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Ordinary thunderstorms (original 2009; edition 2009)

by William Boyd

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Title:Ordinary thunderstorms
Authors:William Boyd
Info:London : Bloomsbury, 2009.
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Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd (2009)

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I would not normally read a book like this but it was set by my reading group. William Boyd is not a favourite of mine. His writing style annoys me. I did find the book intriguing and kept on reading to find out what happened. The plot was very contrived and the "crooks" among the characters very stereotyped. ( )
  lesleynicol | May 2, 2016 |
Boyd is a favorite and this one is an exciting _Wrong Man_-like thriller set in London. A large pharmaceutical company is the lurking malevolence chasing our leading man along with the police. The Thames River and some of London’s darker denizens add verisimilitude to this adventure that is set off by a random chance encounter. Who are we (and what do we become) when we are forced give up modern life’s high-tech luxuries and live off the grid? Cinematic to the max and yet thought provoking. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I liked the writing, the plot implausible, premise might have been interesting, but far-fetched. I might read Restless, to give the author another look. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
I liked the writing, the plot implausible, premise might have been interesting, but far-fetched. I might read Restless, to give the author another look. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
This read was an interesting experience for me, as the writer is British and I well grasped the various maxims, phrasings and aphorisms therein because I travel to England frequently and have come to understand the nuances of the language. As for the book itself, it's a breezy, tense read with a fascinating Law and Order plot that's very engaging. It would make an excellent movie. Try this for a slightly different linguistic and plotting experience.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
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That's what I thought when I finished it. I thought, "It's not the way a thriller writer would do it." But I thought fair dos, he's trying to do something different. It's not something that I would necessarily criticise him for.
 
This is an uneven novel. Yet Boyd’s restless inventiveness sustained me throughout and the ending proved satisfying, not least because Boyd doesn’t resolve the plot fully. He lets some stories flow beyond the last page, like the Thames.
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Ordinary thunderstorms have the capacity to transform themselves into multi-cell storms of ever growing complexity. Such multi-cell storms display a marked increase in severity and their lifetime can be extended by a factor of ten or more. The grandfather of all thunderstorms, however, is the super-cell thunderstorm. It should be noted that even ordinary thunderstorms are capable of mutating into super-cell storms. These storms subside very slowly.
--Storm Dynamics and Hail Cascades
by L. D. Sax and W. S. Dutton
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Let us start with the river - all things begin with the river and we shall probably end there, no doubt - but let's wait and see how we go.
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One May evening in London, Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, is feeling good about the future as he sits down for a meal at a little Italian bistro. He strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterward. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents, through which Adam loses everything—home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, cell phone—never to get them back.

The police are searching for him. There is a reward for his capture. A hired killer is stalking him. He is alone and anonymous in a huge, pitiless modern city. Adam has nowhere to go but down—underground. He decides to join that vast army of the disappeared and the missing who throng London’s lowest levels as he tries to figure out what to do with his life and struggles to understand the forces that have made it unravel so spectacularly. Adam’s quest will take him all along the river Thames, from affluent Chelsea to the gritty East End, and on the way he will encounter all manner of London’s denizens—aristocrats, prostitutes, evangelists, and policewomen—and version after new version of himself.
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Adam Kindred is in London for a job interview and looking at a bright future. Then he has a chance meeting in a restaurant that results in a series of actions that cost him his family, his money, his very identity. Utterly alone, Adam joins London's underground society of dispossessed and tries to figure out what happened to his life.… (more)

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