Overall rating and opinion of " The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" by Gary Robinson

Use this forum to discuss the May 2018 Book of the Month, "The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" by Gary Robinson
Post Reply
User avatar
prospero360
Posts: 431
Joined: 09 Jul 2017, 06:19
2018 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 108
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 40
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-prospero360.html
Latest Review: Seventeen Days by Linda Griffin

Re: Overall rating and opinion of " The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" by Gary Robinson

Post by prospero360 » 08 Jul 2018, 02:07

My favorite part of the book will have to be between reading on how Duke and Gary interact and help each other, and the description of the circus life. Overall, I'm happy with the book, I'll give it 8/10.

User avatar
Aditi1992
Posts: 110
Joined: 29 Jun 2018, 14:07
2018 Reading Goal: 10
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 30
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 15
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-aditi1992.html
Latest Review: Heartaches 2 by H.M. Irwing
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by Aditi1992 » 08 Jul 2018, 06:46

I have started reading the book. Some parts are really entertaining and some are, let's say, normal. Although I have enjoyed reading about the circus life. I am looking forward to completing the book.

Ibeh12
Posts: 22
Joined: 06 Jul 2018, 09:35
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 23
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-ibeh12.html
Latest Review: The Altitude Journals by David J Mauro

Post by Ibeh12 » 08 Jul 2018, 19:51

The characters in the book are too superficial for my liking. I don't think I like to give the book a second read.

User avatar
danopsy
Posts: 35
Joined: 20 Jun 2018, 13:47
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 9
Favorite Book: The Different Kinds Of Monsters
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 16
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-danopsy.html
Latest Review: Heartaches 3 by H.M. Irwing

Post by danopsy » 10 Jul 2018, 11:53

Just read the book but didnt get to like it as much as you people have, like some of the story line dont look realistic

User avatar
Faithmwangi
Posts: 197
Joined: 03 Aug 2017, 13:40
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 36
Currently Reading: Call Me Pomeroy
Bookshelf Size: 31
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-faithmwangi.html
Latest Review: The Traveler's Best Seller by Rick Incorvia

Post by Faithmwangi » 11 Jul 2018, 04:32

Sword swallowing, Yikes! I have to admit am also 50 50 into this book. The stereotyping did not agree with me, either way, I managed to finish it. It had its good moments and bad but all in all I'm glad I got to learn something new.

User avatar
ea_anthony
Posts: 469
Joined: 19 Jun 2018, 03:22
2018 Reading Goal: 204
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 58
Favorite Book: Praying successfully
Currently Reading: Prisoners of Geography
Bookshelf Size: 472
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-ea-anthony.html
Latest Review: Andalusian in Jerusalem by Mois benarroch

Post by ea_anthony » 12 Jul 2018, 13:24

Wow, I just read Gary Robinson's letter (Topic of the month forum - May) and I can't wait to move this book to currently reading on my shelf.
Ignorance promotes divisiveness, knowledge encourages diversity. :techie-studyingbrown:

User avatar
amandathebibliophile
Posts: 192
Joined: 25 Feb 2018, 20:18
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 54
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 114
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-amandathebibliophile.html
Latest Review: McDowell by William H. Coles

Post by amandathebibliophile » 12 Jul 2018, 18:38

I’m with everyone else on here who is commenting about the lack of sensitivity in terms of the depictions of many of the disabled circus characters. That being said, I really enjoyed this book! I liked the bigger life messages both Duke and Gary had to offer through their experiences, and I also thoroughly enjoyed the comic relief scattered liberally throughout. I overall recommend this book!

User avatar
Mir H S Quadri
Posts: 3
Joined: 20 Jun 2018, 07:27
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 10
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mir-h-s-quadri.html
Latest Review: Island Games by Caleb J. Boyer

Post by Mir H S Quadri » 13 Jul 2018, 04:29

azerikaj wrote:
01 May 2018, 14:51
When I read it before, I liked about half of it.(I will read it again, before the end of the month, just in case I felt as though it was my job as a reviewer to be Queen of the Hardasses or something.) I was sort of offended by the stereotype of the innocent disabled characters that always show up to show both these guys What Really Matters in life, though. Gag.
Would you say this book was stereotypical in theme overall or did you just find certain segments in it to be offensive?

bukworm543
Posts: 25
Joined: 21 Jun 2018, 08:20
Currently Reading: The Art of Rest
Bookshelf Size: 25

