I loved it but it would be hard to recommend to others. Llosa's La Fiesta del Chivo is a great example of hI plan on re-reading this book en español.
I loved it but it would be hard to recommend to others. Llosa's La Fiesta del Chivo is a great example of historical fiction. It does make you wonder what parts were fiction and what parts were exaggerated true events....more
First, thank you Ray Kelly for your service for New York City and the United States of America.
There were many historical revelations in this book aboFirst, thank you Ray Kelly for your service for New York City and the United States of America.
There were many historical revelations in this book about New York like the New York fiscal crisis during the 70's. Kim Phillips-Fein expertly covered the crisis for The Nation with her 2013 article "The Legacy of the 1970's Fiscal Crisis." The New York press trashed former Mayor David Dinkins during his tenure, so it was refreshing to see that Kelly is defending Dinkins years later in his memoir. In an unexpected chapter, Kelly talks about his time in the small troubled island of Haiti some time before Aristide became the elected President.
Throughout the book he referred to the police department, rather the culture of the department as insular. I believe he was responsible for requiring officers to have a 4-year degree (60 college credits or 2 years in the military) for entry into the police academy amongst many other modernizations that citizens may not be aware of or appreciate fully appreciate. Apparently NY PBA union chief Pat Lynch joined the department in 1984, before Kelly became First Deputy Commissioner. (See what I did there?) Like many other memoirs written by former politicians, Kelly takes a piss here and throws mud at the direction of some former colleagues. I guess he's not above being little bit sensational or adding [see below]
Throughout the book, he makes a strong argument for stop and frisk. In the hardcover edition he alludes to it on page 131 and goes in further on page 184. He states that police stop should involve a light pat-down . . . Respectfully. Professionally. Firmly. I'm going to completely ignore the legal arguments but stops and frisks were not carried out lightly in certain neighborhoods. Beware credit card scammers. If smart phones were ubiquitous during the 90's I think he would have quickly mandated that NYC cops wear a camera. Yes, I take issue with the phrase "light pat-down." Towards the end of the book, he addresses the many controversial events of 2014 and 2015. He states that "smart people need to make key distinctions", "the police abuse is a distinct aberration, not a systemic problem" and offers "we have to address all those root causes, however far back they go."
Uhmmm . . . I'm not a lawyer, or a policy expert but maybe "smart people need to" realize that secret grand jury proceedings involving police officers need to be reformed. There are clear reports of systemic abuse in Alabama, torture, illegal detainment in Chicago, and of course the Department of Justice report that details the system of abuse in Ferguson, Missouri. How would the Former Police Commissioner address the root causes? He has some solutions but nothing concrete. Is he's fully aware of what's going on throughout the country, I'm not convinced.
Overall the memoir is compelling, and informative. The chapter "Terror Never Sleeps" lists a number of potential terrorist incidents that were stopped before they became a well-known New York event. It was dry but still important. From the planning of the Freedom Tower to the legal battle surrounding "Stop and Frisk" you will get an inside look into New York politics. I'm looking forward to a rewrite by Tom Wolfe. No? Reader Beware: The name dropping in this book is exhausting. --------------------- This book was written and published in 2015. I think this book is an obvious precursor towards a run to become the next mayor of New York in 2017. After the book was published Ray Kelly makes some bold public insinuations about the current Commissioner's crime stats.
I'm not sure if this scandal will help. Who knows if there's any validity to this report but I'm going to go out on a limb and state that Former Commissioner Kelly does not have a friend on the Daily News editorial staff.
Kelly needs a better publicist. After reading this book, I will strongly consider voting for Ray Kelly as the next mayor of New York City. Final score: 3.5/4 . . . just read it and enjoy....more
Yes? Read this book. I dare say it is entertaining because it is soaked with tragedy but very engaging. This bookDid you read David Simon's Homocide?
Yes? Read this book. I dare say it is entertaining because it is soaked with tragedy but very engaging. This book made me think about how other countries like Brazil, México, and India deal with poor, marginalized people....more
Halfway through the book I realized that I love this book. I called some married friends and family. I told them that they should read this book withHalfway through the book I realized that I love this book. I called some married friends and family. I told them that they should read this book with their spouse.
It's a mystery. It's husband vs. wife. It's a psychological thriller. It's smart, witty and snarky. So freaking ironic and all that sh*t. It's a quick read.
So yeah, I "liked" this book. That's all I really care to say. wink I don't have anything significant to offer about the prose, plot or the dual storytelling format. I simply freaking liked it.
Project 1: Write a diary using your alternate, cynical, dark side. Project 2: Watch the film. Ben Affleck as Lance Nick Dunne sounds great....more
This was a wild ride! I also think THIRTEEN is better than Altered Carbon but now I want to revisit Morgan's debut book. The hyped behind Morgan's worThis was a wild ride! I also think THIRTEEN is better than Altered Carbon but now I want to revisit Morgan's debut book. The hyped behind Morgan's works is justified.
