Mick's Landing

Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
Jacob Lander vividly describes a walk through the city of Cardiff, South Wales, and the thoughts of the central character, Mick, as he goes on a voyage of discovery. There are four additional pieces providing more background information from Mick's past and future. More

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About Jacob Lander

Jacob Lander lives a reclusive life in Cardiff, South Wales, venturing out only occasionally to buy cigarettes (Dunhill being his favourite when he can afford them), or his favourite newspaper, the New Day. He gets his food delivered to him by Tesco, and is particularly fond of one of the female delivery drivers. Again, when he can afford it, he likes to add Johnny Walker (blue label) to his order.

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JBJnr reviewed on on May 4, 2016

Brilliant. I agree with Clare, a real page-turner. Five Stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
freddief reviewed on on April 13, 2016

The main story in this book describes a night of confusion and turmoil as the main character Mick takes a long walk around north Cardiff. We hear about ordinary scenes and events, such as crossing the Gabalfa roundabout or getting a cigarette from a taxi driver, but they are given special significance. There is a lot about Mick's complex thoughts, emotions, and memories, some of it appearing bizarre but nevertheless highly readable. We get the impression that the night's walk is part of a process of mental breakdown that will lead to Mick requiring mental health services.
The story appears to be the author's account of his own mental breakdown. If so, it is astonishing that he was able to recall the night's events and all his thoughts in such detail. The story deserves to find a place in the literature of people who have been users of mental health services.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Ade Fisk reviewed on on March 29, 2016

A sad account of the main character, Mick, becoming increasingly wrapped up in a state of confusion and worsening mental health. It brought up subjects that were buried deep in previous misguided beliefs, from other times of psychotic states. New obsessions have arisen, and the author does not appear to be looking after themself in order to try to begin the road to improving their mental state.
Occasional moments of being reasonably well written merited it the 2 stars given. Most will not make much sense to others outside the authors close network.
I hope future publications from this author will try to focus more on reality, and their writing may reflect them being in a better state themselves.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
y Brenin Llwyd reviewed on on March 28, 2016

This is not an easy read, even if one worth reading. There is humour but ever so dark. There is sadness and regret. There is a dance with mental health. There is courage and awareness in spades.

The first story concerns a night time walk around Cardiff by Mick. The city is real - Roath, Whitchurch, the museum, the castle. The people - commuters, taxi driver, dog walker, cyclist, bus queue - are the ones we pass in every city. There are pubs, flats and hospitals. The weather is icy cold. It is Cardiff. But everything else is clouds seen through Mick’s eyes. Doubt, unreality, suspicion, fear and certainty swirl as waters across the city that Mick walks and that Mick sees. The author, sometimes in a helicopter with clarity of vision, sometimes close to the ground and almost involved charts the islands, eddies and swamps of thought that follows Mick around as he crosses the urban delta.

It is a night without sleep, rest or peace as a relationship of Mick’s with Rita is picked at by him throughout the story. It is an obsession. There is also transcendence, whether earthly, heavenly or a mix of both. There are actors on bigger stages, (Ian Brown, Russell Slade).

The subsequent stories after ‘Mick on a mission’ offer a lighter touch. The Christmas Segway and a third coming could be allegories, or maybe a promise of summer. There is a circle for Mick as in his ‘mission’, but there is a feeling of it being broken.

There are some poems hinted in this work to be written or just thought – the castles of Wales and the naming of Gods spring to mind.

I look forward to Jacob Lander’s next work.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Clare Ferguson-Walker reviewed on on March 23, 2016

I found this story to be instantly engaging and claustrophobic, the mysterious nature of the plot leaves you wanting to know what happens next. And the mix of the ordinary monotony of the main characters life and the darkness he's been through makes for a very gripping read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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