Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
2012, 503 pages
Oh the book that I couldn’t read. I wanted to like it, to read it, but I couldn’t. It was impossible. I think that one of my problems is that it’s published in the same font as Harry Potter, which I like. But this creates unreasonable expectations, especially since it is NOTHING like Harry Potter.
Plot: Barry Fairweather, a member of the town council, suddenly dies. This creates a casual vacancy on the board, one that must be filled. It appears that the book then continues on with the lives of people who live in said town and their plots to get their own person on the council. I assume that’s the whole book because I quit around page 50.
Rating: .5 out of 5 bedazzles
Gangster Squad by Paul Lieberman
2012, 560 pages
Such promise, wasted. Apparently the movie was bad too, so there you go. Could be the book’s fault. The book tells the story of how the special Gangster Squad of the Los Angeles police department was created to try and eradicate the gangsters in LA during the first half of the twentieth century.
Cops apparently had no rules and could do whatever they wanted to get their guy, beating their suspects, bugging whatever they want. The gangsters were sneaky, killing anybody that got in their way.
I like reading about gangsters, they’re interesting and had crazy lives. (Bryan Burrough’s book Public Enemies is a good one, way easier to read and it reads like a novel.) This book, however, was so bad. It wasn’t edited very well–no good when you end up playing “Spot the Typos.” It also jumped between people and backwards and forwards in time so much that you couldn’t keep track of what was happening to whom and when.
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 bedazzles