This book is a really quick read, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't pack a punch.
Using the diction we're all so familiar with from "Weetzie Bat" a...moreThis book is a really quick read, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't pack a punch.
Using the diction we're all so familiar with from "Weetzie Bat" and other books, this novella does a really interesting take on the idea of the changeling and faeries. Is Bee just growing up and changing, or is she actually something else? All of this really resonated with me, especially because I felt the same at her age. I felt like I was something else, not right, not a human girl. Hell, I still don't quite feel like a human girl.
Reading this book is like wading in dreams. I absolutely loved it. Not my favourite of the entire Block canon, but still very good.(less)
One of the best debuts I've ever read. Ever. I can't wait until the sequel/companion, which is due to be released Spring 2010. I'm chomping at the bit...moreOne of the best debuts I've ever read. Ever. I can't wait until the sequel/companion, which is due to be released Spring 2010. I'm chomping at the bit for this harder than one of the Unconsecrated. And hayyy, it's being made into a movie!
So awesome. I love apocryphal stuff. Especially with zombies.(less)
Even though this was on my pile of books to read for awhile, the wait was well worth it.
I'll admit - I've never been into theatre, or understood its a...moreEven though this was on my pile of books to read for awhile, the wait was well worth it.
I'll admit - I've never been into theatre, or understood its appeal very much. But this novel casts an entire new light on the theatre and its classic characters and gave me perspective that I'd never really given thought to before. I can't wait for act 2!
Aside from Melissa Marr's "Fragile Eternity", this was the sequel I was looking forward to ALL YEAR.
And it did not disappoint. All of the nervous tens...moreAside from Melissa Marr's "Fragile Eternity", this was the sequel I was looking forward to ALL YEAR.
And it did not disappoint. All of the nervous tension from the first novel was there, if not heightened to paranoia levels (and rightfully so!) in the second. We see Panem as it really is in this installment of the trilogy - not just the hints we were introduced to in the first novel. And we see it all start to come crashing down but not without a very dear and personal cost to everyone involved.
Once again, Collins has provoked us to think about the future of countries like and including the US, reminding us that this could very well be our future if we're not careful.
Since I’m catching up, I thought I’d do a mass post with 2-4, and a second with 5-8 (or 5-7, and then 8 since it’s the finale). It makes things easier...moreSince I’m catching up, I thought I’d do a mass post with 2-4, and a second with 5-8 (or 5-7, and then 8 since it’s the finale). It makes things easier. So if you see this review posted multiple times in multiple places, that’s why. Anyway, I’m a rather late “Buffy” convert (but a longtime Whedon fan), and I’ve had a LOT of catching up to do. But now that I’m up to season 8 (which has been split between fans as awesome and awful), I think I’m finally prepared to tackle things.
Ever since I read the first book in 2008 for the eighth season, I was wondering “wtf, how is Buffy suddenly gay?”. Not that I have anything against that, but it was just kind of a drastic jump. Volume 3 answers that question, kind of, in true Joss Whedon fashion. Keyword here being ‘kind of’, as Buffy evades the question when asked. Only after Willow’s talk with Satsu do we kind of learn what motivated Buffy to start going into the arms of girls (well, only Satsu so far, but you get the idea), and it’s an angle that I hadn’t really considered. It’s not romance-driven, but survival-driven, and I think that Whedon & Co. deserve some credit for talking about this kind of unpleasant reality that a lot of people take advantage of (think of fuck buddies and the like, and then multiply the stress on you times a thousand at least, and then you’ll get why Buffy’s running to the gals). I love that the “Buffy” franchise has always been LGBTQ-friendly, and hell, was one of the first on primetime television to really talk about it once Willow came out in the late ’90s, and it’s good to see that they’re continuing the trend, even if it’s not all about romance. And Buffy redeems herself again for apologizing to Satsu in terms of what might be called leading her on. I really loved that.
I have to say, the issues with Dracula and Xander together were some of the best Whedon-related interaction material I’ve ever read – I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a long time. I mean, I was actually crying I was laughing so hard. Dracula’s continual comments about Xander’s “moor” were hilarious. And I like that there are characters of color being featured in positions of power, and then again, this was always something that Buffy did even when it was on the air. It’s been so long that I’ve started to take that for granted in terms of my television viewing, even if it hasn’t come too very far from what shows like “Buffy”, “Ellen”, and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” started promoting when I was still a kid.
And I’m so glad they brought Fray into the mix with volume 4 – I was wondering if they were going to do that after I read Fray before I read volume one of season eight of Buffy back in 2008. They’re so similar, and I remember wondering “well, what if those two were put in the same room – what would happen?”. Now we have our answer, along with why there are no slayers aside from Fray in that future. I really enjoyed volume 4 the most out of the lot so far, though three wasn’t too far behind. A slow start to the season, but still really great. Loved it!
(Crossposted to librarything, shelfari, and witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com)(less)
This is the sort of thing that scares me - not horror movies or ghosts, but things like Gitmo-by-the-Sea coming into existence. I think we dodged this...moreThis is the sort of thing that scares me - not horror movies or ghosts, but things like Gitmo-by-the-Sea coming into existence. I think we dodged this bullet by having Obama come into office and closing the original Gitmo. Hopefully now, this story will remain a story, and not a possible future reality.(less)
If you're a girl, teenage or not, this is basically a book on how to be your own hero and take back your own power.
I haven't yet seen the movie, but I...moreIf you're a girl, teenage or not, this is basically a book on how to be your own hero and take back your own power.
I haven't yet seen the movie, but I did know about the book and how it had been optioned for film, so I was aware of it. But I wasn't aware of how awesome it was.
Even if you're not into (or able to play) roller derby, the advice given so slyly in this book is precious in today's girl-hating culture. This book is how to actually feel like a real person, regardless of sex and gender, and to be proud of who you are.
Completely awesome. Now, to view the film...(less)