Bats of the Republic by: Zachary Thomas Dodson
Mini-Synopsis: A historical fiction/dystopian fiction crossover bound together with a beautifully illuminated text.
Mini-Review: This book is clever and manages to straddle two very different (seemingly incompatible) genres at the same time. But first, a word of warning. This book absolutely must be read in the hardcover edition. No Kindle or other ePub versions, no ARCs. I also have my doubts about how well a library copy would hold up. The story is enough to hold it’s own – but believe me this book is a thousand times more enjoyable if you read it as Dodson (who incidentally is both the author and ‘illuminator’) intended it to be read.
Other Trusted Reviews: Shannon @ River City Reading
Rating: 4 stars
The Sellout by: Paul Beatty
Mini-Synopsis: A satire of epic proportions about an African American man sitting in front of the Supreme Court on some very… interesting charges. Touches on different facets of modern American life such as the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, and the father-son relationship.
Mini-Review: Look, this book is hardcore laugh out loud funny. But being a middle class white lady there are points where I felt uncomfortable with the laugh out loud nature of it. As Catherine from The Gilmore Guide to Books put it so eloquently:
“There is a cognitive dissonance in seeing the n-word over and over and over. As In ‘I should NOT be reading a book that uses this word like a comma” but I know it’s a satire.”
YES. EXACTLY THAT. This book is highly enjoyable but sometimes I feel like I’m not really allowed to be laughing at it. Despite that, I have to recommend it.
Other Trusted Reviews: Heather @ Bee’s Book Buzz
Rating: 4.5 stars
A Spool of Blue Thread by: Anne Tyler
Mini-Synopsis: Cradle to grave story about Abby and Red, family life, and growing older.
Mini-Review: This book is pretty well… meh. I really disliked Abby for the majority of the book and quite frankly I just didn’t care about most of the characters. This isn’t to say that Tyler doesn’t do a decent job in fleshing them out – quite the opposite. I just really didn’t care for them. The writing itself is done well enough – but it’s not enough to bump it up into ‘enjoyable’ range for me.
Other Trusted Reviews: Catherine @ The Gilmore Guide to Books
Rating: 2.5 stars
Bring it in, Reader. Thoughts or feelings on any of these? How have your selections been faring during the Tournament of Books?