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review 2018-10-01 18:50
The White Road
The White Road - John Connolly

I´m not going to say too much about The White Road, since it´s the fourth book in a series and I would probably spoil plot points if I do so. The only thing I´m going to say is that I liked the third book, The Killing Kind, better than this one. But since The White Road is the continuation of The Killing Kind, both books should be seen as one big story. Which makes this book in any case a difficult one to review.

 

I will encourage everyone to give this series a chance, though. It is one of the very few book series I happily go back to again, even though I´m a compete failure in finishing up series. And to get the most out of these books, they should be read in order.

 

What makes these novels such exceptional reads are John Connolly´s almost poetic writing style, the overarching story line, in which Charlie Parker slowly learns his true profession of becoming “the voice and the avenger of the dead”, the supernatural elements, the wonderfully evil characters Parker has to deal with and of course the recurring cast of “good” characters. Charlie, Rachel and his friends Louis and Angel, both hitmen, are so lovely and I like how their witty banter can light up the mood of these pretty dark stories.  

 

One word of advice: these books aren´t for the faint of heart. People get viciously killed, the stories of the victims are heart breaking and especially in the third book, Connolly plays with a specific fear that many people might have.  But these novels are gripping and intense as well and this book series is something special. And I will happily pick up the next book very soon.

 

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text 2018-09-30 07:32
Reading progress update: I've read 192 out of 388 pages.
The White Road - John Connolly

I showered in my room and called Rachel. She was just about to head into South Portland for a reading at Nonesuch books. She´d mentioned it to me a couple of days earlier, but I´d forgotten about it until now.

"An interesting thing happened today," she said, giving me just enough time to get the word "hi" out of my mouth. "I opened the front door and there was a man on my doorstep. A big man. A very big, very black man."

"Rachel..."

"You said it would be discreet. His T-shirt had the words "Klan Killer" written on the front."

"I..."

"And do you know what he said?"

I waited.

"He handed me a note from Louis and told me he was lactose intolerant. That was it. Note. Lactose intolerant. Nothing else. He´s coming to the reading with me. It was all I could do to get him to change his T-shirt. The new one reads "Black Death". I´m going to tell people it´s a rap band. Do you think it´s a rap band?"

I figured it was probably his occupation, but I didn´t say that. Instead, I said the only thing I could think of to say.

"Maybe you´d better buy some soya milk."

She hung up without saying good-bye.

 

I love these characters.

 

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text 2018-09-27 16:29
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 388 pages.
The White Road - John Connolly

I have decided to read the fourth book in the Charlie Parker series for the Modern Noir square. Thinking back on the first three books in the series, this is as noirish as it can get. And all of them were great and intense novels and I have no doubt that this will be a great read as well.

 

 

 

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text 2018-09-12 15:44
Halloween Bingo Catchup.
Beyond the Empire (The Indranan War Book 3) - K.B. Wagers
Murder In Thrall - Anne Cleeland
A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel - Jacqueline Winspear
The Last Namsara - Kristen Ciccarelli
The Reapers - John Connolly

So far this month I have read 5 books.

Some of them are easy to put into a square and some are difficult:

 

Last Namsara falls somewhat into Doomsday; it involves stories so I think A Grimm Tale would be pretty apt but it is about Dragons so Cryptozology is the best slot.

 

A Dangerous Place is set in Gibraltar which I'm pretty sure counts as a Small Town, it could also have been Genre Suspense, just about Fear the Deep (she arrives on a Liner from India) and most of this series qualifies as Cosy, the first few pages are quite Gothic, Maisies mental health is not the best here and that's most of the terror in the tale... but Terror in a Small Town is the best fit.

 

Beyond the Empire is more space opera than anything else, the only thing I have that it fits into is New Release 

 

Murder in Thrall falls into Genre Suspense, Supernatural a little, Modern Noir and Gothic; I'm going to use Genre: Suspense here.

 

The Reapers has elements of Genre Suspense, Modern Noir and Supernatural; you could also argue Southern Gothic and Terror in a Small Town (where the final battle takes place and most of the gore) I think I'll go with Modern Noir here.

 

Feel free to tell me I'm wrong.

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review 2018-09-12 13:04
The Reapers - John Connolly

I read this at this time last year.... read it again and skimmed some of the gory parts but still found it an interesting read.

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