I have only this to say: I read this with my daughter, who is 7. Granted, a mature 7 though, she found it more amusing than I happened to. It does lookI have only this to say: I read this with my daughter, who is 7. Granted, a mature 7 though, she found it more amusing than I happened to. It does look like a kids book though... Right? ...more
Oh man. I was kind of hoping this would be hilarious but if the reviews are telling the truth - and I think they just may be - it's going to be a realOh man. I was kind of hoping this would be hilarious but if the reviews are telling the truth - and I think they just may be - it's going to be a real disappointment. Luckily I only paid 50 cents for it at Goodwill. :) I'm going to start glancing trough it today since it's not an actual story and won't take long to finish. Plus, if it sucks as bad as these reviewers say I want it out of here asap.
And guess what all? Oh God I feel bad saying this because the author truly comes off like such a nice guy... But this is like trudging through mud. I wanted to laugh. I wanted to at the very least chuckle once or twice. I'm not hard to please. These are... I don't know what they are actually. They're nothing. They're names that if the average person saw them, the wouldn't spend over one half of a second thinking about, if that. My last name is Leger. If you pronounce it wrong you can hear 'leg' in there. That would floor Ashmead. Which, by the way, reminds me of Ashmead finding it humorous that his last name *sort of* sounds like Assmead. I just want this out. If anyone knows of a book that actually accomplishes what Ashmead set out to do let me know... I just want this far away from me. I had to work to get through it and at 152 very short pages with basically consist of lists of names, that's saying something. Here: I've saved you the money it costs to buy this book:
Barbara Fatt Heinie Lester Cockburn Phat Ho Sheila Dikshit Sur Render (this wasa banker and Ashmead just couldn't get over it.) Patty O'Furniture Ida Slapter Iona Trailer Jonny Kool John Raymond Gonzo Dr. Wizwell (urologist - the ones who have careers that can be implemented into the "joke" are favs of the authors.) Googoosh Wong Wee Hoo Rich Guy Preetinder S. Bharara Rachel Coffey married a Mr. Bean and became Rachel Coffey-Bean. Isn't that a frigging hoot.
Want me to stop? Need me to stop? No. I had to live through it, so do you.
Isaac Praise-God Barebone (who should have something done to him, not sure what, for being so damn dumb) named his son Hath Christ Not Died For Thee Thou Wouldst Be Damned Barebone. The son changed his name to Nicholas. Unbelievable - why would he do that?! IMO, parents who do some stupid shit like that should be charged with abuse. And I am deadly serious folks. Okay, no more. It's giving me a headache just paging through the book. Oh, those names were just taken off random pages. The pages of full of them. I know people with funny names too. Besides my own I know a Cox, AND a Kuntz. Go figure huh? I know a Lawless!! Aw, shit! I could come up with more but I'm not in the mood. Flipping through this just pissed me off and I don't want to look at any book right now. I should take it back to Goodwill and demand my 50 cents back....more
I didn't read the writing included here beyond the captions. I think that's why I liked it more than Awkward Family Photos. I do still have to say thouI didn't read the writing included here beyond the captions. I think that's why I liked it more than Awkward Family Photos. I do still have to say though, a number of these photos aren't awkward in any way. In some it's the animals body language or facial expression but what's awkward - or anything besides cute - about a dog sitting wearing a Santa hat?...more
2.5 - Not a whole 3 stars for me. I silently chuckled less than 5 times total. Most of the pics are weird or slightly funny - nowhere near funny enoug2.5 - Not a whole 3 stars for me. I silently chuckled less than 5 times total. Most of the pics are weird or slightly funny - nowhere near funny enough to actually lol. The authors would be better off running this like another site - I think it's called rateyourgirlfriend.com or something like that. They post the photos and the sure users comment captions THEN the site users "like" the comments. The comment(s)/caption(s) with the most likes equal the funniest. I've literally choked laughing so hard at some if those captions. Think about it - what's the chance of YOU coming up with a caption that's side-splitting funny? Now what's the chance of thousands of people coming up with one side-splitting caption? Right. I wouldn't be real happy with myself if I had bought and paid for this. But then, I wouldn't have. All in all this has the potential to be hilarious next time around, if there is one. I saw a handful, at least a handful, that were nothing but old included here.... Could have been ten times better for sure....more
I'm ashamed to even be listing this quite honestly. I won't give the Kardashian's a dime of my money but I do have to admit to being slightly interestI'm ashamed to even be listing this quite honestly. I won't give the Kardashian's a dime of my money but I do have to admit to being slightly interested in whether she/they/any of them are actually able to write. If I find it someday for free I'll probably read it but I won't actively seek the book out or pay a penny for it....more
