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John Grisham - The Rainmaker
11/08/07 at 02:33 PM by Adrian Villagomez

John Grisham - The Rainmaker
Publisher: Doubleday
Published: 1995

I completed this book months ago, but I put off writing about it due to my ignorance. See, The Rainmaker is a work of fiction in the legal drama subgenre, an area Iíve never explored before. So no matter how much I enjoyed the novel (though itís true I enjoy just about everything I read), I have no other work to compare it to. But even if Iíve never delved into the fictional world of lawyers before, The Rainmaker does not strike me as a novel that will go down as a classic. It reads like a work of Michael Crichton (Timeline, Jurassic Park): the literary equivalent of a good popcorn flick. It's somewhat entertaining and easily marketable, but will readers remember protagonist Rudy Baylor for years to come? Probably not. In fact, other similar works of Grisham (A Time to Kill) have received much more mainstream attention than this novel.

Still, Baylorís noble (and vengeful) quest to punish a greedy insurance company for the untimely death of an innocent youth should strike a chord with a wide range of readers. Baylor is a young underdog, severely outmatched and taking on years of legal experience in the form of pretentious and insanely priced legal eagles. Thankfully for Baylor, Judge Kipler, whoís presiding the case, hates insurance companies and takes pity on the naÔve lawyer. Itís immensely satisfying to see Baylor receive assistance from Kipler, who doesnít hold back in taking control of the case and striking down Great Benefitís group of bumbling representatives. Though the actions that unfold are predictable, the reader never stops cheering for Baylor and his client.

The Rainmaker is a quick read with little confusing legal jargon. Grisham definitely knows just how much technical legal speak a wide audience will tolerate. Though itís not a must read, The Rainmaker is recommended to anyone eager to cheer for a legal underdog fighting on the side of humble Americans who suffer under corporations.
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Recommendations: August 5, 2007
08/05/07 at 05:56 AM by Adrian Villagomez

The Rainmaker by John Grisham

I recall catching the movie version of The Rainmaker on either HBO or Cinemax. It was one of those wonderful experiences in which I caught a movie playing, jumped into the story late, and was absolutely taken with with it. It's still one of the best courtroom dramas I've seen, so when I stumbled upon The Rainmaker at a Half-Priced Books store in Houston, I grabbed it right away.

Just as I expected, the novel is shaping up to be something great. I'm on about page 400, more than halfway through. For anyone who's never heard of it, the protagonist, Rudy Baylor, is a fresh graduate of Law School who takes on the powerful insurance company Great Benefit and their veteran team of lawyers. Because of Great Benefit's refusal to treat a patient who was legally covered under their policy, a young man named Donny Ray Black is left to die. And so it falls upon the inexperienced Rudy Baylor to make them pay. I already want to watch the movie again, so I think once I finish this book in the next couple of days I'm visiting amazon.com.

I'm glad I'm reading again, because it's been too long since I've indulged in a book. I blame Jason Tate for taking me away from my favorite pastime.


Straylight Run - The Needles The Space

Since I never picked up the Prepare to be Wrong EP, I don't know how Straylight Run made the transition from their self-titled album to their newest release. I pre-ordered this album, but put off listening to it one received. I disliked the art work (still do), and remembered their first album as very hit or miss. Eventually I ripped The Needles The Space to iTunes and let it play a few times through. It took about four listens before I realized I liked what I was hearing. Much to my surprise, I realized this album is miles ahead of anything I've heard from SLR before.

John Nolan lets his sometimes scratchy vocals free on tracks like "Soon We'll Be Living in the Future" and the politically charged "Who Will Save Us Now." John hasn't sounded this good since Tell All Your Friends. To my amazement, some of the best songs on the album belong to Michelle DaRosa. I'm not one for female singers, but her vocals are wonderful, even when she's singing jibberish on "Still Alone." I'm sorry I wasn't the one to review this album for the site, because I have so many good things left to say.
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