I majored in English. Read some of the finest books known to man. I also like good food. Sometimes, though, I want McDonalds and Jack Reacher. You know it’s not High Art, but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t want it to be. You want it to be a McChicken and a milkshake and Jack Reacher beating the shit out of a white supremacist: it’s just really easy to wolf down. Child doesn’t waste much time dropping us in the middle of some nefarious […]
I hate people who are good at everything. I mean, doesn’t everyone? They are insufferable, whether or not they’re showing off their skills. And in the case of Jack Reacher, he’s doubly insufferable, because he still manages to be a fuck-up. In this installment – the first one in a very, very long series – Jack Reacher is arrested on suspicion of murder. Having led a vagabond lifestyle after leaving the army, Reacher, on a whim, decides to get off the bus in the small, […]
GBI Agent Will Trent is working on a cold case: the murder of a sherrif’s deputy in a small Georgia town, twenty-odd years earlier. His most recent lead sends him undercover at Fort Knox, where his alias Jack Phineas Wolfe (no, really), army dropout, is hired to clean the gold. No, that’s what he’s hired to do. For real. Polish gold bars. This is not a euphemism; he’s inside a room with his suspect, polishing bars and getting sweaty. The suspect, by the way, is […]
Episode 1-43: You Are Standing At A Crossroads In The Forest Wherein I review: 159. Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle 160. Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23) by Lee Child The Mountain Goats and Text-Based RPGs. What the hell is there not to like? And choosing your own adventure has become the modus operandi of the Jack Reacher series, and I’m still all in. Also, I’ve fallen hopeless behind in my damn reviews. Tis the season!
69. Die Trying by Lee Child (3 stars) I’m not entirely sure why I keep returning to these kinds of books. I don’t know what “kind” of book it is, other than “airport fiction”. You know the kind; the mass market vaguely defined fiction that goes down easy without leaving much of an aftertaste. Easily digested and forgettable, these books cover the literary landscape without leaving any kind of quantifiable mark. They exist to sell books, and they sell books because they exist. I don’t […]