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The authentic voice of British gangster fiction returns with a tour de force in this long-awaited sequel to Layer Cake, the bestselling debut by J.J. Connolly that 'jump-started British crime fiction into the present' (Uncut). More authentic in its language and scene-setting, smarter in its characterisation and plotting than anything that had previously gone by the name of gangster fiction, Layer Cake attracted a big cult following and became a Crime bestseller (it also became the most shop-lifted book in Britain). The Get Carter of the noughties, Layer Cake has also been made into a highly-praised film by Matthew Vaughn, starring Daniel Craig, Michael Gambon and Sienna Miller. Now J. J. Connolly is back with a sequel that sees him on the same stunning form, with his trademark razor-sharp dialogue and quick-fire violence, but also finding dark humour and pathos in the lives of violent men. From the many levels of the London underworld portrayed in Layer Cake, Viva la Madness moves to international crime with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering and high-tech electronic fraud, portrayed with the same uncanny believability. The anonymous hero of Layer Cake is pulled back into the drug game before he can escape to a sunny retirement: in an authentic but dazzling combination of London low-life, Caribbean high-life and Venezuelan drug cartels toting machine-guns in Mayfair. The brilliance and the madness is back:'Viva la madness!' more Format ebook

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Viva! La Woman is a sonic buffet of songs revolving around food, with tracks titled "Apple," "Beef Jerky," "Artichoke," and "White Pepper Ice Cream," to name a few. In fact, the band name itself translates from Italian to "food madness," a play on the title of a '70s B-movie erotic comedy titled Sesso Matto (or "Sex Madness"). The entree obsession may have eventually backfired, as the press fixated on the so-called "gimmick" as opposed to the music, but it actually served a purpose at the time.

It rained day and night; and yet the city, from its animation, seemed tobe having a holiday. The young ones, sent home from school because ofthe bad weather, were all on the bridges throwing branches into thewater to see how swift the current was, or playing along the lanes closeto the river, planting sticks in the banks and waiting for theever-broadening torrent to reach them.

In the narrow gorge between the Old City and the New, the swollentorrent swept them along like lightning. The barber used his oars justto keep the boat away from the shore. Submerged rocks sent greatwhirlpools to the surface and pulled the boat this way and that. Thelight of the torch cast a dull reddish glow out over the muddy eddies.Tree trunks, refuse, dead animals, went floating by, shapeless masseswith only a few dark points visible above the surface, as though somedead man covered with mud were swimming under water. Out on thatswirling current, with the slimy vapors of the river rising to hisnostrils and the eddies sucking and boiling all around, Rafael thoughthimself the victim of a weird nightmare and began even to repent of hisrashness. Cries kept coming from houses close to the river; windows weresuddenly lighted up; and from them great shadowy arms like the wings ofa windmill waved in greeting to that red flame which people saw glidingpast along the river, bringing the outlines of the boat and the two meninto distinct view. The news of their expedition had spread throughoutthe city and people were on the watch for them as they sped by: "Vivadon Rafael! Viva Brull!"

But it was not madness, and even if it were, it was very sweet of him!That, at least, was what Rafael seemed to read in those clear, luminouseyes of the golden sparkles that caressed him with their velvety touchevery time he dared to look at them. Leonora was staring at him:studying him in the lamplight, as if trying to understand the differencebetween the man in front of her and the boy she had met on her walk tothe Hermitage.

She was then just twenty-three, but already felt herself an old woman.How she had changed!... More affairs? As she went over that period ofher life in her talk with Rafael, Leonora closed her eyes with a shudderof modesty and remorse. Drunk with fame and power she had rushed aboutthe world lavishing her beauty on anyone who interested her for themoment. The property of everybody and of nobody! She could not rememberthe names, even, of all the men who had loved her during that era ofmadness, so many had been caught in the wake of her stormy flight acrossthe world! She had returned to Russia once, and been expelled by theCzar for compromising the prestige of the Imperial Family, through anaffair with a grand duke who had wanted to marry her. In Rome she hadposed in the nude for a young and unknown sculptor out of purecompassion for his silent admiration; and she herself made his "Venus"public, hoping that the world-wide scandal would bring fame to the workand to its author. In Genoa she found Salvatti again, now "retired," andliving on usury from his savings. She received him with an amiablesmile, lunched with him, treated him as an old comrade; and at dessert,when he had become hopelessly drunk, she seized a whip and avenged theblows she had received in her time of slavery to him, beating him with aferocity that stained the apartment with gore and brought the police tothe hotel. Another scandal! And this time her name bandied about in acriminal court! But she, a fugitive from justice, and proud of herexploit, sang in the United States, wildly acclaimed by the Americanpublic, which admired the combative Amazon even more than the artist.

And she felt his strong arms close about her, swaying her from head tofoot, in a clasp to which madness added strength. Her feet left theground, and a brutal thrust threw her to her side at the foot of anorange-tree.

And, Leonora was thrilled as she heard in her memory the murmur of theorchestra accompanying the song of tenderness inspired by Spring; therustle of the forest branches benumbed by the winter, now swaying withthe new sap that had flowed into them like a torrent of vitality; andout on the brightly lighted plazoleta she could almost see Sigmund andSiglinda clasping in an eternal unseverable embrace, as she had seenthem from the wings of the opera, where she would be waiting as aValkyrie to step out and set an audience wild with her mighty"Hojotoho!"

"I don't know what's the matter with me to-night. I feel as though Iwere dying.... But such a sweet death! So sweet!... What madness,Rafael! How rash it was of us to have seen each other on such anight!..."

The female Spartan said nothing however, hoarding her indignation insilence, complaining only to don Andrés of the recrudescence of amadness that was upsetting all her plans. Through his numerous henchmenthe counselor kept watch upon the young man. His spies followed Rafaelcautiously through the night, up to the gate of the Blue House.

Rafael carefully avoided revisiting the Blue House, out of regard forhis wife's possible susceptibilities. As it was, the woman's silencesometimes weighed heavily upon him, a strange circumspection, whichnever permitted the slightest allusion to the past. In the coldness andthe uncompromising scorn with which she abominated any poetic madness inlove, an important part was doubtless played by the suppressed memory ofher husband's adventure with the actress, which everybody had tried toconceal from her and which had deeply disturbed the preparations for herwedding.

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25 The Lord will cause you to be defeated(AR) before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven,(AS) and you will become a thing of horror(AT) to all the kingdoms on earth.(AU) 26 Your carcasses will be food for all the birds(AV) and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away.(AW) 27 The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt(AX) and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. 28 The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. 29 At midday you will grope(AY) about like a blind person in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue(AZ) you.

Desperate to cast someone with real talent, a female director hires a young man who believes that he is actually a zombie to play a zombie in this offbeat blend of comedy and horror from cult director Bruce LaBruce. Constantly cutting back and forth between 'reality' and the film-within, 'Otto' is not the easiest film to get into, but it features a large amount of smart and witty dialogue, both as the title character contemplates the advantages of being dead and as the director rambles on about the importance that she perceives her film to have as "a political film" tied to LGBT issues with a "gay plague" that turns all of the zombies homosexual upon returning from the dead (!). This is a creative movie beyond just the film within though with silent movie footage used well and even a fitting animated sequence amid the madness. The film's best asset though is its ambiguity as to whether or not Otto is actually a zombie. When all is revealed, it is a pretty sad film too about how certain experiences can make one feel dead on the inside. It is an up and down ride, with certain sequences (the director screening all of her previous films; some of the love scenes) that drag on for far too long, but the film circles around a character to whom it is surprisingly easy to grow emotionally invested with considering that he wears a singular zombie expression throughout.

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