I Laugh in the Face of Tragedy! (Fool – A Book Review)

Fool
Author: Christopher Moore
Published: 2009

Fool

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

We all know Shakespeare and have a love, whether it be a deep-way deep down-love, or one that, like me, is always on the surface and has you geeking out, then get ready. Christopher Moore brings his own insane rendition of King Lear. The obnoxious, hysterical, and wild tale is spun from the point of view of The Fool who follows the moronic King and his deceitful daughters. With his own side stories, not heard until now, join the raucous adventure of revenge, war, outrageous passions …and there’s a ghost. Isn’t that the way it is with Shakespeare, though? Like Nicholas Sparks loves to kill off a character, Shakespeare loves to have a bloody ghost.

How do I begin to talk about this book? Hmm…

I’ll start with Christopher himself. If you’ve read my review on The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove then you can skip this mini geek-out. I discovered this man during my freshman year of college during a time that my free reading was beginning to grow scarce because of my assignments, which then fully cut out after finals because of how much work I got loaded up with. I only got to rekindle that reading bug after graduation, but anyway. Besides the point. The cover art of Lust Lizard had me curious and when I opened it to a random page my eyes bulged at a cult of naked people worshiping a big-ass lizard. I had to read it. From that moment on I was hooked. The comedy he writes is extreme and insane and I can’t get enough. It’s out of this world and perfectly placed. It is neither raunchy nor corny.  It literally gets you to beg the question—Did that really just happen?

Fool

This isn’t the ordinary recounting of a Shakespeare play. It’s not written in the same form, but from the POV of The Fool aka Pocket. Christopher Moore does keep up with defining certain terminology at the bottom of his pages much like what is found in the plays and has the cast list at the very beginning. So he doesn’t completely lose touch with the style of how plays are written. He melds it with his own. You also find yourself in flashbacks to when Pocket was a boy. I found those tidbits to be enlightening and a fun addition to the play.

Though, as a kind of warning: If you can’t handle language most foul then you might not be suited for this book. There is much fuckery.

Fool

There is even a map of Scotland, Wales, and Fucking France (no really, that’s what it says on the map) that not only furthers the hilarity, but gives you a good layout of the scenery in which the book takes place.

I was reeling with laughter from the characters and their dialogue as well as the plot twists. While this play is a tragedy, it’s flipped around to be more than that. It shows that something so dark can be turned into something full of humor. And doing that with Pocket is well placed. He represents the whole idea of humor and to get an in depth look at this character and his POV of the world was delightful.

Fool

I suggest this book for people who love comedy. It’s fun, hilarious, crazy, and I wasn’t able to put it down. I even got a copy for my mom. Everyone needs to laugh and Christopher Moore can make you laugh. And laughter is an important part of life if only to help us forget about our pathetic miseries. It’s one of a kind and I honestly believe you’ll find nothing like it anywhere else.

Quotables:

“Fuckstockings, truth is a surly shrew sometimes!” (Pocket, p. 84)

“You simple, sniveling old toss-beast. What did you expect to happen when you put the care of your half-rotted carcass in the talons of that carrion bird of a daughter? (I may have had some residual anger.)” (Pocket, p. 139)

“There’s always a bloody ghost.” (Laundress, p. 167)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Lovefool by The Cardigans.

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All Through the Night (Istanbul Days, Istanbul Nights – A Book Review)

Istanbul Days, Istanbul Nights
Author: Leonard Durso
Published: 2017

Istanbul Days

My Rate: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

Set in Istanbul, Turkey. A dear friend and fellow professor of a local university passes away unexpectedly from a heart attack and in his honor the theatre department, dance department and many others from the performing arts department come together to put on the most diverse and beautiful version of Romeo and Juliet. What none of them expected were the sudden feelings that began to erupt as they each grew closer.

While some come forward about their feelings and embrace them, others dance around them cautiously. Relationships form, relationships fall apart. Love gained. Love lost. A true trivial pursuit in which not everyone can win.

“Culture is like an ocean liner streaming its way across the sea and once on it, we have little choice but to ride along with it to wherever it takes us.” –Leonard Durso

Istanbul Days

This book was given to me by Smith Publicity in which I promised a review and Ta Da! here we are. I want to say thank you for the book. I greatly appreciate it. With that, let’s do this!

This book starts out with a cast list much like you’d find at the beginning of any play, and I’ll list them below for you.

