My dad gets credit for finding the book The Trouble With Angels was based upon on Open Library. It meant I read it with a few pages missing, but it diMy dad gets credit for finding the book The Trouble With Angels was based upon on Open Library. It meant I read it with a few pages missing, but it didn't make the read any less fun.
Being a fan of the movie first, there's a lot of fun about this book. First, I love that the story is at least semi-autobiographical and that Mary Clancy was in fact a real person. That makes her antics that much more enjoyable. The movie does not deviate much from the source material. In a few places the stories were changed or embellished for laughs or added emotion.
Near the end of the book, we end up with a larger number of stories that don't make it into the film. Some are a shame (watching the girls attempt to dance with the boys of the local Catholic school would have been a treat) and others rightfully cut (Jane sneaking out to Chicago for a scholarship contest). It was fun to compare/contrast....more
So, I think we can all agree the New 52 was a mess. I even tried to follow it for a while because I was interested in the Superman reveal and was terrSo, I think we can all agree the New 52 was a mess. I even tried to follow it for a while because I was interested in the Superman reveal and was terribly disappointed. Even reading weekly I had no clue what was going on. Then I tried to get excited about the Lois and Clark side story and just did not care at all.
Along comes Rebirth. We're in a post-Flashpoint world and while Barry's actions messed up time, some mysterious someone is pulling strings, and has erased memories and relationships from the last 10 years. The only one who knows about it is Wally, who is stuck in the speed force. We spend this introduction watching Wally try to find someone who remembers him so he can get out of the speed force.
It's an interesting premise, with relationships to rebuild and chunks of time and people missing. I like the character design much better than the New 52 designs. The artwork is great; I found this one extremely easy to read graphically. But does it make me want to be a religious comic follower? No. I suspect my reading habits won't change. Tune in when the internet clamor gets my attention, otherwise ignore it. ...more
I bought this book as writing research, because anyone that knows me knows I'm the epitome of grace, charm, and elegance. I discovered hidden with theI bought this book as writing research, because anyone that knows me knows I'm the epitome of grace, charm, and elegance. I discovered hidden with the wedding section of B&N the etiquette section, and a bright Kate Spade book was enough to catch my attention.
The book is part useful, part coffee table flashy. The recipes and cooking advice are great. The party throwing advice a mix of "hey, I could totally do that!" and "how much money do you think I make?" The manners and etiquette are a good blend of old and modern.
It's a fun book that meets the needs I bought it for. I only wish the table of contents was a little better navigable for returning to pages later....more
Yes, so I got curious and I had to know. I had to know why this is a thing and if it adds to the story. I'll try and do this spoiler free.
Honestly? IYes, so I got curious and I had to know. I had to know why this is a thing and if it adds to the story. I'll try and do this spoiler free.
Honestly? I think this exists to put on a good—expensive!—stage show. Often while reading the stage directions I thought, how are they going to pull that off? If this was a play written to challenge the visual possibilities of the stage, fine. If so, that explains the positive reviews from the West End. I'm sure it's quite the spectacle.
As a story, though, I don't think it's fair to call this Harry Potter #8. The story is pure fan fiction—contrived, as holey as Swiss cheese, and the characterization is really off sometimes. Harry and Albus are both annoying. Take Harry's OotP angst and double it. Ugh. And, oh, what a plot!
Scorpius gets the award for being the most fun. He's more solidly developed than Albus. Ron is also a bright spot, even if he's merely serving as comic relief.
I don't hate it. I don't think it takes anything away from the books. But it's a stage play, a separate entity, and shouldn't be treated as anything different. ...more