I hate to write a bad review, especially after all the work that must go into writing a novel. However, when I think of an author writing drivel like this, and an audience that seems to drink it up, I can't help but reflect upon the amount of time and energy that is wasted, and the mental flatulation that is the result.
"Why did the author write this book?" I kept asking myself.
After I was done reading, my conclusion was that: the author wrote this book, because he set out to write a book.
He may have started out with: a murder mystery, a sleazy strip joint and bar, a weak detective, a soccer mom who longs for the seedy underground, and a wrongly convicted man who still blames himself after 17 years of incarceration(huh?). No thanks, don't want to visit, and certainly do not want to live here.
The premise, without giving much away, is a really enjoyable (but not) serial killer who gets away with murder, until they 'figure it out'. The 'humanity' is present in this novel, but it is a dark and ugly one, without the 'nobility' that takes us out of the morass and makes life worth living.
I cannot recommend this book.
Harry Bosch is a strong lead character, and his stories move pretty fast- especially the short stories.
If you have not tried Connelly, like Detective/Police Procedurals, or if you the like " Harry Bosch" series, this would be recommended.
Disturbing, suspenseful, well-written.
The choice of narrator was inspired.
For my money I'll take this "book format" version of Macbeth over the "King's English and part-by-part Play" version any day of the week (and twice on Sundays)!
"His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS..
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear."
Not sure what this title has to do with the rest of the book. ?
Other than an occasional nod to Christianity, this book is in no other way representative of Christ or Christians. Honor killing/revenge seem to be the underlying emphasis, while the primary thrust of the story seems to be only to survive in a messed up world without losing one's moral compass; The problem I have with that idea, is that the two main characters who illustrate this notion, have their own individual idea about morality. The dichotomy of Individual morals and Christian morals seems irreconcilable. If the author hadn't insisted on creating a connection to Christianity, and then departing from it, it might have carried more weight.
Performance was Tai Sammons solid and entertaining.
The true story of the shipwreck of the Whaling Ship Essex. It is sadly everything we have come to think about, when we think about sailors who starve and thirst as they clinging to a life raft at sea.
Lost in the Ocean for 90 days, the few survivors paint a grisly picture of the lengths they were willing to go to, to stay alive. The style of writing is more "journalistic" than other notable survival stories, and the reference to quotes and historical references, can at times seem cold and objective.
Included in this history of the shipwreck, is: a background of Nantucket, Mass.; background of the whaling industry; complete character profiles of all involved- before and after; and how the shipwreck affected all involved.
I would have preferred just the survival story as written from start to finish, but it was interesting, if not compelling.
This book did not inspire me, but it did make me feel sympathy towards the people of North Korea, and its oppressive government. It was also very informative about the situation there, and how it is effecting the common people.
However, I had no desire to watch the movie after reading this book (apparently there is a movie about this story by the same name).
A tall, dark and handsome (and mysterious) dude ride into town 'on the wind' (if you will).
Who is he? Where is he going? Where is he from? Nobody knows.
A boy is the first-person narrator in this story. When the 'stranger' arrives asking for water for he and his horse, the father welcomes the stranger and asks him to stay-on for a while. It just so happens that trouble is brewing (and has been for a while). The two men form a strong bond. Although the bond between the two men lacks a clear explanation in the story, we see that the two men illustrate many strengths and virtues, set in a world of fear and weakness (and wickedness).
I was curious about whether the author was trying to make a larger statement. I found that other commentators also speculated about who 'Shane' might be trying to represent.
Some of the speculations include:
A Jekyll-Hyde persona
Embodiment of The Western Hero
Death (think Clint Eastwood in 'Pale Rider')
A Savior Figure (like Christ)
*I do not think this can be compared to the movie. The book is aging much better!
I like to read reviews, so that I can find books like this and new authors!
Never heard of Peter Heller, I never saw this book before, and if I had seen this book I would have passed on it purely because of the title. "The Dog Stars" title is a reference made by the main character near the end of the story that has very little outward importance to the contents of the book. It is the kind of title that shows the author's propensity for the 'subtle or poetic' in his writing.
I enjoy reading PA Stories when they have a modicum of good writing surrounding a plausible storyline. "The Dog Stars" is what "Survivors: A Novel" wanted to be, but wasn't.
"Quick, get the Mystery Van! "
If you like Scooby Doo, you'll probably enjoy this story about an old building and the tenants who search for clues about it under the old wallpaper.
Boring. Six hours later and I just wanted to find out who dunit so I could move,onto something else.
It almost sounds like the beginning of something funny... An Atheist, A Priest, An Agnostic, and A Reformed Sinner all get on a bus...but what you end up with is a meeting of the minds, serious questions, and some hard-line answers (and the occasional swerving of the bus into on-coming traffic).
This is far from being a 'funny story' but is more often the 'serious thoughts' of a lonely and bitter man reflecting on a woman who is no longer in his life, and venting his frustration on a God he can hardly believe in.
Stellar Performance meets Solid Writing
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