Innocent by Scott Turow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I must say this is a beautifully written book by Scott Turow. Although the first book I have read by this author, I have watched the prequel “Presumed Innocent” some years back and re-watched again before I picked up on this book to refresh my memory of the characters in it.
I have anticipated the storyline will be similar (With Presumed Innocent) with things like love affair gone badly, murder, and intriguing court case plus surprised outcome but I still feel it could have a better ending like Presumed Innocent where one would not have guess who done what until the very last moment. However, it is still a very good book with a solid 4 stars.
A note of advise is that before picking up this book, at least read thru the prequel or watch the movie again to refresh your mind of the characters involved around Sabich’s circle to fully appreciate this book.
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover and for this case never judge it by its title. I was skeptical when i first saw this book in the book store thinking it would be another type of those slapstick nonsensical book. However I was curious enough to flip randomly through the book and got kinda convinced that it should be a good read and no harm trying to read it. I was surprised after finishing the first chapter of Introduction and could never stop reading it. It is one of those book that I can finish in a matter of 2 to 3 days.
The author managed to entwine historical facts with fictionalize vampire account and make it believable. It started very well and builds momentum throughout the book until the very last chapter when Abe became the President. I do find the author was trying to rush the ending here and this would have made a 5 stars rating if he would spend more time characterizing Abe’s last chapter of his life.