Bury the Lead

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This book is about a news paper editor called Jeff. His girlfriend Ada leaves him and his mindset takes a downward spiral. 

I found the style of writing hard to get into. The main character was unlikeable and the other characters lacked substance. I felt the author was trying too hard to sound like a male character and it came across as unnatural. 

Thank you #netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
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A look at what the truth really is and whether it is always in the best interest to tell the truth and sometimes the facts are better not shared.
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Full review to come.
I deeply apologize, but life is a handful lately and I'm using all my free time to read, not review. I hope everybody understands.
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I enjoyed this book! I was entertained and intrigued throughout. From the very beginning I really liked the chapter titles and the inclusion of quotes, headlines, definitions and crosswords into the narrative. I liked reading from one perspective exclusively as I haven't read a book like that in a while. I very much liked the 'stream of consciousness' style of writing and thought it was very original. Throughout the book our main character would sometimes think extensively about a topic, for example in the bowling alley he thought about humananity's obsession with competition, and I really liked these in depth thought processes because it reinforces this self-importance that plays into Jeff''s eventual downfall. 
I liked the short chapters I felt they were the perfect length for this partocular story. There was interesting and thought-provoking social-commentary weaved throughout. 
I very much appreciated the little bit of autism representation.
I thought it was really interesting to read from this particular perspective (newspaper editor), you can really feel the full weight of the situation because it is very relevant right now in that media is influencial and even powerful enough to be manipulative - the media can destroy people. 
I wouldn't say I was gripped in the reading experience but I was entertained enough to continue to the end, thankfully, because the ending was a really nice closing. When you read the twist it just makes you realise how important seemingly unimportal things were throughout the book and I am really glad I read this.
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This book was about a local newspaper that was printed twice a week, the editor gave the journalists their assignments and he would pop into the local police station for any updates on possible stories for the paper.
He was a bit down as he couldn't contact his girlfriend so wasn't sure of the status quo and he lead quite a lonely life other then that. There was some strange stuff happening in the village which is reported in the paper.

This book was very descriptive and full of detail, not my usual type of book but it was alright and the ending made everything make sense.
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Jeff Paine is a small-town newspaper editor who, depressed and bitter after his girlfriend left him and increasingly cynical about the state of news journalism, decides to try a little experiment in media manipulation of his own. Is Jeff mad, bad or just heartbroken?  What’s his end game?  And did Ada really leave of her own accord?

Interspersed throughout Bury the Lead are snippets of headlines, crossword clues, horoscopes and presidential tweets.  Sometimes these connect to the story, but mostly they are incongruous, non sequiturs whose cumulative effect invokes the bizarre realm of ‘news’ and positions this book firmly in our current moment.

Jeff’s narration is bleak and cynical, preoccupied with the ways in which news is shaped and how it shapes us.  It’s incisive and on-point, if a bit heavy-handed.  Or maybe it’s just hard going because most of us are just as cynical as Jeff by now.

It can’t be easy to sustain a first person POV while also concealing much from the reader.  Jeff’s clearly on a downward slide and there’s a lot of foreshadowing, but he won’t reveal his motives or what he’s really up to.  As a result, the narrative is a little messy, but that worked for me because I was never quite sure what sort of book this would turn out to be, and it kept me guessing. 

Bury the Lead defies categorisation: while it doesn’t quite hew to the usual conventions of a mystery or thriller, I found it tense, unsettling and unpredictable.
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This book is either one you’ll love it or hate it, and unfortunately it wasn’t for me. I loved the idea of the premise and how it  interspersing the narrative with quotes but unfortunately it fell flat. It was too slow of a build, even with all the twists and turns.
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I loved the idea behind this book, but it felt all over the place. It was a confusing read. It kept my attention enough to finish it but I am left thinking "What did I just read?" Maybe this was the goal? The headlines throughout the book, fake news, etc. Maybe it is supposed to be just what it was for me, a mind trip. I suggest at least giving it a try!
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Jeff Paine is the editor of a small-town newspaper in Colorado, trying to stay afloat in the Trump era. Bury the Lead opens with reports of mysterious mutilations of pet dogs in the town. We follow Jeff as he interacts with colleagues, chats to the police and other witnesses, and puts together a story for the paper.

We see a close community, with its own rhythms and routines and a compassionate one, where people take time to ask how Jeff is feeling now his girlfriend has gone. Beneath the gentle, folksy feel of the story though, is a darker undercurrent.

After Jeff juxtaposes the story of the dog mutilations with another about the problems of the homeless in the town, some residents put the two together in their minds and turn on a local homeless man. This leads Jeff to consider how we understand and interpret news and to embark on a new direction for the paper – with disturbing consequences.

A number of real, contemporary headlines interject the story. Seeing them without context makes you view them in different ways, makes you realise how strange and unhinged our world has become, how the unsettling events in Jeff’s life are emblematic of what’s happening in ours.

