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  1. Joanne Harris "Gentlemen & Players" - simply couldn't put it down and didn't see the twists coming. I'll look for the later books in the same vein/setting, and see how they compare. It is categorised on the interwebs as a dark psychological thriller - it certainly touches on dark issues but I'd frame it as a mystery/howdunnit, and I wouldn't look for reviews if you plan on reading it because they can't help but give too much away. (It's why I only read reviews or even the preface after reading a book, to avoid spoilers and to maintain the suspense/surprises.) I also really enjoyed th
  2. Diarmaid MacCulloch's "Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700", which is a hugely informative, densely packed explanation of what happened, who was involved, and how things panned out in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. It seems apposite for the times!
  3. I'm not sure the lyrics support the idea of multiple simultaneous relationships. Janey turns the doctor down very clearly. It looks like she does make the priest an offer he should refuse but he can't 'perform'. She hides from the cop who scares her whilst she's with the narrator but we can't say for sure that she wants to be with the narrator - only that he wants to be with her. That's just analysis of the lyrics.
  4. At last there's an engagement with the content of the lyrics - praise the Lord and pass me some of that popcorn, please:-)
  5. It could have helped the lyrics, depicting the unhinged 'shooter' and his jealousy as well as having Janey actively and passively make choices herself ('loved a mechanic', 'she took him to bed', 'silently stand by'). I've never heard the Warren Zevon song but this one has been off-putting so I probably won't seek it out for that reason.
  6. I certainly don't want any hand-holding from you - rest assured on that point. The old saying 'never assume anything' holds true, but "the 'whataboutery' is strong in this one", sadly. For someone who doesn't want to debate or discuss these lyrics, you keep coming back with more questions for me but bat away the very thought of answering any yourself. Seems to me that you are like a dog, frankly, popping along to mark his territory in this thread at regular intervals. Spray away if it makes you feel good, by all means.
  7. That's great - much obliged to you for making this effort, jukeblue.
  8. I suppose, strictly speaking, those "doors" are Janey's property - hers to 'open or close' as she chooses!
  9. "Elizabeth is Missing" by Emma Healey - I saw the dramatisation with Glenda Jackson as Maud, which was beautifully done, and thought 'I must read the book'. Having just finished it, it really is a tour de force - so well constructed and touching. The awfulness of Maud's plight is really well presented. Very impressive writing, and I'll look for more by this author. "Always Gardenia" by Betsy Hanson is slighter, by comparison, but addresses the problems of a widow making a new life for herself on her own. It's a little more mannered (comparisons with Barbara Pym's novels are made on the ja
  10. These are great - very readable, great humour and the premise is literally fantastic. Really Love the different Rivers. So Cleverly done.
  11. An image that celebrates and encourages empathy. Could be instructive?
  12. You've been keen to tell everyone that you don't get anyone else's view of these lyrics but slow to explain what you enjoy about the words used. The 'whataboutery' is as expected.
  13. Great - if you could just cite the lyrics that show Janey as a very strong and capable character within this setting, that'll get the discussion on to a solid footing.
  14. And, again, there's no surprise, but no-one can say that I didn't do my bit to debate or discuss the lyrics of "Janey Needs a Shooter". I didn't like them at the start and I still don't. There's certainly nothing wrong with anyone liking what they like and not wanting to examine why or not being able to explain why, just as the converse is true; nevertheless, I responded to a poster's fairly peremptory demand that I "Define questionable" and, rather than shrug it off or name-call or complain, I've been doing so ever since, despite finding these lyrics decidedly unpleasant. By way of
  15. As an experiment, I drafted this response before seeing yours, because your 'debating style' so far has been pretty obvious and predictable: read only the first part of what has been written in any sentence and take a hasty swing at rebuffing it, resorting to ad hominem smears and sneers coupled with dismissive terms. Examples 1) I wrote "I'm trying to get to the gist of why the 'Janey Needs a Shooter' song lyrics are the ones you're so keen to defend in this thread *without addressing what is actually depicted in those lyrics*", and you took a swing at the first part and ignored t
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