This book was disappointing, mostly because the book thief that it was about was not a likable guy. He stole books because he desired the status thatThis book was disappointing, mostly because the book thief that it was about was not a likable guy. He stole books because he desired the status that owning rare books would give him, more than really loving and appreciating the books themselves. He was manipulative and felt entitled, and while the extent of his scams were rather brilliant - it was a bummer.
What I did enjoy was learning about book collectors and book sellers. I'm a book lover and a bit of a bibliomaniac. However, rare collectable books do nothing for me. The value of a book for ME has nothing to do with it's rarity or potential monetary value. I feel much the same way about records. So in that sense, I guess I'm not really a collector. So I think in the end, that was the most interesting part of this book for me was learning about the different aspects of book collecting and the pursuit of the books. The idea that one would seek out a rare book, and once it is obtained essentially lose all interest and move on to the next strikes me as sad. My ideals of collecting are full of much more meaning and are about having books (or items) that are loved and appreciated. Money doesn't enter the equation in my own pursuit.
Much of this is about the network of rare books sellers and the "book detective" who organized the system of notifying other book sellers of theft. I enjoyed that angle. This book is a true story, and it's told as a story. But the researching and interviewing is as much a part of the story and in fact the story is on-going. Honestly when I first picked this up I wasn't sure if it was written in a "novel" format - it is not.
I'm glad I read this, as I got something out of it. But I didn't love it....more
I LOVED this book! This is a memoir about punk rock that hits so close to home it's awesome. Though I used to do so on a daily basis, it's been awhileI LOVED this book! This is a memoir about punk rock that hits so close to home it's awesome. Though I used to do so on a daily basis, it's been awhile since I've read many personal zines. When I started this, it took me back to my zine reading days and it also told me a whole lot about Bob that I never knew. He gives a colorful description of being a young punk in the early to mid 80s and what it was like to find a new band and hear a new record. He shares his absolute passion for records and recounts the way music was shared on dubbed tapes and shows were spread by word of mouth. Reading this transformed me back in time and reminded me of some of the best personal zines I've read and even some of the novels and memoirs that have developed out of those zines. This is broken up into antidotes about all of the most important, noteworthy and landmark records, bands and people from Bob's life. When I read a book - I want to be sucked in and short stories usually don't do that for me. I like continuity. So I was pretty stoked when just a couple stories in that is exactly what happened - I fell deep into the story - the history of Florida punk and the life of Bob Suren. While the format follows an obsession with record collecting and telling a story based on a record, this book is so much more than that. This tells the story of Florida hardcore, it tells the story about, Burrito Records and Sounds Idea the store, distro and showspace, and it tells a personal story about Bob - about his passion for music, for punk, for record collecting and the ebb and flow of life. We meet the most important people in Bob's life -- bands mates, store workers, and members of noteworthy and important bands by close and far. We also meet the girl who becomes Bob's wife and she takes one a big role in this story as well. The chronology jumps around a bit and each story is told in it's own right, so there are some overlapping parts and some jumps. But when it all comes together it paints a full picture and it's inspiring and a bit heartbreaking as well. I had a working relationship with Bob Suren and Sound Idea for many many years. My zine, Slug & Lettuce had a regular full page ad from Sound Idea and Bob was dependable and consistent when many were not and it was that consistency that helped fund S&L. I have a fondness for Bob and all that he has done, though in reading this memoir I came to realize how much about Bob I didn't know. We traded zines, ads and records, but rarely talked about life. I saw his band play once and talked to him at least one other time while he was touring, but that is about it. Our regular correspondence was brief and functional. And that strikes me as odd now. I'm glad that I am able to get to know Bob more though this book, cause in my mind, it's better late than not at all. So it is with all my heart and passion that I recommend this book. If you know Bob Suren, Burrito Records, Failure Face or Sound Idea - then you will enjoy this. If you have a particular interest in Florida hardcore, or American hardcore in general, or specifically in the 80s and 90s, then you will enjoy this. If you've got a nostalgic side to you that likes a sappy story like Rob Sheffield's "Love Is A Mix Tape", then this is like a hardcore 90s version of that. This is also a document of our history - of DIY punk and hardcore. It's a book written by someone I know, about something near and dear to me, about something that I lived, even though in a parallel path. It's important, it's heartfelt and it's sincere. I love this book!...more
The 3rd book in the Detective Lacey Flint "series". In this one, Lacey is off-duty, recovering from her last case (when she was undercover in CambridgeThe 3rd book in the Detective Lacey Flint "series". In this one, Lacey is off-duty, recovering from her last case (when she was undercover in Cambridge). Yet Lacey can't seem to stay out of the middle of a big case, even when she tries. This time around, the victims are young boys who are being abducted, murdered and left on the riverbank. Lacey lives next door to a young boy, who is following the case quite closely, along with his group of friends. The boys monitor a facebook page called "The Missing Boys" and they sneak out of the house at night to go to some of the sites where the boys were found. Terrible idea, considering any one of them could be the next victim. As has become routine, Lacey has a way of becoming involved, as well as looking quite quilty no matter what she does. One of the senior detectives has a boy the same age as the missing boys. So suddenly everyone is wrapped up in this case. The detectives are following the facebook page where the killer seems to be taunting everyone. There are a series of seemingly guilty parties, though in the end all the connections and coincidences are left to the end to be tied up.
