Tower by Ken Bruen: Nicky and Todd grew up on the mean streets of Brooklyn, looking for any way to scrape by. Falling into the thug life, their paths diverge: one becomes a street criminal, the other an undercover cop. But their lives would continue to intertwine. This was a very well done collaboration, both Bruen and co-writer Reed Farrell Coleman take one character and tell their story. Both men have a strong, economical writing style that brings their characters stories into a bright light. Bruen seems to really enjoy thest types of collaborations, he also co-writes a series of novels for Hard Case Crime with Jason Starr. Nothing fancy here, just a solid hard hitting crime novel - it is written without pretense and doesn't overstay its welcome.
Tower - amazon.com
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett After Terry Pratchett's startling revelation that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, fans have been wondering what would become of his epic creation, the epic series of Discworld fantasy novels. Well, we needn't have worried, the latest installment is one of the funniest yet. The city of Ankh-Morpork has gone mad for the sport of Foot-the-Ball, a mix of soccer and street theater that often leaves players and spectators alike bloody or in some cases dead. Lord Vetanari, the benevolent tyrant of the city, decrees that this much change, and charges the wizards of Unseen University with taming the game and making it respectable. Culminating with a wildly funny winner take all march between the wizards and a gang of street toughs and hooligans, the story also tells a fine tale of understanding and redemption. Mr. Nutt, an orc no less, is smuggled into the city in an attempt to save this race and integrate them into the great melting pot of Ankh-Morpork. So slapstick comedy and puns with a touch of class is the order of the day, and this makes for one of the best Discworld tales in quite a while.
Unseen Academicals - amazon.com
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JASS - self titled (Yolk Records, 2014) *****
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