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Razorblade Tears
Razorblade Tears: A Novel | S. A. Cosby
A black father and a white father join forces on a crusade for revenge against the people who murdered their gay sons, by the award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid. The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiahs white husband Derek. Isiah was a gay black man in the American South; Ike couldnt bring himself to attend his sons wedding. Isiah was a man Ike never understood. A boy he was never there for the way he should have been. Dereks father Buddy Lee is also suffering. Hed barely spoken to his son in five years; he was as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed his father was a criminal. Buddy Lee still has contacts in the underworld, though, and he wants to know who killed his boy. Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, alpha-males Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices, about each other and their sons, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys. Provocative and fast-paced, Razorblade Tears is a story of bloody retribution, heartfelt change - and maybe even redemption.
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Reagan
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Strong pick. Ike and Buddy Lee, both ex cons and fathers to gay sons who had been less than supportive of their kids. Their sons have been murdered and they are out to find out who hurt their kids. TW for homophobia, racism, transphobia

Loved it! A redemption story about two dads who are coming to terms with how their close mindedness cost them valuable time with their kids. Loved watching the relationship between them grow.

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cwarnier
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#12booksof2022 @Andrew65
This was the only book I finished in November.

Andrew65 A good choice. 1mo
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Lauranahe
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So, I had he Stolen Tongues beat out Razorblade Tears, but I kept thinking and thinking about Razorblade Tears. Just the emotions from it and how much I loved it, so I switched it out. It definitely wins for the best book I‘ve read this year, with The Nothing Man in 2nd place and Stolen Tongues in 3rd.

Bookish_AF Definitely spotted some of our book club books in there! Including the winner! 😊 1mo
Lauranahe We have pretty good taste in books! 1mo
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Sleepswithbooks
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Started my Christmas gift book read on the plane @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ✈️ I can already tell I‘m going to love it.

#Litsylove #RazorbladeTears #Friendship #RipLovers #SnailMail #BookLovers

perfectsinner Loved this book 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay! Be safe and have fun!! 1mo
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suvata
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Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, hardened men Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices about their sons and each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.

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suvata
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Going to try and get some serious reading in before the end of the year.
#mmdbookclub #bookstagram #booklyapp #storygraph #litsy

Ruthiella Good luck! 👍 2mo
suvata 2 down, 2 to go 🤗 1mo
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Kangaj1
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This was my Dec #doublespin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

I really like his writing, but I don't love the violence and tension and pacing. I got 170 pages in and bailed. I did read Blacktop Wasteland, and while I think he has talent, his books are just not for me.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! Sometimes you just have to appreciate that an author is talented but also not for you haha 2mo
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cwarnier
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Panpan

#LMPBC
This is not a book I would have picked up on my own, and love this challenge to make me step out of my comfort zone.
Over all I was not a huge fan. The amount of language and violence just turned me off, and I had a hard time getting past these.
If it weren't for audio listening I don't think I would have finished.
@Kellyann28 @Staci.Reads @ AllureofBeauty

cwarnier I am a bit nervous to mail this off as my last book I mailed got ripped open and delivered empty. However I am planning to mail of by the end of the week.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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It is an absolutely gorgeous day here in Mississippi! I‘m going to try to finish this one and move on to something less violent … this one involves many #evil acts 💔

#OminousOctober

My new glider from William made by our Amish community and fall pillow from my soon to be mother in law. 🧡🤎

AmyG Beautiful! 3mo
mrp27 Lovely! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG @mrp27 thank you!! 🧡🧡 3mo
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Eggs Beautiful! A lovely place to glide and read ❤️❤️ 3mo
PageShifter Hmm... That sounds intreresting 😱 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs thank you ❤️ 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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This is a very engrossing read. There is a lot of graphic violence so it‘s not for the queasy! Two very flawed characters, but Buddy Lee makes me laugh at times!

Amiable When I read this I kept trying to figure out who would play each character in the movie version. (Because this has to become a movie, right?) I know Buddy Lee was described as a Sam Elliot lookalike but I pictured Matthew McCaughney (as in, the seedier version of him as Rust Kohle in “True Detective). 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Amiable yes! Absolutely! I agree with your idea of Matthew McCaughney and I see Ike as Idris Elba! 3mo
Amiable @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh, that‘s not a bad choice! I also was thinking maybe Morris Chestnut for Ike. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Amiable another great choice!! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Amiable or maybe Taye Diggs?! 3mo
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Floresj
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Two fathers attempt to avenge their sons‘ death. There‘s a lot going on in this book- race, homophobia, violence, grief, regret, etc. The violence and strategy reminded me of Breaking Bad in which I loved the writing, the completely flawed characters, and nonstop action. It‘s a great one but not for the squeamish.