Hasan – died tragically

Katja – Hasan’s wife, now a widow

Bekir – head of the university

Michael – Chair of the Theatre Department, always bringing up his age, debating his feelings for Irem

Ozge – Mustafa’s with of 25 years

Murat – married with three children, wishes he and his wife had the relationship they used to

Philip – British, a people watcher, the one you go to for advice, ponders over a drink about the book he is writing

Meric – teacher, director, actor, stud, drinker, passionate about women—not necessarily in that order

Gamze – costume designer

Simon – Head of English program, ready to go home to return to his college in Michigan

Jennifer – young, seeking adventure, madly in love with Meric

Meral – English Prep instructor

Elif – English Prep instructor

Ismigul – English Prep Instructor

Fersat – studies film, in love with Elena

Elena – top dancer in Katja’s class, in love with Berat and enjoys telling him what to do

Irem – Michael’s assistant, in love with him, cooks for him, hesitant to tell him how she feels

Deniz – costume designer, enjoys The Rolling Stones, loves to paint

Dave – a visiting professor from the US, tries for female companionship but just can’t quite get there

Brenda – from Britain, divorced, seeking adventure and intimacy to forget about her ex-husband who didn’t please her in and out of the bedroom

Sonmez – Murat’s wife, pays more attention to the kids than him

Mert – Chairman of the Board of Trustees, owner of the university

Metlem – student of theatre department, actress

Onur – Murat’s best friend

Mark – Brenda’s ex-husband

Pelin – Brenda’s protégé, sings with a trio of musician’s, in love with her professor-Meric

Naim – a waiter

Mermati a waiter

Osman – barman at The Belfast

Irem’s mom – widow

Brenda’s mom – tells Brenda not to divorce Mark

And not only does showcasing the cast, much like a play, amplify the style it was written in but the chapters, which were each month of the academic year, were titled as scenes. I loved the set-up. Even the sudden jumping around from character to character was nifty. I enjoyed the movie He’s Just Not That Into You and I want to read the book. The way the movie interweaves its characters is very close to how this book does it. They’re all interconnected. I do wish there had been page breaks, though. There were a couple times that I had no idea I’d swapped to a different character. One minute I’m reading about Dave and then suddenly I’m reading about Michael and didn’t realize it.

There is something I have to pick on and that’s the lack of detail. Sure, I read everything that was happening, but it moved so fast and I had no sensory detail to cling to that allowed me to see what was happening. So it felt stiff.

I found the instant romance between characters to be intriguing. There was no build-up between the characters. Being in their heads, I got to see that spark of knowing they liked a person light up like a firework. They just went for it and it surprised me. I was just, “Whoa, this is happening, and right now”.

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Which leads me to this. This book wasn’t just about gaining love, but also losing it or never even going after it. I got to view the several aspects that surround this strong emotion. It was powerful and it rocked me because I struggle in that department. I’m a shy human and I’m really careful about who I let into my life.

And just think, all of this was happening while pulling together a play that is bi-lingual, sings, dances, and also ends as a fun, uplifting comedy of people coming together instead of two young kids killing themselves (the play is a rendition of Romeo and Juliet, remember?). Very intricate. I got to see the bit by bit as the performance was being put together by each individual. And honestly? It stressed me-and writing that has me laughing right now. Nonetheless, it was impressive to see such an intense show get put together among the stress of love lives.

Overall, this book wasn’t half bad. I can’t give it my full love because I couldn’t see it. I forgot what these character looked like and I couldn’t get emotionally attached to them because everything was on the surface. Still, a decent piece on love and turmoil it riles up.

Quotables:

“She can do nothing. Only lie there. And wait for the end of the world.” (Katja, p. 28)

“Another day. Another Adventure.” (Dave, p. 36)

“Leave me to my new adventures and continue playing the misunderstood poet writing your sad, forlorn verses of lost love. She thinks he is only good at love on the page but could never quite make it work in bed. Words, she thinks. Love is just words for him and she craves action.” (Brenda, p. 59)

“You are a star to me.” (Irem to Michael, p. 69)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Hey Soul Sister by Train.

Feathers of a Bird (Shattered Memories – A Book Review)

Shattered Memories
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 2017

Shattered Memories

My Rating: Full boltFull boltHalf bolt

 

They have and unbreakable bond…an inescapable bond.

Kaylee and Haylee have always done everything together whether in full agreement or not. That’s expected from them as identical twins. Alike in every single way imaginable. Even in their DNA. It keeps mother happy.

