So I need to go and track down the first volume of this good fantasy series. It is a fantasy adventure story involving aDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley
So I need to go and track down the first volume of this good fantasy series. It is a fantasy adventure story involving a group of four diverse women who don’t always understand each other (in particular Betty’s eating of mushrooms) but who are friends. What’s not to love? Actually not much – the women are diverse in body type, race, sexual preference, and power. There is more male nudity than female (though as always in comic books some of the costuming styles don’t make sense). There is humor. There is the lesson of great evil superseding minor disagreements. Truthfully, I wasn’t all that thrilled by all the artwork, but this a series that makes me hopeful that comics can change! ...more
I can hear your eyebrows go up. Really, you are thinking, a story about a nun with a gun (hey, look a rhyme). But you know something, it actually workI can hear your eyebrows go up. Really, you are thinking, a story about a nun with a gun (hey, look a rhyme). But you know something, it actually works. Sister Josephine finds herself in a conflict, between doing what her duty tells her and what is right. It is an Western in the best sense of the word, part Eastwood, part Mag Seven, part Bad Girls. It’s great. It’s wonderful. It’s sucks that this is volumes 1-6 and ends with a cliffhanger. Seriously, I want a movie. ...more
As I was reading this, my friend (and I) was reading the review of the book in the NYT book review, and so of course, we had to talk about it. While As I was reading this, my friend (and I) was reading the review of the book in the NYT book review, and so of course, we had to talk about it. While I disagree with some of my friend’s views (honestly, I don’t care how naked you both are, no is no, get over it), he did have a point, in fact he had two. The first is one that Krakauer hints at in this book but doesn’t go into great detail, and that is the part alcohol plays in the numbers of acquaintance rape at campuses around the country. The second reason, one that Krakauer touches on more strongly, is the culture that allows for such behavior.
Krakauer’s latest book details the rape scandal that occurred in Missoula, Montana; it’s not that the town’s rape rate is high, but it hit the news. In some ways, and this is going to sound nasty, the book sounds like Krakauer discovered that acquaintance rape occurs. There are other books that while not focusing on these particular cases go into great detail about some of the issues that Krakauer raises here. Krakauer even cites some of them.
In many ways, the most horrifying aspects of the book are the outside culture that allows the men at the college to get away with certain behavior. And to be fair, if you live near a college, you know that it isn’t just football teams do this type of behavior. Missoula is a case where the town lives for the team, so the players do have a special status, and because of this conviction is difficult simply for the viewpoints that various authority figures have. In fact, the only authority figure that looks good is one of the higher ups at the college. Even Baker, a sympathy police detective, does treat people differently based on whether or not he knows them
Krakauer’s prose, as always, is gripping, but in many ways this would have been a better book if the connection to alcohol was studied in more depth (the amount of drinking in this town is staggering) or if Krakauer had focused more on the overhaul of the justice system, an idea that he mentions but could have presented more on. ...more
This book is disappointing because it could have been more.
And that is the heart of the issue.
Without a doubt, Zaraghunna Kargar deserves acclaim s This book is disappointing because it could have been more.
And that is the heart of the issue.
Without a doubt, Zaraghunna Kargar deserves acclaim simply for her work on the BBC’s Afghan’s Woman’s Hour.
The central problem with this book, why it doesn’t live up to the promise, is that it doesn’t know what it wants to be. It can’t decide if it wants to be a memoir or a collection of personal experiences. And because of this, it suffers.
The flaw shows up when Kargar interjects her personal story into the stories of the other women. Undoubtedly there are reasons for this, but I can’t figure out what they are unless it is to try to relate or connect the woman’s stories to those that live outside of Afghan. Kargar does this by relating how her life as an Afghani women whose family fled during the Taliban’s regime as well as the pressure to keep to traditions when she lived in the West. This in of itself could be an interesting memoir, but forced and rammed into comparison with the stories of the other women, at worse it cheapens the books; at best it makes Kargar look at a whiner. It doesn’t work; the only thing worse would be a Western woman trying to compare her parent’s preference for a boy child. It would undoubtedly be true, but there is a difference between that, and your parents making you are a boy or your mother debating about suicide because of it.
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. Honestly, I requested this just because I wanted to read the essay about Bambi. I’ve read Bambi, Bambi’s Children, andDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. Honestly, I requested this just because I wanted to read the essay about Bambi. I’ve read Bambi, Bambi’s Children, and Jibby the Cat and I didn’t know that Staten was Jewish. The title essay isn’t so much an essay about Bambi but a review of another author’s work about the question. Still, it’s entertaining and enlightening. I do wish there had been mention of the sequel, Bambi’s Children. But that aside, the thesis is aptly proved.
The book is more than literary essays, for it also covers history. While the reviews would have more impact on a reader if the reader is familiar with the works in question, they are still fun to read. For a reader, like moi, who hasn’t read some of the books and author that Reitter writes about, he does, at least in terms of positive reviews, want to make you read them.
There are some history essay as well, and these either review history books or history itself. The writing flows quite well and is a joy to read. The essay about Hitler and Vienna is thought provoking, and the over-whelming theme of Jewish culture in Vienna does make me want to read more about the subject.
I have to admit I am conflicted about the whole complete veil, the niqab. It just seems segregating in a way that simply covering your hair doesn’t doI have to admit I am conflicted about the whole complete veil, the niqab. It just seems segregating in a way that simply covering your hair doesn’t do. Furthermore, the men who seem to endorse it, by and large, are men that I never want to meet. Yet, I am American enough (Eltahaway would undoubtedly say I am Western liberal enough) that if it is a choice freely made than who I am to say otherwise.
And the key to that sentence is freely. And it is too Eltahaway’s credit as a writer that she has gotten me to rethink me view on the public veil bans in some European countries. Eltahaway’s point is that how can be choice when women aren’t involved in the debates about wearing it, where the voice of the men in the community overrides and shock over the women. Mansplaining in the worse case.
Undoubtedly her argument in this regard does have some weak points, but it is a strong point and one worth thinking about it. If you have listen to Eltahaway’s reporting on the BBC or her commentary on some American cable channels much of this book retreads those same points, expanding on them in some cases and offering more detailed reasoning. Her focus here is mainly on Egypt, understandably so, and she keeps the focus mainly in the Middle East. For the Western feminist, there are plenty of more women to add to your reading list, making reading this book perhaps an expensive proposition.
On one hand, at some points in the book, I wish there had been more footnoting. Despite, this, however, there is passion in the book, and Eltahaway does make you think about the role that the West plays. Why do we stand up for the women of Afghanistan but not the women of Saudi Arabia? Is it simply the question of oil? How can the West help facilitate change? The questions that she raises do not have easy answers. ...more
This is one of those “saw the TV series before I heard about the book” books. I mean it has Saffie in it. Anyways, this book is different, but it’s noThis is one of those “saw the TV series before I heard about the book” books. I mean it has Saffie in it. Anyways, this book is different, but it’s not bad. I just wish it had little more than in the way of a plot or was a straight out memoir.
The three books that make up this edition detail the life of the poor people (low class) that Flora Thompson came from. In this regard, it does make the first volume, “Lark Rise”, the best of the three. The level of detail and the almost chatty tone in Lark Rise make up for the slight lack of characterization. You can be there, and you can understand why it was adapted into a series. This falls off slightly in the second book, “Over Candleford,” though some of the charm is still there, and there is more reference to subjects that were taboo, such as drunkenness and its corresponding violence. The third volume, detailing Laura’s rise to a job is perhaps the weakest because while it is the closest to having a plot, it doesn’t quite, and the charm is missing in large sections.
Still it captures what was and how it changed quite well. ...more