I just wanted to state here that I was given a copy of this digital zine in exchange for an honest review. I have reviewed other issues of this journaI just wanted to state here that I was given a copy of this digital zine in exchange for an honest review. I have reviewed other issues of this journal here on GoodReads as well. This review is a home for my personal opinions and in no way is a reflection on the literary magazine itself, Amazon, nor GoodReads.
Now, onto the review:
I really enjoy being a lounge lizard on the few and far days I have to myself. I only need to be outdoors with my sunglasses, sunscreen, a large cup of iced tea, a comfy chair, and a good read, to make me a happy camper.
I must admit here that this literary journal gets better with each issue I read. Don't get me wrong, I liked the last issue, but I REALLY enjoyed this issue. To me the overarching theme was the tenaciousness of life, and something that I can personally relate to. This year alone, I feel I have undergone far more personal transformations, then any year past, so far. Some were good decisions, others not so much, and some were totally out of my control. So, reading about characters just trying to stay afloat when their inner and outer selves clash and/or their hopes and dreams are smashed by their own doing or circumstances beyond their control, was kind of cathartic for me in a lot of ways.
This issue is jam packed with a ton of well written short stories. I just wanted to take a minute and tell you the titles that stood out for me:
- Ayesha Miller - Floaters - Swimming With The Sharks - Oddly Precious Melancholy - Dog Days and Wet Dreams - Best Work - On Bread Alone
I liked these stories the best because they all featured very flawed characters, and I am a sucker for realistic characters that may or may not reach their desired conclusions. So, if you enjoy these kinds of stories as well, pick up this issue. It just might be the kind of writing you've been looking to read.
I also enjoyed the poems more in this one as well, as they had a more narrative flow. The two poetry titles that stood out for me were:
- Lightnin' Hopkins Emerges from the Woods at Mooresville, IN - Todd's Mom
From the first line I was hooked and it only got better from there. For example, the opening line of Todd's Mom is: "She smelled like Dr. Pepper..."
Finally, what's not to like about interesting art work? The featured artist, Justin Duerr, not only has the coolest bio, but his artwork, especially the ones in full color, were so intricate and amazing, I couldn't help but keep flipping back and looking at them throughout the reading process.
All in all, if you're looking for a good "beach" read, you will NOT find it here, but if you are looking for well written material that you can get lost in within a space of a day or two, you've come to the right place. I can't wait to see what the brain children behind this literary journal will come up with next.
I haven't read a really good horror/suspense novel in a long time, but I'm glad I chose this, as the4.5 stars
This is book 4 of my big book challenge.
I haven't read a really good horror/suspense novel in a long time, but I'm glad I chose this, as the writing was well done, the characters were interesting, and it definitely had some surprising twists and turns.
This is one of those books, which you should just pick up and dive right into without knowing too much about, as knowing too much about the plot could ruin a lot of the surprises, and that wouldn't be too fun, now would it?...more
When I started this book, I thought that I would take it slow, read and savor every single story; but then after rOne hundred million gazillion stars!
When I started this book, I thought that I would take it slow, read and savor every single story; but then after reading just the first four stories, I said 'fuck it,' and devoured the rest in one sitting. Then I had such a huge giggle fit, that my head exploded and this is all that's left:
P.s. You must buy this one in physical book form as each story is color coded and when it's closed it forms a rainbow, which is just fantastically brilliant. That is all....more
The Goldfinch has a solid three star plot-line, in which the main character, Theo Decker, has a fantastic interior life; which isn't always explored fThe Goldfinch has a solid three star plot-line, in which the main character, Theo Decker, has a fantastic interior life; which isn't always explored fully in shorter novels, and why I'm giving it the two extra stars it deserves.
There's no doubt in my mind that Donna Tartt is a brilliant genius and one of the most descriptive authors of our strange and wonderful time, as the descriptions throughout this book became more important to me, than even the plot itself. I would highly recommend this story to courageous readers who love long, in depth descriptions, with philosophic ramblings.
