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LibraryCin

LibraryCin

Joined March 2018

I read just about everything. Love cats (I volunteer with them, too), and dancing (right now, bellydance and contra dance).
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Tracks | Louise Erdrich
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I didn‘t “get” it. “I” was used in the book, but part of the time “I” was male and part of the time “I” was female. I wasn‘t sure if “I” was switching back and forth somehow or what, but a review I saw said something about there being two narrators, one an old man and one a young woman. Nanapush was the name of the old man “I”, but I don‘t know if it was just a name or if it was meant to represent the native legend of the same name?

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Mehso-so

Overall, the book was ok. Fonseca was a bit all over the place – the chapters didn‘t really tie together. I think I didn‘t like her writing style. She included some photos of some of the various people she talked to. I suppose the most interesting to me was the chapter on the Holocaust. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin I‘m not sure any stereotypes were quenched by reading this – she said it early in the book: they lie, they steal… I found it odd. If she was trying to fight stereotypes (as other reviews are saying), I definitely missed that. I‘m still rating it ok. It held my interest, so that‘s a good thing. It just wasn‘t what I expected, and I didn‘t learn as much as I‘d hoped.
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Maude If you liked the part about the holocaus you may like to read, And the Violins Stopped Playing, it tells the story of the gypsy holocaust. 5d
Maude The Litsy link doesn't have the synopsis in English but I'll try to find another :) 5d
LibraryCin @Maude oooh, thank you! Yes i will add that one! 4d
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The Magician's Lie | Greer Macallister
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I enjoyed it, but wasn‘t crazy about the end. I really liked the setting and the atmosphere. I also love the cover. There was an interview with the author at the end of my copy; I had been wondering as I read, and it was confirmed, that Arden‘s magician mentor in the story was a real woman. There really weren‘t many women illusionists at the time. One of the events near the end of the story (a fire at a theatre in Chicago) also really happened

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Dinosaur Lake II:Dinosaurs Arising | Kathryn Meyer Griffith
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I really enjoyed this one, as well. There was a stretch in the middle where it slowed down a bit and we were dealing with the head park ranger‘s wife‘s illness, but it picked up again soon after. I quite liked most of the characters (the only ones I didn‘t like were very secondary), and I was interested in how things would go for them. Also loved the kitten. I hope to continue with the series.

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This one pulled me in from the start. Those poor animals. What a nightmare of a time, trying to fix everything up, get water and food for the animals (and the zoo staff who came back to help out – they needed food, too!), trying to keep looters from continually coming back, etc. With gunfire happening here and there all around. Really good book.

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Mehso-so

Millie was feisty, that‘s for sure. She was also well-respected. And had a few brushes with the law. I‘m not sure she was someone I would like, but it takes all kinds. She has lots of good stories. The book certainly kept my interest. Overall, it was good.

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Audio, kept my attention pretty much the whole time. It was all circumstantial evidence that convicted Brad, but a whole LOT of it! Because it was written in 1995, just after Brad was originally convicted, I had to look up online if he‘d been released since. I‘m also curious how his sons are doing. At the time the book was written, it sounded like they were well-cared for, but I still wonder what kind of influence he had on them.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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This started off good for me, but the middle lagged. I guess I wasn‘t as interested when the girls all went soldier/war-like on the world. Just didn‘t find those parts as interesting. I can see that it‘s an interesting look on gender role-reversals, though. What would happen if, suddenly, it was mostly women in charge, with all the power. What would happen? Overall, though, I‘m rating it ok.

8little_paws I'm reading this next week for my book group! 3w
LibraryCin @8little_paws it was a book club read for me, too! 2w
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Mehso-so

I listened to the audio and my interest came and went. What I paid attention to was interesting. As we got closer to current times, with my (for a while) interest in astronomy, it was fun to read about some of those space missions that I remember

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Born of Deception | Teri Brown
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I really enjoyed this. I was sure frustrated with Anna and Cole and their lack of communication? Understanding of each other? (Sadly, it‘s been a few days since I finished, so I‘m already forgetting details) I did like the cowboy (part of the touring show Anna becomes a part of) – he was a fun addition. Although, not quite as good as the first book, I still enjoyed the atmosphere of this one. As YA, it was also a fast read

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On the Island: A Novel | Tracey Garvis Graves
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I really liked this. The chapters alternated between Anna and T.J., which was a bit confusing at first (even though the start of the chapter tells you whose POV it is), but it didn‘t take long before I was ok with it. It was a fast read – read in one day. Short chapters. I could say more, but there are just too many spoilery things – beware of other reviews, as many do include what I would consider to be spoilers

