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    Buncombe Brief Book Review: The Last Juror by John Grisham

    I’ve not read a great number of John Grisham’s books but The Last Juror is one that I really enjoyed because it was pretty much in the style of Grisham but also different enough that I didn’t feel like I was reading a legal thriller.  And, in truth, it’s not really a legal thriller in the courtroom-drama vein. We follow Willie Traynor and a cast of characters as they are thrown into the middle of one of the biggest scandals/crimes in Clanton, Mississippi.  The Padgitt family, a notorious group that is known for being a reclusive criminal family, has one of their own brought up on rape and murder charges.…

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    Buncombe Brief Book Review-A Separate Peace by John Knowles

    I recently reread A Separate Peace and I’m still not sure where I stand on the novel as a whole. I think it’s complex and has a lot of layers despite its simple story of two friends, Finny and Gene, and their school Devon. This novel starts out as a reflection by an adult Gene, who has returned to Devon to visit, and possibly just to relive his time there, but as we get deeper into the story, we see that the relationship between Finny and Gene gets complex. Finny is the athletic guy that seems to be able to do anything, is fearless, and outgoing to a fault.  He…

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    Buncombe Brief Book Review: Thinner By Stephen King

    While this isn’t one of King’s more famous novels, it’s a good story and one that poses a lot of questions.  I think the main character is also complicated in that he goes through a lot of changes (physically and emotionally) but I’m not so sure we can say he’s learned his lesson in the end.  The novel focuses on Billy Halleck who hit a woman with his car who is part of a traveling band of gypsies. The father of the woman then curses Billy. Billy, being a massive man, obese and a man of means, starts to lose weight as a result of being freed from any wrongdoing…