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review 2017-05-05 03:01
DOLLS by Matt Shaw
Dolls - Matt Shaw

Synopsis:

“He understood why she did it. She had lost her own baby – one conceived by the unwanted advances of a sexual predator – and hated thinking of them out there in the cemetery, alone and cold. She had to bring them into the warm. She had to give them the life they’d otherwise never live. It was her mission. But with each new doll brought home, her yearning for a living child of her own continued to grow. Yes, he knew why she did it but – even so – he wasn’t able to stand by her and he knew she was going to get a lot worse before she got better. But how do you help someone who doesn’t want to be helped? And how do you turn your back on your own sister?”

 

IDK what stopped me from reading this title earlier, (published 02.02.16), but I’m happy that I finally did! DOLLS feels like one of Matt Shaw‘s older titles – it’s not a black cover, not an extreme extreme horror, and the core story totally sucked me in. I was 100% invested right from Jump Street. Now, as embarrassing as this might be, I gotta tell ya… I didn’t see the ‘oh holy shit’ moment until about 5 words before it was revealed to us! I love that Matt can still do that after all these years, and all these books.


☆☆☆☆☆ /☆☆☆☆☆
Another 5 Stars For THE Matt Shaw


Stop by BBB to see the full review, join the DOLLS book discussion, AND take the Polldaddy Poll re: your favorite Matt Shaw sub-genre at the end of the review!

 

 

 

DOLLS on Amazon
Matt Shaw‘s Amazon Author Page
DOLLS on Goodreads
Matt Shaw on Goodreads
The Sick B*stards Society
Matt Shaw‘s Official Webpage
Matt Shaw on Facebook
@The_Matt_Shaw on Twitter

DOLLS Review/Discussion on BBB

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/dolls-by-matt-shaw
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review 2017-05-04 07:55
DOLLS by Matt Shaw

Synopsis:

“He understood why she did it. She had lost her own baby – one conceived by the unwanted advances of a sexual predator – and hated thinking of them out there in the cemetery, alone and cold. She had to bring them into the warm. She had to give them the life they’d otherwise never live. It was her mission. But with each new doll brought home, her yearning for a living child of her own continued to grow. Yes, he knew why she did it but – even so – he wasn’t able to stand by her and he knew she was going to get a lot worse before she got better. But how do you help someone who doesn’t want to be helped? And how do you turn your back on your own sister?”

 

IDK what stopped me from reading this title earlier, (published 02.02.16), but I’m happy that I finally did! DOLLS feels like one of Matt Shaw‘s older titles – it’s not a black cover, not an extreme extreme horror, and the core story totally sucked me in. I was 100% invested right from Jump Street. Now, as embarrassing as this might be, I gotta tell ya… I didn’t see the ‘oh holy shit’ moment until about 5 words before it was revealed to us! I love that Matt can still do that after all these years, and all these books.


☆☆☆☆☆ /☆☆☆☆☆
Another 5 Stars For THE Matt Shaw


Stop by BBB to see the full review, join the DOLLS book discussion, AND take the Polldaddy Poll re: your favorite Matt Shaw sub-genre at the end of the review!

 

 

 

DOLLS on Amazon
Matt Shaw‘s Amazon Author Page
DOLLS on Goodreads
Matt Shaw on Goodreads
The Sick B*stards Society
Matt Shaw‘s Official Webpage
Matt Shaw on Facebook
@The_Matt_Shaw on Twitter

DOLLS Review/Discussion on BBB

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/dolls-by-matt-shaw
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review 2017-03-14 14:34
First Family - David Baldacci

Occasionally twists a bit too much.

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review 2016-08-16 21:56
So much pretentious writing.
The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food - Adam Gopnik

I've read a couple of Adam Gopnik's books, namely his 'Paris to the Moon' and 'Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York. It's been several years since I've read any of his work and I actually forgot I had purchased this. I only found it recently, with the edges starting to yellow. No way to return it at all, so it seemed like it would be a good read.

 

I have no idea what the book is about. Based on the cover I thought he'd be talking about the history of food in France (perhaps I had been misled by his previous work). Instead the reader is treated to a meandering, overly pretentious work that supposedly discusses the origins of the restaurant, recipes, talking/writing about food, etc. I found the writing excruciatingly in love with itself.

 

There's nothing wrong with waxing poetic about the food but it does seem more like a stream of consciousness sort of writing buried under words that are supposed to sound poetic. And then there are these emails to Elizabeth Pennell, a writer who has been dead for several decades for some reason, I guess to show off more.

 

There are occasionally good bits and pieces and that reminds me a bit of his previous works that I liked: some lovely anecdotes or side stories here and there, but overall it's not really worth reading the whole thing. He dedicates the book to Calvin Trillin, which I suppose shouldn't have surprised me: I only liked Trillin's writings when it concerned his wife or daughter. Otherwise I've never found him interesting either.

 

Clearly there were some people who loved this but I find it hard to recommend. Even if you liked his previous works other reviews show that there were other readers who felt let down by this book after reading his older books or follow him in 'The New Yorker'. Borrow the book. Don't pay money for it unless you read a bit at the bookstore and absolutely love it.

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review 2015-11-16 17:49
First Family - David Baldacci

3 stars. 

 

#4 in a series. 

 

Bumpy.

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