[ARC] This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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This Is Where It Ends seemed to have all the features of an engaging novel: the story of Tyler, a student, who brings guns at his high school and begins kill his former schoolmates, the narration divided among different characters who once knew the person who became a killer.

But keeping on the reader ends up disappointed, and I agree with other online review that point out two main issues of the story:

  1. the narrating voices in the end seem to be only one: the author creates various characters (and points of view) whohowever share mostly a single kind of feeling. The characterization lacks emotionality and the only way to discriminate characters is for something the book tells us (about their past, about their behaviour).
  2. Tyler was a potentiality for the novel, in understanding or deepen his reasons and his character. Instead the novel, in the various POVs, shows the reader an evil guy, and it adds also other evils to his story, building, in the end, a quite dull and mono-dimensional bad guy.

I did not grow fond of any of the characters, and I think the novel failed in chosing not to talk about the most complex character (ending instead in a simplification of his story), the one so exasperated to take a gun and kill his former schoolmates.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp ★☆☆☆

*I read this book in English

 

[ARC] The Cartel by Don Winslow

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Da quando ho scoperto Don Winslow con L’inverno di Frankie Machine cerco di non perdermi nessuno dei suoi romanzi (vedi ad esempio Savages & The king of cool). Uno dei romanzi meglio riusciti dello scrittore è però Il potere del cane, un’epopea del narcotraffico in cui entrano in scena numerosi personaggi; The cartel prende da dove avevamo lasciato Art Keller e Adan Barrera e ci racconta cosa è successo dopo.

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Since I read for the first time a novel by Don WinslowThe Winter of Frankie Machine – I try to keep up with his novels (like for example Savages & The king of cool). One of his best novel is in my opinion The power of the dog, an epic about drug trade in Mexico and USA where lots of characters have a role; The cartel begins where the other book left Art Keller and Adan Barrera and tells what happened afterwards.

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[ARC] 47 Ronin by Stan Sakai

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The 47 ronin are samurai without master, him being forced to commit seppuku after violating a rule in the shogun palace.

The story, told also in movies and literature is in this case told as a graphic novel.

The book follows the death of Asano Naganori, happened because of Kira Yoshinaka, and the stories of his forty-seven samurai willing to avenge the injustice and to rehabilitate their master.

The story, which I did not know, is engaging; the structure chosen – the story is told by a third person who does not have part in the events – is well-built and allows a good development and a fine conclusion.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* 47 Ronin by Stan Sakai – ★★★★☆

*I read this book in English

[ARC] Dream Thief vol. 1 by Jay Nitz

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In this first volume we meet John Lincoln who, once stolen an aboriginal mask at a museum, become aware of unexpected and peculiar powers: his body can be possessed by the ghosts of murdered people and moved to gain revenge.

Once revenge is obtained the ghost flees but his memories and abilities stay, John so becomes a skilled soldier, a gambler and so on.

The series contains some violent elements – let’s say obviously, John is an avenger – it’s well structured and leaves some mystery elements to be discovered in the next issues.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* Dream thief vol. 1 by Jay Nitz ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in English