Foul Matter

Foul Matter The bestselling author of the Richard Jury novels delivers a razor sharp and raucously funny send up of the cutthroat world of publishing And the praise is pouring in A hilarious and wicked caper adve

  • Title: Foul Matter
  • Author: Martha Grimes
  • ISBN: 9780451212931
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • The bestselling author of the Richard Jury novels delivers a razor sharp and raucously funny send up of the cutthroat world of publishing And the praise is pouring in A hilarious and wicked caper adventure on the evils of the book business Pittsburgh Post Gazette Does laughing uncontrollably on a subway train constitute legitimate literary criticism If it does, then FThe bestselling author of the Richard Jury novels delivers a razor sharp and raucously funny send up of the cutthroat world of publishing And the praise is pouring in A hilarious and wicked caper adventure on the evils of the book business Pittsburgh Post Gazette Does laughing uncontrollably on a subway train constitute legitimate literary criticism If it does, then Foul Matterts a great review from me New York Times Book Review She can kick literary butt in ways than one USA Today

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    1. Most boring book I have ever read. I don't know if it's because I'm not a writer, but literally not one aspect of this book kept me interested. It dragged on for what felt like years, and it has never taken me so long to finish a book. I dreaded carrying this thing around with me just so I could get through to the end. (Keep in mind I have reading OCD, so if I start a book, I MUST finish it.)

    2. I understand the need to expand your repitoire as an author, but I was extremely dissapointed with thsi book. It was dark, slow and boring. One of the things I like most about Martha Grimes' books are her well thought out, interesting assortment of characters, but I felt this book had none of that.

    3. Written in 2003, “Foul Matter” is Martha Grimes’ satire of the contemporary publishing industry (or should I write “world” since it seemed to be spinning in its own orbit), perhaps driven by her own personal experience “dropped” by a publishing house. For all of us who love to read, who breathe more easily in bookstores and libraries, who have shelves or piles of unread books waiting at home, who can’t wait for the next book by a favorite author and marvel at the number of new, t [...]

    4. The back of the book promises an "evil-minded satire of the venal, not to say murderous, practices of the New York publishing industry." That seemed just the thing for a gloomy, rainy end of the weekend. It will be interesting to see what I think of this book by Grimes. The last one I tried that did not feature Richard Jury (The End of the Pier) left me sadly disappointed. I much preferred her treatment of England to that particular American foray. Starting with an open mind.*****Part IFoul Matt [...]

    5. As a writer, I enjoyed this wicked and cynical view of New York book publishing (my publishers have been in Berkeley, CA, Indianapolis, IN, Nashville, TN, Macon, GA, and Renton, WA, respectively, so we're not talking about MY publishers here). Although my publishers were located elsewhere, I have been involved with NY publishers who were advertisers in magazines I published or associated with me through my former membership in SFWA.I thought this book was setting itself up as a black comedy, but [...]

    6. Well, I read, and I read, and I read. This book about the down & dirty of the book publishing business should have been captivating. Paul Giverny, a popular, sought-after, headline-and-money-making author chooses a low-on-the-totem-pole publisher for his next book with the caveat that the company drop one of its serious intellectual, but non-selling authors, Ned Isaly, and designate Isaly's editor to Giverny. In order to fulfill Giverny's request, the company's head orders Clive ??? to look [...]

    7. "The shadows were turning into night. She tried to see her future; it was full of blank pages. They fluttered away like the pages of a calendar in a film, dated buy empty.""Think not, because I wonder where you fled, That I would lift a pin to see you there; You may, for me, be prowling anywhere, So long as you show not your little head: No dark and evil story of the dead Would leave you less pernicious or less fair— Not even Lilith, with her famous hair; And Lilith was the devil, I have read. [...]

    8. Quite a let down. This book was mentioned in the NYTimes Book Review's mystery column as excellent satire on the publishing industry. To me, it did not even come close to that mark. It probably was a lot more fun for Grimes to write than it was for me to read.The plot is silly without being funny, and the characters are caricatures without much appeal. The writing is far below the level Grimes maintains in the Richard Jury series. This book does not even make it to the "engaging beach reading" c [...]

    9. I dipped a tentative toe into the murky waters of genre fiction, Grimes coming highly recommended by three smart, well-read friends, and--whaddya know!--I'm now swimming happily along. This is my third Grimes book. I started with Dakota, with its poignant animal rights subtext; then a random Richard jury mystery, The Dirty Duck, a yellowed mass market paperback of which one of said friends dug up for me--vastly entertaining!--and then this one, which you might say is to publishing as James Hynes [...]

    10. I've read most of Martha Grimes Richard Jury novels and truly enjoyed them. I wasn't expecting this novel to be like them, because the story line in this book was so different from them. The story line in Foul Matter is interesting, but the execution of the plot was ploddingly dull. I kept waiting for "a sharp, satisfying caper", which is one of the praises on the back cover. I had a couple of laugh out loud moments, but that just wasn't enough to compensate for pages of uninspired writing. The [...]

    11. I really didn't enjoy this book. I think the author thought she was being a lot funnier, a lot more clever, than she was. This is a satire on big NY publishing houses and writers, which I thought I'd love since I work in the publishing industry. Not at all, however. Most of the characters were detestable, Grimes made a big deal over little details that didn't advance the plot or deepen characters (including some nonsense about kids playing in the park with a ball and multiple characters saying t [...]

    12. Yeah, I'm giving up on this one too. It's been sitting on my bedside table for weeks, and recently my wife pointed out that the bookmark is still somewhere within the first 30 pages or so. Apparently the only books I can finish lately are tiny ones on pop music. 130 pages or fewer, if possible.One of my issues with this book is the same that I had with the movie "State & Main" -- it's a bit too "insiderish" for me. I assume that if you're a writer, or want to be a writer, you might find this [...]

