Monday, January 11, 2016

Book Review: Pianist in a Bordello by Mike C. Erickson

by M. J. Joachim

Politically charged, perfect for reading this year, since 2016 is a presidential election year in the United States, Pianist in a Bordello provides a unique satire of the who, what, where, when and how regarding politicians. The story is strictly fiction, but you can’t help but wonder how much truth lies hidden between the lines. The back story is definitely entertaining, if not a little eerie as I found myself nodding that politicians really are that perverse at times, and probably more so at other times.

Dismissing a few minor and hardly noticeable typos, this book was quite compelling. The characters were all too real, as were their relationships with others. Having grown up in much of the area presented in this story, I can attest to its accuracy. Silicon Valley, Stanford University, Palo Alto and San Francisco felt like home as I read about them within the pages of this book. Even the Pacific Coastline was well represented.

If I didn’t know better, I’d almost think this book was based on actual characters and events. It rings true and extremely familiar, though I’ve never been involved in politics in my life. Fun to read, entertaining and enjoyable - plus, it’s a quick read, so it won’t eat up large chunks of your time. That’s always a bonus in today’s busy world.

In the interest of having a little political fun this year, and hopefully voting for the best possible new president, this is M. J. wishing you well and trusting you’ll be informed before you vote.

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