Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] about the Book

Cheryl H ooiiilllss at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 17 10:11:01 MST 2004

hey all -

I'm about half way through the book and I don't want to give anything away 
to those that haven't read it yet.  so far, I love it .  I'll save my 
summary of it until I've finished reading it.   someone mentioned after 
reading "Strict Rules" that they noticed how some words are spelled 
different in Australia and the UK than they are in the US - one word of note 
in this book was "gaol".  I'd never seen it spelled that way.  threw me off 
a little ;)


>From: Maurice Kelly <mkelly at deadheart.org.uk>
>To: sweetapj at bellsouth.net
>CC: powderworks at cs.colorado.edu,        Aliester Crowley 
><aliestercrowleyy at hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: [Powderworks] about the Book
>Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 09:06:39 +0000
>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 chronological history.
>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 Connolly show.
>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 :-)
>Maurice Kelly
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