The idea that the town's executioner should be more worried about justice than the burghers is a great premise. The story moves along, but the repetition in the prose is off-putting. Character development is slow and that's not always bad - but in this case, some of the major characters are still incomplete at the end of the book. Hints are given, but clarity would be nice. I found it strange that the reformation was totally ignored.
After wading through "Cell" and "11/26/1963", I started wondering where the Stephen King that I enjoyed was. While not as innovative as "Carrie" or as just plain scary as "'Salem's Lot", "Doctor Sleep” stands alongside its predecessor as a good read that can provide more than just chills. It haunts you all the way through and leaves you fulfilled at the end.
Good Job all the way around.
...but much more endearing. A well rounded memoir played for comic effect. Her asides and disclaimers were hilarious.
Upfront - everyone with a sense of humor should listen to this book. His boyhood friendship with Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) and later acqaintances and friendships with Mickey Mantle and Mohammad Ali would make a great book.
There were moments that were awkward and you can tell that were somewhat awkward for him. He didn't seem that he wanted to talk about religion or W, but they were part of his life. And he decided not to hide anything. I give him credit for that.
...but in the end there was a contradiction that was too glaring for it to be satisfactory. Most of the contradictions were because it is written from the perspective of one person and no one person can know everything. I have no problem with that.
I'll leave it at that rather than playing spoiler and in advertantly giving away the ending. Suffice it to say that the error is glaring and disconcerting and could have easily beeen resolved. You wonder whe edited the book.
...because the elapsed time helps you cope with the heinous nature of the events by tempering the horror. It doen't remove the horrific nature of the defining moment of the book. It sneaks up on it with sidelong glances that allow it to be viewed slowly until it comes into view and even then, takes several angles until it is fully focused and brought into sharp relief.
The flashback style makes this different from Ms. Flynn's other books. She, of course, uses flashbacks in "Sharp Objects" and "Gone Girl" to great effect, but they are more incidental and peripheral.
"Dark Places" is another story of broken people that is every bit as dark and foreboding as "Sharp Objects" and "Gone Girl". I recommend it to anyone that likes her other books.
...not a great book. There are holes in the plot that you can drive a truck through. Good concepts and entertaining prose, but it's ultimately too loose.
Case in point: What happened to the cops? They were armed and seemingly still sane, but something that could only act with wanton bloodlust or suicidal rage could out think the law enforcement that went to the airport?
Good story overall, but too many holes in the first days, too little tribalization of the "normies".
Tony Hillerman has the concise descriptive style that appears expansive when exercised on the scale necessary for the landscape. That style comes from much practice. While many of these earlier works are verbose by comparison, they do show humor and a real feeling for the subject matter. The narrator tends to go into a monotone when the story get verbose and drawn out. He reads alot of it as if it were a text book, not an entertainment.
All things considered, I enjoyed and recommend this book.
After listening once, I started it again because there was a little nagging feeling in the back of my head. The writing was clear and easy to understand and most of the story was compelling, but it left me singularly unsatisfied.
The feeling finally manifested itself: Time (e.g., the past) cannot be obdurate in the way that the book describes. It could be a chute or tunnel or path that would be easier if you went along, but it would have to have sentience to actively try to stop changes from occurring.
It's the ultimate anthropomorphosis - transferring the human trait of stubborness to a whole dimension. I can usually push the "I Believe" button for entertainment's sake after I figure out the shortfalls in the concept, but for some reason the story doesn't make me want to.
Not as complete as "Gone Girl", but it shows that Giliian Flynn learned from her first books. Don't want to know where the inspiration for this book comes from, but the skillful writing compells you through the dark places that inhabit her characters. You can identify with them as human, but recoil in horror at their actions. A good read that suffers slightly from having it wrap up at different pace than is used in the rest of the book.
I like the series, but wish that more time had been used to round out the tale. Alot of the plot smacks of the fantasical - too much so for a book that's supposed to be an historical novel. I really want to like to like it more than I actually do.
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