This is a timely and thought-provoking dark comedy about the news – what it does to us and what it says about us. It is interesting that the medium in this case is a traditional local paper, when all the concern in the public sphere is about digital media. It is a reminder of the power of language, for good and ill, and that propaganda is nothing new.
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The premise for this book sounded great, but while reading it fell a bit flat.  For a relatively short book, it took a long time to get to the meat of the story.  While somewhat interesting, I found the interspersed tweets, crossword clues and headlines to cause the book to have a disjointed feel.  It would have been better if they somehow pertained to the story and if there had been fewer of them.  While not a particular bad read, it just wasn’t the suspense/thriller I was expecting.
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This is one of those books that you either love or you hate - and I Loved It!
The format was original - within the tale were the frequent newspaper headlines, crossword clues (do wish there had been an Afterword with the solutions!) and dictionary definitions. I do not read newspapers for the very reasons pointed out by this novel - fake news, sensationalised stories bearing very little regard to the truth.
The prose was so well written and at the end the reader was left with many questions. A fascinating read.
Just one criticism - too much blurb about the book, which I am glad to say I did not read first.
I look forward to reading more by this original author.
Very many thanks to Netgalley/Cassondra Windwalker/Black Spot Books for a digital copy of this title. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Thank you to Blackspot books for an e-copy of Bury the Lead for review. I had trouble connecting and following the plot so I'm not sure how to review this one. I'm not sure it was written in a style that worked for me and none of the characters stuck in my mind so I kept having to go back and figure out who they were. Definitely not a book for me.
Available September 4, 2018
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This book jumped all over the place for me. It felt rather jumbled and was rather confusing. I did not enjoy it very much overall.
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This book was not for me... it jumps all over the place and it feels like there is too much trying to happen at once. I got so confused... sorry it just was not for me
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Jeff Paine owns a small time newspaper in Brisby Colorado, when his girlfriend leaves him he begins an experiment to manipulate his home town which will change his life forever.

Bury the Lead suffered for me as being a book I appreciated and enjoyed only in hindsight. Whilst reading it I found it very hard to enjoy and it failed to keep my interest at times. The narrative is disjointed and all over the place, some bits are deliberately kept vague and there were various places I had to skip back to check I hadn’t missed a vital piece of information. While some points were too vague, others were a bit repetitive. However, thinking back on the book now knowing the ending I appreciate the thought behind why this was done. The plot progression and the twist at the end were actually quite clever, I just wish that it made for an enjoyable reading experience. I’m also a little staggered that the blurb gives away nearly the entire book including part of the twist – something to change quickly perhaps? Luckily I hadn’t read the blurb fully before I read the book or I think even my enjoyment of the plot progression would have been extinguished.

As the idea of the book is that you are inside the mind of Jeff Paine, there are lots of interjections of newspaper headlines, famous quotes, crossword clues and horoscopes throughout. However, as these mostly didn’t really have any relevance to what was going on in the plot at the time I found myself subconsciously skipping over them throughout the book. There were also parts that felt a bit ‘preachy’ about fake news and the society that we lived in which took me out of the narrative to roll my eyes profusely. Nothing that was being said hasn’t already been pointed out before elsewhere and isn’t a new concept in the age of Trump.

Overall Bury The Lead is an interesting premise with good progression and a nice twist – it just was a bit too jumbled, disconnected and disinteresting until the last possible moment for me to enjoy it while I was reading it. Thank you to NetGalley & Blackspot Books for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The book's cover is so friking gorgeous damnnn!
You can say that this book is a psychological thriller. I mean, there's not much of a thrill factor in it but still. So the main guy, Jeff, seems and claim to be a well known editor/journalist who's goal is to so uncover the deep dark truths of his city ranging from dog killers to murderers and whatnot. But the main scoundrel- the main antagonist is closer than you think.
I must say that it does feel a bit dragged at some points but after reading some pretty crappy books in the past couple of days, I really needed this one. Something light but thrilling at the same time
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I wish I had really good things to say about this book.  The story premise sounded interesting ... but I was greatly disappointed.

It seemed awfully disjointed.  It was hard to follow and much of it didn't make sense to me. The characters seem lackluster.  I was hoping for more suspense or mystery ... and it just wasn't there.

This one just wasn't for me.

Many thanks to the author / Black Spot Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy.  Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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This book drkve me crazy. It was well-written but it jumped all over the place. I actually got so lost I DNF
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This was a difficult read for me. I really, really liked the premise, that of interspersing the narrative with quotes, tweets from President Trump and crossword puzzles. I found myself noting my answers to the crossword puzzles and would have loved the solutions to have been at the back of the book! Not to be, I'm afraid.
That for me was one of many disappointments to the book. It's a confusing read and, despite really wanting to,  I just couldn't clearly follow (nor have that much interest in) the storyline or characters.

Jeff is a newspaper editor, who's girlfriend leaves him at the start of the book and who then becomes embroiled in a homeless man and mysterious killings of dogs. Yep, it's as confusing to read the book as it probably is to read this review.

Thanks to netgalley and Black Spot Books for the opportunity to preview this book in exchange for my honest review and I'm hoping the author can better engage her readers in her next book, as, I did so want to be engaged and I did love the idea of interspersing a novel with headlines / quotes, etc.
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Thank you NetGalley and Black Spot Books for the free review copy!

Bury the Lead had so many twists and turns and I would originally come up with a guess, but then it changed. It was a great read and would definitely try more from the author! At times it did get a bit slow, but then picked right back up.
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