Tag: fiction

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: “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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Trying to pick my five favorite heist novel adaptations is like asking me to pick my five favorite Led Zeppelin songs. There are too many awesome choices, and several worthy inclusions will be left off the final list. (sorry, “Misty Mountain Hop”) There are great movie adaptations, (Rififi, notably) that came from a less-than-admired source

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