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Book Review: The Hangman’s Replacement by Taona D. Chivenko (1/5)

30 Aug

I was hesitant to read this one. I got it as part of a giveaway, but the reviews on it were really hit or miss and I know I tend to be critical. I put it off for years but finally gave in. Right when your child is born is probably the wrong time to be reading a slow book.

HangmanThe Hangman’s Replacement by Taona D. Chivenko

Summary from Goodreads:

Zimbabwe’s last hangman retired in 2004. As the nation drifted towards abolition, no determined effort was launched to find a replacement. However, the discovery of carnivorous flame lilies at the Great Zimbabwe monument triggered a spirited search for a new executioner. Those who know why this discovery energized the recruitment effort refused to talk.

The frantic attempts to find a new hangman were impeded by the lack of suitable candidates. Well-placed sources confirmed that the fear of ‘ngozi’ was a deterrent. According to this traditional belief, the spirit of a murdered person torments the killer and his family for generations. However, this is only half the story. Several promising applicants did come forward. None met the minimum requirements for the job. The selection criteria were designed to exclude the mentally ill, the vindictive, and the sadistic. However, they did not rule out the desperate.

This book did not work for me. It had a strong sense of magical realism, which I greatly dislike, so it really didn’t stand a chance. There were also a few stretches of characters talking that felt unrealistic which was a struggle to read. There were a set of chapters that took me two weeks to get through because it was such a struggle for me to read. And the info dumps! There were so many. This book was setting up for something, though I can’t imagine what with the intricacies it involved. There was an allergy to air, a carnivorous plant, blackmail, lawyers, assassins, prostitutes, and a British gallows builder. I’m not sure how it will all come together but the volume of it was a bit overwhelming.

None of the characters struck me as credible. There was a man who could have multiple strings of thought at once, a reclusive genius lawyer, many beautiful women, many strong men, and the most believable character fought off a lion with his bare hands. The lack of believable characters was part of what repelled me in this book. It felt like the author was trying to trick me into believing these people could really exist in a spiteful way.

I didn’t particularly like any of the characters but Able was the most sympathetic. I liked that he loved his wife and family very much and his motivation seemed more plausible than anyone else in the story. But there were moments that I didn’t like him. He was unfaithful to his wife for an unknown reason and seemingly not under his own control. This confused me. Though it’s strange, I feel my frustration is more with the author than the character. Probably because it seemed to out of character for Able to do this that it felt like a trick by the author.

I couldn’t relate to any of the characters in this story. The women in particular felt really unbelievable to me and it was a big part of my frustration with the story. The conversation between Anala and Vaida was the most cringeworthy part of the book to me. It felt forced and it was a lot of back story. I can’t imagine a conversation between two women going like this.

The first part of the book was the most enjoyable to me as it focused on Able. I was excited for the story and unsure of how it would play out. But all the other characters that were brought in and the other plot lines that were woven into the story took me out of it and made it difficult to enjoy.

There are a lot of dubious motivations in this book. The motivation to breed a carnivorous plant, the motivation to seduce a married man, and the motivation to devote your life to work are just a few. Abel’s motivation, to secure medical insurance for his family, is the only one I really understood. Protecting your family can drive you to do crazy things, even voluntarily become a hangman.

Writer’s Takeaway: I think Chivenko could have dealt with a beta reader or editor. There were few spelling or grammar mistakes in this book, but the plot was confusing and the dialogue needed work. At 466 pages, it was just too long. Sharing your work with someone for criticism can be unnerving or time consuming, but I see how it can be valuable.

Not a book I enjoyed or would recommend. I will not continue with the series. One out of Five Stars.

Until next time, write on.

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WWW Wednesday, 25-August-2021

25 Aug

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Kelly

Currently reading: I found out my library is discontinuing one of their eaudio platforms and it’s the one I’m using to listen to The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray. Needless to say, I’m pushing had to finish this one! I have about eleven hours left so it will be a small challenge, but I need a reading challenge these days and I’m ready for it!
I’m still grabbing small moments to read The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. I feel like it’s moving pretty quickly so I think I’ll finish it up in better time than some of my past ebooks.
I’ve only just started True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey so I can’t say much about it yet. I’m excited to have a new physical book, though!

Hangman

Recently finished: I finally finished The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko! This one was a real struggle for me. I liked the beginning of it, but there were scenes that were just so difficult to get through that I’d get stuck for a week or more, reading a page at a time before I grew frustrated and put the book down. It ended with a section like that, which was even more infuriating because I slowed to a crawl. I’ll post a review as soon as I find the time for it but know this got One out of Five Stars from me.

