Wednesday 9 June 2010

"Disco Biscuits" edited by Sarah Champion

A desire for some 1990s nostalgia drew me to this collection of short stories. The most striking thing is how little has actually changed. Of course there are superficial changes, but the essentials are still with us. People continue to want to get as intoxicated now as then, for example.
This is a fairly decent collection of short stories that have aged well. Highlights include:
Sangria, where the arrival of a hypnotist to a Mediterranean island disrupts the night-clubbing status quo.
Heart of the Bass, as four ravers from Edinburgh arrive at a party in Loch Fyne.
Mile High Meltdown, be thankful the story is fiction the next time you travel by plane.
The Sparrow, a poem on gang land.
A further discussion on the themes from Disco Biscuits is to follow. In the meantime, this book gets 3/5.

1 comment:

  1. I remember reading that in t'day and I've got the follow-up "Disco 2000" (about the last days of the last millennium - remember when we thought that was something special?) because Douglas Coupland wrote a piece for it. I suspect I wouldn't be able to get through it without cringing now.