Despite this being a post-apocalyptic story, a genre I tend to enjoy, I avoided reading it for a long time because I thought it was going to some supeDespite this being a post-apocalyptic story, a genre I tend to enjoy, I avoided reading it for a long time because I thought it was going to some super Shakespeare-heavy book. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, maybe the whole thing written in Shakespearian English? Spoiler alert: it’s not.
Short version of the story: the world goes to hell after a new type of virus kills off most of humankind. We see the world, both before and after, through the eyes of various characters. At first the shifting timelines were confusing, but I got used to it pretty quickly.
If I had to pick, I’d say the main character of the book is Kirsten, a young woman who’s part of the Traveling Symphony, a group of musicians and actors that travel around between small towns (really just small groups of people), performing music and Shakespeare’s plays. Their motto, taken from Star Trek, is: “Because survival is insufficient.” I love this. It’s not enough just to survive – you have to live, you have to have some meaning, some point, to your life. This theme is suffused throughout the entire book, even in the parts that happened before the world ended (even in the negative parts). And I’m just beginning to realize that as I type this review.
And here is my favorite quote, which is probably not a surprise to people who know me (and why I tend to enjoy post-apocalyptic stories): The beauty of this world where almost everyone was gone. If hell is other people, what is a world with almost no people in it?
For a better, more in-depth review, I suggest you check out Karen’s here....more
I originally read this as an ebook so I waited till I saw the physical book to review it. I’ve found that any book that involves art incorporated in aI originally read this as an ebook so I waited till I saw the physical book to review it. I’ve found that any book that involves art incorporated in any way always works better as a physical book than the ebook version. This was certainly true here though this worked better in ebook than other art/illustration books I've come across because a large part is text.
This was a cute story of a lost cat that turns up again after a couple months (weeks?) and the lengths his owner (and her girlfriend) went to figuring out what had happened to the cat during the time he’d been gone. It turns out to be more than just the story of the cat. And of course, Wendy MacNaughton’s illustrations are great, as always.
I think this cliched quote sums it up: If you love something, let it go. If it comes back, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it was never yours to begin with....more
Ugh, 2015. In most other ways, 2015 was a great year. I moved to a new city, started a new job in non-profit, and had awesome adventures. Unfortunatel
Ugh, 2015. In most other ways, 2015 was a great year. I moved to a new city, started a new job in non-profit, and had awesome adventures. Unfortunately, all that had a negative impact on my book reading for the year.
My goal, as it has been the past few years, was 50 books. A few months before the end of the year, I knew there was no way I would make it, so I changed it to 40. Then maybe a month or month and a half ago, it went down again to 30. Alas, a few days ago even that goal was going to be tight. And on NYE, I changed the goal again to 25 (because I hate to see the goal not met - I know that's cheating but I don't care). Sigh.
If magazine/online articles counted for pages read, I'd have blown through that pages read number to include a bunch more books, considering the average page count per book I read this year was 250.
I've set the goal for this year and it's back to 50. Fingers crossed!...more
You may have seen some of Sarah Andersen’s comics if you’ve been on Tumblr. Really cute, funny book of comics about being an adult. Or more accuratelyYou may have seen some of Sarah Andersen’s comics if you’ve been on Tumblr. Really cute, funny book of comics about being an adult. Or more accurately, starting out in the adult world. Someone recently out of college and starting to work would probably relate the most with most of these, but there were definitely a few that were right up my alley.
I think the overall point is that there’s no right way to be an adult, despite what many “real adults”, self-help books, or online articles may have you believe.
Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more