Tuesday, 24 September 2013

REVIEW: The Hangman's Replacement by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko

The Book
Source: Free copy courtsey of author
Published: February 22, 2013
Publisher: Chiveneko Publishing Inc
ASIN/ISBN: 9781481211932
Format: ebook (epub)
Pages: 400+
Date Read: June 03, 2013
Other Info: the full title is "The Hangman's Replacement: Sprout of Disruption"

Description
The death row cells are becoming full and Zimbabwe needs a new hangman.
How are so many people connected by a series of (seemingly) unrelated events.
Why do some people really want a new hangman. Who are the unseen puppet masters pulling the strings.

My Review

The structure of the book was very interesting. It was written with a mixture of individual stories (that don't seem to fit together in the beginning), newspaper articles, and letters. The story moves from person to person and place to place without confusiing the reader.

There are a lot of characters but they all play a part in the story. There are no unnecessary elements in the story.
The writing is amazing. The complexity of the book is it's biggest strength and the author does it well.

The dots connect easily towards the end of the book. You now easily see the importance of all the 'unimportant and unnecessary details' and every one of them reveals or reflects something.
The reader gains a lot of insight into the characters' minds and the motives for their actions

The only thing that put me off [hence the 4 stars] was all the botany talk but it was important to help the reader understand the point of the book

In General
I have read a lot of books in almost every genre and I can say that this book is in a class of it's own.
It's obviously a well planned and researched book. Definitely in the top ten books I've read this year.

This is basically it

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Recommended To
Everyone. This book has everything. If you love a good mystery, this is for you. Sci Fi? Horror? Humour? There's even a little bit of romance.
If you don't mind the length

Rating
4 stars

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