(I understand I should mention I got my copy as a gift. And it came with a little rubber kidney. A kidne, people. You try explaining to a bewildered b(I understand I should mention I got my copy as a gift. And it came with a little rubber kidney. A kidne, people. You try explaining to a bewildered barista why that's making you laugh. The looks you get.)
Another book that's making me revisit my policy of reserving five stars for books that everyone should read regardless of whether they are usually interested in the genre--because by any other metric, this would be a five-star book. It's thoughtful, strange, creepy, weird, clever--it ranges from layering strange new meaning onto the quasquicentennial-old events to reinterpreting them in new settings to addressing just what can develop out of a driving obsession with Jack.
Seriously worth picking up, for those with an interest in the Ripper, fans of horror, and those who enjoy the supernatural mixed with their crime fiction. ---  Another plus. Do you know how few books teach me new words?...more
Read this five or six times, now, and hadn't realized I hadn't put it in Goodreads until now.
It's the seventh Watch book in the Discworld; I think itRead this five or six times, now, and hadn't realized I hadn't put it in Goodreads until now.
It's the seventh Watch book in the Discworld; I think it probably requires a little bit of background. This is a shame, since it's a book I love enough I would like to be able to recommend that people read it with as little wait as possible.
It's about fear, and the problems inherent in trying to manage people, and secret police, and what you are and are not willing to give up for the right thing. History and revolutions and how many of the things you want will be there in the morning--from Truth, Justice, and Freedom, all the way down to a hard-boiled egg. All the things you didn't know soon enough, and all the things you know now that it was easier when you didn't know.
And cigar cases, and spoons, and the sprigs of lilac on the Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May.
It's a very sad book, and a very happy book, and I would say the protagonist is a shining example of nobility in the face of crushing odds except that I think calling Sam Vimes noble is the sort of thing that gets lumped in with gilt armour and a plume allowance. But he is a good man. This is too rare, and too quiet, and very fine.
I may have read a more wrenching book at some point.
I'm not sure what it would have been.
I *may* up this to five stars later. I'm not sure; I never doI may have read a more wrenching book at some point.
I'm not sure what it would have been.
I *may* up this to five stars later. I'm not sure; I never do that lightly.
I have Shutter Island on my to-read list, and I've remembered Lehane's "Running Out of Dog" since I first read it a decade ago. I'm going to be picking up the rest of his stuff; meanwhile, I suggest reading Gone Baby Gone if you like crime/mystery stories.
(Caveat: The plot involves a child going missing. The setting is not particularly happy. Please keep this in mind; I know at one person I've advised to never read this book because of that.)...more
Well. Picked it up and started reading and I would just like to note that the first dozen pages or so are... slightly less bleak than Threads, and morWell. Picked it up and started reading and I would just like to note that the first dozen pages or so are... slightly less bleak than Threads, and more horrible.
(It made me think of the story that Shane Hensley tells about the first Deadlands game--or game that would become Deadlands, too. It does not have the comforting excuse of being monsters who do this.)
Continuing to read. About three-fifths of the way through. It's mellowed some, which is good; I don't think I could have handled the tone of the first part through the entire book, never mind that it's a short book. It's... almost slow, in a way, the steady progression of the life of a town.
I am terribly afraid the Bad Man will come back, and sort of hoping Jenks is around and useful if he does.