Verdict: A rewarding read, but definitely not for everyone. Review: Its hard to know where to start with a review, as this book was a LOT: a lot of book awards (including the Booker), a lot of characters, a lot of narrators, a lot of violence (way more than 7 killings), a lot of the CIA messing around in 3rd world countries, and a whole lot of pages (almost 700!). Moreover, that ‘a lot’ hits you right away, kicking off with a 4 page cast of characters and then jumping into a string of chapters narrated by different characters, often […]
First, Ghost Boys does seem like a fairly balanced look how the shooting of Jerome, a 12-year-old boy, by a white police officer effects not only Jerome’s family, but the officer and his family as well. Perhaps, it is tilted a little more in Jerome’s favor, but that is to be expected. Second, this will bring up the feelings and thoughts we have on the subjects presented: Someone at the hearing yells, “Black Lives Matters.” And the father of Jerome is going to sue the officer. And the daughter of the officer is very “white” (good family, home, neighborhood). These […]
This review is full of spoilers. Sorry. And foul language. Also sorry. Gracelings are people who have a special ability, and they are identified by having two different colored eyes. Someone could have a Grace for cooking, or swimming, or dancing. Katsa learns at a very young age that she has the Grace of killing. So her uncle, King Randa, uses her as his personal executioner, starting from when she is just 10 years old. As she gets older and more of a mind of her own, Katsa forms a Council which goes around trying to mitigate the horrible […]
How to write 250 words about Saga, Volume 5? I really struggle to sum up my thoughts on each volume, because I am possibly the worlds most ridiculous person when it comes to spoilers. I like to go into things like a newborn babe, with no knowledge or framing of the experience. So, what to say about this that doesn’t give anything away? Our main heroes (anti-heroes?) are still being chased, and still vacillating between making good and bad choices, with the dial swaying to bad more often than good. But, such is the life of fugitives and the parents […]
This was a CBR Book Exchange gift from a couple of years ago; I thought I found it from a review on here but apparently not! I’m not quite sure what to make of this book, which isn’t to say I disliked it.
In the Cannonball Read Facebook group, someone awesome posted an article called “The best books of 2016 list you get when you combine 36 “Best Books of 2016” lists.” The Girls is 6th on that list, appearing in 10 of the 36 “Best Books of 2016” lists combined for the “ultimate list.” It’s okay. Here’s what it has going for it: it’s completely real. Here’s what it has against it: it’s not new. The Girls is the story of an older woman reminiscing about that summer when she spent most of her time with a cult, even though she mostly […]
3.5 stars I read Among the Thugs for a Sociology of Sports class that I’m taking right now, but I see no reason not to review it here. This is an intense book. Buford spent a few years in the late 1980s insinuating himself into a group of “football hooligans” – what we would call soccer fans in the US. Football fandom is absolutely a lifestyle for these men, and violence is a given. Buford wanted to understand why they did what they did: rioting and morphing into a violent crowd nearly every single football game, “taking” entire cities, inflicting […]
It’s not every day that I hear about an almost twenty-year-old book from both Mrs. Julien and Amy Poehler. Yet that’s how I came to learn about The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker. I’m pretty sure Mrs. Julien mentioned it in an offhand manner in a comment at some point. And then Amy Poehler cited it as her most-quoted reading material in Yes, Please. I didn’t realize it was written way back in 1997 until I went and found the book at the library. I was afraid I was going to find some out-dated, fearmongering tome urging women […]