I read the sample of this and am disgusted. Disgusted. I'm disgusted with the writing, the content, the subject, everything. I urge anyone thinking aboI read the sample of this and am disgusted. Disgusted. I'm disgusted with the writing, the content, the subject, everything. I urge anyone thinking about reading this to read a portion of it before spending any money. Also, do a little search on Webb on-line, you'll be surprised and I'm fairly certain you won't want to put your money in his pocket. Searching here on GR alone will find a bunch of info about him as a person. Searching OFF of GR will give you oh-so-much more. I also find it absolutely hilarious that Nialex3, who gives this book a five star review, not only joined GoodReads in the past week but has had exactly three actions so far since joining. The first? To become a fan of Webb. The second? To give one of his books a five star rating and review. The third? To give his other book a five star rating a review. And we're supposed to buy into that rating and review riiiighttt? Nuh-uh. And, if you need any other reasons NOT to read this and NOT to give him a penny of your money I'll give you more. One, he lies. The statistics he's spouting on about on his GR author page? Check them on amazon. Pure lies. This is his latest blog from his website and please tell me if ANYONE - a REAL reader I mean - think ANY author should behave in such a manner:
"Hey Sheila; Put your Stones on the Ground!! LET SHE-ILA WHO IS PERFECT CAST THE FIRST STONE!!
Here's what I deal with on a regular basis. To say I'm used to it would be an overstatement, but I'm getting better. This Goodreads reviewer named Sheila decided that she would take a 10% sample from the Kindle version of my book and than follow up with a full panning review. The point here is this: If your going to review a book and throw someone under the bus, do it after reading the whole story. This is a big part of the problem in our society. People make assumptions (Ass out of you and me) without realizing or even paying attention to ALL of the details.
I wonder if Sheila has ever had stones thrown at her. I wonder if Sheila is the perfect human being; you know, the Judge and jury. They say if you live in a glass house you probably should put the rocks down. Oh, and if you'd like to say things you don't understand anything about Sheila, put on your big girl panties and say your full, real name!
One things for sure though; Sheila has assisted in selling books for me! The review she wrote caused people to go find out for themselves what all the fuss is about. I've had many, many people who don't know me from Adam read the story and than contact me with their deepest sympathies. I've had a couple; both on Goodreads; slam me after two chapters!"
This is just not how a real author acts and behaves. Yet this man thinks it's okay to tear into this women, whoever she is, because he doesn't like her rating and review. Go make a blog post about me because I won't even respond. I'll sit back and laugh at the fact that you want to be an author even though you don't have what it takes. Did it ever occur to you that not everyone will like what you put out? The writing sucks in my opinion. But, let's say for the sake of the argument that it did not suck. That it's good. Sure, still, not everyone will love it. That's part of life. Ask a real author. What's the most popular book anyone reading this knows? The one everyone you know loves? Go to it. There will be bad reviews. People will have hated it. This is LIFE. Oh, I almost forgot. On both books a "deleted member" started a discussion thread about how awesome and great the books by Webb are and how he's the best writer, blah, blah, blah. Go read them. It's painfully obvious it was Webb. This "author" must be so unhappy with himself to have to attack others for not liking something he's written. I can't imagine being so hateful toward myself to have anyone else's opinion affect me to that degree. Say whatever you want about me. There haven't been words made yet that will make me feel bad about myself. Why? Because I don't care what you think. The ONLY reason I wasted these past five minutes or so is because I want others to know who they're dealing with. I want others to know that they're risking being attacked by the real you, the fake you, the wife, who-the-hell-ever, if they don't like your book and and if they say just that in a review. Every GR member has the right to know who they're dealing with and that by reading an authors book they're taking the risk of being verbally attacked and harrassed. And one last thing, look up the similarities between this book and his own life. Then keep your money and your sanity and never pick up this garbage. ...more
