I started reading this book thinking it would be a serious study about the time period and the works concerning the topic. I was especially looking foI started reading this book thinking it would be a serious study about the time period and the works concerning the topic. I was especially looking forward to etymological analysis (which I was led to believe from reviews was a key component of the book). Instead I found a personal interpretation of the Gospel of Luke, with an "imagine what so-and-so felt when" every other sentence. Mea culpa, I suppose. I'm sure it must be very inspirational for those looking for such things, but it's not for me, no disrespect intended....more
There were a few parts in this that could only work if they were being read by the actors, but most of it was the usual brilliance you see in the s
There were a few parts in this that could only work if they were being read by the actors, but most of it was the usual brilliance you see in the show, like:
• Malcolm's interview, where he claims he could win a fight against Muhammad Ali (because he has Parkinson's now) • Nicola's interview, where she reveals she did try yoga (but had to stop because she broke her sternum) • Mannion's attack points file, where we find out he crashed his yacht against another yacht (because "the ocean made a sudden unexpected up and down motion") • Malcolm's Guide to Managing Your Public Image, full of helpful tips like "if you feel you might be unable to stop yourself smiling at a service of remembrance imagine your own cock being fed into a moulinex (Clinton once coaxed a tear this way in Normandy)
If you love the show, you'll love the book....more
One of the annoying things about English not being my first language is that I missed out on a lot of popular children's books. And the thing is, wh
One of the annoying things about English not being my first language is that I missed out on a lot of popular children's books. And the thing is, when you do get to read them as an adult, you are fully aware you're not experiencing them as you were meant to - there are a great many books beloved by English speaking people which I read and go, "Oh, okay, was that it?"
Not the Grinch, though! I got this book for Christmas, last year, a gift from a friend of mine from the USA. And I loved it!!
It must be said that the Grinch, himself, is probably responsible for my love for this book. This... creature, lives in a cave and spends his time hating a whole village. You may think this is sad, but think about it. Can you imagine the dedication it takes to hate a single person? The Grinch hated a whole village! Yeah, yeah, hate is bad and blah blah... but the commitment! I can barely bring myself to dislike someone! Too much effort! The Grinch spends 53 years doing nothing but hate.
And through the eyes of a child, admittedly, the Whos don't seem to do anything to earn the dislike the Grinch harbours for them - but hear me (well, read me) out! Would you like your neighbours to "wake bright and early" and then produce "NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!"? Would you like your neighbours to stand hand in hand and "SING! SING! SING! SING!"? Now imagine this for 53 straight years - the hate building and building, choking you. The Grinch decided to put an end to Christmas. I wouldn't have been so kind.
Another thing to admire: I don't know the life expectancy of a creature such as the Grinch, but he's been living on his own for 53 years. Let's assume he spent at least 20 years with his Grinch parents. That would make him about 73 years old. Does he shy away from taking on such an exhausting enterprise as putting a stop to Christmas? He does not! I wouldn't have been able to summon the energy to do so at 23, let alone in my 70's!
Furthermore, obstacles which would dispirit a weaker soul face the Grinch: such as a lack of reindeer - which, with an astounding presence of mind, he quickly substituted for his dog Max - I can't teach my dog to roll over, but the Grinch taught his to pull a sleigh!
How quickly can you break into a stranger's house and steal their stuff? Personally, I've never attempted this, but if I had to hazard a guess I'd have to say, "somewhere around 5 hours to never, assuming the door wasn't locked." But the Grinch, in his 70's, steals from an entire village! This fine example of perseverance in the shape of a Grinch even stole the Christmas trees!
He's even caught by one Who and, in the words of the author himself: "(...) that old Grinch was so smart and so slick / He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!" I couldn't lie to save my life. If someone caught me in their house at night, stealing their stuff, and I had to lie my way out of it, I'd start drafting my version of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. I can't do it! My mind isn't that swift! The Grinch, however, kept his cool - not only did he lie, he convinced the Who to serve him a beverage, as if he were an honoured guest. Then he left through the chimney, and get this!, he even stole the log from the fire! How badass is that?!
So, why only 4 stars, you ask.
Because I was deeply saddened by how the Grinch ended up succumbing to peer pressure. Such a pernicious message to send to impressionable young minds... ...more
Okay, I admit it, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum are my Adventure Time OTP - I just love them so much! In this series we follow Marceline and her b
Okay, I admit it, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum are my Adventure Time OTP - I just love them so much! In this series we follow Marceline and her band, The Scream Queens, on tour - with Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum as their manager, trying to reign in the crazy and deal with Marceline's insecurities and (some times) diva behaviour. As if that weren't enough, there is some mysterious hater who keeps plaguing Marceline with terribly unfounded reviews - who could it be?
This series was so much fun! I know this is for kids but, in true Adventure Time tradition, it's funny for adults as well. In fact, there are some awesome things about it more likely to be enjoyed by adults, like the awesome cover art for each issue and respective inspiration(s):
There were some genuinely funny moments - I always love how Adventure Time picks up gender tropes and what's happening in pop culture and criticises it. Enter Guy, that mysterious musician whom every girl should love, especially since he is afflicted with a "very sexy curse".
