I couldn't bring myself to finish this one. I was really excited to read it - I'm a feminist, and almost the same age as Caitlin. I am frustrated by t...moreI couldn't bring myself to finish this one. I was really excited to read it - I'm a feminist, and almost the same age as Caitlin. I am frustrated by the fact that the college students I teach refuse to identify with feminism, or indeed to admit that sexism exists. But this book... I just couldn't.
The biggest issue to me was the language. Look, I'm not a prude. I don't mind a curse word or two, and I don't really care if you want to talk frankly about sex etc. But to be honest she struck me as one of those sorts of comedians who have to prove they can be just as disgusting as the boys (Sarah Silverman etc) Unfortunately, I don't care for those sorts of men, and I don't like it in a woman either. Quite frankly it started making me uncomfortable around the point that she insisted all women reach a point when they name their vaginas (do they? really? I haven't taken a poll or anything, but I doubt it's so widespread.)
As a woman who is childfree I found her chapters on motherhood to be a bit muddled. I did enjoy the chapter on her abortion, which I found to be refreshingly free of spin.
I liked the bits on her childhood (especially the character of her younger sister!) As the book went on she started to strike me as someone I would not like to meet (another reviewed opins that Caitlin is the sort of extrovert that introverts most fear getting trapped with... and I can totally see that.) I made it halfway and then skimmed. I wish I could recommend this book, but I simply can't. There are much better books on new wave feminism out there!(less)
I've read John Scalzi's blog for years, but I must confess that this is the first of his novels I've actually picked up. I knew the moment I saw the t...moreI've read John Scalzi's blog for years, but I must confess that this is the first of his novels I've actually picked up. I knew the moment I saw the title that I would be reading this book - I'm an enormous Star Trek fan (as well as a huge fan of sci-fi television in general).
The book really is an enormous love letter to the genre. The plotline? Yeah, it doesn't make a lot of sense. This is ok, as most everything in the book is of dubious scientific value by design (tv shows don't have to make sense!) The book is funny. Not, perhaps, laugh out loud funny, but a type of humor that really appeals to me (and I can't think when the last time I read a good humorous sci-fi novel might have been.)
Four stars for entertaining plot and clever use of language. One star off because the characters ran together for me (their personalities were not very well defined.) In addition, the codas at the end weren't necessary for me - the actual story ends with a perfect line, and I would have been happy to leave it there. The codas weren't bad, it's just that I was done with the story by that point.
Highly recommended for anyone who loves trek, as well as fans of humorous science fiction.(less)
I listened to the audio version. I don't know how the experience would be otherwise, but I loved listening to her read the stories. I love Tina Fey in...moreI listened to the audio version. I don't know how the experience would be otherwise, but I loved listening to her read the stories. I love Tina Fey in general - I think she's smart, and she she says a lot of things that had me (as an assertive-type lady in her thirties) nodding in agreement. My husband loved the book too, but well - it's possible he might have a type. Highly recommended!(less)