Well, I gave it an honest shot. I really tried and I ended up almost 100 pages it. It felt like I was slogging through mud though. Life is just too shWell, I gave it an honest shot. I really tried and I ended up almost 100 pages it. It felt like I was slogging through mud though. Life is just too short to deal with a book like this IMO. If you personally know Marrow or most of the people he's talking about then I could see maybe being interested but otherwise it's downright boring. I really couldn't care less that so and so had this kind of sneakers before anyone else. Or that this girl liked to hang on 112th. That sort of thing doesn't do anything for me. Twice, in less than 100 pages, I read that "even a broken clock shows right twice a day". Thank you Mr. Marrow. Thanks for dropping that jewel on the reader, I couldn't have done without it. The very first page Marrow tells how it's a fact that his Grandma was a "wonderful black woman". In my opinion, which is only as great as anyone else's, I think he'd have done more for her memory to not specify her by race. Her being a "wonderful woman" means far to me than the fact that they're black or white. As sensitive as I am to race I could have got past this, and I did get past this. It is a common occurance in our world today, no matter how much it bothers me. But then I'm stuck reading insinuations of how the street life isn't the life to go after and all the while it's like Marrow is bragging. Bragging about his boys starting this, or Harlem being the first to do that. Not exactly how one goes about showing his disdain for something is you ask me. I don't know, it's possible something happened to the guy later on in the book that made him think people would want to read about his life. If it happened though he didn't put it in the first part of the book and what is in the first part of the book is too boring for me to risk continuing. Note to bookstores - don't put this in the urban fiction section - it's NOT urban fiction. It states, quite clearly, that it's a "real-life account" and this, in essence, means it's NOT fiction. ...more
I'm finally getting to this. I'll keep it short and sweet. It sucks. It's the biggest piece of dog shit I've ever encountered. I'd bet my life savingsI'm finally getting to this. I'll keep it short and sweet. It sucks. It's the biggest piece of dog shit I've ever encountered. I'd bet my life savings that 99% of the reviews on here accompany ratings of more than 1 star are fake. Go to amazon.com, look up this book, and read the comments. The "authors" proceeded to get so angry over a few negative reviews there that they not only started stalking the reviewers but they made fake accounts to pretend to be other people to say the book is "great". The problem with that? They didn't do it in a believable manner. It's plain to see the author(s) are behind it. They're very childish and it's a turn-off. About the book, my first review was honest, yet decent. All bets are off after seeing the authors ugliness. I tried to be decent and say the book "just wasn't for me" but if I'm going to be 100% honest I wouldn't wipe my dogs ass with this book. I actually threw it in the garbage instead of passing it on like I normally would. Even books I totally disagree with I wouldn't do that with. It's just not me. But I'm not the kind of person who wants to actually hurt people and reading this HURTS bad. The author has no business writing. I doubt he can speak after reading this. My 5 year old can construct a better sentence than Levene. I have no respect for any author who places himself/herself in a "fictional" book, under a slightly different name and then proceeds to brag on themselves. Yuck. The girl the book is about? Yeah. The contradictions in the book? I'd bet a large sum of money that at least half - maybe all - is made up. I read "mis-lit", I know what's out there, that's not why I say this. I say this because it's obvious it was at the very least embellished. Hella embellished. Any author that takes such offense to a stranger not loving their book has deep mental issues that need resolving. I wish there was a way I could prove this because I'm certain, absolutely certain, that most of the positive reviews are fakes. Instead of encouraging you to stay away I encourage you to READ this! (Don't pay for it - you'll regret that - be sure about it.) But read it, or try to anyway, and leave a review so that others can be aware of what trash this is. This isn't worth the poor paper is was printed on. I could have handed it to my daughter (the five year old) and had HER edit it and had a better job done. Both "authors" should be ashamed and I'd advise them both to apply at McDonald's - writing isn't for either of you and you'll never make it. I took this off of the usual lists because the only two I have that it belongs on are 'wtf' and 'couldn-t-finish-yuck'. Look at the number of books I have listed as read. Then look at the number of books I have rated 1 star or on these two lists. And then note that NO OTHER BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF MY GR ACCOUNT HAS GOTTEN THIS SAME TREATMENT. NONE. Then remember this, no one ever wants to get someone to leave a fake review for their book. But sometimes, oh sometimes, people do want to have others leave positive reviews. (Or themselves of course.) This book is sitting somewhere in a dump right now and I'm sure if trash could talk all the surrounding trash would be evicting this pile of shit.