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Nessavamusic
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#ScarathlonDailyPrompts Oct 18 #Orange

Kaikeyi is on my #tbr Hope to get to it next month and Razorblade Tears is one of my favorites of the year.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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It‘s a beautiful day to be sitting in my new swing reading and watching the leaves fall from the trees! 🍁 📚

I hope everyone is having a great day!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you so much Soubhi for this birthday surprise!! Of course I had to open it early! Can‘t wait to read this one!!

💞🎈🎊🎉📚

Soubhiville Happy early birthday! I hope you‘ll enjoy it. 🙂 4mo
PageShifter And how intriguing book 😍 4mo
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cwarnier
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#bookspin October Picks

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kellyann28
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Finished this one today! I liked it! It was far more violence-detailed than I expected, but it didn't bother me. Good exampels of anti-heroes. I'll get this in the mail tomorrow! #LMPBC @allureofbeauty @cwarnier @staci.reads

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mjtwo
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10-14 Sep 22 (audiobook)
Entertaining, rather violent, modern Western with a great narrator. Recommendation from Obama‘s summer reading list.
The homophobic fathers of a murdered gay couple join forces to find their killers and claim vengeance. Characters are well-developed and though the outcome is quite predictable it did hold my interest.

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kellyann28
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Starting this one today for #LMPBC !
@staci.reads @allureofbeauty @cwarnier

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SomedayAlmost
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Poignant, brutal, achingly original story of two very flawed fathers looking for revenge following the murder of the gay sons they rejected. No wonder it just won the Anthony for best novel. And no, I am not stalking Shaun Cosby at Bouchercons. Not really. Ok, maybe a little… #5stars #powerfulread #voice #faveauthors

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AmyK1
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I almost bailed on this because the violence was getting to me. I can handle some but this was a lot. And graphic. But I read a bunch of really good reviews that convinced me to keep going. I‘m glad I did-I agree with all those really good reviews-but I won‘t be reading this again.

This was my #bookspin for September @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5mo
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AmyK1
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The tagged is my September #bookspin and The Girls in the Stilt House is my #doublespin

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Enjoy! 5mo
bookish_wookish Razorblade Tears was sooo good! 5mo
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Teresereading
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#ArtfulAugust #BOTM
@Eggs @AlwaysReading

I had to google BOTM - this was a 2021 finalist which I read recently.

Eggs Sounds good! 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

This is my second attempt at a Bookspin list for September. I initially had a load of the same titles as Aug on it, but decided I wanted to shake things up.

Slumping big time, so thought I'd bring in some new titles!

Yuki_Onna The Master Key by Masako Togawa? Oohhh, that one's on my wishlist. Would be happy to hear what you think about it! 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Yup, that's the one! @The_Penniless_Author has just purchased this one too... three person buddy read for September?? 😁 5mo
BiblioLitten I have been slumping hard too😬 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @BiblioLitten Sending September Solidarity to beat the slump! 💪🏻💕 5mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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An excellent revenge story. Lots of violence, so I don't recommend it if you're not good with that sort of thing. It also touches on racism, homophobia, and classism. Got this recommendation off of President Obama's summer reading list. Now wouldn't that be an amazing book club?

Crinoline_Laphroaig I read this awhile back and I liked it but my main thought was How many descriptions did we need of phlegm. 😄 5mo
HeathHof I really enjoyed this one as well! Lots of @$$ kicking going on for sure! 5mo
Librariana It would be a phenomenal book club! 😊 5mo
Dragon Great book 👍💚🐉 5mo
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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This one made me cry multiple times. It‘s a very good revenge story. I thought it discussed issues of race and sexuality very poignantly with respect and honesty. I‘m glad I grabbed this one from BOTM. This was my #bookspin No. 12 pick from July.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5mo
MamaGina Highly recommend Blacktop Wasteland too if you haven‘t already read it. 🤓 5mo
mollyrotondo @MamaGina thank you! I think BOTM has that one too so I‘ll grab it next time! 5mo
FortunateSon I LOVE S.A. Cosby! He's got a new one coming out next year. I have no idea what is about but the title alone has sold me. It's called ALL THE SINNERS BLEED. 5mo
mollyrotondo @FortunateSon oooo that‘s a good title! Okay so I have two Cosby books to add to my list! Thanks for the heads up! 😆 5mo
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staci.reads
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#unpopularopinion This was definitely not my jam. I really struggled to get through the vivid, gratuitous descriptions of the violence which dominated the text of the book. There are definitely moments that tug at the heart and lots of colorful characters, but overall, a no for me.
#lmpbc @kellyann28 @cwarnier @allureofbeauty

DivineDiana I have felt interest for this book based on Litsy reviews, but reading yours, I think I‘ll pass. Thank you. ❤️ 6mo
allureofbeauty Aww I‘m sorry you didn‘t like it. I didn‘t think I would at first but then I loved it. I‘m actually reading one of his others atm for a book club lol 6mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I thought this was a good one! #alphabetgame #LetterR @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Deblovestoread My pick as well! 😊 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 6mo
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Deblovestoread
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Loved this one.

