Recap of the Blog Tour, Week 5

Two positive reviews this time around, the first from No More Grumpy Bookseller:

Snowden’s Summer of Long Knives was really an impressive historical thriller. In a lot of ways it brought to mind Tom Rob Smith’s debut Child 44. Both deal with countries in the midst of political upheaval. And both deal with police whose jobs are hampered by their respective political atmospheres. While Rolf doesn’t toe the party line the same way that Leo does, they do face similar emotional turmoil.

The second was from Svetlana’s Reads and Views:

I’ve had an array of mixed emotions while reading the book: first is the fact that it’s seen from the Germans’s point of view in 1936, three years before the start of WWII and of Germany desiring “living space” from Poland and Ukraine. (I’m a third generation removed from horrors of Holocaust who majored in history and learned more than I wanted to about Jewish horrors throughout the 2,000 years.) I also recalled the time when I was in Holocaust Media and Representation and we watched a movie about how concentration camps were formed on the Swiss mountains and the fact one of the murders was trying to be portrayed as sympathetic, well, that’s what at first Rolf felt like to me. I also felt sickened when I even saw so many nazi high official names in beginning of the first few chapters. However, as the story moved on and I started to see both Rolf and Klara as multifaceted individuals, I began to see the relevance of this book in modern times. At the first glance it does become intriguing as to what this book might have in common with today, but it has plenty, believe it or not. One of the major things that it has in common with today is high official crimes versus the marginalized group, how hard it is for disadvantaged people to get the help they need, and how, despite the almost seventy years WWII ending, these themes are repeated even today.

Here’s what’s coming up for Week 6 (exhausted yet?)

Monday, October 20th: Omnimystery News – author guest post (I answered a ton of questions for this one. I wonder how many of my answers they’ll use.)

Wednesday, October 22nd: From the TBR Pile

Oh, and by the way, Summer of Long Knives will be featured in The Fussy Librarian newsletter on October 24th. It’s a pretty cool service, and it’s free. You tell them what sorts of books interest you, and they’ll send along  recommendations that should suit your reading fancy.  I’m proud to be a small part of it.

We’re In This. How the Hell Do We Get Out Of This?

Okay. My six years of life in Utah taught me that if you expect the worst from Utah, then subtract 17.5%, you’ll never be disappointed in the place. But sadly this isn’t a problem we can dismiss by saying, “Forget it, Jake, it’s Salt Lake City.”
It may seem strange that what started as a trivial (and ginned-up) dispute about ethics in video game reviews has become a global online misogynypalooza, but of such strangeness is history made. This is where we are, and our collective hatred and fear of women and their desire for equal rights is what’s been exposed.
I won’t say that we can’t deny the issue. As Bill O’Reilly demonstrated on The Daily Show last night, the extraordinary capacity of human beings to deny issues is a defining characteristic of the species. Better to say we can’t allow ourselves to deny it. Because it is here, and it will stay, weighing upon us until we decide to address it intelligently.
How do we do that? Well…I advised Richard Dawkins to listen to the woman, so let’s listen to the woman.

The only thing I’d add is that her ordeal, and that of women like her, remind me of what happened to Elijah Parish Lovejoy, an abolitionist newspaper editor who suffered years of harassment and threats for publishing his views. For all our sakes, I hope Anita’s story has a happier ending. But I think her goal is the right one to have, and that we will get there.

Thanks to Venice, A New Toy Has Arrived

In the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, my last Enterprise model went the way of the American Passenger Pigeon. Now, thanks to a birthday present from my sweetie, the rebuilding can begin.

She'll launch on time, and she'll be ready.
She’ll launch on time, and she’ll be ready.

Thank you, dear.


All about Jim Snowden, Author of Dismantle the Sun and Summer of Long Knives, Among Other Things

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