**Go to some (all?) of the five star reviews and look at the profiles. Most have no pics, nothing about the person, few or no other books listed, etc. You can't get more obvious. Most (all?) signed up to GR, left the glowing five star review for this awful mess and then promptly never returned. lol But we're supposed to believe those are real reviews, real thoughts.... from real people?** ...more
Is she serious? Is this a joke that I missed? I amwas a big fan of Shannen Doherty's back from when she was on Beverly Hill 90210. I adored that showIs she serious? Is this a joke that I missed? I amwas a big fan of Shannen Doherty's back from when she was on Beverly Hill 90210. I adored that show and just about everyone on the show. But Shannon (and Luke Perry) were by far my favorites. I idolized Doherty. She wasn't the perky blonde that Jennie Garth was and that most people loved at first site - she was different. Brunette, beautiful and she just looked like she could stand up for herself to me. Even through all the rumors (and if you were a fan of 90210 you heard the rumors) I still loved her. I knew that could be true, could be false, but since I had no inside knowledge I wasn't going to judge. I had a lot of respect for Doherty through the years, beginning with 90210 and ending... now. This is worse than trash because it's nothing. I'm not a reader of self-help. I have read a few books in the genre, mostly by accident or for some specific reason (none of those being the goal of helping myself) and I wasn't aware that this is supposed to be "self-help". I can be short-sighted at times. I saw Doherty and while I wasn't expecting - or wanting - a tell-all, I wasn't expecting self-help from someone who, in my opinion, has no reason to be offering help to the world. This is a facade and nothing more. What is a badass? Who is she to tell me how to be one? Why does she assume people want to be one? Because she is? Hardly. It's painfully obvious Doherty just hopped on the celeb bandwagon and used different, flirty text and say-nothing phrases to pretend she had a way to help people. The photos of her in her childhood were okay, the photos of her during her career were, for the most part, good but the rest is complete and utter trash. Some of the other useless photos were so cliche. Her and a man standing in little light on the beach with the sentence 'don't ever lose yourself in a man's shadow' or some such. (This is not a direct quote. I don't have the stomach to go back and look.) And there are many more like this, some even worse. If Doherty took some of the "useless" photos included then I can go so far as to say she's a decent or even good photographer but that's it. I think she's a beautiful woman and I believe she's a good actress. But I do not think she has what it takes or that she's had the life experiences one needs to dispense self-help. I lost a lot of respect for her with this book. Actually, I think I lost all of the respect I had for her with this book. This book = Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose by Paris Hilton. The only difference is the author. I think the day will come when Doherty realizes she messed up with this. She'd have done better for herself, her family and friends, and her fans had she kept it to a memoir. I'm sure she's had an interesting life and I, for one, would have liked to have read about it. But not in this way. I would strongly, strongly, strongly urge anyone thinking about getting this book to borrow it from the library or elsewhere. There's a 99% chance you'll extremely regret spending any dollar amount on this. That's sad for me to say because of what a fan I once was but... it is true. :(...more
Notice the lists I have this on. I saw this at the library and ever since our yellow Lab died a few summers ago (the first pet Julia lost in her shortNotice the lists I have this on. I saw this at the library and ever since our yellow Lab died a few summers ago (the first pet Julia lost in her short lifetime) I've been on the lookout for books about pets and heaven. Of course I noticed this was written by that cuckoo-crazy-bitch Browne but I still thought that maybe, just maybe, it would be alright. Yeah. So I never even started this with Julia because the book is filled with Browne's ideas presented as if it's fact. She "saw" this and she "felt" this. Well, quite frankly, I think she's a big fake and full of shit. I'd much rather my daughter decide for herself what to believe. I'm right here willing to help with that and I have to think that any parent who would get this for their own child, even if their beliefs line up directly with Browne's, would also be willing to help their child(ren) with the same. So..... the question is why get this book in the first place then? Why get a book where someone - anyone - actually tells things as "facts" when they in no way can be facts? If I say that I saw God in my living room last night and He sat and watched Law & Order that is not a fact. Browne doesn't have all bad ideas IMO. I'll say that. (She does have some though.) But who the hell is she to tell my child something she can't prove? I'm bewildered that there are five star ratings for this )even if it is only one or two). That scares me to be truthful. She says "when people die they see a tunnel... that leads to the Other Side." How in the living hell does she know