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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Brambleman

There is a lot to talk about today folks, so buckle your seat belts and fasten your helmet.  We have Jonathan Grant's Brambleman.  I seem to love these books that are hard to sum up in a paragraph.   Let's give this a go then, shall we?

Charlie is kicked out of his house by his wife--who was just looking for any excuse, really.  Looking like a homeless person wearing goggles (read the book!), a celestial being picks him up and delivers him to the home of Thurwood Talton.  He was a scholar who died while working on a book focusing on the history of Forsyth County, Georgia where the largest mass exodus of African-Americans occurred in 1912 following a slew of lynchings that was preceded by the rape and murder of a young white woman by a black man.  Odd things happen to Charlie, who is charged with bringing Talton's book to production, not the least of which include attempted murder on his head more than once as he works on this book, and if I told you anymore I would give away so much.

I have listed this book under the category "Zombies and Monsters" because a lot of these characters are exactly that albeit still (mostly) human.  I absolutely loved the historical aspect of this novel, particularly tying in the history of Forsyth County.  Full disclosure: I grew up on the Forsyth County line and am very familiar with the history of this storied place.  You might remember that Oprah paid a visit to the place in 1987, the same year as Hosea Williams's marches in the county to bring international attention to lack of color (and the presence of the KKK and other such things) in the county.  If you are not familiar, a simple Google search will catch you up right quick.

As I was saying, I love the integration (pun unintended) of history into this novel.  Be forewarned that this book is a commitment--it is lengthy but it is highly addicting.  It could easily be split into a trilogy although I am happy that it wasn't as it gave me something meaty into which to sink my teeth.  I found the characters to be well-developed and they were half of the story--Charlie married into a Forsyth County family that goes waaaaay back and is a huge part of this story he is destined to write. 

And so, in conclusion, this book kept me up at night trying to get to just the next chapter.  I mean the next one.  Well, maybe one more.  You see where this is going?  It's an addiction, but a healthy one.  Pick up this title on Smashwords or on Amazon.  I would highly recommend the Kindle version because that's how I roll.

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