#AlphabetGame

sherrisilvera Reading it now. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my list! 6mo
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TEArificbooks
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Out of the book of the month 2021 finalists, this was the best one. Good writing. A bit graphic and gruesome. Kinda reminded me of Yellowstone in a way.

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TheBookHippie
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Maria514626 Thanks for posting! 6mo
Chelsea.Poole Oooh I didn‘t know about this! Thank you 😊 6mo
TheBookHippie @Chelsea.Poole He gives one out every year for quite a long time now♥️ 6mo
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Amiable
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Well, that was one hell of a ride. I spent most of it trying to decide who should play each character in the movie. (There‘s gotta be a movie in the works, right?) I know Buddy Lee was described as a Sam Elliott lookalike, but I envisioned Matthew McConaughey (a la the seedier Rust Cohle in “True Detectives). For Ike, my immediate thought was Samuel L. Jackson, but I think he might be too old. So maybe Morris Chestnut…? 🤷🏻‍♀️

AmyG I pictured Matthew McConaghey too. Ha! 7mo
CBee I think Sam could do it! He could totally pull that off. LOVED this book 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 7mo
Amiable @AmyG I totally heard Matthew McConaghey‘s voice in every bit of Buddy Lee‘s dialogue! 7mo
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Amiable @CBee It‘s just that Sam is almost 80! I‘m not sure I could stomach watching an elderly guy get the 💩 kicked out of him on film! 😬 7mo
Ruthiella I just finished a book where a 50 year old Jeff Bridges would be perfectly cast were it adapted and the I remembered he‘s in his 70s and too old. 😆 7mo
CBee @Amiable okay, that‘s totally true. It‘s just so hard for me to believe he‘s almost 80! 7mo
Amiable @Ruthiella If you‘re looking for another actor who looks like Jeff Bridges instead I‘d say Kurt Russell, but I think he‘s just as old! 😀 7mo
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SamAnne
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Really enjoyed this wild ride of a book. The fathers of a gay married couple—one Black, one White—take vengeance on the murderers of their sons, wrestling with grief and their own prejudices and regrets along the way. Fantastic narrator—highly recommend the audio. TW—much violence!

Reagan Oooh bumping that up my list! Excellent review. 7mo
Suet624 This was a surprise. It is nothing that I usually read but so many people recommended it that I had to try it. It was sooo good! 7mo
marleed I loved this book. I really hoped my IRL bookclub would vote on this as one of my 3 proposals for our 2022 meetings. But sadly, I think it was just to gritty sounding for their consideration. 7mo
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Lauranahe
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I have to say, Razorblade Tears is my favorite so far this year. It‘ll be hard to beat it!

Amiable I just started reading it yesterday—I‘ve heard such great things about it! 7mo
SamAnne Read it last month and just finished Blacktop Wasteland. Really enjoyed both of them, although a wee bit violent! 7mo
Lauranahe Definitely violent! Several times my eyes were very wide, and I was like “daaaaaaamn…” I was here for it tho! 7mo
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June Books
HELP - How do you get Litsy to not chop off half the pic?

SeaToSkyes I create mine in the Pic Collage app and they have a 1:1 size that's perfect for Litsy. 7mo
Smrloomis I‘m no help. I take terrible pictures so I always need to cut out some of it anyway 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
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allureofbeauty
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I didn‘t read as much this month. But Razorblade Tears was so good.

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allureofbeauty
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I @kellyann28 ahead and knocked this one out. And I really loved it and it made me cry. It‘s in the mail to @staci.reads (early but figured I‘d get it on its way with a head start since I got it read - I can‘t say they‘ll all follow that the early suit haha.).
@kellyann28 @cwarnier

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 💐 7mo
kellyann28 I've heard this one is a real tear jerker! I'm excited for it 7mo
staci.reads I'll be on the lookout for it! 7mo
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staci.reads Razorblade Tears arrived today. 7mo
allureofbeauty @kellyann28 it was really good. 7mo
allureofbeauty @staci.reads oh good I‘m so glad 🖤🖤🖤 7mo
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MallenNC
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This reads like an action movie or an episode of Sons of Anarchy in book form. It‘s more violent than I normally read but it was a real page turner. I‘m pretty sure I originally decided to read this because it was on the #NYWD list I got from @Cinfhen so I‘m glad it finally made it to the top of my metaphorical TBR pile. The final chapters provided a satisfying end to the story.

