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review 2017-11-09 23:04
Required Reading!
Big Guns: A Novel - Steve Israel Big Guns: A Novel - Steve Israel

Talk about a timely book! One city bans guns, and in reaction, a congressman introduces a bill to require all citizens to own a gun.  Israel covers the absolute insanity of both sides of the gun control debate, the incredible dysfunction of our government, and the people caught in the middle.  All while delivering a highly readable and enjoyable story.  The novel moves along rapidly, sucking you in the whole way. I can't wait for the next installment, but I understand that the issue is still developing, and no one can yet know what strange twists and turns will be taken. This book should be required reading for all American citizens, both pro gun, anti gun, and those who have no opinion.  It probably won't change anyone's core beliefs, but it would sure be helpful to be able to at least realize that there is more than one side to the story.  Highly recommend!

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text 2017-09-25 18:55
Reading progress update: I've read 222 out of 408 pages.
Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal (1907) - Roy Horniman

Rank has become flexible and inventive in his techniques for eliminating pesky relatives, which will make him hard to detect as a killer. so far, things look like "accidents", or, at worst, suspicious but not leading back to him. but I don't know how the cumulative effect of heirs to the earldom turning up deceased is not going to keep authorities, and anyone else, from smelling a homicidal rat.

 

in terms of mood, the book does now feel like a bit of a Dark Comedy, though the style is only occasionally overt in conveying that impression. as Rank narrates this bleak memoir, he actually exhibits mixed emotions as they resonated in his earlier, busier self--but what it seems to boil down to is "once I started upon my path, no matter the regrets or the sleepless nights, there was never a good reason to stop.".

 

this book is looking, for now, at an extremely high rating from me, pre-dating such works as The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Pop. 1280, by decades. of course, The Invisible Man came earlier, but that's slightly different thanks to the SF content. 

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text 2017-09-24 23:18
Reading progress update: I've read 146 out of 408 pages.
Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal (1907) - Roy Horniman

wow, terrific book. Rank seems to be close to performing his second slaying, while also having amorous feelings for two very different young ladies. he's a complicated man.

 

last year, roughly around this time, I read an old neglected Crime classic called Wieland, by Charles Brockden Brown (creepy and disturbing enough to also work as Horror). this year, it looks like the impressive surprise amongst hidden classics will be Israel Rank. I will never regret giving these types of books a chance.

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text 2017-09-24 17:57
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 408 pages.
Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal (1907) - Roy Horniman

I was worried about a fusty, cobwebby old style to bore me...but worry unfounded! it reads easier than I anticipated. and Israel, with his autobiography full of vile thoughts and mayhem, has got me in a trance when I sit down with this. pleased!

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text 2017-09-24 03:33
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 408 pages.
Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal (1907) - Roy Horniman

call it The Martin Edwards Ripple Effect. "Edwards made me read it"; the phrase begins to echo throughout some of the corridors of Booklikes...

 

truly, I am looking forward to this very much! 1907. A neglected "criminal POV" novel from the Edward(s!!)ian Era! Edwards made me read it...thank you, Martin Edwards.

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