Snapshots - #35: Marshall, American Made, The Glass Castle

The movies…
Marshall (♦♦♦♦): Black lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is entrusted by the NCAAP to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) in Greenwich, CT, who has been accused of rape by his white employer. As Marshall is not allowed by the judge as legal counsel because he doesn't hold a CT license, he engages, reluctantly on both sides, the service of Jewish insurance lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), whom, with Marshall's help, will have to acquire criminal defense experience in a matter of months. But as the case is tried in court, it becomes evident that it is anything but cut and dry. Powerfully acted by Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown in the leading roles, Marshall treads a fine line between inspiring legal thriller and drama. On both counts it delivers in spades. Based on a true story, with race and bigotry fueling public opinion, before the apogee of the Civil Rights Movement, this accused black man is doomed from the start. A full century…

Slade House by David Mitchell (♦♦♦♦)

Welcome to the Theater of the Mind, where your most luscious dreams and your worst nightmares come to life courtesy of the Grayer Twins. To access it, you must enter Slade House via a small black iron door, easily overlooked, located on Slade Alley, "a mugger's paradise". Only rare souls have easy access...And no way out.

Mind-bending, with echoes of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, but darker in tone, Slade House manages to keep an original touch. And just when you think the stories have started to become redundant, David Mitchell comes up with a background on the Grayer Twins that will give you goosebumps. Slade House's cliffhanger ending is both evil and deeply satisfying.

An eclectic mix of the modern and the gothic gives birth to this devilish Halloween fairy tale for adults.

DISCLAIMER: I received from the publisher a free Galley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Glad you liked this one Carmen. I was curious to hear if it would be any good and now since you think it's a good mind bender, I think it might be good to read around Halloween. Perhaps it'll be my first David Mitchell read. thanks for the word on this one!

    1. It is delightfully evil and fun. Definitely better to be read near Halloween. This is my first Mitchell's as well, though I own Cloud Atlas. I suspect this will be my first, not my last experience with David Mitchell's imaginary worlds.

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one! I had my eye on it, but heard it carries over a bit from The Bone Clocks and that I should probably read that one first. I've never read Mitchell, so where do you think is a good place to start?

    1. I suppose reading The Bone Clocks first wouldn't hurt but I didn't and didn't need it either. I think it works as a stand-alone novel, and it reads very fast.

  3. Sounds like a book to put the reader in the mood for Halloween. What fun!

    1. It was definitely fun, Dorothy, even though that's not the type of reading I'd normally pick, but I wanted to read Mitchell and I am glad I did.


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