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Posted October 7, 2012
Sometimes I like reading a book having no (or just the slightest) idea what it is about, so I can read it with an open mind and be totally surprised with no preconceived thoughts. The only thing I knew about this novel was that it was about a guy who sold marijuana or something. Well, I am a HUGE fan of the show “Weeds”, so I jumped at the chance to read “Jamaican Flowers”. While this book is pretty different, I’ll say that it was still awesome. It was funny, but had danger and drama and was a lot more complex that I thought it would be. I loved most of the dialogue, and liked the fact that the main character was a likable guy, even though he obviously wasn’t perfect. I wish there could have been some better descriptions of places and the settings, as many times I had a hard time picturing the scene clearly. Like when they were in Jamaica, other than the accents I felt like they could really be anywhere. But maybe that’s just me. It gets a little mind-bendy, especially at the end, but what else do you expect in a book about drugs?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2012
I loved this book and read it in one sitting! At first I wasn’t sure whether I would or not, but the more I kept reading, the more hooked I was. What a cool idea, to invent this strain. This novel was a bit on the surreal side and a bit existential, but it was also humorous and action packed. Mr. Moorman is a gifted writer and his bio was cracking me up. “Jamaican Flowers” is impressive for a debut, and I imagine the writing will only get better over time. I did feel at certain parts weren’t as tight (or even as necessary to the story) as they could’ve been, and more than once wondered if it lost some focus. There was quite the large cast of characters, yet many didn’t seem all that important. And there was a POV shift from Sonny’s first-person, to other people’s 3rd person which kind of jarred me at times. But the story itself was still very good and I’d love to read the sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2012
I was impressed with the author’s writing style, as it flowed so smoothly and was easy to get lost in. The short chapters made it hard to stop reading (just one more, just one more…) and before I knew it, it was over. I was also impressed with the clean editing (didn’t see any mistakes), something that is pretty rare in indie books. Only a few minor formatting glitches, but that was no big deal at all. This book is definitely not for the kiddies (obviously) as it deals heavy with drugs, but there is a lot of foul language and violence. However it wasn’t gratuitous, but natural for the twisted and adventurous storyline. This author definitely was thinking outside of the box when he wrote “Jamaican Flowers” and I’m interested in seeing what he has in store for us with “Rumba Republic”.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2012
Jamaican Flowers by author Jim Moorman was much different than anything else that I have read lately. At first I thought it was going to be more mellow, more peace and love hippie style book (maybe because of the cover?) But it turned into a tension-filled, action packed story filled with weird (and surprising) twists and turns. I really liked it, especially the ending, but if I had one complaint it seemed like there were a LOT of characters, but most were not really fleshed out…just various names with a quick intro saying or doing stuff but I had no real sense of their purpose. But it was still a really good book, one I would recommend to my friends for sure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2012
This was a really cool book that I read in one night! It was really easy to read and written in a relatable and engaging way. Sonny Flowers is a scientist who is developing a strain of marijuana that can create positive memories, therefore making the world a better place. Sounds great, huh? Well of course there is drama and danger, and there was much more violence than I expected in a book such as this. Nevertheless it was a delightful read that I consumed all at once. Would love to read the next one, Rumba Republic and see what the author comes up with next!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 21, 2012
the opening pages of Jim Moorman’s “Jamaican Flowers” I knew I was going to love this book, and it did not disappoint. I must’ve laughed 3 times in the opening chapter alone, and have to admit that some of the antics he writes about hit a little close to home (hey, I went to college). I liked the short chapters and thought it made the pace of the book that much quicker. I thought it was well written, and even though it ended up taking a much different turn than I’d anticipated, I thought it was an enjoyable read from start to finish.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.