Many of these reviews are in iambic pentameter I was steadfast in my refusal To follow the crowd in this banter.
I found it impossible to anything but I...moreMany of these reviews are in iambic pentameter I was steadfast in my refusal To follow the crowd in this banter.
I found it impossible to anything but I apologize profusely, drink wine that I must Without it I’d find I’m in a deep, hollow rut.
This book has confounded me to my very core Listening I was lost On some far away shore.
‘What the fuck is going on?’ I ask no one in particular Aloud in public attracts looks unfamiliar.
There’s a girl with red hair, and somehow that’s evil Is her name Charlotte? Mabel or Sybil?
“I don’t understand!” I yell a half an hour in Fortunately I’m at home without witness to this sin ‘I’ll start over once more’ I think to myself ‘I’ll finish straight through before it goes on the shelf.’
‘It’s only two hours; how hard can it be?’ I returned a bad book….so it’s practically free.
I followed the story the best that I could after fifteen minutes I knew where things stood. Proud of myself, I moved doggedly on ‘I got this.’ I thought Hell, I’m mentally strong!
There was some asshole named Frank, and a dress in blue A person named Josh Who was he? I never knew
An artist name Clifford realized his sexuality During a life drawing class ‘Being straight is insanity!’
There were trains, and AIDS And stories about Alzheimer’s ‘Fuck. Am I on drugs?’ I asked a stranger in Kroger’s
At home with my Pinot I realized my mistake What’s needed is wine And a big slice of cake
Half in the bag, all came through crisply If you don’t have some booze Maybe some weed would nicely
‘Why the four stars?’ the trolls will ask angrily ‘You were completely confused, and reviewed it hatefully.’ It’s hard to explain….It’s so breathtakingly beautiful I don’t hate this book, I love it I hope this is suitable
‘No, you missed the point! You’re opinion is wrong!’ Types the troll from his basement Wearing only a thong…….
***************************************** I really enjoyed this. I think I may give it another listen, but I’ll have a martini first, close my eyes and focus. I've heard this author on This American Life, with shorter stories….and I can follow them in smaller bits like that. I think when a story is stretched out in prose, the mind (mine anyway) can’t stay with it for too long before completely losing track.
Listen to this in audio if possible…..it’s beautiful to hear. (less)
Flora 717 is a bad girl. She's born different than the rest of the Floras. She's bigger, darker, smarter and more talented than th...moreI enjoyed The Bees.
Flora 717 is a bad girl. She's born different than the rest of the Floras. She's bigger, darker, smarter and more talented than the rest of her clan, and this is dangerous. She even breeds and everybody knows only the Queen may breed.
This is an odd little book that fascinated me with a bunch of bee facts, and it was very interesting...
Then I came across this video that I watched more than a few times and it brought this book to mind. It holds pretty much all you need to know about bees in a stunning fashion.(less)
I'm going to review this soon (mostly under a spoiler tag, cause there is no other way)......but, damn, this was one weird book! It probably had one o...moreI'm going to review this soon (mostly under a spoiler tag, cause there is no other way)......but, damn, this was one weird book! It probably had one of the most disgusting things I've ever read in it. My stomach is a flipping and a flopping.
I know EVERY place the author mentions in this book because I live in the same general area. I've eaten in the restaurants and had the same meals. I even lived in Loveland Ohio for a year-ish and I'm thankful to say I did not run across anything odd at the time.(less)
Imagine one day you are fine, going to work and doing what you always done, then out of the blue you start acting strange. You become paranoid, eventu...moreImagine one day you are fine, going to work and doing what you always done, then out of the blue you start acting strange. You become paranoid, eventually you start hearing voices and attempt jumping out of moving vehicles.
You must caught a bit of the crazy right?
Maybe not. This is what happened to Susannah Cahalen, a reporter for the New York Post. One morning she saw a couple of bug bites on her arm and was convinced she had a bed bug infestation. She brought exterminators into her home, even though she couldn't find any evidence of the critters. The exterminator couldn't find them, said they didn't exist, but she insisted they treat the apartment for them anyway.
This was only the beginning. Susannah kept deteriorating, doctors mis-diagnosed her many times, one even blamed it on excessive drinking with a 'wink'. You know, a young girl in New York obviously was partying too hard.....I think I would have punched that jerk in the dangly bits and blamed it on a seizure(of which she had many)"oops! Sorry doc but I couldn't help it!"
One day after about a million dollars worth of tests came up with zilch, Dr. Souhel Najjar came aboard Susannah's case, and it's a darn lucky thing that he did, because he had recently discovered a rare auto immune disease called Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. This basically will make you seem like a crazy person, and make you do odd enough things and movements that will cause people to call in an exorcist. Since this disease has been in existence as long as humans have, it's a pretty safe bet that many of those poor people who were thought to be possessed and subsequently exorcised had in fact Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis and not the devil inside them.
"Magic is only science we haven't discovered yet." Someone said...?? Christopher Moore??
And that is the truly scary part in a very scary tale, that millions of people over countless years have been mis-diagnosed, put in institutions and left to die, or treated as evil and possibly put to a horrible death.
I enjoyed this book and found it fascinating. I just wish Sussanah din't have to go through this for us to get this book, but since she did I appreciate it even more.(less)