*Polly Courtney contacted me, a free e-copy or audio file, for an honest review.*
I'm really glad I took her up on this offer. Being old fashioned, I c...more*Polly Courtney contacted me, a free e-copy or audio file, for an honest review.*
I'm really glad I took her up on this offer. Being old fashioned, I chose to read this one instead of listening, and for once I wish I had listened to it instead, as it is a story that is very much dialect based.
The narrator is fifteen year old Alesha and she grew up in the endz during the riots in South London. I really liked Alesha, as she's honest, forthright, and doesn't sugar coat anything that she does or has happen to her throughout the story. It took me a little while to get into the story as there were a lot of words I didn't really know, so I was thankful for the glossary. After a while, I picked up on the dialect easier, and the story went by much faster.
My favorite part of the story was the middle, when Alesha's struggling between the life she knows and going legit. I thought Ms. Merfield was a wonderful mentor for Alesha and she's there for her through her incarceration because if her involvement in the riots, JJ's death, and even helps her get a straight job and a nicer place to live.
I thought the ending was wrapped up way too nicely and wished this part was more fleshed out.
However, all in all, this was a well written book on a difficult subject that everyone should read or listen to. I'm interested in reading more by this author in the future as well.(less)
I was contacted by the author. A free Ecopy for an HONEST review. So here it goes.
I have read a lot of comedic novels in my lifetime and they always f...moreI was contacted by the author. A free Ecopy for an HONEST review. So here it goes.
I have read a lot of comedic novels in my lifetime and they always fall into two categories: the ones I have enjoyed and the ones I have not.
Unfortunately, this one falls under the have not category and here's why: the humor was extremely juvenile.
Don't get me wrong I like raunch and dick and fart jokes when done right, but this one missed the mark for me.
Maybe dudes would enjoy this one more, but I'm not sure if that's a true statement either as my boyfriend said he didn't find it too funny. He only read half and got bored. I did this research in order to get a second opinion to make sure it wasn't just me.
So, I'd say skip it, as it was excruciating for me to even finish, just saying. See I just made a funny :)(less)
This is a very timely book. As a nanny for several 3 to 5 year old girls, this book had great discussion points on the causes and effects of...more3.5 stars
This is a very timely book. As a nanny for several 3 to 5 year old girls, this book had great discussion points on the causes and effects of the girly-girl, princess, and online marketing industries; offers well researched advice, and personal anecdotes on how to help guide them through these challenging times without losing track of who they really are, as well as, helping them find their very own happily ever afters.
However, as a woman who has read a lot of feminist books, I found it to be a bit lacking, since it doesn't offer anything new.
All in all, a decent fast paced read with a likable, believable, and familiar voice that mainstream moms, dads, teachers, and babysitters can relate to and get something out of for sure, and this can prove more helpful then no questioning or criticism on the subject at all.
Jack hearts Karen. Karen commits suicide, and the rest of the story reads like a haunted, surreal love letter trapped in a never ending nightmare.
Thi...moreJack hearts Karen. Karen commits suicide, and the rest of the story reads like a haunted, surreal love letter trapped in a never ending nightmare.
This is Jack's descent into madness through little vignettes of his tortured mind. Prose poetry told from the perspective of a monster caught inside his own personal hell. There is a perplexed, dis-jointed feel throughout the whole of this short novella. Disgusting yet beautiful imagery and fantastic illustrations sprinkled though out. A hard one to put down once you start the journey and so many wonderful quotes, one of which I will leave you with:
"They called our usual excursions into these nights of infinite danger suicide. But what they didn't understand is that the blue light of these modern dream machines had colored not only their nights but also their days a frozen hue of darker-than-the-deepest-seas blue. Time can never be regained in this fantasy world...or lost."(less)
A wonderful collection of short stories, poetry and artwork gathered together from new and up and coming artists throughout the United States as well...moreA wonderful collection of short stories, poetry and artwork gathered together from new and up and coming artists throughout the United States as well as overseas, and released to the world as a digital zine.
I really love indie presses and was honored to be given a chance to read this one. All the stories were a little left of right, which I totally dug, and if I had to choose a favorite, I'd have to pick Zeke Stargazing By: Rachel Kimbrough which is about a brother and sister who want to give their mother something she loves for Christmas and it goes horribly awry.
So, if you like your stories with a dash of hot sauce or stories that might make you a little queasy after reading them, then I suggest you pick up this zine and give it a chance. I'm glad I did and look forward to reading more issues in the future for sure.(less)
My boyfriend's mom recommended the movie, and while I was doing research on the title, I came across this story and decided to read it first to see if...moreMy boyfriend's mom recommended the movie, and while I was doing research on the title, I came across this story and decided to read it first to see if I would enjoy it. The story is certainly sci-fi and ahead of its time. The story is heavily psyhonalitical (a psychological and psychotherapeutic theory first laid out by Sigmund Freud in the 19th Century) and poses questions regarding children's development, in particular how they learn. I liked the symbology of the story and how "Through The Looking Glass" gave insight into this new learning style X, that is very different from the Euclid theory that all the adults in the story have been conditioned to. I am very interested in watching the movie to see how it's different from the original story, which I will report on later.
