When I spotted this book available on Edelweiss, I wasted no time downloading it. If you know me, you know I love horror. My undergrad thesis was allWhen I spotted this book available on Edelweiss, I wasted no time downloading it. If you know me, you know I love horror. My undergrad thesis was all about horror films and I'll read pretty much anything to do with the subject. I really enjoyed this book. It's a memoir but also an exploration of some major horror topics - the rise of slasher, the post-Scream resurgence of horror, etc. It instantly made me miss the days when I devoted a great majority of my time to horror - watching it, reading about it, and writing about it. Rockoff has a sense of humor that works well and I liked that he tried to do some different things with the chapters (yearbook style superlatives, an exploration of the unbreakable horror rules). I don't buy a lot of books anymore, but I'm considering buying this one and starting a collection in my personal library for horror scholarship (wow, I'm a nerd). The only thing this book was really lacking, at least in ARC form, was an appendix of movies mentioned in the text and a bibliography of other titles referenced throughout. I wasn't taking notes as I was reading, so this information would have been extremely helpful at the end.
Thanks to the publisher for a digital advance reader's copy, provided via Edelweiss....more
I won this book as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.
I don't read a lot of adult non-fiction, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested. SI won this book as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.
I don't read a lot of adult non-fiction, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested. So, I was pleased to win this book and give it a shot. Unfortunately, it wasn't really what I expected. The first part of the book is Dr. Baird's manuscript - the book he wrote through his struggle with manic depression. It's presented mostly without comment in part one and is, at times, a bit difficult to read and comprehend. Part two goes into the detail of how his daughter discovered the manuscript and her struggles with figuring out her father's legacy. I expected the book to focus more on the repercussions of growing up without her father and for the two narratives to be more intertwined. I think it would have been more effective that way. Additionally, a note at the beginning indicates that Baird has altered her father's manuscript as she and her editor have seen fit, without indicating the changes in any way. This seems a bit wonky to me. I expected more from this book....more
Several years ago, I read McCarthy's first memoir, about playing minor league baseball. I really enjoyed it - his sense of humor and the easiness of hSeveral years ago, I read McCarthy's first memoir, about playing minor league baseball. I really enjoyed it - his sense of humor and the easiness of his writing. I was pleased to discover this, his new memoir, about his first year out of medical school. The sense of humor and the writing that I enjoyed in his first book are still present in his second. I think McCarthy did a great job making all of his patients stand out. Some parts of this did make me uncomfortable - like finding out that they often give interns jobs they've never done before (like drawing blood or inserting tubes) so they can get the practice. I don't want someone who's never done it before drawing my blood! Anyone who enjoyed the show "Scrubs" will likely enjoy this memoir as well.
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy, which I won as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers....more
This book really annoyed me. You see, the story of the cheese itself is incredibly interesting and, actually, I think, the most unfinished bit of thisThis book really annoyed me. You see, the story of the cheese itself is incredibly interesting and, actually, I think, the most unfinished bit of this book. I still don't feel like I really know the story of the cheese. I found this book annoying because Paterniti spent a lot of time on digressions - and, yes, I completely get that he was mirroring the Castilian ways of storytelling but, quite frankly, I don't care. I found the digressions uninteresting and spent the time reading them wondering when we'd get back to the story of the cheese. Additionally, I didn't care about reading Paterniti's story about his own - and there is a lot of that. In fact, there are whole sections where he discusses how difficult he found writing this book to be, how much he struggled editing it and how long it took him to complete. I found myself thinking during these sections, "This is the edited version?" It still doesn't read like a completed book to me. I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn't.
I received this book as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. Thanks to the publisher for a finished copy....more
I'm a fan of comedian Jim Gaffigan - we've even seen him live. When I heard he was putting out a book, I looked forward to it. I finally checked it ouI'm a fan of comedian Jim Gaffigan - we've even seen him live. When I heard he was putting out a book, I looked forward to it. I finally checked it out from the library. I guess I didn't realize that it was going to focus almost exclusively on his kids and being a parent. This is not a bad thing, just not what I expected. The book is a series of short "essays" on various topics concerning parenting and raising kids, including the particularities of his family (Gaffigan has 5 children under the age of 9 in a two-bedroom apartment in New York). Some of the essays are amusing but ultimately, I didn't feel like I was getting anything new out of this book. It wasn't quite as funny as I hoped and maybe not having children makes me outside of the ideal audience for it. Still, it's worth a look if you enjoy his comedy....more