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sifuCJC

sifuCJC@bookwyrm.social

Joined 2 years, 9 months ago

I read only nonfiction for years. Now, I'm getting back into fiction. (he/him)

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Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen: The Golden Couple (Hardcover, 2022, St. Martin's Press) 4 stars

A mystery told through counseling

5 stars

This was fun. It was gripping without any overt reason. A mystery without any of the general tropes.

It's a mystery told through couple's counseling. It dives into the characters and that's where the uncertainty comes from; who's lying to themselves or others? Unique idea and written well.

reviewed Killing Floor by Lee Child (Jack Reacher, #1)

Lee Child: Killing Floor (EBook, 2005, Jove) 4 stars

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in …

If you know what you're getting...

4 stars

If you realize you're in for a macho action book, then you'll be pleasantly surprised that there's some nuance. (Of course, some not also.) These are a step above a pulp novel, and serve the same purpose.

I did realize what I like about these books though: Reacher comes up against a conspiracy, and Child is able to take us through the mystery without it getting too confusing with the complexity. (This is only the second one I've read though.)

started reading Killing Floor by Lee Child (Jack Reacher, #1)

Lee Child: Killing Floor (EBook, 2005, Jove) 4 stars

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in …

Once at my parent's house when I couldn't sleep, I picked up a Reacher book. It was nice; consistent and simple. I'll try this series out, listening in the background in the evening.

John le Carré: A Perfect Spy (2000, Pocket) 4 stars

One spy's life

4 stars

Wow. This is not a 'spy novel'. This is a novel about a much more realistic spy (as I'd heard le Carre writes); no 007. It's a fantastically deep character study; you feel like you know Pym better than he knows himself. There is some plot tension, but mostly it's this fascinating, dense story of a life, one spy's life.

As an American, the British colloquialisms coupled with the unreliable narrator (in one POV) got me quite confused. I sorted it out later in the book.