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Razorblade Tears: A Novel par S. A. Cosby

Razorblade Tears: A Novel (original 2021; édition 2021)

par S. A. Cosby (Auteur)

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Titre:Razorblade Tears: A Novel
Auteurs:S. A. Cosby (Auteur)
Info:Flatiron Books (2021), 336 pages
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Razorblade Tears par S.A. Cosby (2021)


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Guessed the big reveal, like the pace & dialogue ( )
  jimifenway | Oct 23, 2021 |
Well written, and fun to read. And very funndy. ( )
  sberson | Sep 26, 2021 |
This was a really good, but sometimes graphic in the telling. Two fathers set out to find out who killed their sons and unearth a world of trouble. Along the way they both begin to reconcile their feelings towards their sons and how horribly they treated them while they were alive.

Both fathers are no stranger to prison, murder, guns, and shady deals, so when they start down the path to finding the killer, violence quickly finds them. I figured out who set everything in motion at the same time the main character did, right about the end of the book. Of course a big showdown happens and the bad guys lose, as it should be.

This book contains a lot important themes including racial and sexual inequality and as stated before, the violence is laid out in graphic detail. ( )
  GeneseeLibrary | Sep 25, 2021 |
This turned out to be surprisingly difficult for me to rate. There was a great deal I loved about the book, and a great deal I did not love at all. I suspect some of what bugged me is endemic to the genre. I generally do not read thrillers and have limited patience with tortured heroes (with the exceptions of Armand Gamache and Jackson Brodie) and with vigilante justice. So with that as a lead in...

I started out loving the book. The setup is great. Two fathers, one black one white, both of whom have criminal pasts, set out to avenge the brutal murders of their sons. The sons were married, and both fathers had rejected their respective sons because they were gay. I do not think it is any way a spoiler to say the fathers are racked with guilt about rejecting their sons and they set out on their mission as a way to ameliorate their guilt and thereby make them feel better about themselves.

The fathers, Ike and Buddy Lee are great characters. It is rollicking fun to ride shotgun while they go all John McClane on everyone. The discussions between the two were, for me, by far the best part of the book. Both are complex and smart (in their own ways) and filled to the brim with regret not just for not supporting their sons but also not being the husbands and fathers they should have been and for valuing their loved ones less than their gangs (that word is never used, I think they always say "cliques", which makes me think of Regina George rather than a group of people who require that you kill people and protect you against pissed off members of the local Bloods chapter.)

So Ike and Buddy Lee are intriguing complex characters, but no one else is complex at all. This is one of the things I suspect is endemic to the genre, there is a comic noir feel to the evildoers here. The words they use, the things they do. In my experience most people who commit evil acts are pretty complex themselves but not these guys. They hate children and animals, they have unresolved daddy issues, they devalue women, and they spend an inordinate amount of time talking trash about LGBTQ+ and black people and clinging to their religion and their guns. In other words, they are caricatures. This would have been a much better book if they were fleshed out as well. Even if Cosby was going for the comic book villain thing he could have given us a meaningful backstory. Lex Luther, the Joker, these guys are at least as interesting as their superhero nemeses. Also, I cannot imagine anyone reading this did not know the true identity of the Snidely Whiplash-like bad guy behind the marauding murderous biker gang from the first time he uttered a word. Like I said, this is not my genre so I would have been slower on picking up cues than people who reads a lot of these books, and I knew before he completed his first sentence. Also obvious is Tangerine's secret; we know her truth from the first time the dads find out that this super fine woman spends her leisure time in a gay bar. Similarly thin were the characterizations of the dead sons - portrayed as flavorless saints. Responsible mortgage-holders, well-educated, married and breeding at the age of 25. (They are 27 when killed, and have a 2-year old.)

Perhaps my biggest issue with the book was the deluge of afterschool special level LGBTQ+ people, they are just like us! moments. These are so ham-fisted, it is embarrassing to read them. And also, the speed with which these two bigots become LGBTQ+ allies after their sons' deaths is absurd. All the sudden these guys are loud and proud - I kept thinking of the father in Heathers "I Love My Gay Son! It was so inauthentic it felt parodic, and it should not have been (and also clearly was not intended to be so.) There were some educational moments about racism, but they were much better handled (though when Buddy Lee, a redneck with an 8th grade education, acknowledges his white privilege in those exact words I rolled my eyes HARD.) Also worth mentioning, and I know this is something that bugs me more than others, is the endless stream of similes and metaphors. Southern people outside of movies and Hee Haw episodes do not talk in similes. Side note, even when they use true southern expressions the characters get them wrong. For example, Buddy Lee says he is going to be as careful as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs, and that is not even the expression -- it is that someone is as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. One guy gets his head blown off and someone says it looks like his head is being eaten by his own plasma, but plasma is yellow and would look nothing like a blood soaked head. Some of the similes are just super tortured. One guy gets shot and his intestines are described as looking like taffy soaked in merlot. Really?

For all that, Ike and Buddy Lee kept me pretty entertained, and this is going to make a kick-ass movie. I have already cast Forest Whitaker as Ike and Gary Oldman or Billy Bob Thornton as Buddy Lee. Worth a read if you like a little dynamic duo action. ( )
1 voter Narshkite | Sep 23, 2021 |
I was totally engrossed. It was fast paced, funny, and exciting. It was good to have an author of popular fiction address issues of racism and homophobia so directly. ( )
1 voter PatsyMurray | Sep 19, 2021 |
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Nom de l'auteur(e)RôleType d'auteurŒuvre ?Statut
S.A. Cosbyauteur(e) principal(e)toutes les éditionscalculé
Kanong, Rwi Su SinghArtiste de la couvertureauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Kulick, GreggConcepteur de la couvertureauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Lazarre-White, AdamNarrateurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
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