• Jai Patel

Short Review: My Last 3 Reads

Updated: Jun 11, 2020


Here's a short review of my last 3 reads, which are:

# 1 Joe Hill - Horns (Dark Fantasy/Action)

# 2 Dennis Lehane - Shutter Island (Psychological Thriller)

# 3 Robert Heinlein - Stranger In A Strange Land (Sci-Fi)

# 1 Joe Hill - Horns

This was the first Joe Hill book I ever read. It was lent to me by a dear friend and that was some years ago. So I bought my own copy from BookXcess.

Guess what? It was their last copy! And I managed to snag it! Success!

Anyway, I rarely reread books, but I can reread Joe Hill's work. There's something about the casual way he writes and his subject matter (always dark but funny, always over-the-top but relatable, and always VIOLENT) which sucks me in every time.

Fun Fact: Horns was actually turned into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe aka Harry Potter!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

# 2 Dennis Lehane - Shutter Island

As a fan of the movie adaptation and a HUGE fan of Martin Scorsese (the director of the film) it was a surprise it took me this long (years!) to get to the book. The book is good, perfect for people who love to solve puzzles as they progress deeper into the storyline.

The only drawback is the style of writing. Be prepared for VERY long sentences (some sentences take up almost half the page!). But this didn't take away from the enjoyment factor at all. I haven't read that many psychological thrillers, so long sentences could be a thing that I'm unaware of.

Fun Fact: The movie adaptation of his other book, Mystic River, is on Netflix.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

# 3 Robert Heinlein - Stranger In A Strange Land

I'm leaving my rant for last.

This book has forever turned me away from sci-fi.


First of all, there are so many unnecessary details in here. I don't want to read about religion (which is what this book gets into . . . and gets into quite deep) when I pick up a sci-fi book!

Apparently Heinlein did the same thing with Starship Troopers, where he discusses militarism. Again, this is not why I pick up sci-fi books. I just wish he kept to the story (which is VERY good) and got rid of the more political/controversial bits.

On top of that, this book has the smallest font size I've ever come across in a novel. Seriously.

Rating: ⭐⭐

P.S. I'd be glad to talk books! Look for me on IG @jaipatelauthor

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