this? Has she died? Is she dead? "Some go straight through, some hesitate... while still others decide not to go through and thus remain earthbound as ghosts." What the fizz-uck? How in the HELL can SHE KNOW this??????!!!!!! I want to know damnit. Oh, but animals don't hesitate - they always go right through in case you're wondering. Browne "witnessed" her dog "going home" because she supposedly saw a "magnificent swirl of white light." This, mind you, is her "proof". I say the bitch is certifiable. She belongs in a nuthouse. Preferably one that doesn't ever let anyone out. Okay so, when animals are still alive, and at rest, they go "home" on visits. I guess that's like little mini 'death vacations' or some such. Freaking awesome. So basically, they're already knowing about this "home" which is why there are no animal ghosts by the way. Again, HOW DO BROWNE AND HER NUTTY ASS SON KNOW THERE ARE NO ANIMAL GHOSTS???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Here, this is good. Okay, no animal ghosts but they actually do come to earth sometimes to check us out. That's why people sometimes "hear them barking, meowing, or tromping through their house." Apparently these two are nut magnets. I think she watched Brother Bear (good movie by the way but if you're crazy like this broad don't watch it - you might get crazier - she obviously did.) one too many times because then she gets to talking about totems. Her totem is an elephant and her sons is a bear. You're pet, believe it or not, has loved you through eternity - not just this lifetime. Actually, they chose to come to earth to be with you. Huh. I guess the millions of homeless animals are just idiots then huh? Ooooh, another good one. There are no insects in Heaven. How do we know this? Because Browne said so. She's visited. I can't even keep going. If this isn't enough to convince you the chick is nuts then maybe you should get checked out. ...more
Everyone want to know what lesson I learned? I learned that it's okay to be a rude, snotty, obnoxious brat when you're a kid as long as you plan to beEveryone want to know what lesson I learned? I learned that it's okay to be a rude, snotty, obnoxious brat when you're a kid as long as you plan to be well mannered when you grow up. ***Can you hear my applause for Ziefert?*** This is in my top three of worst children's books EVER. The "story" (it doesn't even deserve that credit IMO) starts with two seemingly well behaved children sitting on a couch with their parents standing behind them. And then. The story says what the children will do when they grow up. As in, "I'll be so polite." and "I'll always say please." Mind, while they story is telling the reader what the kids will do as adults, the kids are shoving each other trying to take a bike. Stealing a helmet from the sibling. Answering the phone like a brat, barging in bathrooms announced, not waiting in line, not taking turns, losing tempers and yelling at people and sitting their lazy ass on a bus seat while an older woman with groceries stands in the aisle. The illustrations depict the kids slamming doors in people's faces (not maliciously but just ignoring anyone but themselves), blowing their nose over food on the dinner table, playing with their food, throwing food in the air to the dog, taking bowls while saying 'gimme that', burping at the dinner table, leaving without saying a word, saying rude things to people, need I go on? I think I've mentioned most of the behavior that if it coming from MY daughter would quickly result in punishment. I feel the need to say that anyone can ask anyone else who knows me about what kind of parent I am. I'm a great Mom. I'm a terrific Mom. Honestly, I'm one of the best Moms on this planet we live on. My daughter, who is almost 6, does not walk all over me. She has manners and she behaves. She knows nothing less will be tolerated. She has melt-downs. Who doesn't? And there is leeway for that of course. She has bad days, as do I, and those are taken into account to. But rude behavior and what is shown in this book is not tolerated here. Why? Because I don't let it. We were recently invited to a wedding for adults only. We were called separately and told Julia (my daughter) was more than welcome to come. They put 'adults only' on the invitation because of the other kids and because they didn't want them misbehaving. They know Julia wouldn't. This type of behavior and lack of parenting is why kids walk all over their parents today. It's why I see kids hitting their parents and the parents do nothing. It's why I see kids demanding - actually demanding! - things be bought for them. And what happens? Whatever it is is bought. I've heard kids speak to their parents in ways I wouldn't ever dream of talking to mine. Because my Mom would knock me on my ass. And for that (among other things of course), she's always gotten respect. Now, this book isn't responsible for all this of course, but is it helping? If anything it's hurting. Do we really need a book on how to be a terrorist and make bombs? Even if we put some words in there saying it's bad - don't do it? This doesn't even have that! The ending is like so: "But for now, we're just kids!" As if being kids makes it all okay. They're allowed to act like that! They're "just kids"! This may be a bit drastic but I mean it so I'll say it, the author, Harriet Ziefert, should be ashamed of herself. And actually, the illustrator, Chris Demarest, as well for even jumping on board after seeing this mess. There are too many subjects out there and too many ways to take a different stand on each. There's no reason to send out a clear message that it's okay to be a snotty, obnoxious brat because you're a kid. I also want to point out that Julia told me, numerous times, that she'd never act like that. I told her that I have no doubt about that, that she never acts like these kids in the book. But it struck me that she even saw such a difference in herself and her actions against these characters and their actions. ...more
