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The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

maziemouse's review against another edition

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3.5

PLEASE get LaKeith Stanfield to be in the live action adaptationšŸ‘€

tregina's review against another edition

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3.0

I didn't love this as much as I wanted to love it, because it sounded pretty awesome but didn't quite live up to my expectations, especially in the middle parts. And despite what might look like a lukewarm rating, it's really not--this is a book worth reading. It didn't entirely work for me, narratively, but it's deeply interesting and I'm pretty sure I'll be going in for a second read. (And to be fair, my head might not have been entirely in the game on first read.)

cappuccino136's review

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dark mysterious tense
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

5.0

Cosmic horror making direct reference to and critique of the racism of the author H P Lovecraft. Stunningly crafted, this novella makes a real impact on the reader.  It is very existential and chilling. 

lit_vibrations's review

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adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

slashergirl90's review

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dark mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

amichaelbraun's review

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adventurous dark mysterious sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

shelbymarie516's review against another edition

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3.0

3.25 stars This was a short story. Reminded me of Long Way Down and The Ballad of Perilous Jones

misfate's review

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

brandinos_life's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional sad medium-paced

3.75

trixster33's review

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challenging dark hopeful mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

The characters come to life giving brief glimpse of inner turmoil that leads to outer struggles and the transformation of the protagonist into something society tell him he is and also something they'll never be able to understand.