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review 2018-01-16 03:48
Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin

Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin’s controversial second novel, is a clenched fist, a bucket of sour grapes, a weeping work of art. A compact little tale of societal alienation and forbidden love (and lust), time has not dimmed its lights or smoothed its edges. Not one iota.


Baldwin’s most well-known work is sensual and thrilling and tragic; I closed my paperback edition with tears in my eyes. The tale of Giovanni and Butch is universal, yet special, shimmering; it is the Romeo and Juliet for gays. What should be humdrum — pining for one’s love, an affair, adventures in a new city — is rendered fresh in this author’s hands.


Oft considered one of the finest LGBTQ novels, this is a groundbreaking, rambunctious work that was far ahead of its time. Its lessons should be considered and remembered in the current year, as a matter of fact. I have left that room, but I am grateful for the short visit.


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review 2017-12-27 00:39
Club Room Corpse
Club Room Corpse: A Cassie Hall Mystery - Sherry Lodge

Cassie, Cassie, Cassie. As if you don't have enough on your plate to keep you busy, what with wedding plans and your concierge job catering to the upscale residents of the Parkstone luxury apartment building and finding who is the lucky recipient of a lovely pair of Lovebirds, but you had to go and find yourself in the middle of another murder. And poor Stella! Readying her 75th birthday party, she is ruthlessly killed. Who could have it in for this innocent little old lady? There's a whole RSVP list of suspects and motives and as if finding the killer wasn't hard enough, untangling the half-truths and mysteries of Stella's life prove to be just as difficult. What's a fashionista to do other than to put on her Jimmy Choo's and solve another mystery?


I enjoy this cute little cozy series, from Cassie's running narrative of what the residents of the Parkstone are wearing to her ability to ferret out the smallest details and help her homicide detective boyfriend close the case, it always puts a smile on my face. The Clubroom Corpse had an especially juicy plot, with a victim who hid many secrets, a whole building full of suspects and lots of clues and misdirections to keep me guessing. I loved the madcap ending, it was a fun and exciting way to cap off an enjoyable mystery. And I've got my eye on you Mr. Beasley narrows eyes

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review 2017-12-16 17:09
The Whispering Room
The Whispering Room - Dean Koontz
Boy, I am glad to be finished with this novel. I mean this in a good way. I enjoyed this novel much more than I did the first novel in the series and I don’t know whether it was because I was aware of the novel’s events, the narration seemed to flow more smoothly in this novel or that this novel had more action or it was a combination of all three. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this hefty novel and even when I wasn’t reading, my thoughts were nestled inside the book’s pages and I couldn’t wait to pick the novel back up to see what Jane was up to.
This story is a continuation of Jane Hawk and her desire to put a stop to the suicides that have been increasing in number which began in The Silent Corner. What I enjoyed about Jane is that she has many faces. She can be the compassionate and charming Jane and then change instantaneously into the strong and fierce Jane depending on the circumstances and the individuals surrounding her. Jane also uses a variety of tactics to get what she needs.
A few times, I found it comical watching her as she comes face-to-face with her opposition as they each try to win in the match of wit. She definitely gives it her all and is determined to get what she needs. This story is focused and intense as Jane is on everyone’s radar. They want to take her out and Jane wants to get to D.J. Michael and find out exactly who is working with him. Jane is working under the radar and you would think that that top officials could put a stop to Jane with all their connections but sometimes it doesn’t work that way. It’s a race but who will cross the finish line first? I thought it was scary to read what the two of them were battling against. In reality, they could be living our future. These implants that were being injected and their implications, were just the first of many that could be in the works. When Jane visited the town of Iron Furnace, that moved things into a deeper level as that town creeped me out! I can’t wait to read what happens in the next installment of this series.
I received a copy of this novel from Bookish First in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


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review 2017-12-16 00:00
A Room with a View
A Room with a View - E.M. Forster Meh... I had a tough time convincing myself to finish this book. It was ok, but seemed rather vapid, or something. I'm not even sure I can summarize it.

So we have a young woman, Lucy Honeychurch, who is vapid, but who grows less so over the course of the book. She is supposed to marry Cecil Vyse, but doesn't really love him, and besides, he's pretty vapid. So she ends up with George Emerson, whom she might love, only he once made improper advances toward her in Italy. But his father, who is extremely weird, convinces her to set that aside. Something like that.

I had a hard time forcing myself to finish this book. It definitely deserves a minus (-) appended to the 3*s. I thought Forster was supposed to be a good author, and I vaguely remember having read A Passage to India in college, and thinking it was ok. But after this example, I'm not sure I'll dabble with him again.
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