10.51am

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Have you ever read a book that made your skin crawl while at the same time was completely unputdownable? When I read the book Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam I came away from it simultaneously with a big smile on my face for reading a fantastic book, but also with a weird sense of WTF did I just read?

I love it when a book messes with you like this.

The blurb:

Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest. But when Lamb decides to abduct a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness, they are both shaken in ways neither of them expects.

Reading through this I could not help but compare it to Lolita but in my opinion this book messes with you much more effectively. Whereas Lolita was in places a meandering mess, Lamb is tight and straight and makes you anxious to turn the page, but makes you do so with one eye peeking between a hand over your eyes. Of course there are some key differences between the two books, and I won’t go into those as that puts us in spoiler territory, but suffice to say that Nadzam’s development of the story keeps you on edge throughout.

It is a wonderfully woven tale that will make you feel for all of the characters and their situations, even the side characters. They all feel real and relatable – you might not agree with what some of them do, but Nadzam makes you understand their motivations, however flawed.

The end result is a thoroughly engrossing read, one that will stay with you for a long time after.

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10.28am

This is What Came Out of Me (Episode 30)

BOOK REVIEW – The Innocent

Hello and welcome to This is What Came Out of Me, a series about anything and everything, but mostly things like movies, TV, books, podcasts, and YouTube.

In each episode, I talk about things that have grabbed my interest, and things that I think that you out there in the big wide world might be interested in.

I’m SierraKiloBravo, let’s get into it!

In today’s episode we talk about a novel called The Innocent…

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10.28am

9780330438476-itI love a good documentary, and one of my favourite documentarians is Louis Theroux. I really enjoy his laid back, curious style, and the way he simply asks questions of people and lets their answers form the body of his work.

You might remember from Vlog 231 that I was very pleased to get my hands on a copy of one of his books recently, The Call of the Weird. Drawn, not only by the title being a play on the titles of one of my favourite books ever (The Call of the Wild) the chance to read me some Louis was something I’d wanted for a long time.

The book is fascinating.

Written as a follow up to one of his series, he writes of his adventures as he tries to reconnect with the subjects of that series. There are a wide range of characters, from white supremacists, to prostitutes, to motivational speaker scammers, to alien abductees – pretty much exactly what you would expect from the orbit of Louis Theroux. The book is divided into sections dedicated to the particular subject matter, and just the right length to get through at night before you fall asleep.

If you’re anything like me you will read the book in Louis’ voice, which adds another layer to the documentary feel of it all.

The people are interesting and Louis talks almost fondly of them and their connection with his documentaries. As you get with with his TV releases, the chapters are imbued with a childlike curiosity about the world around him, and the people that have come into his life. You can tell he respects these people, even if he does not subscribe to their various ideologies or lifestyles.

If you’re a fan of Louis’ work then I suggest you check it out. It will probably be exactly what you expect and also shine a deeper light on some people you may be familiar with from his TV series. Even if you’re not familiar with his work, there is still definitely enough in here to hold your attention, especially if you love delving into the lives of some fellow humans.

7.27am

This is What Came Out of Me – Episode 29

Hello and welcome to This is What Came Out of Me, a series about anything and everything, but mostly things like movies, TV, books, podcasts, and YouTube.

In each episode, I talk about things that have grabbed my interest, and things that I think that you out there in the big wide world might be interested in.

I’m SierraKiloBravo, let’s get into it!

In today’s episode we talk about a fascinating book that I read by accident…

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10.24am

dakota-meyer-book21One of the podcasts that I listen to frequently is The Jocko Podcast, hosted by Jocko Willink a former Navy SEAL. Back in episode 115 he spoke with Dakota Meyer, a recipient of the Medal of Honour. In their conversation they talked about the battle and situations that led to the medal, and used Meyer’s book Into the Fire as a guide for the conversation.

It was a riveting discussion and I was pleased to find that my local library had a copy of the book. I scooped it up and ploughed through it in less than a week. It is a real pager-turner and I found my nose stuck in it for hours at a time. Meyer writes in a frank and open manner and skillfully describes the battle and what happened in his life afterward.

The battle in question involves a small mountaintop village from which Meyer’s team was ambushed. A combination of opponents using the rules of engagement against them, rear echelon red tape, and the fog of war led to the death of many soldiers. Meyer was initially posted outside the battle zone, but things got to such a bad point that he went against direction and went into the fray to rescue his fellow marines and ANA soldiers.

Several things stand out about this book; there is not a lot of preamble, Meyer briefly goes over his upbringing, but only in enough detail to allow us to know that he was brought up with high expectations and a solid work ethic (many books spend wayyy too much time on the pre-event stories). Secondly, his description of the battle brings its intensity to the fore. Whether he is conveying the helplessness of hearing his friends over the radio getting cut down, deciding with his mate to go in, or in the thick of the action, you feel like you are right there with him. Then to close, the effects these events had on his life are told in such a raw and open way that you can’t help but be moved by what it must be like to lose your friends and end up sitting in a carpark late at night with your gun against your head.

It’s a full on read, but well worth it. It is to the point and will suck you in. Check it out.

2.39pm

This is What Came Out of Me – Episode 27

Hello and welcome to This is What Came Out of Me, a series about anything and everything, but mostly things like movies, TV, books, podcasts, and YouTube.

In each episode, I talk about things that have grabbed my interest, and things that I think that you out there in the big wide world might be interested in.

I’m SierraKiloBravo, let’s get into it!

In today’s episode we talk about The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood…

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LINKS
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38447.The_Handmaid_s_Tale

1.52pm

This is What Came Out of Me – Episode 23

Hello and welcome to This is What Came Out of Me, a series about anything and everything, but mostly things like movies, TV, books, podcasts, and YouTube.

In each episode, I talk about things that have grabbed my interest, and things that I think that you out there in the big wide world might be interested in.

I’m SierraKiloBravo, let’s get into it!

In today’s episode we talk about The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro…

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LINKS
Kazuo Ishiguro: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuo_Ishiguro
The Buried Giant: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22522805-the-buried-giant