    13. Abandoned. So many snide comments and in-jokes about the publishing world. Seemed petty and mean-spirited. Plus I'm 93 pages in and can't figure out who's who and why I should care. Might make a good dark comedy movie though.

    14. Excellent novel tho unusual for Grimes. The plot is interesting and the characters range from meloncholy to hilarious. The only objection is th continuous foul language. The "f-word" is on almost every page.

    15. I'm not sure why I have read so many books on publishing/writing in the last months but here is another one. Imaginative and unbelievably funny in places. Many times I was the "What the ####?" stage. Pure fun and excellent characters, particularly the hit men.

    16. 2.5 stars. A satire of the book publishing industry, this is supposed to be a comedic novel, but I didn't find it all that funny. Stick with Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey or Bill Fitzhugh if you want a good comedic novel.

    17. Martha Grimes abandons the intricate, period British mysteries she has perfected for a shallow, James Patterson-esque satire of the American publishing industry. A no brainer.

    18. I love this new series, unusually funny hit men making the world right. Martha Grimes is always a good read.

    19. Martha Grimes war mir bislang eher als Krimiautorin bekannt, deswegen war ich auch positiv überrascht als sich die Geschichte als Gangsterkomödie entpuppte. Getreu dem Motto: So phantasievoll wie das Leben kann eine erfundene Geschichte gar nicht sein, beschließt der Bestsellerautor Paul Giverney ein Experiment zu starten. Im ganzen Verlagswesen ist bekannt das er sich einen neuen Verlag suchen möchte und natürlich will jeder diese goldene Kuh melken. Der Autor knüpft an seine Unterschrift [...]

    20. I've read Martha Grimes' "Richard Jury" mysteries and really enjoyed them. She has a great way of creating characters with funny, quirky personalities. This book was the same (although not of the Jury series).

    21. I had to re-read this book from 2003 because the sequel 'The Way of All Fish' didn't come out until 2014. Besides that it was a hell of a good book. It's a delicious skewering of the publishing industry. Everybody gets their share of attention, publishers, editors, agents, writers and the book-buying public, who mainly buy what they are told to buy.Paul Giverney, a mega best-selling author, is contemplating signing a very lucrative contract with the publisher Mackenzie-Haack. What's holding up t [...]

    22. I cannot stop thinking about this book. When I started it I didn't like it much, but as I kept reading it became funnier and funnier- causing me to laugh out loud a few times. My positive feelings for this book have only built since putting it down. I find myself reminiscing about the characters and the plot.While it deviates a lot from Grimes other work, and I was disappointed in the lack of mystery, I now feel very affectionate for the book. Once I got into it I finished it quickly and had a h [...]

    23. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I used to devour Martha Grimes' Richard Jury novels, when they were new. I read every one as soon as it came out, until she wrote The Horse You Came In On. I could not follow the story very well, and I could not understand why on earth Melrose Plant should be even remotely interested in the foul-mouthed motorcycle-riding American chick. I gave up halfway through and read none of the next 11 Jury books. A few years ago, I thought I'd try again. Started ove [...]

    24. If you are a professional writer longing for the big time, or a newbie just starting out, Martha Grimes revenge novel on the nastiness in the publishing world is a must-read. Grimes, a mystery writer of renown, was dumped by her publisher. She went to another publisher and came screaming back with the best selling Foul Matter, a goofy, often over the top tale of the rottenness of greedy publishers and overblown big shot writers.Beware, though; after reading this, fearful writers might want to av [...]

    25. There's a plot here, but does it really matter? Foul Matter carries its readers along on the strength of three or four characters' silent musings and its malicious skewering of the world of publishing. What reader with even a passing knowledge of the industry could resist a novel whose barely disguised firms include Grunge, Queeg & Hyde, Mackenzie-Haack, DreckSneed (a merger between the venerable British company Sneed and American Dreck, Inc.), and "the Dracula of foreign conglomerates, Blud [...]

    26. I think this is my favorite of all of Martha Grimes books. I started out not liking it very much - the premise was strange and it took quite a while to figure out the intent of Paul Giverney's request of his publisher. Was he really that selfish and egotistical? He (Paul) is a top-line author seeking to move to a new publisher. All want him, but at what cost? That's what he means to find out. But does it really mean murder? This is a great look behind the scenes of publishing houses, agents and [...]

    27. Martha Grimes left Great Britain: this is set in New York City.Welcome to the literary world of books, authors and publishers. A wealthy author sets in motion a chain of events no one would expect. To sign a book deal with him he sets the condition that the publisher must get rid of one of it’s existing authors. Because the reckless publisher takes the proposition literally everyone scrambles to undo the publishers action of hiring the most bizarre hit-men, by hiring their own hit-men to prote [...]

    28. I quite enjoyed the book after I got into it, and more of the story from the second book surfaced. I had read "The Way of all Fish" earlier this year. I then went bsck to read this book from 10 years previously, which was the first book about this set of characters and an insider's look at the publishing industry and New York and contract killers. I struggled a bit to remember how these characters (most of whose names I recognized) fit into the narrative which was referred to in the second book, [...]

    29. This was sooo good! I had a hard time getting into it at first but Foul Matter grew on me. It has a fascinating insight into the publishing industry as I suspect it really is but the best of it was the interaction of the writers and the hit men.I find that I truly appreciate getting inside the head of a writer. How they write, how they think, how the story progresses. Heck, how the story comes about! Then Grimes adds the philosophical hit men with a heart Lord wait until you get to the second to [...]

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