Not The End Of The World

ISBN: 0349109281
ISBN 13: 9780349109282
By: Christopher Brookmyre

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Action-packed, wittily observed and non-PC satire set in California where terrorists are gearing up for the Millennium.

Reader's Thoughts


Brilliant. Love the characters, love the plot, love the style. Absolutely brilliant.


I love CB but this was not one of my favourites - still good to read though


Christopher Brookmyre seems to have some issues with religious zealots. Or at least they make good villains. This story has a fascinating, convoluted plot which required a LOT of background to help the reader understand what was going on and why the characters were acting the way they were. The character background is about as creepy as it gets and hard to get through. The geological/seismological background is just plain interesting. This is my fourth book by this author. Yeah, I enjoy his stuff.


I’ve read many of Brookmyre’s books and enjoyed most. Most of them are very amusing, in some cases laugh out loud. This is definitely not one of his funny novels. There were a couple of chuckles, but the principal reaction Not The End Of The World elicited from me was fury. This book made me angry. Not because the book was bad. On the contrary, this was a well-told tale of conspiracy, religion and love in the face of adversity with interesting characters. What made me angry was the idea that there are so many seriously gullible people in this world who would believe that the likes of Luther St John are valid, credible leaders of men and that these people can influence political and public action.(I will state now, for the benefit of the tape, that I am a lifelong agnostic. I do not believe in a supernatural deity of any sort, simply because there is no compelling evidence what so ever that such a being exists. However, I am not an atheist because there is no evidence whatsoever that such a being does NOT exist.)So, coming from this viewpoint, (which Brookmyre seems to share) and considering the current crop of right-wing religious loony candidates for Republican pre-selection in the US, who say stupid things like God brought Hurricane Irene to the USA to get the attention of politicians, reading this book made me angry and fearful for the future of the world because so many people share in these opinions and are so intolerant of those who do not.While telling a compelling crime/terrorism story this book demonstrates very skillfully how intolerant people can be when they believe that their point of view is the only one worth having and that people who don’t share this point of view or who don’t believe enough in their brand of dogma should be forcibly re-educated, punished or just plain wiped out for their “sins”. The hypocrisy just infuriates and scares me.

Nev Percy

Normal Scottish guy counter-posed to LA craziness (I saw David Tennant in 'LA without a Map' not long afterwards)... Brookmyre's Steff was a whole lot funnier and more credible than Tennant's character. With a subject like the idiocy of America's religious right in millennial 1999, CB could have laid into them a lot more! I almost felt it came out kinda balanced. He actually scored more points off the idiocy present in Celtic/Rangers tribalism than off the Americans. There was certainly more character than plot, which just sort of trickled out without twisting or anything.The wry observations are sometimes laugh-out-loud and sometimes "I wish I 'd thought of putting it like that", so I'd happily recommend it to anyone.


An entertaining and funny read although it starts to fade slightly towards the end of the book.


Great story with a hero with some attitude and a sense of humour. There's a mix of hollywood and a group of christian fundamentalists, plus it's all going down in 1999.The usual mix of fast-paced story, with an intelligent plot, great characters and the black sense of humour.


Not the End of the World = ((Religious fundamentalists ^ self-righteous indignation) + B-movie convention) x chaosThe first Brookmyre without Parlabane, set in America with only one Scottish character… this book starts off not looking so promising. It is Brookmyre though, so give him the benefit of the doubt.A slow and steady, but mysterious and intriguing start, I had to wonder where the hell this book was going. I made a few guesses, and of course was completely wrong, but if I'd have been right it would have been no fun.I have a lot of hate and anger for aspects of this book, but that is hate and anger I was supposed to feel. As well as eliciting those emotions from me, Brookmyre also manages to squeeze a bit of pity out of me for the same character. Damn you, Brookmyre, you can't just let me hate a man in peace? You have to give him a back story and make me see how his insanity makes sense to him. You have to create well-written and well-rounded, believable characters.I think this book is a marked improvement in the subtleties of Brookmyre's writing. It was while reading this book that I realised I would happily read anything Brookmyre wrote, because he would write it so well, and so interestingly. I decided he should write non-fiction books, hell, write text books for school children. He would make dull subjects interesting in the way he presented the facts. And so, when I subsequently learnt he had had to cut 20,000 words from this book because he had waffled on a little too much about the Minoans, I was not surprised, but disappointed, because I would have read them.

Claire Lamb

Having read two Christopher Bookmyre novels I was looking forward to this one but what a disappointment. I ended up skim reading alot of pages as it was full of boring details. Not one of his best.


Love this writer, and I love this book. Jack only shows up as a comment or two, but the other characters are powerful too.


Mr Brookmyre transports his tales to LA, but packs his Scottish wit and dialect for the sunshine vacation.Written in the late 90s, with the beenfit of hindsight, a tale of terrorist atrocity with a religious background seems a little prophetic and slightly spooky, especially when mixed in with the tsunami angle from more recent times.The story tears along at a great pace, and the characters, as ever, are warm and engaging. Brookmyre writes dialogue with apparent ease and conviction.The tale of morality or lack of it feels a little heavy handed at times, but the wit and humour make this feel less of a sledgehammer approach.I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a first Brookmyre to read (there are better stories than this), but for fans of his work the hallmarks of his craft are very apparent and still enjoyable.


A bit of a throwbcak, to 1999, when everyone thought the world might end. Hard to decide if he's imitating John MacDonald a bit, or someone else. I was not blown away, I'm afraid

Lana Kamennof-sine

Brookmyre is genius. A deft hand with humour, philosphy, sin, religion, football (the real kind! Although Motherwell? Yeah just jealous we haven't the options in Canada.)He even mentions Australopithecines! "He figured that once upon a time a bunch of Australopithecines were sitting around a fire, discussing in guttural grunts how the neighbourhood wasn't what it used to be, how the paths weren't so safe no more, & how it all must be heading for some dreadful culmination. such a shame, too, because they all remembered the days when you could leave the cave without rolling a big rock in front of it." p.35But, without a doubt, my favourite quote is "It was part of man's nature to love and to care, just as it was part of man's nature to hate and destroy. If the good side was ever to overcome the bad, then it would not be through fear of God, nor even through love of God. It would be because man had evolved" p.383

Graeme Wyllie

As the book starts it reads like a combination of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen featuring a sleazy film festival running across the street from a Christian television preachers festival and a tall gangly Scottish photographer caught in between. And for the first two thirds, it's a comedic tale similar to Brookmyre's others with some wonderful asides on the links between sport and sectarianism in Glasgow. But the last third changes tack quite dramatically and the background and psychology of the female lead is well written and sobering changing the mood quite dramatically but doing so in a good way leading up to a great and memorable ending (no spoilers here). Overall a great early Brookmyre and not just because of the setting, one of his most American in style.

Thomas Strömquist

"Arguably not one of his best, but Brookmyre is at least one cut above the rest even then. The expected black humour, strange character gallery and extreme situations."

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