New Year's Resolution - Read 12 books in 2019 - DONE

Just finished "Dune" by Frank Herbert

What a book. Here are my thoughts

Words for 2018

Here are some words I liked from 2018:

  • Capricious - Determined by chance it whim rather than by necessity

  • Rube - A person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture

  • Copacetic - Completely satisfactory

  • Louche - Disreputable or sordid in a rakish or appealing way.

  • Cogent  - Clear, logical, convincing (of an argument / case)

  • Remonstrate - To make a forcefully reproachful protest

  • Indefatigable - Persisting tirelessly

  • Persiflage - Light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter

  • Inimical - Tending to obstruct or harm

  • Viviparous - Bringing forth live young that have developed inside the body of the parent

  • Pernicious - Having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way

  • Bumptious - Self-assertive or proud to an irritating degree

  • Recalcitrant - Having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline

  • Incipient - In an initial stage; beginning to happen or develop

Book Review: A Last Act of Charity

“A Last Act of Charity” by Frank Westworth is a solid read. Initially drawn to it by the cover, it starts out with a crime scene and immediately draws you in. It's gritty, exciting, funny, and captivating, everything you'd expect from a good thriller & suspense novel.

The language was descriptive, and at times, humorous. For example, in reference to sensual rope-tying - “How tight should one pull the silken twine before the reef knot turned into the grief knot?” The only thing that diminished the otherwise fluid pace of the story were the one-word sentences, of which there were many. Tons. Numerous. However, that’s just the author’s style, and since I’m talking about it in a review, it made the story unique. 

I didn’t like how the story switched from 3rd person to first person in Chapter 4, despite the chapter title declaring “First Person Plural.” At times, the story also breaks the 4th wall, speaking directly to the reader, which I wasn’t a fan of, but that's just a personal preference.

Overall, the book is an exciting thrill-ride involving crime scenes, action, and intriguing characters who help maintain the pace of the story. The musings of JJ Stoner, the main character, are hilarious and mix nicely with some of the other darker themes of the story. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fun read featuring a strong lead and a thrilling plot. 

4/5 stars


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