Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Slacky Slackerton

Oh. My. Gosh.  Has it really been a whole week since I last posted?  Where has the time gone?!  Ooh that's right it was Halloween!

Would you believe that I have actually been reading a book since last Wednesday?  Yes, it actually took me a whole freakin' week to finish this book.  Gimmie a break it was over 500 pages!  Do you know the last time I read a book that long?  I'd say Crank but that doesn't count since it was done all poetry like.  Next, I would say Clockwork Angel, but I figure that doesn't count either since the font is pretty huge.  Hmmm...Ah yes I remember now.  It was Blood Tears by Raven Dane.  599 pages.  All the way back in July.  Phew!

Anyway, that is neither here nor there.  The book I just finished, that I know you are all dying to know about, was A Time to Kill by John Grisham.
 BTW holy crap this book was written a long time ago. It was published in 1989.
 I most definitely did not buy one of the new prints that are coming out that charge an obscene amount for a taller, bulkier book UGH!  Stupid reprints.  Who cares if it's got a more up to date cover on it?  I happen to very much enjoy the marble background, and the odd man tied to the pillar!

I was too lazy to take a picture of my book that I have so I got this picture from google.  The special person who took this picture is actually selling their copy of A Time to Kill for a generous $100.  If you are especially interested you can check out this amazing deal HERE!

Am I missing something?  One hundred dollars?  I got my copy for fifty cents!  I think I'll sell my book for $200!!!  \o/......Nah

So, John Grisham.  I read the Pelican Brief a few years ago.  I think I liked it.  I can't really remember.  I know that I most certainly did not enjoy the stupid movie with Denzel Washington and what's her face with the teeth and curlyish hair that everyone loves.  In fact, I'm pretty sure I fell asleep.

As for A Time to Kill, I think it was Grisham's first novel.

Clanton, Mississippi.  The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men.  The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhumane crime.  Until her black father acquires and assault rifle-and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own...

The beginning of this book is not for the feint of heart.  It's gruesome, sickening and heart wrenching. Also, if racist words/actions are bothersome to you, then this book is probably not for you either.  This book deals with a lot of racism.  I mean A LOT.  I don't really want to get into the moral implications in the book, but it certainly does give you many things to think about while you read it.

Lots of bad things happen in this book.  Cross burnings, riots, murders, intimidation, death threats, beatings, shootings, threatening phone calls, and one big huge trial.  It takes over 300 pages to get to the actual trial, so you can just imagine all the crazy stuff that happens in-between.  Is it wrong of me to say that I enjoyed every second of this book?   So many bad, horrible things happen, that it's actually quite disheartening.  And I am almost positive that John Grisham has something against smart women and am pretty disappointed with how he left things with the one smart, non-racist woman in the book.

Wow, this review sucks.  I'll get on with it and say that I enjoyed this book, and it's characters.  There were many moments when I was actually giggling which is odd, when you think about how depressing this book is at times.

I'll be watching the movie soon, I hope they didn't butcher it to bad!

I'm off to go read Real Murders by Charlaine Harris.  Hopefully it doesn't take me another week to read it  *crosses fingers*

*ok I lied, I am not going to read Real Murders.  I am going to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer because I just figured out that I can stream it from netflix on to the Playstation.  I've seen a few episodes before but I am starting at the beginning.  I must say, I love all the cheesy lines!  It's funny how young all the characters look!    Grr! Arg!


Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Wow - I *had* to read this book when I was a senior in high school - way back in 1994. I say *had* because I think I enjoyed it more than the teacher expected... or maybe hoped.

Also, if you get the LOGO channel, they air Buffy eps every night, and mini-marathons on Fridays and some weekends. I love catching a random Buffy!

Natalie said...

Bufffffy! Hey, why do I think I should me mentioned in here for telling you about the new PS3 Netflix?!!?! :-) Wanna have a Buffy marathon tomorrow??

PS - Don't give me grief about not blogging, I've been awaiting you for a whole WEEK!

a!k0 said...

LOL I heard that's a good book altho I have not read scares me looking at it :P I'd probably get it done in a year or 2. Oooo fave kind...I don't think I have watched the first episode of Buffy, maybe I should :D Too emotionally attached to Supernatural right now :D Yeap we were all slackers last week XD

Straylights said...

@ Sarah - the more I think about the book, the more I liked it. Sure it rambled on a bit, but it was never really boring so yay!

@ Natalie - all I have to say to you is: Breeding ground for zombies.

@ A!ko - you MUST watch the first episode! It's so cheese and corny and lovable. I am obsessed.

a!k0 said...

Hmmm you make it sounds so adorable :P I should watch!!