This deserves negative stars and Myers owes me for my time and sanity. How could anyone - especially an established author - put this trash into the wThis deserves negative stars and Myers owes me for my time and sanity. How could anyone - especially an established author - put this trash into the world? This is akin to the foreign "artist" who featured his "art" in a museum. His "art" was starving dogs chained to the wall. This, on a lesser scale, is the same thing to me. Is this "ebonics"? Yes! Let's teach our children how to speak WRONG! Let's teach them the way to speak so they seem illiterate! How to speak so people laugh at them and think they're idiots and so when they get older no one will ever hire them! So they fail school all the way through! Way to go! Shall I continue? The actual story, which is tucked behind this atrocious language, is actually holding a *few* (please believe it's only a few) worthy bits. Besides this the only good thing that can be said is that the illustrations are good. The story, the writing, the characters, everything else is horrible. I wouldn't expect this trash from a child who was writing for the first time. I have a VERY open mind. Anyone who really knows me can verify this. But this is truly horrible. I corrected my daughter last night who used a non-existent word. She's 6 years old and wouldn't dream of speaking like this. If she heard someone else speak like this she'd wonder what was wrong with them. I use slang. I use slang a lot actually. And you CAN use slang and still sound intelligent. You do not have to use "sentences" like Myers used here. I will NEVER, EVER pick up another book by this person. He's fully turned me off from his writing, no matter the audience, forever. Anyone who would write such trash doesn't deserve to even be called an author. I think I have a YA book or two laying around by him and they will not be read by me. He should be ashamed. I suggest reading this before reading it to your children. Unless you want to give your kids a picture of how NOT to talk - stay away. Otherwise you'll have an ignorant sounding child who turns into an ignorant sounding adult. With all the problems in this world we have people writing this garbage. ...more
I was going to keep this only because it's apparently so hard to find but I honestly am not too sure I can sleep knowing this filth is in my home. AndI was going to keep this only because it's apparently so hard to find but I honestly am not too sure I can sleep knowing this filth is in my home. And what if - God forbid - my daughter found it? At this point she wouldn't be able to make out the words that would concern me anyway but soon? I didn't seek this book out - it actually came into my house via someone else who had no clue as to anything about the book yet knew I loved books - and I was interested when I saw the McVeigh statement on the cover. I've always been interested in banned, challenged and questioned books so I set it aside. Somehow, a couple years later I stumbled upon the GR listed and after seeing some reviews pulled it out. And I'm not sure what to think. The Turner Diaries almost reads like some sort of sick, racial sci-fi book IMO. (It should probably be said that I'm *very* sensitive when it comes to all areas of race - any which way you can think of. My first four female best friends consisted of two black girls and two white girls, all of which I still speak to today. The first love of my life was a black man. The last person I was in love with was white. There are no color lines for me personally.) So it doesn't need to be said that this bothered me to a great extent. This was, in a lot of ways, the projected view of an American Holocaust with whites taking the place of the Nazi's and any non-white taking the place of the Jew's and non-German's. And it's scary. To be sure, both views are scary. Our country shouldn't - and should never - be the way William L. Pierce describes it before his organization made their moves and it equally shouldn't be how he described it after. The thing that kept hitting me hard was trying to imagine what it might feel like for a black person to read this book. (Any other non-white or even a white person to mixes races, is lesbian or gay, etc. is targeted here also but the main foe is the black person so I'll use that example for simplification purposes.) Then I thought that, wait a minute, I'd be targeted just as any black person would be according to Pierce's views. Actually, I'd be targeted for more than the racial mixing to be honest. So, in effect, I was able to imagine what that would feel like. And it didn't feel good. I'll be the first person to say that racism goes both ways. I've had doors slammed in my face coming