I thought since I'm going to be starting on UEA's Creative Writing MA soon, I should become acquainted with the course's most famous alumnus. I finished 'Amsterdam' recently and really enjoyed it. I can see why he gained his Ian Macabre title. I felt the book should have been longer. There was so much there that could have been fleshed out and developed to have made it even stronger. What was there was a very solid structure for a very interesting book. Nevertheless, he has a powerful writing style and a keen eye for plot twists. You get the feeling he is Zeus, playing Hera at chess with Perseus and Jason for pawns. Recently picked up 'Saturday' and am about to start on that. It looks interesting, and seems to be dealing with some of the political themes that form the backdrop to my novel. Does anyone else like or loath McEwan? Have you got any recommendations for my next McEwan purchase?