[Powderworks] about the Book
mkelly at deadheart.org.uk
Tue Dec 14 02:06:39 MST 2004
sweetapj at bellsouth.net wrote:
> I find the book jumps around a lot in terms of a
> timeline, but perhaps as I get farther in I'll see
> some kind of pattern.
Nah, you won't. :-)
Actually it does pretty much follow the Oils from start to finish
(ignoring the first chapter on politics.) The author digresses a lot
when it is appropriate to do so, so if something interesting happened
at a particular point in the history, he'll expand upon it, tie to it
to other events in their career, and eventually return to the
I find it to be more like having a conversation with the author than
reading an ordinary biography. In every conversation you get a little
distracted from the focus, head of somewhere else for a while, and
then go "Where was I again? Oh yes..." It's a bit like a Billy
For me the book was amazing. It was reasonably well written, though if
there is one downfall, I'd say that it was a book written by a
friend/fan for fans. At times I felt that I would have a hard job
following things if I hadn't some idea about most of the history
anyway. Still it's hard for someone so close to something to describe
that thing to someone unfamiliar.
That probably didn't make much sense.
At the minute though I'm now reading Willie's Bar And Grill, and I'm
enjoying it even more. Interstingly I thing Willie's would be much
easier for a non-fan to pick up and read.
One thing that bugs me - in Beds Are Burning (I think) but the author
didn't seem too sure about what Powderworks was. I got the impression
it was a web site as opposed to a mailing list. But then, I'm a tech
nerd, and I'm very intolerant of people getting technical stuff wrong :-)