls says:

    Soft has the most misleading blurb and design I ve ever encountered This month at least let time corrupt Packaged as an edgy Palahniuk style assault on evil capitalist pigs, the blurb tells us of the most marginal protagonist in the story, marketing whizz Jimmy who devises a subliminal ad campaign based on brainwashing experiments Wellno.In actual fact, this is a book about relationships It just happens to bring the three protagonists together via a subplot about an evil fizzy pop Soft has the most misleading blurb and design I ve ever encountered This month at least let time corrupt Packaged as an edgy Palahniuk style assault on evil capitalist pigs, the blurb tells us of the most marginal protagonist in the story, marketing whizz Jimmy who devises a subliminal ad campaign based on brainwashing experiments Wellno.In actual fact, this is a book about relationships It just happens to bring the three protagonists together via a subplot about an evil fizzy pop company It is page 118 before the blurb makes any sense, at which point we have already been intimately acquainted with hardman Barker and flaky waitress Glade Bad Bloomsbury The book details their various empty relationships, drawing the characters closer, towards their unlikely destruction through tacky orange pop It isn t entirely consistent, or plausible, but Thomson writes with tremendous detail and insight into his peeps So much respek And drink Pepsi today MmmPEPSI

  3. Samuel says:

    This menacing little book got deep under my skin a smouldering psychological thriller revealing the lethal power of subliminal advertising It s hypnotic, addictive, at times very strange, even fantastical, but it is the novel s rootedness in everyday reality that gives its messages evenpotency, much like the soft drink adverts and commercials it imitates Rupert Thomson is a criminally underrated author, a storyteller of immense technical craft, a seamless and devious plotter.

  4. Ann says:

    This was a re read and I was interested to see how this book had stood the test of time It did not feel dated.I love the detail with with Rupert Thomson draws his characters and scenes drawing you into the story and the lives of the characters This is very unsettling read all theso when I started noticing all things orange At first I felt a little cheated at the end as I wanted to know about what happened next, but I agree with the Independent Review.Thomson doesn t see his books as thri This was a re read and I was interested to see how this book had stood the test of time It did not feel dated.I love the detail with with Rupert Thomson draws his characters and scenes drawing you into the story and the lives of the characters This is very unsettling read all theso when I started noticing all things orange At first I felt a little cheated at the end as I wanted to know about what happened next, but I agree with the Independent Review.Thomson doesn t see his books as thrillers,as meditations on vulnerability and loss He likes the idea that what he writes is simply the starting point A book is like a piece of software which you feed into someone s hard drive They can make of it whatever they want to I think this is spot on Also having read a 2006 article in the Boston Review about the author s work I have been set thinking about the definition of and difference between gothic and noir

  5. Michael Riess says:

    Another unique novel from this outstanding writer A well written and compelling account of unethical corporate practices is the basis for the storyline of which I think most informed readers will appreciate.

  6. Steve Sanderson says:

    Three people, three different backgrounds and lifestyles, one soft drink It s a thriller, and so well written This book flew by, because the writing was crisp, but not spare, the characters not at all stereotypical there s plenty of backstory.But what I liked most was the choices Rupert Thomson makes in his descriptions he doesn t show you everything, only just enough so the reader has to do a bit of work.This book s well worth your time, if you like a literate and somewhat scathing noiris Three people, three different backgrounds and lifestyles, one soft drink It s a thriller, and so well written This book flew by, because the writing was crisp, but not spare, the characters not at all stereotypical there s plenty of backstory.But what I liked most was the choices Rupert Thomson makes in his descriptions he doesn t show you everything, only just enough so the reader has to do a bit of work.This book s well worth your time, if you like a literate and somewhat scathing noirish read.Definitely recommended

  7. Mark says:

    That this, like any other Thomson book, is not for the squeamish That this kind of horror lite can be quite compelling but leave you wishing you d done something wholesome instead like mow the lawn or trim the hedge.

  8. Philip says:

    Classic RT Powers around us that we don t see.

  9. Ewan says:

    An innovative detective story grounded in contemporary amoral advertising Sits well alongside The Circle by Dave Eggers, and a glass of water.

  10. Tuck says:

    softdrinksand complicated interpersonal relationships.rupert thomson, one of my very favorite authors plus adds life