It is most certainly a time consuming book, but if you have the time to get lost, this one is a great pick. I'm only worried that the other big books on my list for this year, might pale in comparison to this one, but time will tell, won't it?
Up next: I'm going to tackle my other favorite author, Haruki Murakami, and his big book IQ84. This is broken up into three sections, so expect three exciting updates and then my original review. Happy reading everyone, until next time!
If you enjoyed Mr. Gibbs first book, you will most likely enjoy this one as well.
This tome was very well penned, [and in fact I thought it read betteIf you enjoyed Mr. Gibbs first book, you will most likely enjoy this one as well.
This tome was very well penned, [and in fact I thought it read better than the first one, since it seemed more edited and less repetitious; but this is just my humble opinion - which should not reflect in any which way on the author himself, nor on the sales of the book itself] which for this reason alone you should reserve your e-copy right away.
While I enjoyed the adventure with Gatsby, I thought Voltaire's adventures on Venus took the cake, and of course Happy Sally was my favorite character.
All in all, another smart and hilarious ride into the unknown, that just might make you want to give your first born wombat to the author himself, as payment for such an interesting mind trip. There you have been warned!...more
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed ALL of Carriger's books up to this one. I had a lot of trouble finishing it and couldn't put my finger on why, untiI have read and thoroughly enjoyed ALL of Carriger's books up to this one. I had a lot of trouble finishing it and couldn't put my finger on why, until I read Eden's review, which is eloquently written and explains feelings that I had, but couldn't quite put my own words to. ...more
Ever since I was officially diagnosed with celiac disease, started cross-fit training, and generally had to do a lifestyle overhaul, Michelle Tam's blEver since I was officially diagnosed with celiac disease, started cross-fit training, and generally had to do a lifestyle overhaul, Michelle Tam's blog and now her amazing cookbook and iPad app, have been by my side. She's my go to gal for all things Paleo. She makes cooking fun and shows that it doesn't have to be very time consuming at all. Her recipes are easy to follow, look amazing, and taste delicious. I have even surprised guests. Don't take my word for it though, check it out for yourself, you just might be amazed....more
I was looking for a Christmas tale, when I came across this one. Since it was written by Wally Lamb, I thought I'd give it a go, as I really enjoyed sI was looking for a Christmas tale, when I came across this one. Since it was written by Wally Lamb, I thought I'd give it a go, as I really enjoyed some of his other books. This one was different than his other works, in that it was more light-hearted. However, it failed to wow me.
It really didn't have a plot to speak of and it was written in way that's meant to make you feel nostalgic for a different era, but failed. Instead I felt as if I was being beaten over the head, with the writing saying: 'see how quirky and loveable people used to be?' Ugh, sorry, so not for me.
The only redeeming quality for me was that it was a quick read.
This is just my opinion, and I can see that others have read and enjoyed it, quite a bit. I'm going to recommend this to my mom, since she grew up in 1964 and probably could relate to the characters better. I would also recommend this one to anyone who has a funny play story or had to deal with catholic school, then you too might find this one enjoyable as well.
Anyways, regardless of liking or not liking this book, I wish you all a very happy Holiday season! Cheers....more
**spoiler alert** Disappearing Has Never Been So Much Fun!
It's the busiest time of the year, so I decided to forego all my expected obligations, and**spoiler alert** Disappearing Has Never Been So Much Fun!
It's the busiest time of the year, so I decided to forego all my expected obligations, and sat down with this delightful read instead. I'm really glad I did because this was just what I needed!
This was one of those rare books that spoke to me through it's wonderfully flawed adult characters (hint everyone's KRAZY in his or her own unique ways!) and made me LOVE the narrator Bee, who's adventerous, intellegent, and comes to her own conclusions about the chaos that swirls around her on a daily basis.
I also really liked how the book was laid out. The information comes to the reader via emails, letters, logs, and confidential FBI documents that Bee has collected to form her version of the book. Brilliant on Maria Semple's part for letting the reader connect with Bee from the beginning, as well as, to set the stage for the mystery; the disappearance of Bee's mom, Bernadette.
