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Generation Kill by Evan Wright
Generation Kill by Evan Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening, 24 Jun 2014
I don't normally read books about the military, but this, which tells the story of a US Marine Recon unit advancing into Iraq at the first stage of the war against Saddam Hussein is fascinating and compelling. There are a lot of personalities, though some do stand out. It may be the most warts-and-all portrayal of the confusion and uncertainty and sheer hazardous undertaking of modern warfare, and Wright deserves credit for showing so clearly what these young men encounter, fear, and have to put up with.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus. Eleanor looks weird, and she's new, and Park only offers her the seat next to him because he feels sorry for her. Gradually, they bond over comics, and conversation, and Rowell charts their gradually developing relationship beautifully. It seems an entirely natural and believable progression (and it's so nice to read about characters who are genuinely not fantastically good-looking). There's tension in the background, however, with what Rowell gradually and subtly reveals about Eleanor's home life, and the bullying she faces at school, and how this contrasts with Park's much easier life (despite the ongoing tension between him and his ex-Marine… Read more
Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery (J.J. &hellip by Liliana Hart
JJ Graves is an entertaining protagonist, and I enjoyed this mystery, set in a small town. Hart does her misdirecting well, the gradually revealed small-town secrets come out naturally, and the friendship between JJ and Jack is nicely developed. However, the ending felt forced and relied on a shock reveal which wasn't justified by the information given in the rest of the book.

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