I didn't plan to and I normally wouldn't rate each story in a collection like this but something is telling me to so I will. The overall rating will bI didn't plan to and I normally wouldn't rate each story in a collection like this but something is telling me to so I will. The overall rating will be for the entire collection together. Short stories in order:
1. "Gracie's Last Walk" (5 stars) - This is the first story and it's a good one. The narrator is really good with the exception of the vet assistants (Brazilian?) accent and the story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I could totally 100% relate to Caroline and what she experienced with Gracie. "Yankee Dog" - This is the second story. Listening now....
I finished this in an afternoon and evening but I'm not sure if I'll count it toward the years challenge because there wasn't much reading involved anI finished this in an afternoon and evening but I'm not sure if I'll count it toward the years challenge because there wasn't much reading involved and out of the writing in the book I read maybe half. I basically flipped through the artwork and when something caught my eye I read the snippet about the artist. I ended up surprised at two things - the first was just how many artists I liked and the second was the differences between the art.\ The artists I liked most out of this book, in no particular order are: Slinkachu (London) Pablo Delgado (London) Nick Walker's "Does My Head Look Big In This?" (Bristol) Pinky (Brighton) Dave the Chimp (Berlin) Swanski (Warsaw) Banksy (Bristol) Jon Burgerman (New York) Shantell Martin (New York) ESPO/Stephen Powers (Philly) - I was really surprised that I recognized none of these. Philly is where I was first introduced to graffiti and street art and I can recall numerous images to this day. Boris Hoppek (Barcelona) Spike (Luxembourg City) Aryz (Cardedue, Spain) Zosen (Barcelona) Pez (Bogota, Colombia) Gola (Rimini, Italy)
I can see this being a four or five star book for a person who is more of an artist, especially one into this type of art. I'm no artist and I'm probably one of the most uncreative people in the world but I found it interesting myself. It's made me think. ...more
I picked this up based solely on the cover and title... and the fact that I needed a little humor in my life when I saw this. Oh, and that I was slighI picked this up based solely on the cover and title... and the fact that I needed a little humor in my life when I saw this. Oh, and that I was slightly aggravated with my significant other. Those are the reasons. Did I like it? Yeah. I did. I did laugh out loud more than a handful of times and I did actually feel like I was talking with/listening to a girlfriend. But... I also thought it was a tad long. That might have been more me wanting to move on to something else but either way it's definitely a good book full of laughs. I'd like to congratulate the one man (of the two reviews I've read by men) who was able to see the humor in this. The other one? The one who is clearly a severe stick in the mud? For the record, I'm 34 - not over 40 - and I love my man very, very much. But yes, he annoys the HELL out of me sometimes. And I annoy the hell out of him. The fact that we're able to laugh about this - and you're not - speaks volumes. You may feel sympathy for McCarthy's husband but I feel sorry for any woman that marries you. I can't imagine living day by day with someone lacking so severely a sense of humor. Back to the book, it's worth checking out if the title and cover grab you. If one or both (probably both) do catch your attention you'll probably be pleased with the stories inside. Most of the "At Least You're Not Married To Him" were pretty funny and relatable in a lot of instances even but a few could have been left out. I'll probably try to check out the other one if hers that caught my eye, I forget the title but something to do with toddlers. ...more
I found this by accident at the library today. The bright red cover and 'dragonslippers' just caught my attention while I wandered through non-fictionI found this by accident at the library today. The bright red cover and 'dragonslippers' just caught my attention while I wandered through non-fiction. I'm glad I found it. Even though it can be read in about a half a hour and even though I first glanced through it thinking it wouldn't be for me, I was struck by how much it was "for me". You don't have to have been in an abusive relationship to take something away from Penfold's story, you don't have to be a woman. I honestly think there aren't many people out there who would walk away from this untouched. I was surprised. I wasn't expecting to be as affected as I was....more
