An Announcement about the Next Review

Last week was a busy week here on City on the Moon.  I reviewed the entire Wayward Pines trilogy, a series of novels by Blake Crouch written several years ago.  After reading three books in around a week and half, I needed a break.  As much as I love reading and writing these reviews, it can be difficult to balance that with a full-time job and other hobbies.  But I try my best to find and read and recommend books to you all.

All that aside, it seems my break lasted less than a week.  I picked up John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar today.  Couldn’t help myself.  I have not even started reading yet, but I can say that this will be the subject of my next review.  It is a return to the legal thriller after publishing Camino Island, which I read last year and mentioned in one of my reading lists.  This time around, Grisham dives into the scams that are for-profit law schools, and I cannot wait to see how it turns out.

Check back in next week for my full review.  Happy reading!

Welcome to Wayward Pines: A Review of The Last Town, by Blake Crouch

This review marks the end of a full week of Wayward Pines reviews.  Pines, Wayward, and finally The Last Town.  The hallmark of a trilogy is one, complete story told over the course of three parts.  There is a structure.  Part one established the world, the tension, the characters, and sets up the main conflict which will percolate through the entirety.  Part two ramps up the tension, answers some questions and leaving others for the finale, and ends in such a way as to set up the final part.  When part three begins, it is non-stop.  Everything that came before ends here, and most, if not all, questions must be answered.  This is the final chance for the creator to show the story as they want it to be shown, to impress upon their audience what the story truly meant.

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A Beautiful Prison: A Review of Wayward, by Blake Crouch

The second part of a trilogy has a few very specific jobs to accomplish.  After the first part sets the stakes and shows the main characters achieving some measure of victory, the second part slows things down a little.  It shows us the new normal after the first part and, over it’s course, ramps up the tension and stakes until ending on a cliffhanger to set up the third and final part.  A good second part will answer questions you had leftover from the first part, while raising a few more, and leaving some you may have asked since the beginning unanswered until the very end of the trilogy.  If the second part has done its job, the eventual cliffhanger will be something you did not expect, something which makes you excited, eagerly awaiting the finale to the story.

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Upcoming schedule – The Wayward Pines Trilogy

As you may have noticed, I tend to post one book review roughly every two weeks; more frequently if I burst through a novel.  The Wayward Pines trilogy is one series that just seems to speed by.  I finished Pines, the first novel, in four days.  I finished reading Wayward, the second novel, today.  It took another four days.  At this rate, I’ll have finished The Last Town, the final novel in the trilogy by the end of the week.

This is going to be a busy week here on City on the Moon.  Where Paradise is Home, my review of Pines, went up this morning.  Expect a review of Wayward to go up tomorrow morning, and a review of The Last Town Friday morning.

Happy reading!

Where Paradise is Home: A Review of Pines, by Blake Crouch

The United States of America is a large country, with settlements ranging in size from cities like New York and Los Angeles, to towns with only one or two permanent residents.  To the residents of these small towns, it is likely paradise.  To an outsider, there are few things more frightening than finding yourself trapped there.  Small town Americana has been a favorite setting of thrillers and horror films for decades, with good reason.  In these small towns, everyone knows their neighbors and their neighbors’ business.  Outsiders are immediately recognizable, and there is usually the sense that they will never fully integrate.  The remoteness nature of these small towns breeds a fear of lawlessness for the outsider, the worry that they could simply disappear from the lives of their friends and family, never to be heard from again.

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I Offer a New World: A Review of Empire of Blue Water, by Stephan Talty

It is a historical truth that pirates sailed in the waters of the Caribbean during the seventeenth century.  A historical truth which has spawned fantastical legends and a fascination with all things piratical.  These were the early buccaneers, the French corsairs, the English privateers.  Men and women who believed in freedom and taking what they wanted, when they wanted.  At the height of their power, the privateers of the Caribbean assembled armies, razed cities, and waged war on one of the most powerful empires known to man.  Documents and legends show they practiced direct democracy, the entire crew voting for their captain, and a form of socialism mostly free of corruption, where spoils were divided equally among the crew with bonuses granted in certain circumstances.  These are not the pirates of today, or even the pirates of fiction.  These were the scourge of the new world.

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