Strange Affairs, Ginger Hairs

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 30 Dec 2019

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This started as being quite a funny read. It is not a very long book so is good if you’re looking for something short. However, I thought it just fell flat and came across as being very odd. The main female character was over-sexualised to the point where it became painful to read. All of the internal thoughts of the main character (Ginge) felt stale and a tad unnecessary. 

Overall I didn’t particularly enjoy this book, and I would only recommend it if you were looking for a short read. 

Many thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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Strange Affairs, Ginger Hairs was exactly that.. a strange affair. This book was at times hard to grasp, and took me quite a while to understand the plot. Ginger Jones was the epitome of bad luck, and the poor kid was just trying to live his life.. but pretty girls, rings and thugs were preventing his success. It was a quick read, but one I found lacking depth or substance to make me remember the book, or recommend it to others. It has bits of dry, pointless humor throughout.. but left me feeling a bit confused as to what I just read.
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I’m from Hull so this book resonated with me. Recommended - a lacy authentic read that I found highly enjoyable. The author has a style all of his own, and I’ll definitely be seeking more of his work.
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What a rollercoaster. The best book I read this year (2019). I can see Guy Richi making this into a movie. It was just like watching Lock, stock and two smoking barrels. Very British. The plot kept getting thicker and thicker. Very fast base black thriller. Very funny. Highly recommended. Unfortunately it's the only book written by Arthur.
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Not really my thing. But Ginger is an interesting character and the story takes many twists and turns. Despite everything, I was pulled in enough to want to know how it all wrapped up.
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I just loved this book. Great British humour in the vein of in Bruges and lock stock and two smoking barrels. It’s all about a ring and being on the wrong place at the wrong time. How things get twisted out of all proportion and circumstances get worse and worse. Just fabulous. Made me smile throughout. Just could not stop reading. Characters were as large as life — you can almost touch and see them. Highly recommend if you like this type of humour
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This held my attention from the first page and it was filled with funny and eye rolling moments, I really enjoyed it.
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Thank you NetGalley and Publishers for granting me early access to "Strange Affairs, Ginger Hairs." 

I'm currently in the middle of a major move, but I definitely will come back at a later time and write out a full review and rating. Thank you so much!
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Okay! So I requested this book after reading it's blurb. I was expecting it to be a humorous and easy read. And this book haven't disappointed me at all. Not only it's humorous, but also fast paced and interesting. All the characters are developed well and I loved the dry humour of this book. To be honest, I have never read such a hilarious book. It captivated my attention right from the first page and it haven't wave red at all. And I loved reading about Ginger Jones. This is a five star read for me.
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I can't quite put my finger on why, but this was an odd story, written with unusual British humour involving gangsters in the council estates of Hull, England. The main character, Ginger, ends up in possession of a ring that belongs to the local head thug and, despite repeated attempts, just can't get rid of it - it keeps landing back with him. 

Whilst I finished it, it was a little flat overall and the stuff with the bosses daughter seemed superfluous to the overall story.

I received this book from netgalley in return for a honest review.
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Maybe more of a 2.5. I liked the writing and I liked the story for a quick, non-taxing read but I found it falling flat. The constant internal comments by the Ginger were odd and the never ending sexually charged comments about the female character, Ms. Fish, were boring and off putting. The ending also left a little to be desired, I thought for sure there was a massive twist coming, but, nope, nothing to wrap things up,
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A pretty solid collection of stories. "Scary" is a pretty apt description; weird as well. Pretty short (9 stories) but enough good tales to recommend it.

I really appreciate the copy for review!!
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Books like this are not that common. And by ‘books like this’ I’m referring to books filled with criminals, scallywags and plenty of other types you might tend to shy away from, should you meet them in real life. Handy then, really, that you don’t have to - it’s a book so you can just enjoy the naughtiness within the safe confines of the pages. I won’t give anything away, but if you like crime capers that seem real, with authentic, colourful characters, you really owe it to yourself to check this out. I hope the author decides to do a sequel because I could happily get lost in this world again and again. A five star read.
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A strong literary voice guides this work. Arthur Grimestead arranges a world of dialogue and situations masterfully.
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Strange Affairs, Ginger Hairs - brilliant!! Bleak, dry and darkly humourous - and so cleverly written. Ginger Jones happens across a ruby ring in his fish and chips. There begins a series of misadventures, none of his own making, which find him wanted by the police and being hunted down by the local gangland boss. Along the way we meet Brian, his gay, line-dancing work colleague, Ms Fish, the boss's daughter who drags him into robbery and arson, and Ginger's hapless and deeply depressing excuses for parents. Never a dull moment in this wonderful book, full of curse words and inappropriateness - and all the better for it. This book, I suspect, will be like Marmite, but I really loved it and for anyone with an irreverent sense of humour - you will too.
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An enjoyable and rollicking story of a hapless young lad from Hull stumbling from one shady escapade to the next. Surrounded by ne'er-do-wells and blessed with mediocre parentage he attempts to make his way into the adult world but suddenly and accidentally gets into more trouble than he needs when a valuable ring appears in his dinner. The writing starts out parochially but quickly gets more understandable, for the non-British reader, while still remaining appropriately crass. If the story kept on the way it started it would be quite the yarn, but it slows down and gets a little maudlin in the end as the protagonist learns his lessons. All in all a good read and a solid 3 stars.
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I only read two pages but this was definitely not my cup of tea. The awkward teenager who sends a kiss to his poster is something that sort of works in a film...on paper not so much. And referring to a coca cola genie does not really appeal to my humour.
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Typical English humour and tasteful musical touches that set the atmosphere; "Strange Affairs, Ginger Hairs" is an engaging and fast-paced novel with endearing characters, that involves laughs, twists and turns whilst never being boring or difficult to follow.
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This was a funny and unique quick read!  I cannot wait to read more from this author, as the writing was excellent!
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