But now they are officially apart. After Haylee’s betrayal that led to horrendous events, Kaylee is given a chance to start anew at the private school of Littlefield. Trying to bloom a new life isn’t so simple, but she’s determined to make her dark past disappear even if that means pretending she never had a twin. With Haylee haunting Kaylee’s every step and thought, she knows that being truly free isn’t that easy and Haylee isn’t through with her. Not even close.

WARNING/DISCLAIMER: This trilogy wasn’t written by the original author, but from the notes she left behind. Also, this is the final book in the series, so you may be confused and feel spoiled by the following review, hence the warning. 

The conclusion of a trilogy is meant to be iconic and the high peak where the final showdown happens and a calm sea of closure follows. Secrets that were unknown to the narrator, and sometimes to the reader, come to light and the final battle is well on its way. I am sad that this isn’t the case with Shattered Memories. While the major battle did happen—Kaylee is battling her inner turmoil while overcoming her trauma from Andrew Cabot, her kidnapper, and her sister, Haylee—there is still so much missing and lacking for me. I had trouble diving into the book like I did with Broken Glass (full review here) and even The Mirror Sisters (full review here).

I couldn’t get into the book as much as I wanted to. While Kaylee sounded like a full-fledged adult when she spoke (which was constantly pointed out), her thoughts and other dialogue just didn’t click because it didn’t sound the same. I understand that Kaylee’s life has changed forever, but the story is from her POV. What is seen, heard, etc, from that POV should match to how she speaks. Well, I think so. It’s a tidbit that made me itch. It was like switching gears and that’s jarring.

Shattered Memories

Much like the previous two books, there was a streak of repetitive and I feel repetitive for mentioning it. From what Marcy saying the same thing again and again to Mason’s continued spite for Haylee, I was just put off whenever they graced the pages. I couldn’t hold on to the story. There was a lackluster. I just feel like there wasn’t enough in regard to dealing with her kidnapping and I just wasn’t fully convinced of how realistic this was for Kaylee. There was a flash here and a flash there, but I didn’t feel it. And for something this painful I needed to. Mason’s disowning of Haylee was disturbing, too. More than anything, I would believe a father who loved his children, while being upset, would want the best help for a child that is as disturbed as Haylee.

However, the new characters truly made this book worthwhile. Well, except for Marcy. Claudia, Troy and Marcy along with a couple others come onto the scene of Kaylee’s fresh start at Littlefield. Troy, the strong, holier-than-thou, intelligent, silent and sits alone type, and Claudia, the new, but has her own dark secrets, roommate really gave flare to this final chapter of The Mirror Sisters. Both of them were able to understand Kaylee on a level that didn’t make her feel judged or freak-like and that was a nice breath of fresh air. The three of them each went through something terrible and to watch how it affected how they let people into their lives was realistic and great. And then there’s Marcy. Dear, sweet, hyperactive, loud Marcy. The constant need to live through Kaylee was strange and over-dramatic. She makes the perfect teenage girl that doesn’t have a single problem in the world. But that didn’t make me like her all that much. I just hope I wasn’t like that when I was her age. Yet, I’m sure if I asked my mom she’d say I was very much like that.

Shattered Memories

I did have a few questions that kept coming up over and over again as I read. I will warn you, they are spoiler-y because they also reference Broken Glass. I don’t usually have questions, but I was scratching my head here and there.

What happened to Mr. Moccasin? Kaylee was desperate for the kitty at the very end of Broken Glass, but he’s never seen again. There wasn’t one single mention of him in Shattered Memories.

What happened to Andrew Cabot? I know the man was arrested for what he did to Kaylee, but that’s the last I heard about him. I honestly wanted to know about the trial/sentencing because that seems very important, but it’s as if his arrest was just it, that Kaylee needed to know nothing more. Also, I was quite peeved, with Broken Glass. As Kaylee came out on the gurney at the end, Andrew was nowhere in sight. The guy is psycho and there was no screaming or threatening? I just don’t believe it, not after everything he did to her. That man was unhinged, yet silent in the end? Queue creepy, and don’t forget peeved, shivers.

Okay, so my last question is in relation to Troy, who I adore if you couldn’t tell from above. As you know, if you’ve read it, Kaylee is dealing with not only psychological trauma, but physical trauma. She got her hair chopped off and is currently wearing a wig. I am really curious to know how Troy responded. I gave a thorough read-through and didn’t get an inkling of how he felt about it. Maybe it not getting mentioned showed that he was more than okay with it.

 

Overall, while I enjoyed the newly added characters, I felt deflated from beginning to end. There was too much clashing underneath the story and that can really mess up how I feel when I’m reading, and I read for nothing more than the sheer enjoyment. I dislike potholes in a story just as much as I dislike them on my street. The book was nothing like the two before it, which saddens me.

 

Quotables:

“You don’t look like me anymore, Kaylee. You’re prettier than I am now, but Mother can’t stand that, I’m sure. Did you forget how she wants us to be? You’re killing her by being so much prettier than me. You’re the one giving her the nervous breakdown now.” (Haylee to Kaylee, p. 55)

“Psychiatry is a form of voodoo.” (Mason to Kaylee, p.62)

“Weren’t you ever taught to put your disappointments in a bag of rocks and let them sink to the bottom of the sea?” (Kaylee to Marcy, p. 188)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Breath of Life by Florence + The Machine.

 

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Different Shades of a Feather (Broken Glass – A Book Review)

Broken Glass
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 2017

Broken Glass

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Sisters until the end…which may come sooner than they think.

Kaylee and Haylee Fitzgerald have been together since birth, never apart and never alone. They could nearly be one person with how closely their mother watches over them so that they are in sync in every way. They are, after all, two halves of her perfect daughter.

One night at the movies, Haylee confesses that she was supposed to meet somebody, but feeling suddenly ill she asks Kaylee to go meet up with him. When the movie ends and she still hasn’t returned, her mother and father are frantic. Haylee, however, is ecstatic. For the first time ever, she’s alone, and more importantly free…or is she?

Broken Glass

This book was different from the first one, The Mirror Sisters, in many ways. (You can read the review here) Broken Glass hit the ground running and I don’t just mean that it started right where The Mirror Sisters ended, which if you haven’t read it then I’m sorry for this spoiler: Kaylee was kidnapped at the very end of the book. The momentum was nonstop and bone-chilling. Not only that, but the POV of this book wasn’t restricted to just Kaylee as in the previous book. Both Kaylee and Haylee were featured in alternating chapters, giving me the inside tour of both of the twins’ minds.

Sitting in the front seat with both young women really gave an edge to the story for me. Haylee is at home with her father who is trying to keep everything together in the household while her mother is  going crazy because one daughter is missing, which means that both daughters are missing since she sincerely believes that whatever happens to one girl happens to both girls. Getting the inside scoop of what it’s really like inside of Haylee’s mind is even scarier than I thought. She’s manipulative and deceptive and I think a sociopath. There isn’t a single moment that she’s concerned for where her sister could be, if she’s alright, or if she’ll get her back. Meanwhile, Kaylee is stuck in a dark place with no apparent way out and her captor is obviously psychologically unstable. However, she begins to discover that everything she’s learned from Haylee could save her.

The desperation that the girls share is my favorite thing out of the entire book. The reason behind that is because it’s expressed differently from the two of them. Haylee’s desperation derives from striving to be her own person and be only child, though her twin is still everywhere and in everything around her. Kaylee’s was based on her sheer will to survive being kidnapped. She goes to extreme lengths she never imagined, some of which surprised me.

The book was still repetitive in places, but it was worth pushing through that. The story had me on edge, waiting to see what would happen next. The only time I was disappointed was at the very end. The story stretched out so nicely and then the ending was rushed too fast, like a rubber band being stretched out and then let go, snapping back at light speed. It made me disgruntled to say the least.

I will be posting the review for the third and final book of this trilogy soon.

Quotables:

“I prefer looking through windows rather than looking into mirrors. That way, I don’t have to see you, too.” (Haylee to Kaylee, p. 180)

“The truth was, in this world, we couldn’t exist without lies.” (Haylee, p. 209)

More to come soon…

-K.

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P.S. Song today? Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez.

Two Birds of a Feather (The Mirror Sisters – A Book Review)

The Mirror Sisters
Author: V.C. Andrew
Published:2016

Mirror Sisters

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltHalf bolt

 

Alike in every single way…with one exception.

            Haylee and Kaylee Fitzgerald are identical twins and must be the same in every way according to their mother. They wear the same clothing, have the same toys, and even the same middle names. Deep in her heart, she believes her girls are special, in complete sync. Whatever one girl feels or thinks, the other must.

After being home-schooled for the early years of grade school, the girls are enrolled into public school. Completely unprepared, they navigate the social web of cliques and boys and set out to discover what makes them different from each other. But, the search for independence turns dark and dangerous, taking mother’s determination for daughters to daughter too much to heart.

 

Quickie Disclaimer: This is the first series by V.C. Andrews that I’ve read, and I know that the author has longed passed away, so this isn’t actually written by her, but a ghost.

 

The book takes place in Kaylee Fitzgerald’s POV, the good twin as I call her. She goes on to describe how her and her sister grow up as if they’re one person. While she seeks to be her own person, she doesn’t desire to disappoint her mother. She just wants to find a balance. Her sister Haylee is the exact opposite. Defiant and unrelenting she goes to great lengths to disrupt their mother’s vision of them, manipulate and bend everyone to her will and even hurt others to get what she wants.

I must be honest. I both found this book to be enjoyable yet not. I found the beginning to be long-winded, especially in the beginning. I didn’t need eighty pages of history about the Fitzgerald family. Cut it down to forty and I still would’ve understood how creepy and strange it was to have twins be utterly identical down to the very way their brains worked, which was very creepy. That or the history could’ve been interwoven into the story…which it already was. Either way the eighty pages felt unneeded.

More so, I found there to be parts of the book that were rather repetitive. I didn’t need to know “because that’s what mother expected” or “so mother wouldn’t go all CIA on us” on almost every page.  Going back on every little detail was bothersome, too, because it got to a point that some of it could’ve been omitted. I started gritting my teeth in places. Understanding a person’s actions is all in the action and telling me about it constantly made me cringe.

However, not all was bad. In fact the whole direction of the story was dark and full of intrigue with how twisted Haylee became in the midst of striving to be her own person. She went to extreme lengths, like pretending to be Kaylee on a mini date with Kaylee’s crush and destroying whatever chance Kaylee had with the boy. It was a cruel and slimy thing to do and to family! Haylee didn’t even feel bad about it either. All of the nasty, dirty things that happen between Kaylee and Haylee really show the dynamic between the siblings; that they don’t have your average sibling rivalry. These girls look like one person, but one inherited the evil while the other inherited the good. It was when I reached the shocking end of the book that I decided I wanted to read the next book in this three part series, Broken Glass.

So while I had high hopes, they fell short. I can only muster three and a half bolts. There are  sparks that keep me going. I shall have Broken Glass up soon.

 

Quotables:

“Never blame your sister for anything; never make her look foolish or stupid, or you will look foolish and stupid.” (Mother to Kaylee & Haylee, p. 59)

Real love is an investment of yourself. You drop every natural defense you possess and replace it too soon with trust and dependence. Love, or the feelings you will come to call love, can be very, very dangerous.” (Mother to Kaylee & Haylee, p. 214)

“We’re just luggage. We’ll probably treat our own children the same way.” (Matt to Kaylee, p. 300)

“…It’s not your chronological age that matters; it’s your mental and emotional age.” (Haylee to Kaylee, p. 305)

 

More to come soon…

– K.

P.S. Song today? Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz.

Midnight Tease

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Hello my loves! My amazing bookworms!

I hope everybody had a great Halloween. It is the best time of year. Even better than, dare I say it, Christmas. I KNOW!! You disagree probably, but I’m a Halloween baby. You keep your Christmas. I’ll dance around to the theme from Halloween. I know this year I dressed up as Void Stiles from Teen Wolf. It was a lot of fun. My boss at work was very worried and kept asking why I was angry though. I just smiled.

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Anyway! It’s that time. The midnight hour has struck and I have the Midnight Tease, because who needs sleep? Not me! Actually, I probably do need sleep, but I love you and so I’ve brought this monthly update to you.

For those of you who have just recently joined me here, on The Scarlet Reader, this is the time when I show you what I’m reading, what I’ll soon be reading and what’s up for review this month. I love to keep everyone updated with what is on my current queue (which is on the back of my couch).

So without further ado…

 

Coming Soon…

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Icons-Idols

Icons/Idols
Author: Margaret Stohl

This one kind of piqued my curiosity because the author also worked on Beautiful Creatures, which I enjoyed.

