Review: Every Man a Menace

Every Man a Menace Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In all honesty, nearly every page of this book felt like something I’d seen before in an action movie or an episode of NCIS, Law & Order, or CSI. Read: mostly CSI. It was chock full of drug and crime tropes. Most scenes were cliche knock offs of the movies and shows.

The one redeeming quality of the book was the way it weaved these scenes together. Rather than reading straight through, the book hopped across points in the story’s timeline and jumped between the main characters’ viewpoints. Everything converged in the final chapter which, again just being honest, should have ended with Gloria’s final question to Jackie. The final 1-2 pages of Chi and Salvador were superfluous and actually pulled away from the “ha!” moment of satisfaction gained from Gloria’s final scam.

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Review: Station Eleven

Station Eleven Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“She had never entirely let go of the notion that if she reached far enough with her thoughts she might find someone waiting, that if two people were to cast their thoughts outward at the same moment they might somehow meet in the middle.”

I’m not quite sure how to put my feelings toward this book into writing. I believe my mind is playing catch up, just now connecting the dots from earlier chapters – just now fully appreciating how the story was weaved.

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Review: Dark Matter

Dark Matter Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

God. What can I say about this book. I listened to it in audiobook form, so I didn’t have the choppy sentence/paragraph structure to deal with. That said, I did have to suffer through the schizophrenic chapter structure. Some chapters were written as mystery, some were science fiction, one seemed like it was trying to be a psychological thriller, and another flirted with being a love story. The final chapter came off as a Matrix-style soap opera that had me rolling my eyes the entire time.

When I started to lose faith in this book, I went looking at reviews. Maybe I was just missing something? But then I came across a bunch of other reviews with comments similar to what I was thinking. I even stumbled upon this gem.

As a whole, the writing itself wasn’t terrible. It also wasn’t great either. I would love to have been a fly on the wall during the pitch and editing sessions for this book. Honestly, it is so disjointed, choppy, and lacking direction that all attempts at taking it seriously have been lost.

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