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.
I identified more with the community that shunned the gang than I could with the lead characters. Trying to make antisocial behavior more palatable by casting Joe Bernstein as a Robin Hood belies the outright cruel violence that was used to gain vengance. The story of the Purple Gang was much more black and white - they were bad people that did terrible things for money and power. At that time, Detroit was the town where actually working hard could help you rise above poverty and injustice. Henry Ford was a businessman and anti-semite, but using him as the great villian is lazy and inane.
..as are most Stephen King books. It had a workman-like quality to the story. It wasn't his best, but it was a compelling, readable story.
...as opposed to Longmire in Wyoming's bull on the open range. It's a good read - even if the "cooperation" of the Philadelphia Police is a little fantasical. One reason I read and listen to this type of book is to escape. This series does an admirable job of providing that escape.
...too light on the cerebral. I liked this book, but Walt needs to be smarter, less "bull in a china shop". It would have been smarter for him to take the old woman to town and let Henry set the trap. The plot being what it is, he still would have had the conflict, but he would have used his head in that Henry was healthier and more likely to be able to stand up to the adversary. This is just the most glaring instance, but there were several others.
Looking forward to the next installment.
... good and bad. Duct tape mummies lashed to hand rails are one person's practical joke and another's nightmare. The feeling that "we're all in this together" that drew people closer than ever before or since, tempered by the organized hazing of "Bluenose" and "Shellback" ceremonies. It is a fairly tame collection of stories. As Del said, the one thing that you didn't want to do was show what got to you. I was glad that I went through it, but I wouldn't want to do it now.
This is not great literature, and I've read sea stories that were better written. Reading the other reviews, I get the impression that the collective response was more about the memories and less about the writing. I'm giving it to several family members that didn't ride the boats to see what their thoughts are.
... the Salem Witch Trials seem even more barbaric. It seems very much like the Taliban version of Sharia Law bought to life in colonial New England.
Kathleen Kent's retelling transports you back and inhabits the harsh realities of life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. The tale reveals a picture of the Carrier family in compelling prose.
Mare Winningham holds true to the writing and time.
This is the best Audiobook I've heard since "Unbroken".
Nothing wrong with the story but it lacked completeness. Too many possibilities exist for expanding or continuing or prefacing. Kind of like going into a store and not being able to make up your mind because there were too many options. It made it feel incomplete - like it was published because it could be, rather than it should be.
Mare Winningham gave her normal very good performance for the material she had.
Both the A&Eseries and the book are good whodunits - complete with modern cowboys and indians, but they are actually different. The people described in the book don't jive with the characters on the screen. I was happy that the only thing that's the same from the A&E series are the names. It gives you a whole other set of plots.
Mr Johnson does a good job of moving the police procedural out of the city. The collaboration of law enforcement with Cheyenne mysticism feeds the imagination and rounds out the story very nicely.
I recommend the book - I look forward to reading the whole series
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.
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