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Book Review: Minor King by Jim Mitchem

Author: Jim Mitchem
Title: Minor King
Genre: General Fiction
Publication Date: December 14, 2014
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Number of Pages: 200
Narrator: Jim Christianson

Minor King by Jim Mitchem

What’s It About?

Jim Christianson has everything he ever wanted. Having risen from a dark and broken past, he now has a beautiful wife, two great kids, and a job that many would envy. Finally, he has joined the ranks of the elite. Hovering between the world of the middle class and the wealthy, though, he begins to wonder if this is the life he really wanted after all.

Jim is a writer. He works for a start-up and, with his slick marketing copy and branding expertise, the company has taken off in just a few years. Despite his unquestionable importance to the organization, Jim begins to feel increasingly undervalued by his boss–the founder and CEO. Moreover, he is tired of using his gift to feed the corporate machine and wants to write something that matters.

When Jim’s child is mistreated by the entitled child of a rich neighbor, something in him snaps. In a moment of righteous indignation, he publishes a lengthy and incendiary blog post about the wealthy elite. When the rant goes viral and catches the attention of his boss, Jim must move quickly to salvage what he can from a rapidly deteriorating situation.

Should You Read It?

If you’re interested in the kind of story that centers around a man searching for identity and purpose in a world that is foreign to him, you might enjoy this work. It is marketed as a thriller and, while there is some suspenseful build up to an explosive climax, I would consider it more literary in nature. There is much more reflection, introspection, and dialogue than there is action. Prevalent themes include wealth, family, purpose, and the American Dream. If you find these ideas appealing or interesting, you may want to give this novel a shot.

Links and References

Author Information: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

Purchase: Buy It On Amazon.com

Note: This novel was published in December of 2014. My rule is to only review books published from 2015 on, but I had already read it and decided to review it before I realized when it was published. And this is my blog. I make the rules; I can break the rules. So, deal with it.

Book Review: Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

Author: Sophie Jaff
Title: Love is Red
Genre: Suspense; Horror
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 384
Narrator: Katherine Emerson, The Sickle Man
Quality Rating: TBD

Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

What’s It About?

As the city of New York suffers from the fear of a relentless serial killer dubbed “The Sickle Man, Katherine begins a new relationship with pleasant and personable David. Her interest is rocked, however, when he introduces her to his best friend. The friend is sullen and aloof–everything David isn’t. And, still, Katherine finds herself drawn helplessly and erotically to this mysterious man.

Meanwhile, The Sickle Man strolls from victim to victim, recounting how he gains the trust of his prey just before slaying them and describing the peculiar way he sees the world. These victims are nothing to him, though. They are merely the build-up to the one who will fulfill his dark purpose. In the end, he will complete his sinister mission by taking the life of Katherine. It is, he believes, their destiny.

When The Sickle Man murders someone close to Katherine, she must fight for the one she has left. But, how can she protect him when her own life is in danger? If she is to escape the inhuman psychopath pursuing her, she may just have to lose some of her own humanity in the process.

Should You Read It?

It’s difficult to pin this book down to a particular kind–it’s fairly unique. First and foremost, it is a psychological thriller. The methods and descriptions of the serial killer are harsh and disturbing. There is also a trace of romance/erotica–with a few intense sex scenes and sexual imagery embedded throughout. Finally, and this really comes to fruition in the final chapters, there is a touch of the supernatural horror–complete with ghosts and dark prophecies. What really stands out about this novel, though, is the rich language of the serial killer. His metaphors are vibrant in texture, abundant in quantity, and utterly original. If you’re looking for a thriller written with a poetic flair, you should definitely give this a shot. If you’re sensitive to vulgar content, though, you may want to avoid it. This novel is intense.

Links and References

Author Information: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

Book Reviews: Kirkus Reviews, My Bookish Ways, Under My Apple Tree, Blog Critics

Purchase: Buy It On Amazon.com

Other Books By Sophie Jaff: Love is Red is Sophie Jaff’s debut novel.