I’ve got my last 2 books picked out. They’ll be #51 and #52 for my first ever full Cannonball. I made it halfway last year, and unless I’m attacked by an acid shooting squid and I go blind in the next two weeks, I’ll hit my first full Cannonball. I’m really excited, because it feels like a cool accomplishment. Anyway, here are my last two books, lines up on my counter, waiting to be conquered:
I’m finishing with The BFG, because my 6 year old niece and my brother in law (her dad) loved it. She recommended it to me after we all watched the movie together. I trust her judgement. Anyway, this review is for #51, my penultimate book, Before the Fall…
This is another book that someone somewhere recommended to me. I can’t remember who or where though. I put it on hold at the library, picked it up, and renewed it twice without ever opening it. I’m not sure what kept me away, but screw whatever it was because this book rocks. It’s one of those books that you can’t put down. I’ve only stopped reading it in the past few days to sleep. The author is the head writer on Fargo, which I don’t technically watch, but it’s on my list.
The story is about a plane crash, but there’s so much more embedded in the book than just the crash. There’s at least one hero, more than one bad guy, and lots and lots of money.
One of the things I really like about this book (aside from the mystery) is how each character is individually fleshed out. (BTW, I hate the phrase fleshed out) Each person involved in the crash or its aftermath is an actual person. The artist sees the world very differently than the engineer. The flight attendant has a real existence outside of the plane. These parts are so good that I find myself forgetting that there’s a mystery to be solved.
So, to sum it all up – This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.