My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Cleaning my office I found a list of commandments that I created for myself while reading Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. I’m posting them here because I find a lot of inspiration from others and maybe you do too.
- Be Adrien
- Let it GO!
- Act they way you want to feel.
- Do it not.
- Be Polite. Be Fair.
- Enjoy the process.
- Spend Out
- Identify the problem.
- LIGHTEN UP.
- Do what needs to be done.
- No calculation.
- There is only one life. LIVE IT!!!
I’ve finally finished reading Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim and rated it:
The story was slow and didn’t possess anything that would make it special and because of that I’ll probably forget that I read it two months from now.
Yellow Crocus is your typical slave escape narrative with a happy ending and minimal focus on the brutality of slavery.
The only thing that separated this novel from others is that the slaves managed to escape slavery and save themselves without focusing on a single white savior.
As I think of it, the story was surface level and didn’t delve deep into how anyone was really affected by the actions of the slave owners.
For instance Lizbeth catches her fiancé raping a slave and though she mentions how she felt and the look in the slave girl’s eyes during the act her descriptions wouldn’t make me feel any sympathy for the girl if I wasn’t an empathetic black woman. Her pain didn’t move me.
A friend of mine describes things that are just OK as mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is ok but nothing special…that’s what I would call this story: Literary Mayonnaise.
One of my favorite things about reading is that authors have the ability to discuss world problems in a fictional way. If you’re a thinker and the author is a decent writer you begin to contemplate and compare real world events to the events of the book.
Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance pits Brilliants against Normals in a way that Gays vs Straights, Blacks vs Whites, or Christians vs Muslims happens everyday. It showcases examples of ways that governments capitalize on fear and people’s differences to create wars that benefit the governments. Mr. Sakey does a great job exhibiting in his writing how a few human lives are sacrificed “for the greater good” in order to further political plans.
As I read this book I kept thinking that if more people could realize that these examples are happening everyday then we would stop allowing our countries to instill fear in us in order to further separate us and make it easier on them to satisfy their own crude agendas.
This book is the epitome of “fiction is the truth in the lie” and I liked it so much that I just purchased book two.
Aside from the political undertone which was handled brilliantly, Brilliance is written really well, action packed, and exciting to read. I gave it four stars.
Is it just me or does the sex need to make sense? I understand that sex isn’t always convenient and that kicking ass and taking names might make one horny, especially if your partner is attractive and someone that you shouldn’t be attracted to (say for instance the assassin that killed your beloved partner for example) but must the characters really decide to have sex in a broom closet whilst they should be making sure that no one kills or kidnaps their other teammate?
Especially when the kidnapper has just filleted another of your teammates to death with her Air Magic?
Idk maybe I ask for too much.
Gin is such a refreshing character. She’s not really your passively aggressive female lead waiting for a man to swoop In and save her.
She’s an assassin:
“My name is Gin and I kill people.” is the simplest and strongest character introduction that I’ve read in a while.
I liked Gin and thoroughly enjoyed the fact that she’s a female assassin with some pretty cool skills. I can even appreciate that she only kills bad people. It would’ve been great however, if the writer would’ve just let her be great.
She’s an assassin. She kills people. She doesn’t have to keep explaining that she only kills bad people. We get it.
Other than the badly timed sex and the frequent reminders that we should like Gin because she only kills bad people, I actually liked this book. The writing was decent albeit a bit predictable and cliched in some places, the story had a good flow, and the characters weren’t your typical characters i.e. vampire prostitutes who were pretty easy to kill.
I gave it 3 stars.
I’ve been a Jack Reacher the novel character fan for a long time. I’m such a loyal fan that when Tom Cruise was cast as Reacher I vowed to never pay to see the movie. Any true Reacher fan knows that Tom is nothing like the novel character. So far I haven’t watched it and I have no real plans to do so. A few months ago I was in the library for a Kitchen Table Meeting and they happened to be having a book sale. *cue my fangirl scream* Of course I purchased as many books as I figured I could sneak into my house without AB noticing as possible. One of those library finds was the Audiobook version of The Affair by Lee Childs.
Though this book is number sixteen in the series it is written as a prequel and gives us the back story to our beloved hero. In this book we are introduced to a different Reacher, one who is still enlisted in the military and sent to Carter Crossing Mississippi, a small town which would not exist if not for the fact that they have a flourishing Army base. Fort Kelham houses elite Army Rangers who operate covert operations which if exposed could place the US in a very unsavory position. All is well for the small town and the base until the girlfriend of one of those elite rangers is found murdered with her throat slit from ear to ear. A war tactic any Ranger worth his salt could perform in his sleep. So who done it? The ranger? Another ranger? Or hopefully for the military’s sake someone from the small town of Carter.
Reacher has one directive: go to Carter undercover, make friends with the local police, find out what they know and prevent them from uncovering anything that could harm the Army’s reputation. This should be simple enough but the local sheriff is a breathtakingly beautiful woman named Elizabeth Deveraux who is as determined as Reacher is to unwrap the different layers of this mystery which turns into more of a conspiracy when they realize that the dead woman’s boyfriend is the son of the senator who chairs the Armed Services Committee. Even more so when it’s discovered that this woman also had a relationship with the senator in question.
Reacher and Deveraux find themselves in a race against time as more people are killed and someone attempts to bury the truth as fast as Reacher can uncover it. In this book Mr Childs shows readers that Reacher has always been committed to the truth even if by exposing it he will lose the one constant thing he has had in his entire life; his military career.
This book is definitely one of my favorite Reacher novels. I spent a lot of time counting the hours until I could get into my car and get transported back to Carter Crossing. It has inspired me to start from the beginning and reread all of the novels, Killing Floor here I come.
It’s pretty interesting to me that I have grown big enough cojones to even write this post. Firstly, if you speak any negative feeling about war, people assume that you are putting down the military. Which in America these days seems to be punishable by death. Secondly, I’m not sure how I chose to read two different books in the same week which contained characters whose lives were destroyed by war.
Eye of Vengeance is the story of crime reporter Nick Mullins who is covering the story of a convicted murderer’s assassination. Over the next couple of days other criminals are gunned down in the same manner and Nick soon realizes that each of these people were the subjects of his old in-depth crime stories.
Michael Redman is an ex-cop and former military sniper who draws the distinction between being a swat team member on the police force and having to follow strict rules and regulations before killing someone. While also being a sniper in the military and being directed to kill people without knowing if they committed a crime, pissed off the wrong person, or are just someone’s mother/sister/child who lives on the wrong side of America’s enemy list and is in the right place at the wrong time.
During an interview Redman informs Nick that War is Hell. A quote that he attributes to William Tecumseh Sherman. I rated this book a five, which I very rarely give but this book more than deserved. It made you feel something. I never wanted the “villain” to get caught. I actually felt bad for him. Also anytime a book leads me to do further research it has served its purpose.
Because I may get some slack for these reviews let me just say that: