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BOOK REVIEW: “A Brief History of Seven Killings” (Marlon James – 2014)

Marlon James’ “A Brief History of Seven Killings” (2014) is a challenging, demanding historical fiction narrated by multiple characters, giving a complex viewpoint of Jamaican crime, gang culture, and politics over several decades.  It’s a character-driven epic, told in non-linear time, and focuses on the ripples and consequences of the people involved in the attempted

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Lock Artist” by Scott Hamilton (2010)

  FOUR STARS (****)  The Lock Artist is everything they say it is:  a rich, funny, entertaining, character-based coming of age crime story filled with believable, interesting characters in a well-paced thriller. To say that I’m behind in reading the seminal novels in this genre is an understatement.  But there’s a good reason why, if you

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BOOK REVIEW: “Artemis” (2017) by Andy Weir

Andy Weir’s Artemis succeeds in telling a fast-paced, well-plotted tale, but this sci-fi heist story ultimately suffers from underdeveloped characters, unnecessary juvenile humor, and a largely absent antagonist. Artemis has a great hook; a heist caper set on a future lunar colony. We’re introduced to a plucky heroine named Jazz Bashara, 26, a Saudi Arabian

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