- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Dundurn (Nov. 11 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145973906X
- ISBN-13: 978-1459739062
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.9 x 12.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 200 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Recipe for Hate Paperback – Nov 11 2017
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Kinsella skilfully blends convincing depictions of both the punk scene and the racist underground with the hoary trope of a band of kids setting out to solve a mystery … a suspenseful page-turner that also gives considerable food for thought. (Quill & Quire)
Tension starts high and stays there in this unflinching page-turner, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the early punk scene and a moving testament to the power of friendship. (Publishers Weekly)
A compelling and jagged read. (School Library Journal)
Unlike anything he has written before. (Calgary Herald)
Raw and gritty and soaked in the passion for personal freedom, disdain for authority, and commitment to indie music (TheStorySanctuary.com)
Of interest to anyone interested in punk culture — not just the music, but the fanzines, art and writing of the period. (Toronto Star)
Kinsella’s book explodes off the page from the start...a dark and engrossing tale of punk-rock heroes fighting for justice. (Booklist)
Absorbing, jarring and raw. (Globe and Mail)
excellent (Edmonton Journal)
Kinsella’s book explodes off the page from the start … A dark and engrossing tale of punk-rock heroes fighting for justice. (Booklist (U.S.))
About the Author
Warren Kinsella is an author, musician, lawyer, and political consultant. His previous books include Recipe for Hate, book one in the X Gang series, the national bestsellers Web of Hate and Party Favours, Unholy Alliances, and Fury’s Hour: A (Sort-of) Punk Manifesto. Warren plays bass in a punk rock group called SFH and runs the popular blog The War Room. He lives in Toronto.See all Product description
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While I loved the setting and all the punk culture, the style of the writing was hard to follow at times. The narrator, Kurt, would digress from the present into memories and backstory—all of which were interesting and added some flavor to the story, but made it a little confusing to keep the timeline straight.
Scenes jumped around from one perspective to another, revealing details the narrator, Kurt, wasn’t present to witness. Sometimes he would explain he’d learned the details later. Especially toward the end of the book, as things begin to happen quickly, I found the narrative choppier. Sometimes the story would shift to a different scene or time within the same paragraph. I think it would have helped to have a hard break before each shift to make it easier to follow what’s happening visually.
In terms of plot, Recipe for Hate had some really surprising moments which I didn’t see coming. (I won’t give anything away.) More than once the story took a turn I didn’t expect—in a good way. The plot made sense but wasn’t predictable.
The story contains a lot of profanity and some graphic descriptions of violence, so that may be a barrier to sensitive readers. See the content section for more specifics. If you like murder mystery with a sort of stream-of-consciousness style narration, you will want to check out Recipe for Hate.