I came at this book hungry for 1960's Americana, but a little bored of the fact that the majority of stories that've been treated right have been men'...moreI came at this book hungry for 1960's Americana, but a little bored of the fact that the majority of stories that've been treated right have been men's stories. But I'm putting the cart before the horse here, I'll give you the skinny.
The Jet Sex looks at the history of American air stewarding with a focus on the 1960's (the advent of the Jet and U.S counter-culture), though the author- as a British person with very little knowledge of this subject- did a grand job setting the tone and briefing how commercial air-travel had grown since it's 1930's conception. She was also mindful throughout the book of keeping personal accounts and information in a wider context in a way that felt fluid. I certainly left this book understanding a heck of a lot more about America as a whole then the subject matter covered, and more curious about it all besides.
(In this vein it also gave light to a topic that is becoming evermore pertinent in todays politics, especially amongst the more left-wing of us- The acceptance of the traditionally feminine as valid self-expressions. These women were not any less strong and brave for fighting their battles in tights and lipstick; it is not a dichotomy of masculine and strong or feminine and weak. If we are to achieve true equality, we have to allow space for The Jet Sex as a seriously as we allow for space for Mad Men. And that isn't even a problem to shoulder, not even a little, if the other stories of women are half as interesting, dramatic and fun as the ones in the Jet Sex are.)
Language in the book was fun and accessible without being patronising. As a non-academic and an infrequent non-fiction reader I also found that the notes hold these great little nuggets of information that didn't quite have a place in the book proper, nestled between the citations and further reading. One woman was so dedicated to flying, in light of the airline's unmarried requirement she kept two addresses and phone lines to hide her marriage!
There is very little to objectively criticise about The Jet Sex. There was some information repetition (especially in the midsections), but considering that I also had a similar problem with the author's previous work, I'll put it on the table that it could be at this point be my unfamiliarity with non-fiction. I'm a fast reader, so maybe this is a style choice for people who aren't going to ram through this in a couple of days. The cover also doesn't really do this stellar book justice, but who am I, Chip Kidd?
So let me break it down for you; give the book a go. It's a little pricey, but the chances are if it's not available in your local library it'll be in the universities (and you didn't hear it from me but those guys are usually not on the ball about security for people sitting on their sofas reading books). The Jet Sex'll take you through a world of women who were glamorous, hard working and smart in the face of blistering unfairness. If that's not a set-up that draws you in, well, more fool you.
Maybe I'm too old for David Levithan (this is the first John Green book I've read) and the nostalgia has stopped being enough, but this book really di...moreMaybe I'm too old for David Levithan (this is the first John Green book I've read) and the nostalgia has stopped being enough, but this book really didn't pop for me.
It could've also have been to do with will grayson; since I was that kid (and it wasn't nice, you couldn't pay me to be 16 again) I have no real drive to read about him. O.W.G was bland and you know, I would've rather just read about Tiny since it takes a huge amount of personal strength to be that guy in the world setting that Green and Levithan used.
But it was nice, it was a good easy read and I'm sure if you're 13-16 years old and love indie pop music you'll enjoy it a heck of a lot more.(less)
I think I can set the tone of this book for you fairly well by explaining that a lot of Vantoch's problem solving can be summed up with 'put your hand...moreI think I can set the tone of this book for you fairly well by explaining that a lot of Vantoch's problem solving can be summed up with 'put your hand down your pants'.
This book wasn't really aimed at me: I'm pretty comfortable with multiple relationships, but after accidentally blundering into a monogamous relationship (you know how that goes) I'd been recced it as a way of casually opening up a dialogue between me and the SO and the possibilities of different kinds of relationships. I can't say I was completely sold; I am fairly certain that any member of the Collins-Vantoch family could vom on a hanky and my friend would recommend it, but I've never been one to shy away from a sexy book about sex, so I gave it a go.
I was surprised, relieved and grateful that I did. There wasn't much new information for me, but it definitely gave me ways of approaching the poly issue with non-poly partners in the future in a way that let me be fun without being flippant.
It's such a chill book, that is the only way I can think to describe it. It's unpatronising and a bit sassy, telling you when it's all right to stick to your boundaries (always) and when it's worth considering pushing them a little - if you've read the Ethical Slut then you know where this book is at. Vicki Vantoch, despite the title, discusses fairly indepth the various types of relationships that can be formed with multiple partners (something I had been concerned about pre-reading) as well as pointing out that the whole beauty of non-conventional relationships is that you get to make your own decision on how you and your partners work best and make your own template.
Practical wise: there's a little bit of information repetition, especially at the beginning, but I put that down to the idea that this book is designed to be read in short bursts rather then in long stretches. The language can be twee to the point of teeth grinding at times but it's made up for peppering of the word schtooping, which is my new favourite word. There are also a couple of out of date links for websites, but that can hardly be held against a 5 year old book.