marleed I loved this book. I infrequently read dark, gritty fiction like this but I think it‘s important to add to my mix. 7mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Happy you picked it up!! It definitely reads like it was written for a cinematic experience ❣️❣️ 7mo
DisneyFan Great review! Stacked. Hoping I can read it soon. 7mo
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MallenNC @Cinfhen I meant to read it sooner, but my mood and my library holds finally aligned! I want to read his other book too. 7mo
MallenNC @marleed Have you read Blacktop Wasteland? 7mo
marleed @MallenNC not yet - on my tbr though! 7mo
Cinfhen His other book is also excellent. I can‘t wait to see what he does next!!! 7mo
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Lauranahe
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This book is SO GOOD. Ike and Buddy Lee are two ex-cons whose sons were married. Not accepting their sons lifestyle, they were pretty crappy dads. But when their sons are brutally murdered, Ike and Buddy Lee go on a revenge tour to find out who killed their boys and redeem themselves, even if just a little. The story is violent, but it has all the feels as it explores themes of racism and homophobia. One of the best books I‘ve read in a long time.

AmyG At points, I couldn‘t read fast enough. 8mo
HeathHof I loved this one!! 8mo
Lauranahe It was so good! The last 60 or 70 pages I realized I was just sitting there on the couch til the end, cuz I couldn‘t put it down. 8mo
EH2018 Just started this and am motivated by your reviews! 7mo
Lauranahe @EH2018 I hope you like it! 7mo
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Breanne1
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How can a book about revenge have so much heart? Cosby has written a book that will last with me for a long time to come. This book should have received every award it has to date and then some and is worth every bit of hype as well. 5 ⭐️+ #botm

Hooked_on_books Cosby is the real deal! 9mo
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StaceGhost
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Not as good as Blacktop Wasteland but still very good 👍 I love how Cosby engages characters in scorched-earth revenge plots ☠️ library book read on kindle so I could pretend I was working 😅 art by Tom Gauld

bibliothecarivs Artist credit: Tom Gauld 9mo
StaceGhost @bibliothecarivs wow! Thanks! I just snapped the picture from the postcard my friend sent me 9mo
bibliothecarivs I love his work. The Guardian app sends me a notification when he releases a new comic each weekend :) 9mo
StaceGhost She sends me a lot of these! I‘ll have to ask her where she got them because they‘re all hilarious 9mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 34/150.

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Minervasbutler
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Mehso-so

Slightly underwhelming follow up to the magnificent Blacktop Wasteland sees an unlikely alliance between two ex-cons out to avenge their gay sons' murders. A trifle heavy-handed in the messaging and I saw the twist coming a mile off. Just OK.

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Dragon
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So glad I got over my squeamishness and finished this ebook. On the surface it‘s a rip roaring tale of vengeance , two fathers determined to find their son‘s killer. But it‘s also the story of privilege, race , prejudice- there‘s a lot to think about. Trigger warning ⚠️ for extreme violence. This would make a very good Netflix movie 🎥- who would you cast for Ike? Buddy Lee ?

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magyklyXdelish
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I really loved this one. It was very gritty and had excellent suspense. My favorite thing was the relationship between Ike and Buddy Lee as they learned, grew and faced their mistakes together.

#pantone2022 - gossamer pink
#bookspinbingo - free space

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 9mo
Clwojick Such a great book! Good colour match too! 💖 9mo
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Dragon
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I‘m about 30% in to this ebook and I‘m not sure if I can go on. I‘m so worried about these men and their path of vengeance. I‘m terrified of the ending. I‘m pretty sure there‘s no HEA - this is not my usual genre but it‘s such a compelling read.

Nebklvr It sounds really interesting but I don‘t do well with graphic violence. 9mo
Dragon Thanks @Nebklvr there‘s been a lot of violence so far but it‘s part of the story -It‘s pretty graphic 9mo
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magyklyXdelish
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Can‘t sleep. The hotel bed is not comfy and my back really misses my bed at home! Tomorrow (technically today) is the burial for my husband‘s gramma so I have a lot to do today but just can‘t sleep 😭

But trying to be productive with the insomnia. Really enjoying this one so far.

#LMPBC

Moonprismpower I‘m so sorry for your loss. I really hope you get some rest. Hugs. 9mo
Lauranahe I‘m so sorry. I hope it all goes ok. 🥺 9mo
babyruth2510 That‘s the worst. I‘m so sorry you guys are going through that. Hugs and prayers 9mo
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Dragon
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Happy Easter 🐣 to everyone who celebrates. My Libby loan for the tagged book has come in today. Just started another ebook so this one will have to wait.

Cinfhen Happy Easter 🌷🌷🌷love the flowers 10mo
Dragon Thanks @Cinfhen it‘s so nice to see the tulips 🌷 again 💚🐉 10mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Settling in for Saturday night reading time!

marleed The best way to spend a Saturday night! 10mo
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