So, I finally got around to watching the movie and I wasn't really surprised that they changed the story line quite a bit from the original story, but it was a pretty good movie none the less. Basically, they "happied-up" the ending in true Hollywood fashion, added some environmental aspects, and changed the psychological aspects to mental/psychic abilities. However, I would recommend reading the original story and then watch the movie, as they both are great and interesting in their own unique ways.(less)
Did you know that before Voltaire ever sat down to pen his famous book, Candide he went on space adventures that went horribly awry, wielded a cleaver...moreDid you know that before Voltaire ever sat down to pen his famous book, Candide he went on space adventures that went horribly awry, wielded a cleaver (which he didn't have in 1484), and enjoyed a good game of Skip Bo?
If you didn't know that, then you must pick up this book immediately! It makes fun of Voltaire's endless use of dialogue, his use of a rambling narrative arc, plot holes, and philosophy - which is dependent on random strings of words and double meanings.
Oh, and for the females out there, Voltaire has an interesting adventure with the wonderful Jane Eyre, which I really enjoyed.
This book definitely "took my mind off the screaming hell that is reality," so I am eternally grateful to the author that penned this bizarre tome, and to Arthur for sending it to my kindle to be devoured with cream sauce in between doctors appointments, while I'm trying to heal my leg after being hit by a car.(less)
My friend Betsy just moved into her new home and she needed to purchase a new refrigerator because the one that came with the house was disgu...more3.5 stars
My friend Betsy just moved into her new home and she needed to purchase a new refrigerator because the one that came with the house was disgusting beyond cleaning belief. So, she went to the store and asked the clerk if they had a fridge that she could just plug into the outlet and it would start working, nothing fancy because she didn't need it. Well it turns out, according to Betsy, that they don't make fridges without bells and whistles any more. The one she ended up buying came with a 500 page manual and when she couldn't get it programmed properly the first time, she had to actually read the instructions. Three hours later, she sighed and said "I think it would be easier if they just made a web enabled fridge." I said, "be careful what you wish for," and proceeded to tell her about this story:
It's a satire on how dependent we've become on technology, especially the Internet. Our lives are lived out on Tumbler, Facebook, Twitter. It's impossible not to have an Internet persona these days. However, what would happen if the Internet went down for an undisclosed amount of time, due to a higher being called Zathir, that communicates through your web-enabled fridge in different but effective fonts, took over? How would you react? Would you turn into a zombie or would you make the most of it and try to have an adventure?
My favorite character in this one was Lyca. She loves to read and makes the most out of the mess. She's the one that handles the situation the best and isn't annoying like some of the other characters.
While, this book had its moments of being funny, I wanted more, especially at the end.
All in all, a fun satirical journey that is a must read for anyone and everyone who uses or comes in contact with technology on a regular basis.(less)
Even though I died numerous times, I still enjoyed this book. I thought the Choose You...moreQ: How many ways can a zombie kill you?
A: Way too many to count.
Even though I died numerous times, I still enjoyed this book. I thought the Choose Your Own Adventure format worked well as an e-book, and all the links took me where they were supposed to go - or at the very least, somewhere else that was totally unexpected. I would recommend this one to all my friends who enjoy zombie tales and if/when the Zombiepocalpse occurs, I wouldn't want to leave home without it. You never know when some red neck tactics could save your life, even if it can't help your soul.(less)
Ok, so you've been infected with the z-virus and you've reanimated into a zombie, now what?
Pick up this guide my shambling friends and it will let you...moreOk, so you've been infected with the z-virus and you've reanimated into a zombie, now what?
Pick up this guide my shambling friends and it will let you know how many brains you will need to consume so you don't decompose too rapidly, how to attack humans successfully so that you too can spread your infection and wipe out as many breathers as zombie possible, and how to get out of the tough situations you're bound to find yourself in.
This manual is full of great knowledge, as well as humor, and I learned a thing or two about zombification that I didn't know before. For instance - did you know zombies can projectile vomit up to six or seven feet and spread the z-virus that way? Neither did I until I read this book. Now I'm wondering why they never show that on Walking Dead It would definitely add a new element of surprise to the breathers that are left.
However, now that I know what it means to be a zombie, I am no longer afraid and if I ever become one I will know exactly what to do - keep on shambling around as much as possible, attack, and spread the z-virus through projectiles whenever possible. (less)
4 stars for the message of this book. I really liked what the author was getting at in this one regarding the socio-political commentary and I tend to...more4 stars for the message of this book. I really liked what the author was getting at in this one regarding the socio-political commentary and I tend to agree with a lot of what he had to say.