The Atlanta Child Murders from 1979-1981 (even longer?) makes my blood boil when I read about them. How the Atlanta PD dropped the ball SO many timesThe Atlanta Child Murders from 1979-1981 (even longer?) makes my blood boil when I read about them. How the Atlanta PD dropped the ball SO many times and SO badly I'll never understand. I almost wish it wasn't included here so I wouldn't make myself read about it yet again. But, I read about this somewhere for the first time some place and people need to be aware. It's absolutely atrocious how bungled this was and only a few decades ago really. I may very well have added this info into another review but I feel like saying it again because I'm MAD so I am: The list the APD made of victims was nothing if not arbitrary. Faye Yearby was 22 years old when she was murdered in Jan. of 1981. She wasn't added to the list. Even though she had been found tied to a tree, hands behind her back, like another victim (who WAS added to the list) AND she was stabbed like at least four other victims (all added to said list. The reason she wasn't added? Because she was "female" and "too old". THERE WERE TWO OTHER FEMALES ON THE LIST AND SHE WAS A YEAR YOUNGER THAN AT LEAST ONE OTHER PERSON WHO WAS LISTED. What. The. Fuck. And that's not even the worst of it. I'd be typing for hours if I kept going and Cawthorne and numerous other authors have outlined it. It just pisses me off beyond imagination. The people that were murdered at the "end" of this did not have to die. And God only knows how many of them did because of the screw-ups. ...... Okay, so I'm on The La Crosse Drownings and the author mentions a website - manunderwater . com (I'm not partial to linking an unknown site.) According to the author this is a site, for men, who like to have or discuss or fantasize about, well, sex under water. No problem. Sex under water is cool. I'm sure. But apparently a suspect - or "almost" suspect - was using this site and the police did the whole 'pretend I'm this and maybe he'll fall for it' thing. I just plugged in the site and found nothing on it. Not even on a Google search. If the site was taken down wouldn't there be reference of it at least somewhere? If anyone can find this I'd like a reference point just for the purpose of reference. ......
I'm starting to think I may not finish. I want to but the stories are very short (some about a page) and there are sooo many of them that it's basically just a continuous list of who killed who, how old each were, where they worked and lived and an extra few sentence. It's basically just like reading every article in every newspaper in America for the last 500 years on murders. It's getting tedious. I am however hoping to finish still. ... I can't finish. I didn't get much farther and I actually randomly pointed to a paragraph, out of pages I'd already read - with my eyes closed - and even though its longish I'm going to include it word for word as a sample. Beyond that there are multiple editing typos, most of which are admittedly minor, at least one so far being not so minor. Lets see... Oh, before I forget, on page 92 the author writes that the "head of the Federal Narcotics Bureau urged the police to seek out marijuana users as, he maintained, smoking induced 'both the desire for a thrill and a homicidal obsession.'" Well. The only thing smoking ever induced in me was the desire to eat and the desire to take a nap. No, that's not true. It induces a large amount of laughter as well. No thrilling murders though I'm glad to say. Anyway, editing mistake - page 122 - in Detroit's Babysitter Killer the author tells us how two women, Annaletia Maria Gonzales and Victoria Lyn Turpin were murdered. Two paragraphs later comes the sentence "the bodies of Gonzales Turpin and were recovered." That's not even a sentence even IF the name(s) were correct. Or can one assume a third person by this name was murdered and he or she happened to have their full name comprised of two former victims surnames? Silly mistake, not respectful in the least, should have been caught. Or at least made into a sentence. Same story, page 125 the author mentions how a "dog collar would have lulled them (children) into a false sense of security." Yet there's no statement to the fact that a dog collar - or even a dog - had anything to do with anything. A little backup please so we know what the hell you're talking about. Random paragraph time. Imagine 496 pages of this: (This is from page 150, Los Angeles' South Side Slayer.) "The first on the list attributed to the slayer was Loletha Prevot, whose body was found in L.A. on 4 Sept. 1983. Then on 1 Jan. 1984 the body of Patricia Coleman was dumped in Inglewood. The third victim, Sheila Burton - aka Sheila Burris - was found on 18 Nov. Then the murder rate increased. Frankie Bell was killed on New Year's Day 1985. The mutilated body of Patricia Dennis was found on 11 Feb. On 20 Mar. Sheily Wilson was murdered in Inglewood. Lillian Stoval joined the list on the 23rd. Patsy Webb was murdered on 15 Apr. and Cathy Gustavson on 28 July. Only one victim survived, but she suffered a vicious beating that left her in a coma." Phew. See, I have this thing where I can't pass over the name or identifying information about someone in a book like this. So if I have 500 pages of basically only names, ages and dates and not much else it's just too much. I'd have liked less stories but more depth to the ones included. ...more
I'm finding it hard to get into this. I'm not sure why exactly so I'm putting it up to my mood and keeping it to-read. Hopefully I'll be able to get inI'm finding it hard to get into this. I'm not sure why exactly so I'm putting it up to my mood and keeping it to-read. Hopefully I'll be able to get into it another time. ...more