Not only a coming of age story, but a jump back in time with established character Tenzing Norbu, giving the reade...moreAdvanced reader copy - via Netgalley
Not only a coming of age story, but a jump back in time with established character Tenzing Norbu, giving the reader a better understanding of his early life, and setting the ground work for his current decision making.
It’s a struggle for any young man whose parents are split up, but even more so for Tenzing as he divides his time between his secular mother, who struggles with alcohol addiction, and his father, a Buddhist instructor hidden within school walls, demanding perfection, and existing in a strictly structured environment.
It seems no matter the path Tenzing chooses he is unable to escape the anger of his father. The two worlds collide within Tenzing when faced with life changing choices, and he is viewed by most of his peers as a bit of a rebel. Even more trouble presents itself when the world outside the monastery infringes upon the peaceful harmony, and Tenzing must decide which path to ultimately follow.
I’ve enjoyed the first two books by Hendricks and Lindsay, and thought the authors handled the novella with grace and maturity beyond most twelve year olds, which is the age represented. They do set the tone for conflicting idealisms the adult is still trying to resolve, and come to terms with.
For fans of the Rules of Ten series, a recommended read. (less)
Sean Ferrell has created an apocalyptic world, where the only reliable thing for one particular time traveler is the yearly convention. This particula...moreSean Ferrell has created an apocalyptic world, where the only reliable thing for one particular time traveler is the yearly convention. This particular convention is special in that the only attendees are the time traveler and everyone of himself, about 80 in all, as the youngsters aren't allowed to attend.
Secrets run rampant between the elders and youngsters, as no one cares to share what is to come, so conversations are limited to the events taking place in previous conventions by the same individuals. And as the narrator moves through the years, he discovers he can manipulate small moments which begin to multiply as the years pass. Or is it just his imagination and over indulgence of alcohol that has led him to this conclusion?
Then one year, it all goes horribly wrong. At age 39 he witnesses his next year's version murdered in an elevator. As time ticks away, he must discover how to avoid being killed, and even with their very existence at stake, his older selves seem to become more of a detriment than help.
If that last paragraph was confusing, rest assured that the author does a fantastic job of keeping each of his protagonist’s selves separate and easily recognized throughout the fantastical tale.
My favorite part was the library job, where wheelbarrow's full of books were picked up out among the city blocks, carted back to the local library and filled into space where needed, while other's quickly pulled books to fill orders creating a never ending supply of empty spaces. Perpetual motion of books made my head spin faster than the multiple instances of the same character.
A quirky take on time travel, one man's isolation and self-discovery of what really matters most in life. (less)
When I opened Crimes in Southern Indiana, I literally put the book down after the first page, looked around for a moment just to ground myself, picked...moreWhen I opened Crimes in Southern Indiana, I literally put the book down after the first page, looked around for a moment just to ground myself, picked it up again and reread the first page. Then I thought, this guy writes killer material. It wasn’t too long after that I set the book on top of my read pile and began scouring the websites looking for more books by Frank Bill. Needless to say, it’s been a year long wait to get my hands on his next offering, Donnybrook.
Unlike the first book, a compilation of interrelated short stories, this beauty is the full deal, and no less hard hitting. A novel filled with uncompromising characters and a writing style that will leave you feeling like you’ve gone ten rounds with Mohammed Ali & Mike Tyson in the same ring. The finesse is in the believability and stark writing, using only enough words to draw the scene then in the same breath delivering a knockout punch to the senses.
Donnybrook is a three day bare-fisted fighting competition where the last man standing wins a large cash prize. With a thousand dollar entry fee, only the serious need apply, and Jarhead is determined to be the winner of this year’s contest, if only to provide for his family. He secures the entry fee the only way he knows how, by stealing it from a local store, going on the run, avoiding law enforcement and getting caught up in more illegal activities when he tries to play Good Samaritan.
Then there is Chainsaw Angus, a legend and previous winner of Donnybrook, unwittingly on his way back while chasing his double-crossing, meth-cooking-assistant sister, and her current beau. He leaves a trail of broken bones, blood, and bodies in his wake, making it easy for others out for their piece of vengeance to follow.
What ensues is a Tragedy written on a grand scale with a blow by blow, play by play, ending laid out in words that give the impression you’re viewing it on Blu-ray. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart.
I would define it as viscerally harsh: a high-octane caffeine kick infused with steroids, Frank’s delivery is poetical beauty. It’s the withdrawals and long wait for the next offering I’m dreading.(less)
I would rate it 3.75. In my mind, it didn't live up to the hype, but this is one person's opinion.
At the beginning I thought of Amy as a spoiled rich...moreI would rate it 3.75. In my mind, it didn't live up to the hype, but this is one person's opinion.
At the beginning I thought of Amy as a spoiled rich girl used to getting her own way, and not much changed through the book. She was manipulative, conniving and clever enough to make the impossible seem real. Her husband Nick was a character that had no real backbone and allowed himself to get caught in the middle of Amy's web of deceit and lies. Can you say Black Widow?
A little twisting of the jilted lover scenario, yet I couldn't bring myself to care for either character. In their own way they got what they deserved, each other.
There were some honest, minor characters interspersed, and some wonderful prose, but the two main protagonists were a little too over the top for my taste. (less)
This read a little too over the top, especially in the lengthy drawn out descriptive passages, of which there are plenty.
Overall, not a bad little st...moreThis read a little too over the top, especially in the lengthy drawn out descriptive passages, of which there are plenty.
Overall, not a bad little story with it's nod to Arthur Conan Doyle's character long beyond retirement age, if one were to believe he could ever retire. One is never outright told the old man portrayed is Sherlock Holmes, in his twilight years, but every reference is a clear signpost to that conclusion.
Rather detracting was the author's want to see just how much description could be applied to everything. (less)