3 stars for the book as a whole. I really got into the first part. I thought that section was pretty stellar writing-wise, and I read through it fast. However, the other parts didn't really go together too well for me, and I felt as if the message of the book was being beaten over my head repeatedly throughout the rest, saying 'come on and get it, don't ya get it?' and I at times I was yelling at my kindle saying 'I DO get it, you can stop now, thank you very much.' As you can tell I love a book with subtleties and metaphors more so then message beatings. Plus, there could of been a lot more editing and shortening of certain parts, especially at the end.
All in all, an interesting read where the first part is much better then the other parts, but I do thank Lizzie for recommending this one to me because I probably wouldn't of discovered it on my own.(less)
No! This cannot be the end of the Parasol Protectorate. NO! NO! NO!
This honestly was one series I really enjoyed because I was compelled to read all...moreNo! This cannot be the end of the Parasol Protectorate. NO! NO! NO!
This honestly was one series I really enjoyed because I was compelled to read all the books and loved every minute of the hilarious adventures. That's why I refuse to believe it is over.
In this one Alexia finds herself in Egypt to investigate the God-Breaker's Plague that's hurting supernaturals all over and encounters some very interestingly disturbing occurrences. Prudence, Ivy and Biffy were the characters that really made me love this book all the more. Oh yeah and when the Gastropod comes into the picture was when the story got to the point where I couldn't put it down, even though The Tunstell's play was highly entertaining at the beginning of the story as well.
My only beef with the book was how nicely it ended. All the story lines were wrapped up complete with a bow and a skull pin to hold it in place. I understand why Gail Carriger did it this way, but I still wanted to hope that there'd be a story line with an open ending in hopes of another one, but alas, it didn't turn out that way.
Anyways, a really remarkable series that captured my attention and imagination. Even if Gail Carriger doesn't write another one in this series, I can't wait to read more of her works in the future!(less)
This has been the best book in the series thus far!
In Heartless Alexia is very pregnant with the infant inconvenience and is waddling around....more4.5 stars
This has been the best book in the series thus far!
In Heartless Alexia is very pregnant with the infant inconvenience and is waddling around. However, just because she's in this dirigeable state doesn't mean she won't have any adventures, oh contraire my dears, oh contraire!
A ghost shows herself to Alexia, which is strange considering she is peternatural, and warns 'Alexia Macaroon', that some one wants to kill the queen.
Because of the pregnancy hormones, it takes Alexia a while to figure out which queen the ghost is talking about, but once she puts the puzzle pieces together; thus the adventure begins.
This adventure leads to a very interesting and unexpected end, in which a lot of major revelations are revealed about characters I have grown to know and love throughout this series. I loved the back stories and Madame Lefoux's octomaton carnage resulted in a very unexpected twist.
The story ends with a cliff hanger and I cannot wait to travel onto Timeless to see how it's all going to end.(less)
**spoiler alert** I finished this on the plane, complete with tears and snot. This is the story of my generation and something future generations I th...more**spoiler alert** I finished this on the plane, complete with tears and snot. This is the story of my generation and something future generations I think will be able relate to as well. Generations X, Y, Z - unknown, lost, full of loss, and anger. Still angry to this day, indeed. Sex, drugs, rock n roll, and suicide are prevelant themes through out this story.
The narrative is told in third person, which is a challenging format to write in, but for this story it actually worked out fantastically well! The last book I read in third person and really enjoyed was Anna Karenina, so this is saying a lot.
The characters I could really relate to the most were Bridget aka Bri Da B, Jeremy, and Thomas, in that order. Bridget and Thomas are brother and sister. Bridget is very artistic. She likes to paint, play her keyboard, and come up with raps. Bri Da B is her alter ego. Thomas is also artistic. He plays drums, because it is the one instrument that is designed to annoy. Neither one can relate to their parents, and their parents have a hard time relating to them, as well. Both have a lot to work out with themselves. Jeremy is the bass player in the same band Thomas plays drums for, The Latterday Saints. As a band they performed the shortest gig ever in the basement of the church, but it's one that everyone who was present fondly remembers. Soon after this iconic performance Thomas discovers he has genital warts. He got it from the only person he's ever slept with, Jackie. Jackie is a strange character. She's only in the book for a short amount of time and as a reader, she's the one character I'd like to know more about. Anyways, after this, Thomas is understandably upset and depressed. He then goes into his parents room, pulls out the gun, and blows his head off. Bridget is the one to find him and the way she describes this moment is both lovely in it's clinical details and emotionally heart wrenching. However, this moment, allows Jeremy to tell Bridget his secrets after the funeral, and they are forever friends. This is the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, so to speak.