Reading next: No plans just yet. I’ll see how much reading I’m able to do with Baby around. They are sleeping well, but I’m not so a lot of my free time has been dedicated to napping and cleaning the house. I’ve got another month before I go back to work to try and even things out a bit.

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WWW Wednesday, 18-August-2021

18 Aug

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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Hangman

Currently reading: I’m back, all! Happy to be checking in after a few weeks off. I was a little single-minded with the new baby but we’re starting to develop a routine and get back to a few things. I even managed to read some of The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko and I think this will be the next book I finish. Here’s to hoping!
I’ve found a few minutes from time to time for The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray. It’s mostly while washing bottles and if I do my daily walk without my husband, but it’s something. I’m moving slowly but still really enjoying this one and looking forward to seeing how this series ends.
I find short bursts of time that are good to fill with reading The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. This book started off a lot differently than I suspected and I’m still interested to see where it goes.

Recently finished: Nothing new here this week and probably not again for a little bit, but I’m fine with the slower pace and expected it.

KellyReading next: I grabbed True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey and even took it to the hospital with me. That was a bit optimistic, in retrospect, but I was basing it on how much sitting around I had at a previous visit. I hope to crack this one open soon!

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WWW Wednesday, 28-July-2021

28 Jul

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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Ghost

Currently reading: I’m dedicated to finishing The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko now, though it may slow down a bit with Baby coming this weekend! My mom insists nursing is good reading time, but we’ll see where my energy levels are. They might be at more of an audiobook level for a while. Here’s hoping I finish it!
I’m loving The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray and I’m flying through it. It’s been a long time since I read a series so finishing one off has a lot of satisfaction tied to it. It helps that the narration on this is spectacular!
I’ve gotten through a little bit of The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson and I’m getting some serious Ghost Bride vibes. Not sure if that’s good or bad yet. We’ll see how this goes. It did start with quite a bang so I hope the tension stays high!

MoscowRecently finished: Reading Buddy and I met Tuesday for our final discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Finished just in time before Baby! I’m feeling great about this and even managed to post my review on Monday. We both ended up enjoying this one a lot even though my Buddy was a little apprehensive when we started. I gave it Four out of Five Stars. I hope we can start reading together again soon. I told my husband that’s one thing I’d like his support to do as a new parent.

KellyReading next: I’ll likely need a physical book next and I’ll honestly grab the next thing on my shelf because I doubt I have the brain capacity to go to the library or do an Interlibrary Loan any time soon. So next up is likely True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I’ve had some good luck with true crime books this year (though this one is fictionalized, it’s still making me think of Say Nothing) and I know a bit about Ned Kelly so I’m excited to get into this and see how it goes.

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WWW Wednesday, 21-July-2021

21 Jul

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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Crows

Currently reading: I keep pushing through with The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko but I have come to a quick stop to try and finish my buddy read before Baby comes. I’ll finish this eventually but I’m in no real hurry.
Reading Buddy and I met on Monday and we’re powering through the final section of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. We’ll meet early next week to talk about the ending, right before Baby is coming! I’m sure we’ll take a break from this for a month or so but I can’t wait to read with her again, it’s a real joy to make time to talk about books with a good friend.
Some new books! I was so excited to start on The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray. I wanted to listen to this one earlier but my library was having issues with their rental system and I grabbed another book instead. I’m excited to finish this series that I’ve been enjoying a lot for a few years now!
I’m having repeated issues with book availability for my next ebook. I wanted to read Rosen’s Dollface, but it’s no longer available! There’s another title I was looking for that’s not letting me borrow it for whatever reason. So, third string attempt. I started The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. This is one my sister in law gave me for Christmas years back and I haven’t picked up yet. I’m excited to see what she’s picked for me.

Lateral

Recently finished: I’m so glad to have finished books! I wrapped up Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono while waiting on a procedure (doctors offices are good for something!). I found it dragged in parts and was fine in others. I gave it Three out of Five Stars overall and posted my review on Monday.
I also finished up New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson on Saturday! I was driving to a workout and it wrapped up as I pulled into the parking lot so you know it was mean to be. This book was a big disappointment for me and unfortunately turned me off to the author in general. I gave it only Two out of Five Stars and posted my review yesterday.
Reading next: I’m just starting so many things that I don’t have any plans at this time. We’ll see what moves fast and where I’ll need another book soon. I’m just so excited to have finished a few things!

