Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Rapid Fire Review: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a CrimeBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fascinating, thought provoking, poignant and hilarious. Honestly I am so out of touch these days I had actually never heard of him until my friend Michele posted about his book. What she said intrigued me so I checked out the audio version. I must thank Michele for this, as from the very first word I was hooked. First off he has a lovely south African accent that I could just listen to for hours, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Its a little bit coming of age, a little bit history lesson of Apartheid and what that really meant and a set of insightful essays that challenge your beliefs and perceptions of the world. His stories are at time hilarious, at at other times heartbreaking and sweet. Truly fascinating and a must read for everyone. Let me tell you, it will make you think of crime in a different way. Sorry this is so brief but things are busy these days, but I still wanted to bring this one to your attention. My fav so far this year.

Favourite Quotes

"it's easy to be judgmental about crime when you live in a world wealthy enough to be removed from it"

"My mother didn’t believe in self-pity. “Learn from your past and be better because of your past,” she used to say, “but don’t cry about your past. Life is full of pain. Let the pain sharpen you, but don’t hold on to it. Don’t be bitter.”

“In society, we do horrible things to one another because we don’t see the person it affects. We don’t see their face. We don’t see them as people. Which was the whole reason the hood was built in the first place, to keep the victims of apartheid out of sight and out of mind. Because if white people ever saw black people as human, they would see that slavery is unconscionable. We live in a world where we don’t see the ramifications of what we do to others, because we don’t live with them. It would be a whole lot harder for an investment banker to rip off people with subprime mortgages if he actually had to live with the people he was ripping off. If we could see one another’s pain and empathize with one another, it would never be worth it to us to commit the crimes in the first place.”

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Rapid Fire Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American GodsAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again after finishing a truly brilliant novel I am at a loss to find the words to express my love of the work in question. Jen recommended this book to me years ago and finally got around to reading it and so glad I did. This novel is quite unlike anything I have ever read before, which doesn't surprise me as Gaiman is one of the most original writers around. Gaiman has a gift for creating worlds and characters that are out of this world, yet so familiar and life like. Now, I cannot lie, some of his writing is far above my intelligence level, but eventhough I may not understand some of the inner meanings and analogies, the story itself shines through for me to enjoy. The characters are unique, multi-layered and sprout some truly delightful dialogue. The plot - well, trust me, you will never know what will happen next. The basic moral of the story being about the struggle between tradition and modern innovation. Was going to go into more about this but I want you to experience it for yourself. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes something truly original.

Favourite Quotes/Passages

"There's never been a true war that wasn't fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous."

"What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore, it knows it's not fooling a soul."

“There's none so blind as those who will not listen.”

“Say 'Nevermore,'" said Shadow.
"Fuck You," said the Raven.”

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