W. M. Akers

Teoksen Westside tekijä

11 teosta 328 jäsentä 8 arvostelua


Tekijän teokset

Westside (2019) 231 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
Westside Saints (2020) 49 kappaletta
Westside Lights (2022) 27 kappaletta
Deadball: Year II 3 kappaletta
Deadball: 1909 3 kappaletta

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I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

I did not really like this book. I know an obvious statement considering my rating, but the most accurate I could think of. It had promise and the plot of the story could have been good if it wasn't told in one of the most boring ways possible. This is a book filled with suspense, horror, action, and mystery, but I found it utterly boring. I won't be continuing the series.… (lisätietoja)
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starslight86 | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 20, 2021 |
I give Westside points for imagination and atmosphere, but the book is overlong and its heroine's hairsbreadth escapes and continued survival against all odds test even my suspension of disbelief. The setting is New York City of 1921, a city now separated by a wall running down Broadway for the length of Manhattan. In the Westside, people disappear in alarming numbers and 24th Street is the dividing line between the parts of the city run by two chieftains--one male, one female, who as we'll discover, have a long history. By the end of the book, the author has succeeded in tying pretty much every character to one another, but it just becomes more and more implausible. The heroine, a detective who only works on "tiny mysteries", in this case a missing glove, is likable and her first person narration is engaging, though perhaps a bit overwrought, especially in the audio version I listened to. The story is sensational enough; the narrator would have done better to read it a little less expressively. As I said at the beginning, there is a lot of imagination here, and the depictions of both sides of the city, the prospering, "normal" East Side and the mysterious West Side, are very well done. There are lots of memorable characters along the way, and some of them we wish we could get to know a bit better. (But there's a sequel, so I guess readers who can put up with more of this will get to do so.) Toward the end, the author introduces the biggest twist of all, which I won't spoil for you, but I just don't think it works. It all becomes just too ridiculous by the time of the last gunfire and explosions. I can't really recommend it.… (lisätietoja)
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datrappert | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 1, 2020 |
Gilda Carr is a fantastic detective protagonist and the strange and terrifying world Akers builds is endlessly fascinating. His twisted version of 1921 New York feels natural and organic while simultaneously being precisely *correct*: nothing ever feels out of place, or makes you stop to question the internal logic. I might have done with approximately 1.75 fewer characters to keep track of, considering that "Westside" isn't a tome by any stretch, but that's a quibble.
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wearyhobo | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 22, 2020 |
Gllda's New York of 1920 is a divided city, with the west side derelict and the east side more affluent and recognizable. People have been mysteriously disappearing, including her police officer father two years earlier, and she is determined to save her west side and herself from being swallowed up by shadows. With various forces competing for dominance, bootlegged booze and guns, gangs, and conflicting loyalties, Gilda faces powerful odds for herself and her city.
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sleahey | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 15, 2020 |



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