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review 2019-01-16 01:46
THE SUN DOES SHINE: HOW I FOUND LIFE AND FREEDOM ON DEATH ROW by Anthony Ray Hinton
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row - Anthony Ray Hinton
Wow!  This is a book everyone needs to read.  Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of two murders which he did not do and sentenced to Death Row in Alabama.  He tells of his fight to clear his name and regain his freedom as well as the men he met on Death Row.
 
This book made me think about the death penalty and what it means.  Does the state have the right to take a life?  Does the state have the right to deny an innocent man another day in court when new evidence comes to light?  Does the state have the right to deny they were wrong?  Mr. Hinton is philosophically about life as he exists on Death Row.  He has some deep thoughts about life, love, choices, death, and God.  I cried at some of the things that happened outside the prison that he could not be part of.  I also cried tears of joy when he was released.  He lost more than 30 years of his life.  I appreciated that he shared his reentry into society.  Some things may never go back the way they were. 
 
This is one of the best books I have read.
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review 2019-01-15 03:32
Death and Taxes by J. Zachary Pike
Death and Taxes: An Urban Fantasy Mystery - J. Zachary Pike
J. Zachary Pike's small Kindle novella is hard to describe.  It's about a happy go lucky guy named Arther C. Torr that gets out of college and does whatever he wants.  Until his college loan needs to be paid off. He's practically unhirable but he finds a job working at a doughnut shop.  Not any doughnut shop, but a shop that is run by a former police detective that is now a private detective.  The detective is also familiar with the paranormal.
 
This is a short, 34 pages and free.  I got hooked on J. Zachary Pike after reading one of the best fantasy series I've read in a long time, the Dark Profit Saga. Pike is a self-published writer and while his 2 novellas were a little above mediocre, his series is fun and hilarious to read.  I can see where if he wanted to do a complete book about Arthur.    I'll try to get a couple of reviews on them out to see if they pique any interest in any of you.
Death and Taxes by J. Zachary Pike
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text 2019-01-14 04:21
The actual IRL book club selection
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death - Maggie O'Farrell

The official IRL book club selection has been announced. Aw man. This wasn't one of the ones that sounded even vaguely like my kind of thing.

 

So, my ILL request for How to Be a Good Creature was premature. I may read it anyway.

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review 2019-01-13 19:21
A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch - My Thoughts
A Beautiful Blue Death - Charles Finch

This is the third book from my Christmas haul and again, I enjoyed my read. 

The book and the author were recommended by one of my most favourite authors, Louise Penny, the author of the Gamache series.  I just spent 20 minutes trying to find the reference and failed miserably  *LOL*.   Anyway, that's the reason I picked it up.

So, Charles Lenox is a Victorian gentleman who likes to solve mysteries. He has an interesting group of family and friends and he's a smart fellow.  I liked him.  I can see why Louise likes him as well - there's a faint Gamachian feel to the book and the characters which is fine by me. 

I like Finch's writing style, it's easy to read and while there are instances of what could be termed as info-dumping, they're handled well and not annoying.  He also does some easy back and forth banter between Lenox and his old friends that I found quite fun. 

The mystery worked for me, as did the wrapping up of the various plot-lines.  There was a question or two that didn't get answered, or if it did, I missed it, but that didn't impede my enjoyment of the book.

If I had one real problem with the book, it was that there was an awful lot of snowing going on in London for late December/early January.  I don't think it snows that much over there at all. 

Anyway, I enjoyed the book enough to add Book 2 to my wishlist.  :)

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text 2019-01-13 18:17
Reading progress update: I've read 400 out of 547 pages.
The Death Chamber - Sarah Rayne

this book is stunningly good. a new author discovery for me, for sure.

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