I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, but I'm really glad I did, since I really enjoyed it. This is William Dickerson's first novel, but I really hope it won't be his last.(less)
I keep trying to write this review with a straight face and I cannot do it. My face keeps breaking into a spontaneous smile from which laughter ensues...moreI keep trying to write this review with a straight face and I cannot do it. My face keeps breaking into a spontaneous smile from which laughter ensues. I keep wondering how in the heck I will convey this book, to you dear reader, to which you have probably not had the pleasure of reading, but should (and if you already have read this one, well then, you'll probably be able to follow this patchwork quilt of a review better than most).
Arthur Graham has crafted a wonderful fable-like adventure that evokes the absurdity and alienation of existence with intelligence and boat loads of depraved graphic humor. The only way I can describe it is: if this book were a visual artist, Dali, would be its name. Now mash that up with They Live (a wonderful John Carpenter movie), Hunter S. Thompson, The Doors, and hopefully you can sort of visualize as to what I'm getting at here, hopefully.
What I can say with a straight face is that book will never let you down. If it starts to get boring, something ridiculous occurs or is said. As is written in the book itself, "All things begin and end with either an action or utterance."
The story begins horrifically, in a way that is quite believable, and then morphs it into a bizarre story that is being worked together by an editor, who really wants to be a writer, for his client. However, when I started to wonder how the heck all these pieces were going to fit together, I was surprised by the ending, in which everything is pulled tightly to make sense.
So, if you want to go on a 31st Century adventure, in which anything can occur, and a lot of unbelievable things do, pick up a copy of this book today. I don't think you'll be disappointed. At least I hope not. (less)
Steve Lowe has done it again folks! This book was wildly inappropriate, original, and bleeping hilarious!
I don't want to give too much away, for thos...moreSteve Lowe has done it again folks! This book was wildly inappropriate, original, and bleeping hilarious!
I don't want to give too much away, for those of you who have not read it and would want to, but I feel a little bit of plot summary is in order. The premise of this one is a reality TV game show in which ten contestants compete in a sexcathalon for the million dollar prize. It starts off innocently enough with a golden shower, and then literally goes down hill from there.
My favorite part was the alligator f**k house. I have never laughed so hard and did you know that coffee (even iced coffee) hurts when coming out your nose? I then had to share this part with all of my friends and they too thought it was hysterical.
Also, my favorite character was Mongo, Dennis's filmographer. He's of a dubious Russian/Checz descent, has a creepy smile, and adds a lot of humor to the situations Dennis finds himself in. Oh, and Pauline (how could I forget about her) she's my favorite female character. If you read the book, you'll find out why.
Steve, if you're cool with it, my musical friends and I would like to write the theme song to this book. We don't have anything concrete yet, but we're working on it.
I really wish that this book was available when I graduated from college. I think I suffered a lot of financial mishaps from the time I gradu...more3.5 stars
I really wish that this book was available when I graduated from college. I think I suffered a lot of financial mishaps from the time I graduated until now, that could of been avoided completely, had I been more knowledgable.
The best thing I ever did for myself financially, was listen to my economics teacher in high school, and opened up a Roth IRA when I was 16 with my very first paycheck. Ever since then I've been putting a bit of my savings in this account every year. This and contributing to my 401k at work have helped me inch closer to a healthy retirement fund.
However, I have also been trying to get out from under my credit card debt this past year. For a while, I had rely on my credit card for living expenses; before I became established (so to speak), but now that I'm making a decent paycheck, I feel happier that I'm making progress to get out from under 'the heaping mound of debt' once and for all. Once this is done, I'm only going to own one credit card and plan on not using it very much, if at all.
Oh, and then there's the mishap that still sticks to me, like a thorn in my side. My first roomate I had when I moved to Chicago, was a friend from college who wasn't financially responsible at all. Only I didn't know this until I had to disconnect our home phone line because we were being swamped with messages from debt collectors calling all hours of the day and night. Then, on top of that, she just upped and went back home unannounced, leaving me with 6 months of unpaid rent. So, I emailed her and told her how upset I was about the situation, and she ignored me completely. It wasn't until I had to contact my parents and have our family lawyer write her a nasty gram about how I'd take her to court if she didn't pay the landlord her of her part of the rent, so I could get my deposit back in order to move elsewhere, that I actaully heard from her again. Let's just say we aren't friends anymore. However, this whole scenario could of been avoided if I knew how important it was to run a credit check, before we signed a lease together.
This year, my youngest cousin graduated from high school, so I bought him a copy of this book and told him that it's a very good, down to earth read that will help him navigate through a lot of financial things, that if left unknown, could cause a lot of unnecessary stress later on in his life. My only hope is that he will read it, absorb it, and be better financially then I was at his age.(less)