First off, a fun read :D I did enjoy it, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a light, quirky book.
The cons: - The main conflict (Mel not wanting...moreFirst off, a fun read :D I did enjoy it, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a light, quirky book.
The cons: - The main conflict (Mel not wanting Cathy to become a vampire) did not change throughout the book, and thus became monotonous within 50 pages; if that had been more dynamic, the plot would've moved more quickly;
- The LGBT references seemed to be kinda stuck in there? Which, on one level, I appreciate the casual mentions, but on the other, it also felt like they were crammed in there to get the bonus points of being LGBT-friendly. With Ty, whose bisexuality was mentioned on the last page, it felt particularly egregious.
- The quirky/humorous language was too... relentless? A little less would've had more impact, I think. I felt like the book was trying so hard to be funny at every moment it didn't give the story as much room to breathe.
- The authors mentioned that they wrote this to finally bring the girls' friendships in vampire novels to the forefront. Great intention! I love it! ...But, nah, we never do see Mel and Cathy spending much time together. Even when they do, they're mostly at odds. Mel and Anna fared better, but with that, it was mostly Mel trying to solve a mystery, and not hang out with her. The relationship that *did* get the most development was-- shocking!-- the romance between Mel and Kit. Which would be fine, but I was expecting a story celebrating friendship; if I hadn't been sold on that, I wouldn't have been disappointed.
- In the acknowledgements section, I wish they'd mentioned Twilight amongst their inspirations, as the franchise had a clear impact on this novel, from the very title itself.
- Lovely conclusion with the zombies ;___; It was sad and I was glad to see that world-building pay off at the end
Got weak towards the end-- like she forgot to tighten the narrative grip?-- but a lovely, thoughtful read that made me think about food in a whole new...moreGot weak towards the end-- like she forgot to tighten the narrative grip?-- but a lovely, thoughtful read that made me think about food in a whole new way. Very human, sympathetic, endearing, and an endless delight in food.(less)
Amazing, informative, and lyrical book. I teared up regularly as I read. It is both a portrait of individuals migrating in this period as well as of t...moreAmazing, informative, and lyrical book. I teared up regularly as I read. It is both a portrait of individuals migrating in this period as well as of the USA. (less)
I feel like I walked away from this book knowing more about David Michaelis' own neurosis than Schulz's. All texts are filtered through the writer's m...moreI feel like I walked away from this book knowing more about David Michaelis' own neurosis than Schulz's. All texts are filtered through the writer's mind and inevitably reveal much about themselves. It seems to me that Michaelis was obsessed with Schulz's unhappy marriage/problems with attractive women/ distance from his mother. As far as I can tell, Michaelis has his own issues with women. :P
Another flaw is the sheer repetition, redundancy, and random directions. One passage commented on how Schulz's mother-in-law sent Sparky baked goods and, unusually for his family, books. "Oh, goody, let's hear which book titles! :D" I thought to myself. The paragraph then went on to detail the baked goods without another mention of the books, which was the *unique* aspect of this familial relationship. Entire chapters plodded about everywhere, aimless.
It's frustrating, knowing how much material Michaelis had access to and what resulted in the biography. The current content could easily be reduced to a third or less; so much more space for other aspects! Such as more on Schulz's relationship with his children (I had to go to wikipedia to reassure myself as to Meredith's future/present-- she seems to have done quite well for herself! :)), his second wife, and friends in the second half of this life. Or whatever else didn't get in the book because it didn't fit the same themes Michaelis harped on :P
I also wished for more insights on the origins/development of other characters. Peppermint Patty! Woodstock! Marcie! There were interesting parallels drawn between Schulz's life and Lucy, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy (though I do wonder at the credibility of these) and I'd have loved to learn more about the creation of other Peanuts stars.
The read was interesting, but in great part because I wanted to see just how repetitive and obsessive the text could get. The answer: very. The book left me craving a more rounded and sophisticated examination of the Peanuts story. It also made me wish I'd left Schulz's privacy alone.(less)
I love Neal Stephenson's books. I didn't get past 50 pages of ReamdDe. Too male-centric for me and-- more to the point-- so much telling! Plus, I was...moreI love Neal Stephenson's books. I didn't get past 50 pages of ReamdDe. Too male-centric for me and-- more to the point-- so much telling! Plus, I was creeped out by how possessive and into Zula Uncle "Dick" was, despite barely being able to remember her when they run into each other again.
Maybe I'll try it again someday, but since I was more frustrated by the writing than involved in the story, I shelved the book.(less)