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Official Review: Brothas from Anotha Motha

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Brothas from Anotha Motha" by Timothy "TBone" Hicks.]
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Reader, I don’t read many books like Timothy “TBone” Hicks’ Brothas from Anotha Motha. They’re not really my kind of style and the way they portray women tends to make me mad inside. That being said, I did give this book a chance and I was really very entertained.

Somehow, I think that’s what matters here, enough so that I gave it 3 out of 4 stars.

Brothas from Anotha Motha is the story of Rick McMillan and Jason Hill, and their crew of young men in Oakland, California. The book takes place over a year as they sell dope, have sex, and generally commit a variety of crimes during that time. When rival “OG” Ben-Killa comes home to a dead nephew, it starts a war that takes up most of the book’s short page count. The climax is bloody and dramatic, what happens well worth reading the book to find out.

Reading the synopsis, I wasn’t hesitant at all to read this book and that paid off. It’s a quick read and the characters are stoic and emotional in turns, making an investment in them easy. I liked that, despite the narrative using the language of the streets, I was still able to understand and follow the action. Many mistakes can stem from this, but Hicks knows how to balance street talk and a storytelling persona to get the best out of both.

I also really liked the way Hicks managed to balance his cast without making them feel underdeveloped. The main characters, Rick and Jason, were front and centre but there was also room for characters like Little Vick to get their own time to shine. It was pretty fun to see Vick fall in love while trying to maintain his street persona, as was seeing KP’s reunion with his father. It showed a softer, contrasting side to each character that made them easier to like when faced with their reprehensible acts.

The book’s take on masculinity was interesting to me as well. Given the hyper-masculine nature of the subject matter, I did not expect it to embrace these men’s softer sides. That it did was both refreshing and wonderful amidst the violence, sex and profanity that permeates the novel. Hicks peppers the pages with a lot of swearing and several explicit sex scenes, so the emotional part of the novel tempers those quite a bit as well.

However, I will say that the sex and profanity were a bit too much for my tastes. It felt like every chapter had a sex scene and the amount of swearing made me raise my eyebrows. While I understand that this is written from the author’s experiences, it was a bit hard for me to read sometimes. I’m surprised that I got through the book as quickly as I did because it was a lot. Though, this is more a matter of personal preference than any real flaw of the novel.

Hicks has a gift for words. He knows how to tell a story and he knows how to tell it well. While the book could use some editing for grammatical errors, it’s mostly technical stuff. I’d recommend it to folks who love gangster stories because it’s worth the read. However, it’s not for the faint of heart or children due to the proliferation of sex, violence and profanity.

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I love when we read outside our comfort zone and end up being surprised by it. You did an excellent job with outlining the good and the bad aspects of this book. It sounds really interesting.
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Themes of sex and violence are generally not for me. You mentioned that a softer side of some of the characters was shown in the book contrasting with the hard masculine view of the protagonists; such a take brings the book closer to what I can read. From the review, the book is a maybe for me. Excellent summary!

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AntonelaMaria wrote:
07 Sep 2020, 04:22
I love when we read outside our comfort zone and end up being surprised by it. You did an excellent job with outlining the good and the bad aspects of this book. It sounds really interesting.
Thanks!
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Kevivas03 wrote:
07 Sep 2020, 05:16
Themes of sex and violence are generally not for me. You mentioned that a softer side of some of the characters was shown in the book contrasting with the hard masculine view of the protagonists; such a take brings the book closer to what I can read. From the review, the book is a maybe for me. Excellent summary!
Thank you!
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This book appears to be quite the wild ride. I might take it up, who knows.

Your summary was really interesting. Thank you.

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Christieee wrote:
07 Sep 2020, 09:10
This book appears to be quite the wild ride. I might take it up, who knows.

Your summary was really interesting. Thank you.
Thanks!
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Hicks portraying the soft side of the characters manages the gangster feeling created by the book.

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Nice Summary, and a wonderful review. This book though not my kind looks like an interesting read. A story that has hyper masculine characters falling in love, and feeling sad at the loss of another is one that intrigues me. I would really love to see the outcome of the war between Ben Killa and his rival, and how love may have made Vick a softer and more emotional man.

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The_Vivian wrote:
07 Sep 2020, 11:42
Nice Summary, and a wonderful review. This book though not my kind looks like an interesting read. A story that has hyper masculine characters falling in love, and feeling sad at the loss of another is one that intrigues me. I would really love to see the outcome of the war between Ben Killa and his rival, and how love may have made Vick a softer and more emotional man.
Not too soft, mind you, but yes, it does happen. And thanks!
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Have never read such books too but as you did, I would also give this one a chance, thanks for the enlightenment.
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Phelicia Gloria wrote:
07 Sep 2020, 16:58
Have never read such books too but as you did, I would also give this one a chance, thanks for the enlightenment.
I hope you enjoy it.
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For some reason, this book sounds like it should be turned into a film script! Thank you for such a detailed and informative review!

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LinaJan wrote:
09 Sep 2020, 07:29
For some reason, this book sounds like it should be turned into a film script! Thank you for such a detailed and informative review!
Thank you. And yes! I do think it would work very well on film.
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