200 pages of wibbling about whether to be a doctor, 100 pages of wibbling about whether everyone thinks he's a good doctor or not. Along the way he se200 pages of wibbling about whether to be a doctor, 100 pages of wibbling about whether everyone thinks he's a good doctor or not. Along the way he seems pretty terrible at doctoring. ...more
Probably a great set of advice for people just starting out in radio/podcast production, but I found that a lot of the advice you would pick up alongProbably a great set of advice for people just starting out in radio/podcast production, but I found that a lot of the advice you would pick up along the way of actually doing radio/podcast production, actually making stories. I also found the graphic novel format distracting; I wanted to learn new things but largely didn't, and the panels were all panels of people making radio. Spoiler: that's not visually exciting, at least in this context. It was 99% panels of people sitting around in story meetings. Also the name-dropping. Oy, the name-dropping.
tldr; Make radio instead of reading this book....more
Confusing weather, inadequate descriptions and a too-pat ending suck all the joy out of what could have been an interesting Canadian police proceduralConfusing weather, inadequate descriptions and a too-pat ending suck all the joy out of what could have been an interesting Canadian police procedural....more
Because honestly, who decides to visit Southeast Asia without taking any kind of anti-malarials, either as a pre-trip precaution or as ongoing prophylaxis? Who free-climbs a 5.9 while angry and focused on your dayjob? Who takes a shortcut through the woods at night during an icestorm? Who deliberately swims outside a swimming net during Australia's high-jellyfish season?
The people in this book do, that's who.
The short, illustrative vignettes create, in all but one case, memorable characters with tiny, abbreviated (but interesting) lives, around which Stark weaves a whole lot of medical science, history and geography. There's just enough detail here to keep a layperson interested, while providing an intriguing amount of backstory on the perils of scuba diving, heatstroke, hypothermia, free climbing, malaria, dehydration, drowning and a couple other outdoorsy pursuits. It helps that you know the outcome of each story so you don't get invested in the characters, but they're still remarkably detailed.
Four stars for the first 150 pages, wherein our heroine, who is terrified of sailboats, accepts a freelance assigA locked-boat mystery! Inconceivable!
Four stars for the first 150 pages, wherein our heroine, who is terrified of sailboats, accepts a freelance assignment on a great big dirty yacht. Fun fact: my sister and I are both terrified of sailing, due to an early childhood incident where we were dragged out on the San Francisco Bay on a family friend's very small yacht during choppy choppy seas. So I felt Cat's pain.
And the author does a fantastically detailed job having all the characters not just explain sailing and yacht-parts, but actually having Cat experience the different parts of sailing: the getting underway, the picking up wind, when to use a motor, and of course, choppy choppy seas, with the part of the sea being played by Lake Michigan. It's so detailed that if, for example, you happened to need to bone up quickly on boating for writing fanfic in a boat-heavy fandom, this book would be invaluable.
But, at about the 150-page mark, the sailing trip is becalmed, as alas, is the plot. From thereon out it was pure drudge, culminating in a method of pre-meditated murder so bizarre and farfetched that it makes exactly no sense at all, matched only in its unbelievableness by the identity of the killer.
The family friend who introduced my family to the joys of sailing, btw, was lost at sea with his boat in that same San Francisco Bay about 10 years after our trip, so I maintain my sister and I were onto something with all the screaming and crying....more