 

F-D-JH

Frankenstein/Dracula/Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Mary Shelley/Bram Stoker/Robert Louis Stevenson

Ahhhh, a collection of classic horror novels. It’s like opening a Dr. Pepper. Completely delightful and thirst quenching. I got this collection last year, needing to have all three and it also comes with an introduction by Stephen King (a bonus!).

 

Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew: Ghost Stories #2
Author: Carolyn Keene

I discovered this one on my college campus actually and was kind of excited. I enjoy Nancy Drew every once in a while and ghost stories are always fun.

 

Hidden Oracle-Dark Prophecy

The Hidden Oracle & The Dark Prophecy
Author: Rick Riordan

I read the Percy Jackson series and really loved the cameo Apollo had, so I’m really looking forward to reading these. Plus I got Dark Prophecy for free because the pages were damaged, which helped me decide to get it. (Score!) I’m glad I can get these read before the next one come out which is May 1, 2018.

 

 

Currently…

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There are some books I’ve been working on for a few months now and some that I’ve been waiting to get to. I look forward to telling you about them in future reviews.

 

Diary of a Sex Fiend

Diary of a Sex Fiend
Author: Abby Lee

 

Broken Glass - Shattered Memories

Broken Glass & Shattered Memories
Author: V.C. Andrews

 

Where It Began

Where It Began
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler

 

Up for Review…

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Love & Misadventure - SR

Love & Misadventure
Author: Lang Leav

 

Poison Princess

Poison Princess
Author: Kresley Cole

 

Mirror Sisters

The Mirror Sisters
Author: V.C. Andrews

 

Have some good books? Let me know in the comment section.

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More to come soon..

-K.

Darkest Before the Dark Knight (Gotham: Dawn of Darkness – A Book Review)

Gotham: Dawn of Darkness
Author: Jason Starr
Published: 2017

Gotham

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Before the twisted city of Gotham came to know James Gordon, Bruce Wayne, and its greatest foes there was Thomas Wayne: a great man with dark secrets, Harvey Bullock: a hard drinking, dirty cop, and Alfred who was still adjusting to life as a butler.

A break-in at Wayne Manor stirs up trouble in Gotham. Thomas is afraid that it’s connected to his old colleague, Hugo Strange, but Harvey isn’t so sure and he doesn’t really care. Lazily, he chases after the case sure that Thomas should just give it up. The deeper the two of them delve into the crime, the more danger there is. There are criminals lurking on every corner of Gotham and there’s more at risk than their own lives.

Gotham

While this book was on the shelf with those quick-fix romances and animal themed mysteries, I was extremely thrilled to read it. For fans of Gotham, this is the ultimate prequel before James Gordon came onto the scene of the dark city of Gotham. This is the look at Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father, that I’ve been waiting for. And to discover that he has a part of his past that he’s not proud of much like most of Gotham? That truly put him on an equal playing field with the city, as dark and dangerous secrets are a part of what makes Gotham.

Also, there were new details and stories about each of the characters that were focused on here that I didn’t learn about from the show, which was really cool. It gave me a stronger appreciation for all of it, characters, setting, and the show in its entirety.

Not Bad

The tone of the novel changed with each character’s POV and that was a major reason why I loved it. Each character on the page was true to the one on the TV screen. I swear I could hear their voices, like they were sitting on my shoulder, as I read. Very strong and enticing. Having a powerful voice is very important to me when I read. If you can carry me with that then I’m sucked in.

To see what life was like with the Wayne parents alive was intriguing and it grew even more so to see how they took care of Bruce and how they handled their affairs. They weren’t the perfect parents. Even they had disagreements. Seeing their day to day life and how they, for lack of a better term, survived in the twisted, Gothic city of Gotham was like getting a peek behind the curtain of the great wizard of Oz.

The book is action and tense from start to finish. Though a casual mass market, I enjoyed it very much. If you love Batman and/or Gotham then give this a read.

 

Quotables:

“…Any two people can read the same book and have vastly different views of it. But science and math are precise—there’s only one answer, and if you search hard enough, you can always find it.” (Bruce, 43)

“…if you want to be a cop in Gotham, you gotta know how to play the game. People who don’t know how to play the game end up with worms in their brains.” (Harvey to Amanda, p. 90)

“Wake up. This is Gotham. There are no good guys.” (Harvey to Amanda, p. 91)

“It’s never right to take joy from someone else’s suffering.” (Alfred to Bruce, p. 157)

“…I think the ability to fight and not kill is what separates us from animals.” (Bruce to Alfred, p. 302)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy.