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text 2019-08-07 18:45
Halloween Bingo Preparty-Favorite Halloween Bingo Authors!
The Fungus - Leroy Kettle,John Brosnan,Harry Adam Knight
Worms - Christopher Wood,James R. Montague
Darktown: A Novel - Thomas Mullen
The Devil's Fingers - Hunter Shea
Money Back Guarantee - Hunter Shea
Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde - Jeff Guinn
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson - Jeff Guinn
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters - Emil Ferris
Out Behind the Barn - Chad Lutzke,John Boden
The Grip of It: A Novel - Jac Jemc

 

WORMS and THE FUNGUS were both new to me authors I read during last year's game. They both made quite an impression on me. 

 

I read DARKTOWN for 2017's game and the follow up, LIGHTNING MEN last year. 

I enjoyed them both immensely! (These were both books about the first black policemen in Atlanta, Georgia. Boy, those guys were brave and faced hardships that were just about intolerable.) 

 

Looking back, I've read a Hunter Shea book every year of this game, so I had to include his name here.

 

I've read, (or listened), to 2 Jeff Guinn books the last two years. They're non fiction, extremely well researched books and I learned a lot from them. 

 

Emil Farris' absolutely gorgeous graphic novel made me a fan of hers for life!

 

Both John Boden and Chad Lutzke are among my favorite authors, in general, so I included OUT BEHIND THE BARN which I read last year. 

 

Jac Jemc is a woman, and I really liked her book IN THE GRIP OF IT. 

I read this for Bingo two years ago and even though it wasn't perfect, I liked it a lot. 

 

It was a lot of fun looking back at my old posts and markers. I guess I should start thinking about what to use this year! 

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-05-17 01:31
Emotional read...yes this stuff really did happen in the last century
Darktown: A Novel - Thomas Mullen

This is such a great powerful read. On one hand you feel like going into the book and start punching every bigot you see since they’re such awful hateful people. Yet on the other hand, you feel for Boggs and Smith. They’re trying so hard to elevate themselves and make everything a better place for the community and pretty much for their race. Yet they’re non stop met with opposition from both sides and it’s disheartening to see yet the most awful thing about all of this is, this all happened in the last century. It’s mind blowing and horrible how humans are but it’s a reality we all must know and be aware of.

 

The plot itself was very interesting and the pace is steady. There’s plenty of characters to read about and the supporting characters gives the story plenty of substance. The emotions and tensions are dutifully felt in the book and you can only read on with the feeling of hopelessness as Boggs and Smith attempt to try and do their jobs as best as they can but they’re thwarted at every turn. It’s amazing they stick with the job, and admirable because of the amazing amount of strength and grit they display to go through all the obstacles they face while trying to do their investigation.

 

The plot was also good at showing both sides of the story. Besides Boggs and Smith you also have Rakestraw who seems more moderate thinking than the rest of the characters, his behavior is certainly different and he tries to be understanding - however still maintaining his superiority mentality. It’s a start I suppose to eradicate this kind of behavior in a character but you can’t help but feel frustrated as this type of hatred and belief that is so deeply ingrained in everything; in society, thinking, in life. It’s horrible to see and to think this type of behavior still persists in other forms and methods.

 

Definitely recommend this read despite the awful things some characters do in the book. It’s eye opening and gripping read. It will elicit powerful emotions but it’s accurate and detailed. No sugar coating here but the truth. Worth the read.

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review 2018-08-20 17:28
Darktown by Thomas Mullen
Darktown: A Novel - Thomas Mullen

I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway a very long time ago. I kind of wish I had read it a few years ago when things in the US weren’t quite so openly depressing but alas I read it now and it hurt my heart so much.

 

Dark Town is a mystery and an unflinching look at race relations in the not so long ago past. Even worse, much of it is depressingly still very relevant today. It takes place in the 1940’s when segregation and racism was on full awful display. And if today’s news gets you down, reading this book right now sure won’t help your state of mind. There is so much prejudice and hatefulness in this story that it will make you angry and sad. This is not a book you want to pick up thinking you’ll escape into.

 

A murder occurs and the author delves deep into everyone involved in the situation. What is uncovered is a whole lot of cover ups, corruption, and other assorted ugliness. It’s very well written and the descriptive language is so very excellent.

 

"A harsh word would knock him over"& "He hit the door like it owed him money."

 

You should definitely read it if you enjoy a good gritty historical murder mystery. But I’m warning you, it’s probably going to make your blood boil.

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text 2018-02-15 14:55
Reading progress update: I've read 344 out of 373 pages.
Darktown: A Novel (The Darktown Series) - Thomas Mullen

well, I can't quite finish it before duty calls, so I'll handle the denouement later. it's been a grand nightmare in TravestyLand, and much has been resolved, so I just have to read the calm slowly pushing back the storm. I guess this will be a 4 or 5 star book, maybe 4.5 stars, somewhere around there. a painful, anguished, anger-fueling History lesson and Whodunit, and it'll stick with me a long time.

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text 2018-02-15 03:32
Reading progress update: I've read 278 out of 373 pages.
Darktown: A Novel (The Darktown Series) - Thomas Mullen

never a dull page--brilliant, eye-opening, shocking at times (a lot of times)...such a powerful tale. I especially love Boggs of course--shall meet up with him again, in the follow-up book. so glad there's more.

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