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Smashwords book reviews by Anthony Chavez
- Death on Deadline
on July 30, 2012
I received a copy of Death on Deadline for review and what a great little read it was.
Majeske may write about what some perceive boring, the desk jobs we don't think about. This book is not only a murder mystery at its core, but it is about the daily paper, something I think a lot of people take for granted in how it got to our doorstep. This book really got me thinking about the tireless work that goes into the articles in the paper that so many people just gloss over. It also brings up how technology is putting the small time papers out of business and making reporters and newspapers work twice as hard to stay afloat.
But aside from that Majeske took this murderous story and brought a nice crisp lightheartedness to it, it really made it seem real and everyday. America Miles, The main character, is flawed as are many of us, yet she is quirky and funny, and that makes her so much more able to relate to. She's a real woman, with a real normal job, normal friends, and a normal sex drive, and I love her thought process and/or narration throughout, the reader cannot help but be drawn into her life and all the surrounding events, and that's what makes such a good book, how it envelopes you.
America Miles, lives in Hyacinth, Missouri and works for the local paper. She is strong, clever, intelligent, and very resourceful, I absolutely loved her depth of classic nick at night television references laced throughout. I also can't help but feel that the cast of supporting characters are all based on people Majeske has worked with the last 15 years in her journalist career, complete with backbiting, journalistic flaws, and the camaraderie between coworkers, but everyone of them added even greater dimension to an already engaging story. It was also nice to have the little sub-plot love triangle going on, it didn't take away from the main story one bit, but thickened the tension as the mystery drove on.
There are some good twists and diversions in this roller coaster ride of a little book to keep the murder-mystery enthusiast guessing until the final reveal. Great little read, I thank Diane Majeske for sending me a copy and look forward to her next book. Great debut novel!
- The Color of Ash
on Aug. 06, 2012
Very interesting little short story by Kameko Murakami. I loved the premise and driving force of "The Color of Ash," it has a lot of potential for a comic book or a character in a much bigger novella or novel.
The first paragraph alone had me hooked. I can't imagine buying apples at a market, getting home and out of my work clothes and then going to eat one of the apples only to find it shrunken and old, as if it has sat there for weeks. I liked Beth's, the main character's, attempts at finding out exactly what sort of power she wields. Testing her hands on herself, her clothes she is wearing versus clothes that she isn't wearing, touching water, her cellphone, a pen, coffee table, etc. Quite the scientific experiment there and one I could see totally happening if a SUDDEN superpower came upon someone.
Why doesn't her own hands destroy her clothes she is wearing or her own skin and body? "Because a snake is immune to its own poison." - great line.
It has all the workings and a touch of Stephen King in "The Color of Ash," and a nice little interesting mini-twist at the end. I look forward to reading more from Kameko in the future.