Mar 10

Does it have a cement pond?Click for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: “Dear, can we go to an ordinary resort next holiday? This concrete beach is hard on my arse.”

Published 1976

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 6.60 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Concrete Island”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    I’ve gotta hand it too them. Trying to sell Ballard as some kind of Wilbur Smith takes some cajones. But at least there’s the strange sex. You can always count on strange sex.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    I remember the savagery and survival, but the strange sex must have been left out of my copy…

  3. fred Says:

    Does the British healthcare system cover sex injuries?

    I haven’t ventured into the land of academia for a book in a long time. Available in a downloadable PDF. Footnotes galore.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    I would have gone with: “A stunning STORY of savagery strange sex and survival”.
    For the alliteration.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    I wonder if the president of Concrete Island is the Block Head.

  6. NomadUK Says:

    In an alternate timeline, the kal-if-fee has quite a different outcome when T’Pring chooses McCoy as her champion instead of Kirk.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Yes, it’s a crutch, but it doubles as a mini-bazooka. First the savagery, then the strange sex, you know. Better cover up and watch out for the back blast, dear.”

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    Keeping lookout while you pee in the wild. He’s a keeper.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Looks more like rubbish island. I think we’re in need of a small space sheep?

    So “severely injured people sex” is another one of Ballard’s fetishes? I suppose it follows logically from the car crash kink.

  10. Raoul Says:

    That car crash was so bad it blew her clothes off. Good thing Gregory Peck brought along a crutch. Just in case.

  11. A. R. Yngve Says:

    A stunning novel of savagery, strange sex – and pretentiousness…

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    “Quiet, woman! Can’t you see I’m gazing manfully into the distance?”

    David Janssen is firing his agent the minute he gets out of here.

    In the remake, Sam Neill is firing his agent, etc.

    I feel “survival” should be higher up the list, but it’s Ballard.

    He’s got 2 shirts on; a gentleman would give her one to cover up, but it’s Ballard.

  13. JJYoyo Says:

    It looks like they’re stranded on a concrete *traffic island.* is that the Marble Arch mound behind them? No wonder they look desperate. Can’t explain the nudity though- maybe global warming has hit London particularly severely.

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @JJYoyo: possibly inspiring this.

  15. JJYoyo Says:

    @Bruce: this looks absolutely brilliant.

  16. DaveM Says:

    @GSS ex-noob, Sam Neill would have limped over and offered the lady his shirt to cover herself with. He is (in my limited experience anyway) quite a decent person!

  17. Emster Says:

    Publisher to artist with deadline looming: We’re not going with the zombie story after all; the new story has “sex” in the title – make that guy look less dead and add a nekkid woman in the background – that’ll do.

    Artist: (sigh) Sure…

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