Bücher, schnell gelesen: Teil 1.387

Jock Serong - Fischzug (Polar Verlag, 2018)
Jock Serong – Fischzug (Polar Verlag, 2018)

Gelesen: 17. – 21.05.2019, netto 292 Seiten

Jock Serong ist Anwalt, Surfer und lebt an der Südwestküste von Victoria (Australien). Sein Debüt Krimi wurde 2015 mit dem Ned Kelly Award für den besten Erstling ausgezeichnet, das bekommt man wohl nur hin wenn man über Dinge schreibt die man kennt.

Entsprechend ist das Buch geprägt von Gerichtsszenen, sowohl die Einleitung und das Ende sind aus der Ecke „Gerichtsdrama“ und entsprechend weniger blutig oder spannend – dazwischen jedoch tobt das echte Leben: Verlierer (inclusive dem Helden) und Gewinner (die, die schon immer das Sagen hatten). Und Tote, für die idealerweise jemand anderes bezahlt. Und Geld wird außerhalb der Legalität verdient: Drogenschmuggel und der illegale Verkauf von überfischten Abalonen.

Und ganz tief drinnen Charlie Jardim, Anwalt kurz vorm Rausschmiss, der im Hinterwäldlerfischerdorf an der Küste einen Zeugen für den Staatsanwalt befragen soll. Charlie glaubt immer noch an das Gute, aber seine Freundin (scheißt auf ihn) und die Realität (die Bösen gewinnen immer) kackt ihm so richtig einen rein.

Am Ende gibt es noch eine Überraschung (und eine Lösung die gut versteckt schon die ganze Zeit im Buch gelauert hat) aber das passt irgendwie nicht in die Dreiteilung: Gerichtsdrama, Elendsdrama, Gerichtsdrama. Weil die Lösung Hoffnung suggeriert. Und Hoffnung einfach nicht da ist.

Spannend aber wg. der recht langen Gerichtsszenen nicht so mein Ding.

Soundtrack dazu: Clowns – Pickle, was sonst? 

… Football, Beer and Punk Rock: Always worth a try!

Knock Off have coined the „Football, Beer and Punk Rock“ theme and on this Friday me and 3 mates took it on full steam. First on the most local Derby possible in the Danish part of Hamburg (and the top match to conclude the season in the Oberliga Hamburg): Altonaer FC von 1893 vs. FC Teutonia 1905. The Altona clash. Followed by Wonk Unit at the Monkeys – what a great May evening!

Wonderful warm weather, wonderful surrounding: The good old Adolf Jäger Kampfbahn, one of the oldest football stadiums in Germany, filled with more than 3.000 people eager to congratulate AFC for the Oberliga Titel, allowing them into the play offs for the 4th German division.

The AFC has it’s own contingent of „Football, Beer and Punk Rock“ fans for years, many of them locals and some of them disgruntled FCSP Fans (and some of them even more disgruntled HSV fans).  But this season both Altona teams were top of the League and AFC did win the season right prior to this last game. As such it was a boring game were only Teutonia put an effort in and rightfully did win.

But nevermind the loss, AFC Fans started the party right after the final whistle:

All-in-all they deserved the league win but as it is with Amateur Footie they will have a hard time in the play offs to enter the 4th league. And once there it will be hard for them to stay up. Money sure is the issue here…

Altona 93 (Adolf Jäger Kampfbahn, Hamburg, 17.05.2019)
Altona 93 (Adolf Jäger Kampfbahn, Hamburg, 17.05.2019)

Nevermind future risks, the rather packed stands provided great amateur football feeling (paired with incompetent Beer supply) and gave the team a great cheer when they came around after the final whistle with a large“Hamburger Meister 2019“ flag. Kings of the city indeed.

Now it was time to cycle over to the Monkeys, just down the road towards the east. A small sidestep to grab a quick bite and then back through the hundreds of young urban hipsters cornering at the Alma-Wartenberg-Platz (boy, do i hate that lot). We arrived late at the Monkeys and Vomit already had taken the stage.

