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San Juan Noir edited by Mayra Santos-Febres

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San Juan Noir edited by Mayra Santos-Febres

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A collection of noir stories taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Even those these averaged out to a solid 3/5, I found the collection as a whole very satisfying. There is a cohesiveness found in the selections which is usually elusive in anthology collections. I came into this blind about the culture and social aspects of San Juan but feel like the collection has given me a sense for the people. Worth reading!

1. Death on the Scaffold by Janette Becerra - A good story to start the collection. A mysterious narrator tells of a painter at her very high up apartment. An incident occurs and she realises a crime has been committed. It's a strange tale with the narrator being a recluse. (4/5)

2. Fish Food by Manolo Nunez Negron - The dark story of a friendship between two men from childhood until one becomes successful and the other ends up with a hit on him from the gang lords. Very well-written and engaging. (5/5)

Boo! by Ben Newman

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Boo! by Ben Newman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Adorable! The art is fantastic! Especially on the double spreads. The stylised animals are delightfully cute while the story is fun. It has a repeating text which will make it a delight as a read-aloud. The book starts with a mouse saying he's afraid of nothing at all, then an owl comes along and scares him. Then the owl claims to be the bravest, most fearless until another animal comes along and scares him. The pattern repeats itself until the story comes full circle with the mouse scaring an elephant. Loved it!