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WWW Wednesday, 14-July-2021

14 Jul

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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2140

Currently reading: Good news! I actually made progress with Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono and I’m finally feeling good about finishing it soon. I’ve got more doctors appointments than I’d care for (thanks, Baby) right about now and the waiting rooms are great reading time.
I was able to do something I love on Sunday morning; read in bed! I got through the scene in The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko that had me stalled and I’m finally on to a part I’m more interested in so I’m feeling good about this.
My reading buddy and I met on Sunday and we’re moving forward to Part 4 of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. We’re both enjoying it a lot and excited to keep this one moving forward! Fingers crossed we finish before Baby makes their appearance.
All the doctors appointments are giving me car time to listen to New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. I think I’m in striking distance and may actually finish this sometime soon.

Recently finished: Y’all, I’m so close to finishing one. I know it’s coming, I just keep holding my breath one more week.

Reading next: I’ve still got my eye on Dollface by Renee Rosen. I know it’s coming soon.

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WWW Wednesday, 7-July-2021

7 Jul

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
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What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently reading: I actually read some from Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono! It was mostly out of guilt from posting weeks in a row about not reading it, so I do have to thank this meme for some progress. Yay.
Still holding with The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko. Stay tuned.
I should finish the next section of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles this week. I want to finish before my Baby comes so Reading Buddy and I leave off at a good point! Keeping my fingers crossed.
I thought I knew where New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson was going but I’m lost again. Almost done with this one and I’m just pushing to the end at this point.

Recently finished: It’s been over a month since I finished a book. Not a great feeling for a book blogger. I’m hopeful I’ll get back to it, but I’m being realistic and thinking it might be a while still. Fingers crossed.

Reading next: I’ll get to Dollface by Renee Rosen one day!

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WWW Wednesday, 30-June-2021

30 Jun

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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Currently reading: Oh geeze. Yet another week without any progress in Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono. Maybe I should stop predicting I can make progress in it at all.
I’ve put The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko aside since my Reading Buddy and I are on a new section of the Towles. I’m sure I’ll get back to it soon.
I’m powering through the third part of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. My Reading Buddy is nervous that we won’t finish before Baby is born so I’m trying to focus on it as much as possible!
I think I’m finally getting into the plot of New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. Thirteen hours in isn’t exactly when I was hoping I’d get sucked in, but better late than never, right?

Recently finished: Three weeks in a row here is rough. I know I’ll eventually finish something, but it’s seeming so far away.

Reading next: I’ll get to Dollface by Renee Rosen one day!

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WWW Wednesday, 23-June-2021

23 Jun

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Currently reading: Nothing new in Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono this week. I’ve got a few doctors’ appointments this next week so I’ll see if I get it opened up.
I got through very little of The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko. There’s a scene where I can’t get into the dialogue and I’m struggling through it so it’s been a slow slog. Once I get through it, I think I’ll make some more progress.
My ready buddy and I met on Monday to talk about A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles so I’m moving on to the third section now. I’m loving the slow burn of this story!
I’ve had more time to listen to my audiobook in the car so I’ve made good progress with New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. There’s still not a clear plot to this book, more exploring the setting which is getting old kinda fast.

Recently finished: I’m going to pretend it doesn’t make me sad that this section is empty again, but it makes me really sad. Maybe in the next two weeks? Maybe?

Reading next: I’ll get to Dollface by Renee Rosen one day!

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WWW Wednesday, 16-June-2021

16 Jun

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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What are you currently reading?
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Currently reading: I don’t think I even opened Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono this week. I know I’m getting close, but this one will linger on.
I ready a little bit of The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko since I’m between ready buddy sections. I’m over half way now and I’m hoping the story starts to tie together a bit more!
We’re through Part II of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. We both had busy weekends so we’ll see when we’re able to get together and press forward. I think this slow burn is starting to flame a little bit, we’ll see if she feels the same way.
I had a good chunk of car time this weekend to enjoy New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. I’m still struggling with the main conflict in this book. I’m hoping it sorts itself out soon because I’m starting to lose interest a bit even though the characters are really fun.

Recently finished: Nothing again. I promise I’m not neglecting the blog, I just have very little to say! Hopefully I’ll have some progress soon and be able to post more here for you all to enjoy.

Reading next: I’m still waiting to get to Dollface by Renee Rosen. I think some fun fiction is needed to boost my reading life.

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