out of stores by black people who looked at me like I was shit on their shoe. And I've also stood in line in those same stores and listened to the awful comments some white people can make to each other. It goes all ways, all around. There's no escaping it sadly. I think my biggest problem with the book and with the problem in general is the huge grouping that goes on. With the sheer number of people in the world, in America alone, the odds are against you if you group any race together. No one can - rightfully - say that "all" black people are this or "all" white people do this. It can't be truthfully said because no matter what there will always be that one (maybe one million +) person/people who don't fit into that statement. This hurts to read. If you're like me (I've said enough for anyone to know if they agree or disagree with the basics of what I believe in when it comes to this) it will hurt. I suppose a white supremacist would enjoy reading these "diaries" but that's about it. I do agree with those that think it shouldn't be banned. I do agree that it gives you what could be a great glimpse into the mind of a man like Pierce. I should also note the many, many parts in the book that are stomach turning. From the chemical burning of blacks and other non-whites/non-desirables to stringing them up from poles and lampposts and worse. It's very hard to read so be aware ahead of time for what you're in for. ...more
I'm going to read this. I really am. Just so I know more about her so I can make fun of her more. I find this amusing as hell. And I refuse to put thiI'm going to read this. I really am. Just so I know more about her so I can make fun of her more. I find this amusing as hell. And I refuse to put this on my celeb list. Mainly because she's not a celeb. And she won't get a penny from me so if anyone I know comes across this let me know, I'd like to borrow it. I'll make you laugh til you pee yourself in return. ...more
This is horrible. Pure trash. This will be an on-going review even though I can already rate it one star. It's just like a car accident - I must look.This is horrible. Pure trash. This will be an on-going review even though I can already rate it one star. It's just like a car accident - I must look. And, I'm shocked. Modisett must have actually gone out of her way looking for fucked up people to write these essays. At the very, very least, if there is a semi-normal person, then they're parents are/were fucked up. Are there no normal people where this chick lives?
I took this off the two lists I had it on, 'humor' and 'parenting' because it's neither humorous nor about parenting, parents, anything parental you can think of besides being fucked up parents who are trying to fuck their kids up.
Oh, this is going to be a long one folks. If I could turn back time I would never go to the library on the day I saw this awful book.
Let me just say this: I'm not a goody-goody. I cuss. I make parenting mistakes. Hell I make mistakes all over the place. I can take jokes. The only jokes I don't like are racist or otherwise prejudiced, besides those you can't offend me. Yeah well.....
*Oh, and by the way, to those reviewers calling these people "celebs", what world do you live in? There is exactly one person, ONE person, in all of these so-called "authors" that I've heard of - Moon Unit Zappa. (I can't believe I even typed that.) Why not just name your baby Shit Eating Brick. wtf. Anyway, that's it. No one else. Writing for Seinfeld does not a celebrity make peoples. Sorry. Do you credit the burger flipper at McDonald's with giving you your burger? Noooooo. The person who gave you said burger gets the credit. That's the way the world works whether we like it or not.
So, onward and upward right?
We may as well start with the prologue eh? Here's the big joke in a nutshell: Modisett felt pain in her head, finds out she's pregnant, and "apparently becoming pregnant was such a shock to my system, it almost blew my head off." Hardy fucking har.
Marta Ravin - drug addict, hangs with strippers, (in other words fine upstanding citizen) decided to "rebel" while pregnant. No drugs or alcohol, nope. Not for Marta. She decided not to take her prenatal vitamins. Not the end of the world you say? It sure isn't. And hey, why take something that's been proven to be beneficial for your unborn baby, something that takes about all of two seconds and no energy or strength to take, when you can "rebel"? We get a fun amount of drug related little tidbits, wanna-be jokes we'll call them for lack of a more suitable term, and pretty much nothing else. Now, as if having a fucked up mom isn't enough for this poor kid, and I think we can assume the dad is fucked up to for even marrying this drug addicted slut who doesn't want to take care of her baby in even the simplest way, there's at least one fucked up beyond belief grandparent to throw into the mix! Whoo-hoo! Marta's dear old mom apparently sees nothing wrong with sticking her nipple in her grandsons mouth to sooth him. Um, is it just me or is that not normal? I'm left hoping that's another wanna-be joke.
Dana Gould - seemed half way normal I guess but nothing even remotely humorous in her story and certainly nothing to actually take away from the book with the reader.
Merrin Dungey - apologizing to her vagina was sort of funny. Could have been I guess. Wasn't really here.
