Magic, Television, & Marijuana, Matthew Berkman

When Berkman sent me a review request for this, I thought the title and blurb had promise. Then I got to the price on Amazon, which I found highly amusing, and I knew I had to read it. The story is told in alternating viewpoints and timelines, so you get a bit of everything with this. I found the alternating viewpoints similar to Koontz’s style of writing in that you read Hannah’s chapter, get insanely hooked on the story, and then bam, you’re in Mark’s chapter, and the same thing happens. It’s insanely addicting.

If there were any negatives for me when reading this, there were a few things that were revealed farther into the book, that I felt could have come sooner, such as the pronunciation of Rheth. Sometimes the time wasn’t completely clear, but it comes together towards the end, which gives you an “aha” moment. I also am not a huge fan of the long, drawn-out, “I’ll tell you the truth, I promise” thing.

But really, the few things I didn’t love are small compared to all the things I loved. I highlighted several things reading this because there was so much nostalgia, throwbacks to tv-shows: “Babou, Serpentine!” which made me laugh out loud, and just phrasing that another author might not include, that I found highly entertaining. And I can’t quote such phrasing because we need to keep reviews pg, but I loved it. This was a well thought out, engaging, creative, and entertaining read, I can’t recommend it enough.

Read this review on Amazon and Goodreads, give it a like while you’re there.

Magic, Television, & Marijuana is available on Amazon for $4.20, it’s enrolled in KU.


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