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Book Review: Little Beasts

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - by Daniel Brantley

Book Review: Little Beasts by Matthew McGevna.  Publisher: Akashic Books

Children, tree forts, and candy bars, and murder.

Yes. Murder.

These ingredients mix together in the warm summer months to create something far from the feel-good book of the summer.

The first novel by award-winning poet Matthew McGevna, Little Beasts has all the dystopian elements that are taking the world by storm (think Hunger Games)—minus the distant dystopian society.

Because Little Beasts could have happened in your backyard.

Despite the burning story of murder and mayhem, LittleBeasts is not all bite. Its weakest link is a cast of characters that aren’t defined well enough for each to be memorable. As a result, the plot moves well, but I gave up on keeping characters in order. But maybe this is the point. After all, aren’t we all the same? Or at the least those in our social classes tend to fall in line—rich to one side and poor to the other, both acting as proper rich and poor folk.

Don’t let this lack of character development scare you from Little Beasts. All it takes is one or two characters to carry you through to the heartbreaking end—a finale that offers enough hope and redemption to equal the book’s climactic horror.


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New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

National Coalition Of 100 Black Women Honors 3 Local Women


The Cleveland Police Department will honor the life of Officer Justin Maples during a short memorial this Friday at 8:30 a.m. Members of the Cleveland Police Department’s Honor Guard will ... (click for more)

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Three Chattanooga women were honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Chattanooga Chapter on Saturday for outstanding community service. The theme of the 21st Annual Pioneer Women ... (click for more)



Happenings

Officer Justin Maples 10-Year Memorial Service Will Be Held May 20

The Cleveland Police Department will honor the life of Officer Justin Maples during a short memorial this Friday at 8:30 a.m. Members of the Cleveland Police Department’s Honor Guard will present a memorial wreath at the Cleveland – Bradley County Emergency Workers Memorial Wall. The memorial service will be held at Bradley County Fire and Rescue, 200 Inman St. East in Cleveland. (click for more)

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

Here are the new marriage licenses from the County Clerk's office: TAYLOR PATRICE GESLAK WILLIAM DALE MCDERMOTT 2800 GEORGIAN DR W 2800 GEORGIAN DR W ATLANTA, Georgia 303414824 ATLANTA, Georgia 303414824 RICHARD DAVID ROBILOTTO TAMARA ANN SCHIRMER 256 SE VIA VISCONTI 1634 SW JANETTE AVE PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 349525321 PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 349531189 MAXIE JAMES ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Woman Gets 6-Year Suspended Sentence In 2018 Stabbing Death Of George Deramus

A woman charged in the stabbing death of 60-year-old George Deramus pleaded guilty on Monday morning to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. Tavowia Hinton, who was 49 at the time of the Dec. 2, 2018, incident, had been facing a charge of second-degree murder. She was given a six-year prison sentence, but it was suspended. Ms. Hinton was directed not to have any contact ... (click for more)

Florida Man Says Deal Should Go Through To Buy 6,161 Acres In Hamilton, Sequatchie Counties From Pattens

A Florida man has filed suit in Federal Court, saying he had a deal to buy 6,160 acres in Hamilton and Sequatchie counties from Bryan and Cartter Patten, but they are backing out of the deal. C. Lee Eggert, of Brandon, Fla., said the agreed purchase price was over $11.6 million. He acknowledged that he was being furnished the money by a logging company, Consolidated Timberlands. ... (click for more)

Opinion

Election Integrity

I find the complaints about the recent win by Weston Wamp in the Hamilton County mayor’s primary to be interesting and amusing. Interesting because of the attempt by some to portray his win as the result of some kind of nefarious manipulation by a group of clergy to get Black voters to crossover and vote for Wamp. Also interesting because for weeks it was assumed by the local political ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: "Miss Mary Frances"

I have written dozens of obituaries in my life and eulogized many people. I am not ashamed to admit I think I am good at it and I am flattered when a friend’s family approaches me to ask for my help. I have written a number of obituaries on those who are still alive who want to “proof-read” what will be turned into the funeral home and I have honored death-bed requests that this ... (click for more)