I read, a lot. In fact I'm even writing a series of novels at the moment because I need another creative outlet for myself.
Today though I have to showcase a new book that has just come out. Lost Angeles is a book I was asked to review before it was published and I was delighted to because it was Himself's book! Let me tell you this folks I was agog at how good it was. I had no idea how talented he was as a writer so it was a delight to review.
Lost Angeles is his first published novel, he's got two more which are waiting to come out (he's sickening in how good he is).
This book Lost Angeles is the story of Doug Morgan who has gone to Los Angeles for a purpose, he's full of self destructive tendencies. The book pins the highs and lows, the whys and the why nots. At its heart it is a love story and that I think is what most people will see.
I've attached my review for anyone who fancies a longer synopsis
'Following the exploits of protagonist Doug, the novel opens on his self imposed exile to Los Angeles. Beginning at the doors of the arrivals lounge the reader is plunged into Los Angeles. A pacy first chapter sets up the narrative for his Los Angeles adventure; gang fights in the golden arches, biker bars on Sunset Boulevard and unlikely acquaintances. There’s a thrill, drama and whiskey haze that sets the tempo. Louden then takes the step that even some more established writers baulk at; he creates a dual narrative which takes the reader into Doug’s past in Belfast and allows them to experience the events that have brought Doug to this point in his life.
The Belfast chapters are filled with Doug’s pre Los Angeles reality and give the reader an instant visceral look into a relationship that is going sour. It’s the sense of loss and recalibration of a life after an important long term relationship that the reader experiences with Doug. The juxtaposition of his hedonistic quest in the warm sunshine of Los Angeles, and the heartache of the Belfast chapters which are captured against the grey cold post-Christmas January sun, create a novel of depth which tells two simultaneous narratives to their joined conclusion.
The myriad of Los Angeles debaucheries are both witty and memorable but the undercurrent of the past simmers beneath the surface until begins to boil over into Doug’s present. As the novel draws with pace and fervour to its inevitable endgame the reasons for Doug’s vehemently destructive nose dive through Venice Beach are illuminated as the final chapters become compulsive reading.
Louden takes his readers by the hand through Belfast and Los Angeles, a writer who clearly knows both cities, they are written so they feel like a part of the narrative; two very different characters embodying the story that surrounds them. The writing is open and colloquial and although it comes from a very male voice it has an attitude to emotion and vulnerability that will appeal to both genders. What makes this novel such a good read is the truth which seems to be planted firmly in the narrative. It has a voice which has been missing from the bookshelves; Bukowski with heart and emotion, Tony Parsons with sarcasm, degeneracy and sex. They come together to create a work startling in its individual voice.
It’s a fantastic first novel that delves into the picaresque genre, creating a very modern romantic hero, or perhaps antihero. A novel that can be read and re-read but will still retain its moment in time due to its episodic structure. It is an ultimately multifaceted piece of literature that at its heart beats a debauched, messed up look at love and loss.'
You can buy it from Amazon here where it has just been released and is on a special offer of only 77p for its first week. Wonderful. I am I know bias but I genuinely think it is fantastic!
So folks there's my little book pick for the day.
Much Love As Always