Thomas Nevins


I have been trying my hand at book reviews. My criteria is simple, do I like the book and why. I have a link above to more reviews.

(For my bio, please see the bottom of this post.)

COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami. One of my favorite books of the year! #murakami

This is my first "Murakami" and I have to wonder what took me so long. I am certainly glad I've gotten to know Tsukuru Tazaki and discovered his complicated life in Murakami's wise and wonderful novel. COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI is the story of five friends involved in the pilgrimage from youth to adult-hood and from the present to the past and back again. The five friends have shared in most everything but name, as all but Tsukuru have a color in their name. Tsukuru often thought, "... if I had a color in my name too. Then everything would be perfect". But his name translates into "builder of things" and his passion was train stations, "He wasn't sure why, but for as long as he could remember, he had love to observe train stations". The five are inseparable until they graduate high school and Tsukuru is off to engineering school in Tokyo to follow his passion while the remaining four stay at home. There is much more to this seperation than geography and understanding that becomes Tsukuru's quest. True to life, Tazaki finds nothing is easy and nothing is as it seems. Or is it? There were times that all he wanted was for his heart to stop, but"... the heart apparently doesn't stop that easily". Sometimes a book, and a life, are more about the journey than about the destination. And this is a book about the journey and it is a book with a lot of heart and all the color a heart can hold.

Here is another book I'd like to recommend: and also a year-end favorite!

REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS by Bret Anthony Johnston. on sale 5/​13/​2014.

"What would you do it it happened to you?" There are many books that ask this question but few answer it in as chilling a scenario as does Bret Anthony Johnston in his debut novel, REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS. In Corpus Christi, Texas, tragedy has struck the Campbell family, the unimaginable has happened, the disappearance of their 11 year old son. But, dear reader, don't let that stop you, REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS isn't one of "those" kind of books. This book is the rare achievement of a commercial novel written by a writer with serious literary chops. After all, Johnston is the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University. In REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS, each member of the of the Campbell family; the grief striken Mom, Laura, who works with rescued dolphins in hopes of saving something, the angry Dad, Eric, who has an affair in hopes of feeling anything, even if it is guilt, the Grandfather, Cecil, who owns the well named Loan Star Pawnshop and keeps a gun in his car just in case, the younger brother, Griffin, who becomes a local celebrity, the dude with the missing brother, and his green-haired girlfriend, Fiona, who tries to hold him and his family together, all are unique characters in voice and motivation. The arc of the emotions each character endures is truly gut wrenching. The narrative is quick, compelling and all too real. The sense of place and weather are as much a part of the plot as is the protagonists. But, it's the story that will grab you. Think DEFENDING JACOB, but from the victim's family's point of view. Revenge, retribution, justice, mercy, what will they chose? Sometimes a family can be greater than the sum of its parts and sometimes love can redeem us, if we will only let it.


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My bio is below:

Thomas "Tom" Nevins was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. where he still lives with his wife and three daughters. As a teenager he became interested in writing after hearing the lyrics of Bob Dylan and The Beatles. After High School, Nevins worked, traveled through Europe; Holland, England, Ireland, Scotland, Norway and across the U.S. before attending New York University School of Continuing Education. In 1974 he enrolled in the College of Staten Island, a division of City University System, where he was lucky enough to not only meet his wife, Debbie, but to study under John Shawcross, Armand Schwerener, and Herbert Leibowitz, who sponsored Nevins with a working scholarship to Bread Loaf Writers Conference in 1977. Upon graduation into a recessed economy, he found it difficult to land a job; one day he walked into Doubleday Bookshops in Manhattan to enquire about employment opportunities. They hired him, and from sales clerk he rose to assistant manager, to store manager, to buyer, to sales representative, to National Account Manager, and to author of THE AGE OF THE CONGLOMERATES. When he is not writing or working for Random House, he is watching The Mets ( groaning is more like it); or playing the drums in his basement. He likes his rock and roll loud, simple and with a beat, and if it's rebellious, or broken hearted, all the better. He lives with two teachers and great daughters who help keep him busy and keep it real. It seems, at all times, he has large cup of coffee on hand and a song in his heart.

(For more of my book reviews, please click on the everyday ebook link on top of this page)

Selected Works

Science Fiction
“A highly original debut novel, told in an exciting voice, that casts shades of Asimov.”
–Steve Berry, author of The Charlemagne Pursuit