So, yeah. Think about threesomes, then stick your hand in your undercrackers. Can't say much more then that.(less)
This is the first Supernatural book I've read, and honestly, I was surprised. The Unholy Cause is well written with solid characterisation and a great...moreThis is the first Supernatural book I've read, and honestly, I was surprised. The Unholy Cause is well written with solid characterisation and a great plot. Joe Schreiber gets what we want- it has it's cute moments, heart breaking ones, it has horror. There are some great, unforced cameos, and the women in Unholy Cause were strong, imperfect characters rather then token gestures or temporary romantic leads.
If the rest of the tie-in novels are like this, I'm looking forward to reading them.(less)
Unfortunatly I chose to smoke a cigerette while I read The Girl Who Couldn't Come, which meant reading it on the street. This ignited panic in the loc...moreUnfortunatly I chose to smoke a cigerette while I read The Girl Who Couldn't Come, which meant reading it on the street. This ignited panic in the local constabulary who came to investigate what a person could possibly be doing on the streets, smoking and reading like that, and when I was forced to tell them what I was reading, I was given an informal caution despite a somewhat half-hearted attempt to make out that the title referred to a missed dental appointment rather then anything, you know, sexy.
But I mean, apart from the fact that the book caused that chain of events to happen: It was excellent. The stories were beautiful, frightening and, yeah, fuck it, sexy. Everything I've come to need from Joey Comeau. It's a short collection, but I couldn't have wanted more. If anything, it is worth throwing money at to read what's possibly one of the most perfect, succinct descriptions I've ever read. 'The creature goes straight for her, and there is the sound like crisp lettice being broken.'. Real Ray Bradbury stuff. (less)
Reading this book is like sitting down with your best friend and talking about how much you friggin' love space, like- dude, no, I really freaking lov...moreReading this book is like sitting down with your best friend and talking about how much you friggin' love space, like- dude, no, I really freaking love space, did you know that they snuck cognac aboard MIR? Drunk astronauts- and I love that. Mary Roach is readable and funny, packing interesting space stories. You'll want to read this book with another person or get ready to start approaching strangers in the street to tell them the stories you read in there. I really enjoyed it, and'll be checking out her other works immediately. (less)
First things first: this novel is only very thinly based on the life of James Barry. Names, places, even the time line of the man's life has been alte...moreFirst things first: this novel is only very thinly based on the life of James Barry. Names, places, even the time line of the man's life has been altered, so please don't go into reading it as a factual sort of book. Inbetween the jarring switches of narrative (sometimes changing within paragraphs) and the puzzling motives of the protagonist, I did struggle somewhat- some of the characters were fantastic, and there were a fair few movie moments where Duncker managed to write some wonderful dramatic and pithy stuff.
If you have the time and are interested in the wonderful figure of James Barry, give it a whirl. It'll only take few hours. But don't go out of your way to read it. (less)
Coraline was a good book. Maybe I'm a little old for it- I thought it started incredibly strong but that something got lost around page 60 or so. I'm...moreCoraline was a good book. Maybe I'm a little old for it- I thought it started incredibly strong but that something got lost around page 60 or so. I'm not sure exactly what- I think despite it being a short story I felt like it could have been tighter, especially in the conclusion.
I would definately recommend this book for children, but for older readers it's a library borrow rather then a purchase.(less)
This is obviously a feel-good bood. Why are you reading Levithan if you don't want to get the warm fuzzies from his perfect sorts of worlds? This is a...moreThis is obviously a feel-good bood. Why are you reading Levithan if you don't want to get the warm fuzzies from his perfect sorts of worlds? This is a book about being brave, being 16 and in love, and jeans that sculpt themselves to your butt.(less)
Britten and Brulightly took a while for me to get into- it wasn't until the 30th page or so that I found myself utterly unwilling to put it down.
Prac...moreBritten and Brulightly took a while for me to get into- it wasn't until the 30th page or so that I found myself utterly unwilling to put it down.
Practically speaking my complaints are that the hand-lettered text can be small and hard to make out, partically owing to the dark colours and also to the large dimensions of the book; it's a4 sized, which can make handling it tricky at times. The absurd elements in this graphic novel are jarring initially, but as you progess through the story they melt away and your entire focus sets on the incredible writing, beautiful art and thrilling narrative. I will certainly be reading this graphic novel again, and will pick up any further work that Hannah Berry sets her hand to.(less)
The word epic is used far too much, but there is simply no other way to describe Habibi; it is an epic love story. The art is impeccable and exhaustin...moreThe word epic is used far too much, but there is simply no other way to describe Habibi; it is an epic love story. The art is impeccable and exhausting in beauty.(less)