Post by bukworm543 » 13 Jul 2018, 13:39

holsam_87 wrote:
01 May 2018, 20:40
I come from a fairly small community, so most of what Duke and Gary experienced seems unfathomable. Overall I did enjoy the book, but because I am State Certified Home Care Aide, it felt that the portrayal of the disabled individuals to be insensitive. I get that most of the book was going to be way beyond my own scope of experience, but I just think that the portrayal could have been different. Unless the view was meant to reflect how society viewed disabled individuals, in the certain timeline then I guess I can understand to a point.
Thanks for sharing your perspective! I believe that if we are ever going to make progress as a society, we must learn to respect people with disabilities and treat them better. It is unfortunate that the author was insensitive in the depiction of those characters.

User avatar
Bukari
Posts: 355
Joined: 04 Feb 2018, 15:59
2018 Reading Goal: 200
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 22
Currently Reading: Everything Solid Has a Shadow
Bookshelf Size: 54
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bukari.html
Latest Review: The Cult Next Door by Elizabeth R. Burchard, Judith L. Carlone

Post by Bukari » 14 Jul 2018, 03:48

The book is definitely going to be triller, and at the same time a book that gives value to readers for the time they spend in reading the story. Well, as for me, the reviews I read convinced me to give it a full rating.
Yes, I have a dream! A dream that I will never give up.

User avatar
holsam_87
Posts: 589
Joined: 03 Feb 2018, 15:45
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 83
Currently Reading: It's Hard to Be a Vampire
Bookshelf Size: 343
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-holsam-87.html
Latest Review: Lilly Among Clouds by Marie Washtag
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG

Post by holsam_87 » 15 Jul 2018, 18:14

bukworm543 wrote:
13 Jul 2018, 13:39
holsam_87 wrote:
01 May 2018, 20:40
I come from a fairly small community, so most of what Duke and Gary experienced seems unfathomable. Overall I did enjoy the book, but because I am State Certified Home Care Aide, it felt that the portrayal of the disabled individuals to be insensitive. I get that most of the book was going to be way beyond my own scope of experience, but I just think that the portrayal could have been different. Unless the view was meant to reflect how society viewed disabled individuals, in the certain timeline then I guess I can understand to a point.
Thanks for sharing your perspective! I believe that if we are ever going to make progress as a society, we must learn to respect people with disabilities and treat them better. It is unfortunate that the author was insensitive in the depiction of those characters.
Yes, that's for sure. Treating individuals with developmental disabilities like children is called Ableism. I noticed that a lot, but I think it was pretty common in the decades past.
Samantha Holtsclaw

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

—J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

azerikaj
Posts: 232
Joined: 10 Feb 2018, 16:46
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 85
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-azerikaj.html
Latest Review: Serendipity Mystery: Diary of a Snoopy Cat by R.F. Kristi

Post by azerikaj » 15 Jul 2018, 19:53

Not just in the past, really. But my intent wasn't to get into all of that.
Sometimes it can be hard to separate a character's perspective from what the author thinks, also, but if the author didn't see things the same way as Chico did, he could have provided a counterpoint in some way. I thought all of the supporting characters were somewhat poorly developed, though.

User avatar
history100
Posts: 21
Joined: 03 Jul 2018, 09:30
2018 Reading Goal: 24
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 33
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 17
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-history100.html
Latest Review: Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Post by history100 » 18 Jul 2018, 16:30

With so many great books to read I don't feel bad giving up on this one. The cover may be the best part - you have to pick it up and see what's inside. I know this is a first-time author so I give him (not the book) 4 out of 4 stars for his hard work and dedication but I will wait for his next book.
VickiJ

I have my books and my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armor

Anthony Martial Tata
Posts: 146
Joined: 08 Jul 2018, 23:44
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 16
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-anthony-martial-tata.html
Latest Review: White Jaguar by Preben Orman

Post by Anthony Martial Tata » 18 Jul 2018, 22:38

I have not actually read the book. I don't know what it entails and giving it a rating would thus be difficult.

User avatar
Northernbird84
Posts: 92
Joined: 23 Jan 2018, 16:27
2018 Reading Goal: 25
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 26
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-northernbird84.html
Latest Review: Pancake Money by Finn Bell

Post by Northernbird84 » 19 Jul 2018, 05:49

I am so intrigued by this book, there seems to be varying opinions and I like that :) Will let you know what I think! xxxx

Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" by Gary Robinson”