Felicia Day is an internet icon. She's an actor, writer, and all-around content creator. She is also known fFrom my blog http://serialdistractions.com
Felicia Day is an internet icon. She's an actor, writer, and all-around content creator. She is also known for her work outside of the web on such shows as Eureka, Supernatural, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She's truly a powerhouse of talent and personality. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is her memoir. It details her unusual childhood, her entry into early online life, her experience as a violin prodigy, the creation of her hit web series The Guild, and her subsequent internet stardom and the fallout of that experience.
Felicia (I feel like I'm on a first-name basis with her) tells her story with her signature quirky personality and sense of humor. But what sets this book apart is the sincere vulnerability that she lays bare on the page. The anxiety and angst of her struggle as an actress and nascent screenwriter; the crippling depression and anxiety that she experiences as she runs her new multimedia company on her own terms; all of this is shared with humor, but with surprising candor. Where one may expect an fluff piece filled with empty platitudes of "I can do it, you can do it, too," Felicia is actually inspirational in that she shares that her journey was hard and recognizes that fact. But because of her journey, she knows that, yes, if she can overcome what she has, you can succeed, too.
So, yes, this is a humorous book, but it is also genuine, heartfelt, and an inspiration. The chapters in which Felicia talks about her breakdown managing the Geek and Sundry network and in which she breaks down the #GamerGate controversy are especially stirring. While she shies away from it, this book solidifies the claim that the title "Queen of the Geeks" is a title well-earned. ...more
Jenny Lawson has been entertaining folks on the internet with her delightfully askew view of life through hFrom my blog: http://serialdistractions.com
Jenny Lawson has been entertaining folks on the internet with her delightfully askew view of life through her blog as "The Bloggess" and off the grid with her first collection of essays Let's Pretend This Never Happened. Furiously Happy is her second book and focuses on her new philosophy, that when the universe decides to be a complete asshat, respond by being completely, vehemently, furiously, happy--out of spite.
The subtitle of the book notes that it is "A Funny Book About Horrible Things"--which is true. Lawson suffers from several mental illnesses and is candid about her struggles with them--hilariously candid about them. The book is a collection of vignettes--mostly misadventures--with her CPA, her therapists, her best friends, her long-suffering husband Victor, all detailing her attempts to grab life by the cajones and live up to her new mantra. One highlight of the book is the trip to Australia she takes with a friend and the attempts to take a picture with a koala while wearing a koala suit.
While the book is hilarious, her struggle with mental illness is very real and poignant. Especially touching is the book's epilogue. As someone who struggles with depression, I found it particularly touching and real.
In conclusion, if you haven't checked out Jenny Lawson, you really should. Check out her blog. Read her books. Be ready to laugh and have your perspective changed for the better. ...more
In this era of "Black Lives Matter" and concerns of increased police violence, it has become increasingly diFrom my blog http://serialdistractions.com
In this era of "Black Lives Matter" and concerns of increased police violence, it has become increasingly difficult to contextualize the American Dream with the reality of American Reality. The two cannot seem to be reconciled for people of color, whose reality is filled with injustices both large and small. In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates explains this state of affairs to his son in the context of the protection of the Black body and how it is been traded as the currency of so-called "progress" over the centuries of American history and continues to be at risk today.
Throughout this treatise, Coates speaks of the protection of that body from the Dreamers, those who follow the false idea of the American Dream, from those who would protect the false idea of "race", of whiteness and blackness, and those who would break that body to protect that dream. He speaks of the death of Prince Jones, a former classmate that galvanized his anger at the struggle. He has anger at the threat to his body, but not hatred. Righteous anger. And that's an important difference. This is what he wants to impart to his son--an eyes-wide-open attitude to race and to the struggle. Not hatred, but a realistic look at what is really going on and an attitude that will allow him to protect his precious body.
This is a profound book that needs to be read slowly and deeply to get its nuance. Its language is lyrical and resonant. Its message is deep and timely and transcendent. According to Toni Morrison, "This is required reading." I heartily agree. ...more
The Empire has suffered crippling defeats with the Battle of Endor and the loss of Emperor Palpatine and hiFrom my blog: http://serialdistractions.com
The Empire has suffered crippling defeats with the Battle of Endor and the loss of Emperor Palpatine and his Sith enforcer, Darth Vader. As it flounders, the fledgling New Republic struggles to establish itself as the force of order in the galaxy. Crucial battles have been won, but the war for galactic supremacy is far from over.
Meanwhile, above the backwater planet of Akiva on the Outer Rim, a clandestine gathering of powers assembles to decide the final fate of the Empire. Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles witnesses the gathering of Imperial Star Destroyers over the planet, but is taken captive before he is able to report the gathering to the New Republic leadership.
On the planet below, war-weary Rebel veteran Norra Wexley has returned to her home to claim her son, Temmin, whom she left to go fight for the Alliance cause. But when she intercepts a distress call from the beleaguered Captain Antilles, her plans are forcibly changed and she finds that her days as a freedom fighter are far from over. Thrown together with an Zabrak bounty hunter and a former Imperial loyalty officer, Norra finds that this new mission may not only test her resolve, but the resolve of the remains of Imperial power.
This inaugural novel of the new post-Return of the Jedi universe is an exciting, fun ride. Wendig (Blackbirds, Double Dead) keeps the pace brisk and the dialogue punchy. The novel is written in the present tense, which gives a sense of immediacy to the proceedings that could not be duplicated otherwise. The characters are complex and realistic, which is a neat trick with the breakneck speed of the plot. Further, the novel, set up in chapters with a series of "Interludes" that introduce events going on in other parts of the galaxy, does a good job of focusing on the story at hand while at the same time familiarizing the reader with the wider effects of the galactic struggle. In fact, Wendig does an impressive job of introducing realistic consequences of a war that is usually romanticized in the "space opera" setting.
Overall, Aftermath is a great adventure novel and an excellent introduction to the brave new world of the expanded Star Wars universe....more
Ever since their last heist went to hell, Anna Ruiz has been trying to hold her band of thieves together foFrom my blog: http://serialdistractions.com
Ever since their last heist went to hell, Anna Ruiz has been trying to hold her band of thieves together for the sake of her best friend, Karyn Ames. Karyn is lost in an hallucinogenic hell of prophetic visions and the gang is in the clutches of Enoch Sobell, underworld kingpin and arcane sorcerer. Anna is desperate to find a cure for Karyn and a way out for her friends, but neither seem to be near at hand. And Sobell’s machinations may just have gotten them in over their heads–again.
In this sequel to the Schultz’s previous entry, Premonitions, the stakes are higher and the tone is decidedly darker. With graphic depictions of the price and results of dark magic and the dramatic toll it takes on one’s sanity, Splintered definitely delves more into horror than its predecessor, but that is no criticism. Schultz handles these scenes with a deft hand and leaves a chill down the spine. Further, as he did in the first book, he handles the action with an equally adept skill. All of the supporting characters get a chance to shine and are well-developed, allowing us to get the know them even more than we did from the first novel in the series.
Overall, Splintered, is a very satisfying entry in Arcane Underworld series. ...more