Book Reviews – 2017

Reading is one of my absolute favorite pastimes. When I used to commute to work every day, I had two hours of time to either seethe about the traffic or listen to audiobooks. In that regard, Audible has been a life changer.

According to their stats, I've listened to 3 months 8 days 12 hours and 56 minutes of audiobooks. I have 406 titles in my library. (I also really like statistics and badges in apps.)

Now I work from home most of the time, so I don't get to listen as often and I'm reading more digital and paper books. As a writer, I think reading voraciously and in as many genres as possible is critical to improving craft, supporting other authors, and keeping an eye on industry trends. Plus I want to be entertained. I'll be honest. I read serious literature and non-fiction, but a lot of the time I just want someone to tell me a great story.

I'll share some reviews here. Most of the time, they'll be books I loved or books I've rated highly, but sometimes there are thought-provoking reads that might not rank as high, but may be worth recommending.

I will never trash other authors or their books on my site. If something is less than 4/10 or I did not finish it, I won't review it.

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The Silence of the Lambs  (Hannibal Lecter, #2)The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

9 out of 10
9 stars out of 10

I loved the movie, but for some reason never read the book. I got it on audiobook, and even though I knew the story, it was still engaging with some additional depth. It didn't deviate significantly from the movie (from my recollection), but the way it was tied up at the end made Hannibal Lecter lose a bit of his mystique. If almost all of his knowledge of the serial killer is based on the fact that the man was once one of his psychiatric patients, then he doesn't have to be off-the-charts intelligent, he mostly has to have a good memory. That said, it was still creepy and suspenseful and well worth a read. Even if you've seen the movie.

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Bob Honey Who Just Do StuffBob Honey Who Just Do Stuff by Pappy Pariah
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

4 out of 10
4 stars out of 10

This is a short, free listen from Audible which left me wondering what the hell... It was full of complicated words for a very simple man. The mix of of assonance, consonance, and other poetic devices (not to mention bits of actual poetry) was sometimes so over-the-top that it was hard to get back into the story.

I think the premise was interesting and timely. Maybe on a second listen it would work better. It felt a bit like "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - the short story, not the movie. Now that I look at IMDb, though, I see that Sean Penn had a part in the movie, so perhaps that had something to do with it. Lots of promise, but ultimately left me feeling 'meh.'

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