Vomit started in 1977 and disbanded in 1980, without a career. They phrase it nowadays as „Very lively punk rock band that play classic 70’s style punk songs. BEST SEEN LIVE!!! OR BEST SEEN WHILST STILL ALIVE!!!“ and indeed i would not buy a record (but maybe a T-Shirt, they had some cool ones).

Vomit (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 17.05.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

At good times they sounded like early Lurkers, at bad times they sounded like rock but all in all they sounded ok and their singer was a real asset. Also some of the songs seemed to have some fun words, specifically that one with the Iro-sign. Great start into the proceedings and a good reason to ‚ave another one.

The Monkeys was like less than half full in the end when Wonk Unit took the stage and for me it just shows that nowadays folks are too tied to their self-defined or self-set niche. If there is currently a band on the circuit that breaks with tradition in a positive, inspiring and forward looking fashion than it is Wonk Unit. It is Punk, but sure not as you know it mate!

You get all sorts of variation, all sorts of Muzak and definitely you geat a great show with a top notch entertaining front man: Streetwise, funny and to the point when it comes to observing mankind (and fellows).

And they have structured their set to allow for interludes, this time round it was the constant joke and repetition of „Cyclists“. All sorts of variations where put forward and when there was a choice of next song to be made Alex did check back with the audience if not „Cyclists“ would make the audience happy.

Wonk Unit (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 17.05.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Alex is not only a gifted entertainer and artist, he is also a schmoozer. In Hamburg he made sure it is known that he is much in sync with the local female punk contingent and he knows half of the audience by name. And sure he did not let go the chance to chat up ladies onto the stage to sing and dance with him.

Wonk Unit (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 17.05.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

And Wonk Unit Fan extraordinaire Christiane (of Gerd and Razors fame) was invited for her favorite song onto the stage to sing-a-long with Alex and the band. Great fun, great performance and indeed the true test that Wonk Unit are one of us and are much in sync with Hamburg.

They played long, they played longer and then they had an endless series of customer chosen encores (though some song requests where denied as the new drummer was not yet trained on everything). They also constantly declined to perform Bohemian Rhapsody, something that was well noted as a let down.

Following the Wonk Unit set a couple of folks demanded that we would now perform the full Monty: scooting over to the Lobusch and seeing Japanese Noisecore. One of our mates made some loud advertising for it but for the me these toothless grunzcore fellows just would have been a too harsh contrast.

I’d rather had another one in the pub of the Monkeys to round of a great evening with three of the pleasures in life: Football, Beer and Punk Rock.

Bücher, schnell gelesen: Teil 1.386

James Anderson - Desert Moon (Polar Verlag, 2018)
James Anderson – Desert Moon (Polar Verlag, 2018)

Gelesen: 14. – 16.05.2019, netto 332 Seiten

Der Polar Verlag hat die aktuell die wohl spannendste Krimi-Reihe im Angebot. Vor allem aus den US of A schafft er großartige Bücher heran, diesmal den Erstling von James Anderson. Und dieses Buch, im Original „The Never-Open Desert Diner„, hat es in sich.

Ben Jones ist ein Kurierfahrer der sich die Wüste in Utah ausgesucht hat. Die State Road 117 ist sein einsames Revier, hier versucht er mehr schlecht als Recht über die Runden zu kommen. 

Die beeindruckende Landschaft bringt uns James Anderson ganz langsam und voller Empathie nahe, ebenso die kauzigen Einwohner. Mit trockenem bzw.  leicht sarkastischem Humor erzählt er von den Sonderlingen die sich in der Wüste verkrochen haben und von Ben Jones mit allem möglichen und unmöglichem versorgt werden.#

Und dann tauchen neue Personen auf und bringen sowohl das Gleichgewicht in der Landschaft als auch das Gleichgewicht von Ben durcheinander. Und aus vielen kleinen Sandkörnern wird ein Sturm. Und am Ende dieses Sturms ist nichts mehr so wie es war – vor allem gibt es ein paar Tote mehr in der Wüste.

Ein großartiges Buch, eine wunderbare Desert Noir Geschichte und eine wunderbare Homage an die Wüste. Perfekt!

Soundtrack dazu: Meat Puppets – Auora Borealis, was sonst?

PS: Jetzt bin ich mega gespannt auf das nächste Buch von James Anderson …