TheSpineView I loved this book too. Great beach read! 4w
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Mehso-so

It seemed like I was missing something right at the start! I guess this only started with Swamp Thing #21, when Alan Moore took over the writing of it. Oops! Didn‘t realize. And didn‘t really know the story. It did seem to back up a bit after the opening bit to explain, and I found the explanation of how the Swamp Thing came to be quite interesting. The rest of the book was ok. I don‘t think I‘ll continue the series

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The Dead Girls Club | Damien Walters
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I really liked this. It pulled me in and kept me wanting to read. It turned out to be a pretty fast read. It is told alternating between Then and Now, as the reader slowly learns what happened that summer, while at the same time trying to figure out who has contacted Heather now. Yes, I was surprised by a couple of twists at the end. And, there were a few creepy parts, so fitting for an October read.

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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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This was good. There were parts that lost my interest just a little bit. I think sometimes the “hard-boiled” (darker, grittier) mysteries don‘t always keep my interest as much as other mysteries (maybe not always). This may have been one of those. Overall, though, I still thought it was good. I am planning to try the next in the series, so I‘ll continue for now.

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Vanishing Girl | Shane Peacock
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This was ok. It‘s another series where I think I will not continue with, though. There were interesting parts, but overall not enough to keep my interest throughout, nor enough to make me want to pick up the next book.

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I listened to the audio, and overall, I‘d say it was ok. To be honest, nothing was super-appealing about this one, and I think I‘ll probably stop the series here. Nothing was really wrong with it, either, but just not appealing enough for me to keep going.

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All Clear | Connie Willis
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The first 1/3 of the book wasn‘t as interesting as it got to be later in the book. For how much I disliked Alf and Binnie, they were some good comic relief, at times! Loved Sir Godfrey. I liked how the book wrapped up, though I was still left with one question from one hint of something at the very end, so I‘m not quite sure I understood that one little bit. Didn‘t like this one quite as much as the first, though. Still, overall, really liked it.

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The Garden of Ruth | Eva Etzioni-Halevy
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I thought this was good, both women‘s stories. A lot of jumping in between men‘s beds (for both Osnath and Ruth!), though not in detail, but the story was still interesting. As always, I appreciate the historical note that was added in at the end

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Every Note Played | Lisa Genova
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I loved one of these workers in the story. These are amazing people, those who care for the terminally ill, and with diseases where bit-by-bit, someone needs to help with everything. Have to admit, though, that I didn‘t (at least for the first bit of the book) like either Richard or Karina. But, we learn more about them, their relationship, their histories, and how they ended up where they are as the story goes on.

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Cannery Row | John Steinbeck
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Much of the first… half?… of the book was introducing characters. It got better once the characters were introduced and there was a bit of a storyline. The boys all seemed to like to party and didn‘t seem to care what got broken. It was kind of entertaining for the last half once a few things actually happened.

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Mehso-so

Well, I wouldn‘t say this lives up to “happily ever after”! There is one more volume to go. As usual, there are lots of different stories going on in this one volume, so I enjoyed some stories.

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Mehso-so

I found the writing a bit stilted. This is a translation, so that could be the culprit. I didn‘t like any of the characters. I was actually waffling between 3.5 and 4 stars, but the end pulled it down without a doubt. It didn‘t completely seem to finish, or if it did, I didn‘t get it. Now, from my review, even 3.5 might seem a bit high rating, but I was interested to find out what happened (sadly, the end let me down).

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Mehso-so

This was good. They may have been the only black family, but there were “Indians” nearby; Isaac hates the Indians, so Rachel took her cue from her husband (though she would need the help of one of the women later on). I especially liked the way it ended, and would love for there to be a sequel, as I‘d love to know what happens next!

megnews I‘ve had this on my tbr for awhile. Gotta get to it. 2mo
LibraryCin @megnews hope you like it! 2mo
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Coming to terms with the aftermath took a long time. The son she knew and raised was not someone who could have done such a thing. Dylan hid his troubles well. Though the book started off well for me, and most of the book continued that way, the very end lagged a bit. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin Sue does work now, trying to help people see the signs of suicide and to be able to see the difference between normal teenage behaviour and potential suicidal behaviour – have to admit that that‘s where I wasn‘t quite as interested. 2mo
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What the Night Knows | Dean R. Koontz
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I really liked this. It drew me in immediately. It did slow down in the middle and it picked up again at the end. It is horror, it is violent. I found many parts of it, especially at the start, very creepy (which I love, but wasn‘t great to be reading right before bed, which I mostly was for this one!). Definitely creepy.

