The Forensic Records Society
The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills is a delightful absurdity, a surreal novel spinning at 45 RPM through the life of two men whose lives revolve around the forensic analysis of vinyl singles. In order to share their passion with others in their town, they form a society at the Half Moon Pub to gather and listen to records without commentary or judgment. Soon, competing clubs crop up and schisms form, creating a lovely commentary on politics and social interactions.
This novel is beautifully written, and the unique square and chapter-less design of the book allows the reader to travel seamlessly through the narrative. I was completely engaged in the adventures in forensic listening while the protagonist struggled with his own perception of music and the people who listen to it. Whether you like music or just enjoy a quaint and picturesque view of humanity, I highly recommend this book for your next read. And then I recommend you put on your favorite song, sit back, and just listen; what you learn about yourself might surprise you.
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