Language is a damn funny thing. Not only the language we speak, but the way language shapes how we perceive the world, and also how we all end up with linguistic tics born of our job, our position in life, our hobbies, and other factors we probably aren’t even aware of. Not sure how this relates to a novel about thieves in a magical world? Step inside, won’t you — we have much to talk about.
I’ll start this review by briefly describing the story. I’m only doing this to get it out of the way, because I’m not going to talk much about it in the rest of the review. Celebrating the opening of its new headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, the Nakamoto Corporation throws a lavish party filled with businessmen, celebrities, and politicians. During the party, a young woman, Cheryl Austin, is murdered. Police Lt Peter Smith, Japanese liaison with the LAPD, and Cpt. John Connor are given the task of investigating what appears to be a complex conspiracy connecting Washington, DC, and a […]
“Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done She gave her father forty-one.” Although I love history and true crime, the above summed up all I knew about Lizzie Borden before reading this book. See What I Have Done attempts to put some flesh on the story, by imagining what may have happened in the Borden household up to and around the killings. The Borden household is a pretty dysfunctional one, much to the dismay of their maid, Bridget. Mr Borden is controlling and abusive, Mrs Borden highly strung and […]
Silas Jones and Larry Ott are two sides of a coin in a small Mississippi town. They meet as children, where Larry is the town comic book reading, horror aficionado weirdo and Silas is the new kid – poor, black, and new to country life. They become friends for a time, bonding over proximity, loneliness, and a shared love of nature and horror. Over time, however, Silas moves on to sports and other friends. Fast forward to adulthood, where ‘Scary’ Larry is a pariah because the town believes he abducted and murdered a girl, and Silas is newly returned as […]
Ok guys. I consider myself to be pretty intelligent. Like I totally know words, and even how to use them! I can name all of the James Bond movies, and who played Bond in each of them. Additionally, I’m a great Googler. Now that I’ve laid out my case (ooh it’s a legal book – unintentional pun!) for my unparalleled wit, I want to say that I did not see the twist in this story coming. And it wasn’t one of those out of left field twists for the sake of being twisty. Once it happened (after I closed my […]
Becoming a parent (which my wife and I did two years ago) does some strange and unexpected things to your brain. I’ve spent the entirety of my time on this earth identifying with the kid in every parent-child relationship. I’ve always seen myself as the kid. I had no other perspective from which to peer at the world. And then…..it shifted. Given those same parent-child situations, I now see it from the other side. This is such a simple shift in perspective, but there’s a world of difference between the two. Because of this, my response to this book is […]
Best for: People interested in what justice could look like. In a nutshell: Author Maya Schenwar – whose sister has been in and out of prison – explores what is wrong with our current system, as well as alternatives. Line that sticks with me: “Isolation does not ‘rehabilitate’ people. Disappearance does not deter harm. And prison does not keep us safe.” Why I chose it: A political podcast I used to listen to interviewed the author. It struck both my husband and I so much that we accidentally bought two copies. Review: I grew up assuming that if something bad […]
Happy sigh. This is one of my favorite re-reads. I tend to read it around the Christmas season. But seriously. I needed a happy (as it can be) In Death book. It gets to be a bit of a grind to just read about rape and murder in every other book. Memory in Death (In Death #22) is a really good Eve Dallas and Roarke book. We get to spend about equal time with Roarke in this one. And I just sadly realized it’s been a while since we got a significant third person POV of Roarke in an In […]