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Homes: A Refugee Story | Abu Bakr al Rabeeah
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Learned about something I didn‘t think about with refugees – how lonely it is. At least for Bakr and his family; the extended family did not come with them to Canada, and they had such a large space that they weren‘t used to. His friends (and cousins) were still back in Syria, and it was (of course) very difficult for them all with the language barrier when they first arrived.

Melissa_J This was such a good read! 2mo
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Kim | Rudyard Kipling
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What‘s a baboo? What‘s a lama? (I know Dalai Lama is a title, but I still don‘t know what a lama is.) Mack Boob. Mack Bow Valley (or Mack Bow Bally?) - these are what might have been names (or what sounded like it on the audio). Thou and thee. I heard these words over and over. Beyond that, nothing registered. It just didn‘t interest me enough to keep my attention… not even a little bit.

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I found this very interesting. He not only discussed the light or darkness of each place, and the resulting lack of stars that can be seen, he also talked about crime (some light helps, but more and more light doesn‘t make a difference), and also the effect of perpetual light at night on humans‘ health, not just due to sleepyness for those who work at night, but also cancer. There was discussion of other animals, who rely on night and darkness.

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This was really good. It was also very interesting, to read the cultural differences between the Middle Eastern countries he lived in and the Western countries. It was really nice to see how accepted he was in Canada, regardless of his nationality and his sexual orientation.

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Upstream | Sharon Butala
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there were no likable characters in this book. I got much more interested in the second half of the book when Chloe started reading her grandmother‘s diary – about having to move from Quebec to Saskatchewan and starting over in an English province (though in a French town).

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I found this really interesting; in addition to the animal stories, he discusses things like costs, diseases, etc. He gives tips on dealing with your vet, as well as dealing with your pet (i.e. giving a pill to your cat!). He also talks about the people he sees. Because it‘s written in short “essays”, it moves from one topic to the next quickly, but that didn‘t really bother me. I really enjoyed this

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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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It‘s not very often that a reread will result in a higher rating from me, but this one has. Maybe I‘m just in a higher-rating mood, but wow! Warning: there is a lot of violence in this book, but I feel like that was the reality of slavery. And for a “modern-day” (from the 1970s, when the book was first written) woman to experience it… wow!

Liatrek This is on my reread list too! Such an amazing book. 2mo
LibraryCin @Liatrek i hope you like it just as much as the first time, or more! 2mo
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Heidi | Johanna Spyri.
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I started off thinking I‘d rate this read of it (an audio) 4 stars, I decided on 3.5 (good). I suspect it might have been better to read it, rather than listen; however, fond memories remain. I did enjoy the reminder of what actually happened in the book (although it does seem I missed bits and pieces, here and there – I suspect I wouldn‘t have if I‘d not listened to the audio).

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The Long Winter | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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I love these books! The series is so much fun to reread. This one, I thought, was so good at describing/capturing the cold of the prairie winters. I grew up on the Canadian Prairies and it can be cold. Of course, we are now very lucky to have the heating we do. I can‘t imagine that kind of cold inside the house or the isolation they would have felt at the time, as well, with the trains not able to get to them! This really is an amazing series.

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Goodnight Nobody | Jennifer Weiner
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I really enjoyed this. The ex-flame helping out makes for a slightly more interesting investigation. After taking a peek at some of the other reviews, I had no problem with Kate! I guess I “get” her infatuation with her former crush (though I am not married, so…), and I don‘t have kids, so the fact that she wasn‘t terribly happy with her current situation didn‘t really bother me. In any case, I really enjoyed the story!

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Fascinatiing. She includes a lot of statistics in the book; I like that she is able to compare the generations, but when all the generations were teens and young adults, due to surveys that have been done since the 1970s. there are a lot of graphs, which are hard to read on my small Kobo screen. The author did a lot of interviews, so she can take some of the stories from the interviews to highlight some of the findings. Very interesting book.

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I liked this. Seeing part of Julian‘s home life included a visit to his grandmother in Paris, and I loved her story.