Moon Unit Zappa - I did it again. I don't think I need to give examples of why her kid has fucked up grandparents do I? I'm not going to be too harsh on her because she had to have had one of the most messed up childhoods ever. And while, from her story, it seemed that she was on the road to becoming the same screwed up mother and wife I think she may have seen the error of her ways. Who knows. You'd think the first thing she'd do would be to change her damn name.
Kell Cahoon - Oh God this is a good one. Dear Lord help these people. They're not even people I don't think. Whatever they are send them some help. One, at the airport, after forgetting the baby's birth certificate, the "mother" starts screaming, yelling 'fuck' all around the airport, in front of said baby, and then proceeds to punching herself in the forehead long enough for the baby to get scared and start wailing. Yeah. Oh so normal right? These are those 'real' stories you don't find in Parents magazine. Two, the grandfather tried to take a pic of author's two nephews and can't get them to smile. So, this normal family turns to the oh so normal option! Grandma gets up and grabs her tits, calls the boys, and starts jiggling them yelling, "Look at Grandma's jello boys!" I don't want to live in this world any more if that's true. I'm going to operate on the assumption that it's another wanna-be joke - I have to do that to stay sane. That is one of the most disgusting this I've ever heard. If ANYONE ever grabs and jiggled tits at my kids I'd hurt them. Bad. Then I'd call the police and have them arrested and if I have to do a quick 24 hours because I kicked their ass then so fucking be it.
It should be noted that the grandfather was so pleased with his wife's actions that he actually praised her aloud. Duly noted. Three, the take the baby to the grandparents so they can go out to dinner and the room is filled with weed smoke. 'Nuff said there.
Mimi Friedman - this is one half of a lesbian couple who adopted. The sanest so far although there are still characters, ha, characters, in here who are - say it together now - FUCKED UP. The birth mother is so against having a scar she says no to the procedure (being talked about before hand as a 'what if') even if there's a complication. Leave it to this author to find sane people who adopted a baby from a wack job. They themselves seem cool as hell though and fairly normal.
Mark Hudis - I'm not sure what to say about this guy. He creeps me out from just reading his story. Compared to the others I've read about here though he's borderline normal also.
Christy Callahan - a non-atheist who doesn't believe in God. Of course there are those out there! Duh! Doesn't seem too wacky but in all honesty the wacko's I've already read about more than make up for the saner ones so far.
Johanna Stein - jokes about punching her baby in the face. I mean, yeah, it's a joke but isn't that a little tasteless? I don't get those kind of jokes. It's trashy pure and simple.
Eric Weinberg - this guy is a loser. He's so upset he had a girl the second time around that he made a huge deal out of it and not his second son gets to grow up, find out, and have a fucked up life courtesy of dear old fucked up dad.
You know, on second thought, I may not finish this. I've read enough I think. I highly doubt there's anything that can actually be called funny hidden in any of the essay's.
This is going to piss people off but hey, it is what it is and I am who I am. (And, the people that get pissed off and probably the ones this is targeting.) If you read this, and liked and found funny the few bits and pieces I threw together here, and you have children, please, please, stop breeding NOW, take whatever children you already have to a police station, fire house, hospital or church and walk away. Pretend you really love your kid and you want to do what's best. Because trust me, you aren't what's best. If you don't believe me, pull your tits out, jiggle them up and down while yelling 'fuck' in front of the kid and punching him or her in it's face. Then see what happens. ...more
Uh, am I the only one that has a problem with this little duck being whacked for no reason? Is it really just me? I'm sorry but we want to ban books tUh, am I the only one that has a problem with this little duck being whacked for no reason? Is it really just me? I'm sorry but we want to ban books that talk about sex and mention a cuss word but we can beat defenseless little ducks? What the fuck is wrong with this picture? I get this was published in 1933 when spanking was in. Hell, I'm not even against spanking! But in a book? With a little duck? Who did nothing wrong?! Is it just me (again) or did I read in the description that this duck lives with a "kind master"? Well damn. I'd hate to see dude pissed off. And I'll venture a guess that Ping did not like his life on the boat with his "kind master" all that much because his little feathered butt didn't go back when he knew he was about to get beat. You know what would have made this a five star book for me? If little Ping would have grabbed the whip dude was holding and beat his ass with it. That would have been awesome. The poor damn duck....more