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The Girl on the Train (2015, Penguin Books) 3 stars

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the …

Tedious. Vile.

1 star

I picked this up because it was an available audiobook at my library and I wanted a thriller.

Greedy narcissists, violent cavemen. Nothing clever, interesting, or insightful. Incredibly tedious to watch these characters plod through their lives until the predictable climax. By the end, all of the characters blurred together in my head into one blob because of their similar boring, sad behavior.

Billy Summers (2021, Scribner) 4 stars

Billy Summers is a crime novel written by American author Stephen King, published by Scribner …

One of King's best in a while

4 stars

I think this is a book for an older guy, but a very good one. It feels like it's written for the aging tough guy with a moral code. In spite of that narrow appeal, I found the story really compelling and exciting. The 2nd half took a turn I didn't expect and I think the way King crafted the end was quite fun.

Overall, a book I recommend to old guys like me.

The City We Became (2020, Orbit) 4 stars

In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn't remember …

A comic book allegory, artfully done

3 stars

I think this is a brilliantly woven allegory to modern NYC: racism, gentrification, and over-retailing.

As well-crafted as it is, it felt like a comic book to me (graphic novel would be a better term, I suppose). Superheroes on a quest, moving through a carefully defined universe of rules that need to be laid out before every next step.

Well-made, but not my cup of tea in fiction.