Bernadette's fabulous too! She's the kind of person I could be friends with. She comes across as being flaky, but in reality, she's brilliant. She's the most influential architect no one's ever heard of, since she's constantly disappearing in different ways throughout the book. It takes courage for Bernadette to go on the Antarctic voyage by herself, in order to come back around to appearing again, for Bee, as well as herself, by putting the experience in her own words for perspective at the end.
Highly recommended for readers who have wished to disappear (either literally or figuratively), have relocated or even stayed put geographically but had to adjust to a new way of life, have called into question their sanity, have felt like an outsider, or are just looking for a fun and hilarious read that's different; then this book is for you!
I leave you now with some breath taking views of Antarctica that can be viewed on my BookLikes page:
This book has it all - mystery, time travel, adventure, interesting characters, fantastically strange pictures, and wonderfully descriptive writing -This book has it all - mystery, time travel, adventure, interesting characters, fantastically strange pictures, and wonderfully descriptive writing - that immersed me fully while reading.
I must admit, that this was a great book to curl up with on freezing winter days and nights like we're experiencing now, in order to awaken to a new secret world, full of surprises.
The only thing I was disappointed by was how it ended. However, after reading the conversation with the author (that this edition had in the back), he mentions that he's hard at work on a second novel, in order to make it more of a series. This will be available January 14, 2014. I cannot wait to read it, as I enjoyed this one so much.
All in all, a smart and fun romp in the young adult genre, that every peculiar person should read....more
This book was excellently researched and well written, but at the same time it made me extremely sad. I have been an active member since 2009 and haveThis book was excellently researched and well written, but at the same time it made me extremely sad. I have been an active member since 2009 and have met a lot of awesome people - readers, authors, bloggers, publishers - some that I have met in person (which have turned into good personal friends in real life), and others that I have not met yet, but we all share one thing in common - our LOVE of reading.
Reading is such a subjective thing, which is exactly why it's so wonderful. Everyone has an opinion and is entitled to it for better or worse. I don't think anyone's reviews should be censored or removed because it's considered "off-topic", or talks about an author in a negative way. Neither should someone have the administrative power to delete shelves, since the naming of this convention is a very personal matter.
Quite frankly, here in the United States, it's a violation of our first amendment rights. We have freedom of speech, and we should not take this liberty lightly. I'm glad to see that so many people have written in on this topic and together I believe we can make a difference by standing strong and making our collective voice heard.
It's certainly a 'Brave New World' out here on the interwebz and I'm not so sure I like or agree with it (which is why I'm not as active of a librarian as I once was), but I'm certainly glad for the chance to connect with others, share opinions (especially conflicting ones), and grow as a reader, thinker, and writer. I wouldn't of had the courage to get on the writing path, like I have recently without your support and encouragement, and for that I thank you all with tears in my eyes.
I am a little late to all of this, and it's amazing to me to see how in a blink of an eye everything has changed. In my real life I was hit by a car while walking, and it's been a long and slow recovery process. My lifeline has been reading my GR friends updates, reading good books in general, and writing in reflection on all that has happened.
I don't do a lot of social networking, and the stuff I do choose to put out there is chosen very carefully. I chose GR because it was a great way to keep track of my never ending to read list, discover new content that I probably would of never found otherwise, and to exercise my writing muscles. I don't want to leave GR because I still have some cool peeps to follow, but that number is getting smaller and smaller everyday, which makes me very sad and angry. However, if I do eventually decide to leave, I now know how to transfer my reviews into a document that I can take elsewhere, but I really hope It won't get to that point. I hope GR gets their collective heads out of their a$$e$ and realizes that losing good people is more detrimental to their business model then making a profit.
I won't hold my breath because I might turn blue in the process, but I thank you all for being your awesome selves, and letting me get up on my soapbox for a minute to share my thoughts on this subject. I'm done now. Please resume with your daily activities....more