He's such a ~tormented soul~ and he keeps lying and lying, clinging to his air of mystery and danger, which makes him oh so ~irresistible~. Thankfully Princess Bubblegum is a very mature lady who knows how to deal with these dudebros:
But, as I mentioned, besides this social critique, and the awesome plot and subplots, this series was immensely funny:
And it offered some treats for us shippers, as well :)
So, if you like Adventure Time, and let's be real - who doesn't? - GO READ IT! ...more
Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror) TW: cutting, self-harm, victim blaming
I need to make it clear I did not finish this book, for various reasons I'll eDarkhouse (Experiment in Terror) TW: cutting, self-harm, victim blaming
I need to make it clear I did not finish this book, for various reasons I'll explain.
I'll be honest, I really liked how this book started! The narrative voice of the main character was very natural and amusing. And I feel bad for sounding all preachy but these things really matter to me and they were very poorly handled in this book:
1- I get that this is a 22 year old but on the other hand... this is a 22 year old! If anyone is supposed to be aware of these issues, it should be someone in her age group. The problem here is that, mixed with some petty jealousy towards her little sister (which made me start disliking the character) she says this: "When I see her posing flamboyantly in a skimpy outfit on display for the entire world to see, I can’t understand what she’s after. I wouldn’t feel comfortable putting myself out there like that. But the last time I mentioned she could become a prime target for stalkers (or even worse), she just brushed it off and made the point that mom approved." I mean... I mean really? Slut shaming her own little sister? I'm not going to go on some rant about how trying to police what women wear as if it's any indicative of her self-worth and how harmful that is, but I did not expect this sort of thing coming from a young woman about her little sister! Furthermore there's the insidious and revolting comment about how the way she dresses makes her responsible if she were to attract stalkers "or even worse". I'm so tired of this shit! When are we going to stop hearing about how women should stop wearing revealing clothing so as not to attract rapists, and instead hear something like, "Hey, don't be a rapist. It doesn't matter what she's wearing, she could be wandering around naked, just don't be a rapist. Or a stalker."? Yeah, I am being preachy, but I'm so tired of this!
2- Serious trigger warning for self-harm here. So, the main character talks about her "wild-phase" when she did drugs and wrote bad poetry and... well, that was basically it. Then she gives us this gem (again tw!): "Going with the territory, I also started cutting myself on my arms for attention"
First of all, it's fucked up for this to come up so casually in a YA book - a demographic where self-harm is most common. Second, it's revolting to have it dismissed as something you do "for attention". This is one of the most damaging things commonly believed about self-harm and it leads most people seeking help to give up. Most self-harmers are ashamed of what they do, they go to great lengths to hide their wounds, their scars. They change their entire wardrobes to make sure none of their scars can be seen. They do it in secret, and in shame. They do it because they're in so much emotional pain that the only way to stop it is to injure themselves. It's a messed up double life, full of shame, and pain, and regret and it takes all the courage in the world to ask for help. But they usually don't get that help because it's dismissed as attention seeking behaviour. And since this is an addictive behaviour, it's one you really, really need professional help, or at the very least help from your loved ones, to overcome.
I get so upset when I see it perpetuated in books as an attention-seeking behaviour! It's irresponsible and damaging to say that. And to be perfectly honest, it hit me hard, because, in case you don't realise it, bringing up self-harm out of the blue is a trigger: meaning it'll bring up extremely strong emotional responses and flashbacks and can even, in the case of people who self-harm, cause them to self-harm.
Honestly, I'm not rating this book because I can't finish it. I know it may sound absurd, but after that self-harm stunt I read every new page with extreme anxiety over what else I should brace myself for. The book may very well be amazing and all that, in fact, people I respect gave it nice reviews, so if you're not part of the demographics for whom the subjects I mentioned are emotionally triggering, go ahead and give it the chance I cannot give....more
This is a review for volume 1 + 2 of Saga (and probably for all the others that come afterwards).
I was immediately drawn to the story. Alana and Mar
This is a review for volume 1 + 2 of Saga (and probably for all the others that come afterwards).
I was immediately drawn to the story. Alana and Marko: two soldiers of opposing faction, two people whose races have been at war for generations, fall in love with each other.
Vaughaun was clever and started the story with Alana and Marko's baby's birth. Come one, low blow, basically any human being would be invested right there: two people in love, and now a baby we literally watch being born.
Well played, Vaughan. Well played.
Add to that an awesome "villain" on a mission to capture them and destroy the baby.
Prince Robot. No, seriously.
A great cast of characters, including an amazing baby-sitter.
Well, half of one, anyway.
And a talking cat who can always (and will always) tell when someone is lying.
Cats are assholes - even in space!
All of this drawn by the incredibly talented Fiona Staples - seriously, every panel is just stunning artwork.