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The Last Olympian | Rick Riordan
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I listened to the audio, and it didnt don‘t hold my attention, though I caught some things here and there. From what I gathered there was lots of fighting, but hard to pick out a plot. I wish I had looked back at my reviews for the other books in the series for that reminder to not listen to the audios. I know how it wrapped up – at least some of the things that happened at the end with Percy‘s friends, and an agreement made with the gods.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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It started off a bit slow, but I thought it picked up as it went on. A bit confusing, with not only a lot of characters, but each chapter being told from someone else‘s viewpoint. The chapters are short, which helps it feel faster to read. In any case, I quite liked it in the end. A few twists, but not too many, mostly at the very end.

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Blackout | Connie Willis
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There were a lot of characters to introduce. However, once things got going, they really got going. I didn‘t want to stop reading; I wanted to just keep going to find out what happened. I really liked some of the “contemps” (the contemporary people living in their time) – I especially loved the actor Polly met. Cont in comments

LibraryCin Luckily, I had seen somewhere ahead of time that this book does not conclude; it is continued in the next book, so I‘m going to want to get to that sequel fairly soon. 3mo
Melissa_J I loved this one and All Clear. 3mo
LibraryCin @Melissa_J i really hope to get to all clear soon! 3mo
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Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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I listened to the audio and it was good; the audio kept my attention. There was a separate narrator for each of the sisters. To be honest, I really don‘t have a lot to say about this one, except I can‘t say that I liked James much

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I really liked this. It‘s been long enough since I read this the first time that I really didn‘t remember anything. Although some things came back to mind as I was reading them, any twists and turns were a surprise to me again this time around. There were a lot of characters, a lot going on, but I found the characters easy to follow who was who. A drawback to writing about technology – already some of it has been surpassed by more technology!

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A Town Like Alice | Nevil Shute
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It was good. Odd point of view, told from Noel‘s POV, though Jean was the main character, so it was pretty much her story told by him, but at a distance. There was racism (a heck of a lot to our 21st century eyes and ears), sexism, and the end was pretty implausible. I don‘t want to say too much, but Jean single-handedly doing as much as she did? I doubt it. Con't in comments...

LibraryCin Despite all that, it was a good story. The author‘s note at the end was interesting – the prisoner march of women and children really did happen. 3mo
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The Night Sister: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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I found the first half of the book a bit slow, and lost interest at times, but I did pick up most of what was going on. Half way through, the pace picked up, and for the last third, it was more riveting. When I heard the twist at the end, I didn‘t believe that could work from what had already been told in the story, so I thought re-listening (or reading) would be helpful to figuring it out, but ultimately, I think things did all get explained.

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I grew up close to Eastend, and have been there a few times. I can picture it, the T-Rex Centre, Cypress Hills, the surrounding land, the ghost towns nearby that were mentioned... I‘m sure I also once learned the history of Chimney Coulee and the Cypress Hills Massacre. I‘ve been to Chimney Coulee and can also picture that in my head. Good book, sad stuff about the First Nations people and everything that happened, but important to learn about.

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A Royal Pain | Rhys Bowen
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I really enjoyed this. I think I liked it better than the first one (at least from what I remember, anyway). There are humourous, lighthearted moments in the books. Though I am not necessarily a fan of some of her rich friends, I do like Georgie, as she‘s had to learn to be more self-sufficient.

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I was initially disheartened when they were in a pet store and not adopting from a rescue… then I had to remind myself that it was originally written decades ago. The publisher‘s note did address this, to my relief. I also didn‘t like the rhyming as much as his other books, as it didn‘t seem to flow as well, in my opinion. The story itself – I did like the ending. Which pet did they get?

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Red Hood's Revenge | Jim C. Hines
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There is a lot of fighting in this series. Yeah, kick-ass princesses are fun, but I have to admit, I tend to skim some of the fighting scenes. I briefly considered giving up on the series, but with only one book left, I think I might as well finish it off. I keep waffling between feeling like I liked it (3.5 stars) and feeling like it was ok (3 stars)

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West of the Moon | Margi Preus
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I really enjoyed this. It‘s a bit simple at times and seems easy to get out of some of her predicaments, but it‘s a kid‘s book, so I can look past that. There aren‘t a lot of illustrations in the book, but I loved the ones that were there! It‘s historical fiction (set in the mid-1800s), so it was nice to see that historical note at the end.

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There is a lot going on in this book, primarily religion and the death penalty. I found some of the religion “debates” interesting. The “magic” portions reminded me a bit of “The Green Mile”; one of the prisoners at one point nicknamed Shay “Green Mile”, which I did think was kind of a fun way to address that. At the same time, these events made the book less realistic for me. I still quite enjoyed it, though.