Now that I have read all 4 of the Lacey Flint novels, I'm not sure what I'll do next! It' also worth saying that all of these can be read independently, even the overlapping story line is not given away in any of the books, which sometimes feels odd if you've read the others, but makes them stand independent....more
Once again, an awesome creepy crime mystery with detective Lacey Flint. In this one Lacey is sent undercover to Cambridge University. She isn't supposeOnce again, an awesome creepy crime mystery with detective Lacey Flint. In this one Lacey is sent undercover to Cambridge University. She isn't supposed to investigate the mysterious suicides of young women on campus, she is just supposed to observe. Essentially she is bait. But she can't help but investigate and she finds out too much about what is going on and ends up in the middle of a terrible complicate ring of mental and physical abuse of women. The women are having nightmares and feel violated in their sleep, yet have no evidence of being touched. Many of them report similar stories - enough to tie the cases together. These young women are essentially driven insane and to take their own life. Lacey is a awesome, but she has to dumb down to be undercover. The tension of attraction is growing between her and her superior detective - the only one she is in contact with while under cover. I really had no idea what it was that was making these women all go crazy so this was a total page turner.
I guess that I can now say I am enjoying reading crime drama mysteries. Having enjoyed A Dark and Twisted Tide, I needed to go back to the first "LaceyI guess that I can now say I am enjoying reading crime drama mysteries. Having enjoyed A Dark and Twisted Tide, I needed to go back to the first "Lacey Flint" novel -- and what a great one this was. Lacey Flint is a young detective in London who has a women die in front of her in a parking garage. This is the start of a serial case that is mirroring Jack the Ripper. Thing is, it seems personal. The messages, signs and symbols are all thrown directly in Lacey's path, and she just happens to be extremely knowledgeable on "Ripper lore". It's all a little too close for comfort because it almost seems like Lacey is the killer, which is what one of the lead detectives seems to think. The coincidences are many and the killer seems to be playing a game with Lacey, which she is able to read through. This story gets to the bottom of who Lacey is and why this serial killer is dropping hints in her lap. It's a total cliff hanger right to the end and it's solved and tied up neatly, leaving much to think on and sort through which is just how I like it!
(again the parallels to watching The Killing on Netflix, and reading these books is almost a bit too much - but I'm loving it.)
Murder mysteries. I had no idea that I would enjoy reading detective novels, but it makes sense since I've been enjoying these random tv series aboutMurder mysteries. I had no idea that I would enjoy reading detective novels, but it makes sense since I've been enjoying these random tv series about female detectives. This is about Lacey Flint, a bit of a mysterious character herself. She's taken herself back to uniform as a "river police" in London, leaving behind being a detective, but while on a swim in the Thames - she finds a body - and gets sucked into a case. Lacey is a good detective and she digs deep and keeps on going till she finds what she is looking for. This is a complex story about immigrant women, human trafficing, fertility clinics, undercover operations, and Lacey herself. I'm hooked. I want more Lacey stories and since this appears to be (#4) I am hoping that there are more books following this character!...more
I kinda like a story that starts with amnesia and no idea how one ended up where they are, and since this is about a woman photographer - it sounded gI kinda like a story that starts with amnesia and no idea how one ended up where they are, and since this is about a woman photographer - it sounded great. It was an okay read. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. At times I didn't like the characters. Even in the end, I found myself questioning the results. Jinx has a messed up family. She has apparently attempted suicide after her fiance jilted her for her best friend. Thing is, Jinx doesn't believe it. She isn't sure what happened, but feels the attempted suicide is he part that doesn't fit. He father is a bit of a bastard, and she is cut from the same cloth. But she's overly private and protective because 10 years prior her husband was murdered and both her father and her were suspects. And what are the odds of a similar situation, where her male partner who is having an affair with her best friend winds up dead. So is she telling the truth? does she really have memory loss? Is she protecting her father, her family, herself? So, we have the wrath of a scary father. Idiot, drug addled, gambling step brothers. A drunk step mother. And a few business partners. Jinx is in a premo-care facility with a psychologist who takes quite an interest in her. It's all rather suspect. No one, Jinx included can be trusted. Like I said, it's a good read. But the title is mis-leading. There is very little to do with her as a photographer, let alone her darkroom and I guess the fact that I didn't really like or believe the characters all the much left me not loving this as much as I might have....more
Really good murder mystery, that stands well above where that category would lead me to expect. In fact, this ties in nicely with a TV series "The KilReally good murder mystery, that stands well above where that category would lead me to expect. In fact, this ties in nicely with a TV series "The Killing" which I have been addicted to of late. The premise is this: there is a large estate where 3 single women live together after the lady of the house's husband disappeared 10 years ago. The village thinks she murdered her husband, but no one was able to prove it. Rumors fly about the women - that they are lesbians, witches and possibly murderesses. So in the present, when a dead body if found in the not-used ice house, a new investigation ensues. I enjoyed that the mystery goes in circles, as one suspect seems likely, but then is dismissed only to have another come to into play. All the while, we learn more about the women and their past and what they are or may be hiding. Best of all is that all the answers are kept until the very end, and the conclusion is a satisfying one. :)...more
So close. A garden maze where the plants thrive even in drought, where people come to walk the maze seeking answers in their life. A touch of magic. ASo close. A garden maze where the plants thrive even in drought, where people come to walk the maze seeking answers in their life. A touch of magic. And an overwhelming similarity to Sarah Addison Allen (in face this even looks like one of her books). I loved the premise and enjoyed reading this. But. And it's a big BUT. This is light on the magic, frustrating in the lack of details and substance. It's bordering into romance category. It's about a girl consumed by her garden, made poisonous by it in fact, and her best friend and love (who left town because she turned away from him because of her poisonousness) returned to town and it's all 'want / can't have' because he is allergic to her. It is very frustrating because she doesn't deal with the problem (she isolates and turns her back), and it's not magical or mysterious enough — instead there are crappy people with bad motives and their frustrated actions. Loved the garden, loved the idea, but it could have been soooo much more. ...more