I chuckled when the discovered that the original title for this book is "Black Man."...more
Here are a couple of quick notes. I guess we have the U.S. President Kennedy to thank for the huge success of the James Bond franchise. Chigroes = ChineHere are a couple of quick notes. I guess we have the U.S. President Kennedy to thank for the huge success of the James Bond franchise. Chigroes = Chinese negroes. I did not know.
From what I gathered from many Bond fans, this book was not the best of the series. I totally agree. The detailed expository prose was just too long. Despite other shortcomings, I enjoyed the book. Why? I have a nostalgic affinity for the James Bond franchise. ...more
It's OK. That's it. There were many corny parts that I'm sure some people will find amusing. Without spoiling the end, see the dialogue of the inevitaIt's OK. That's it. There were many corny parts that I'm sure some people will find amusing. Without spoiling the end, see the dialogue of the inevitable final battle.
Nuff said. BTW, it looks really great in Clint....more
"What would I say, you tell? It's always the same with these girls---a horror film! - Aunty
After watching the film City of God, my good friend said, "
"What would I say, you tell? It's always the same with these girls---a horror film! - Aunty
After watching the film City of God, my good friend said, "damn, life is cheap." After reading this book, I'm assuming that poor women are viewed as worthless yet they tend generate so much money for anyone willing to sell them. When I first learned that Jacob was sold into slavery by his brothers in the Book of Genesis, I thought that was cruel. In the end, Jacob forgave his brothers. Fathers selling their barely teenage daughters to be raped by the local police force? What a horror film? Forgiveness simply does not apply here. This is just the way it is, apparently everybody has understanding.
"If I embrace the sorrows of other people, even if they are people I care for, people I love, how will I live?" - Maya
This book is basically an inside look into the lives of poor women trapped and desperate. Some of the 5-star reviews on GoodRead surprises me. Yes, this is a great piece of journalism. Gritty, visceral, bleak, grim, disturbing, and brutal are words that perfectly describe this book. Sonia Faliero does keep you engage and transports you deep into the underbelly of Bombay dance bars. Yet, I just don't think the writing is a tour-de-force. Frankly I'm surprised this was considered Book of the Year by some mainstream outlets. This is an important book. It helps confirm the point that whether you're in Haiti, Columbia, Brazil, or some nether regions of the United States, it is not easy being poor. Many of the problems throughout the world are same-same. It certainly helps if you're pretty and not a darky.
Surprisingly the hindi(?) didn't hinder my reading experience. I even tried to vocalize some of the words. Would I recommend this book to anyone? I'm not sure. How much can you stomach? Then again it occurred to me that some people thought the film Precious was brilliant.
Endnote: I really should edit & revise this review. I just do not have time and willingness but I do hope it is clear and concise....more
Volume 1 contains the first four issues of the comic book. The art is being handled by a number of artist through each issue throughout the panels. I tVolume 1 contains the first four issues of the comic book. The art is being handled by a number of artist through each issue throughout the panels. I think that's a great idea that doesn't distract from the story. It's different and refreshing. Some times change is good. The plot is quick and easy to digest, that's all I can say about Blue Estate. Russian mob. Italian mob. Guns. Drugs. Corrupt cops. etc. You know the story....more
First, I'm not crazy at all about the cover of the book.
This is a book I would have really loved as a teenager. I am far removed from my uneventful teFirst, I'm not crazy at all about the cover of the book.
This is a book I would have really loved as a teenager. I am far removed from my uneventful teen years yet I still enjoyed the novel. Normally I would just give this book 4-stars and skip a review and declare it "a fun read." But for some reason I felt the need to let future readers know that while this book is an exciting edition to the cyber-punk genre(whatever that label means), it reads like a movie that will never be made due to its extreme content. (Personally I think Hollywood will f*ck this up. The Wachowski Brothers?) Altered Carbon is very imaginative and contains some really interesting ideas about future technology. Resleeving. Merge 9. Neurachem. The list goes on.
Will I read the rest of the series? Maybe Morgan's style is easily digestible. The characters are really not fleshed out but it doesn't really bother me. There are questions about many female characters? Are they strong? Are they weak? Are they realistic? Do they have a voice? I'm not a female but some time I do wonder about gender treatment in books, film and art. In the end, this book was ok. There are some fun parts. It is cool to know that in the future, you really don't die. ...more
I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I read it during my early teen years. The diary/movie script format worked well. I'll try more Myers bookI would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I read it during my early teen years. The diary/movie script format worked well. I'll try more Myers books in the not-so-near future.
Did he do it? Is he innocent or guilty? Is he a monster or a human being? ...more