I think it's one of those stories where the idea was more fruitful than the actual work. Great pop culture references came out of this story...not mu I think it's one of those stories where the idea was more fruitful than the actual work. Great pop culture references came out of this story...not much to say for the orginal though....more
Such a cute little story. This is what happens to all the characters from Ghost World. They grow up, get divorced and then lead pathetic but kind of aSuch a cute little story. This is what happens to all the characters from Ghost World. They grow up, get divorced and then lead pathetic but kind of adorable lives....more
Dude who runs the hobbie shop said this was his favourite comic ever. That's high praise for a major nerd! Plus he gave me a discount. Sweet!
Dec. 25,Dude who runs the hobbie shop said this was his favourite comic ever. That's high praise for a major nerd! Plus he gave me a discount. Sweet!
Dec. 25, 2011
The ending to this book actually bumped it up from beige 3 star read to 4 stars. I expected so much more from this when I started it. The artwork is really whimsical, a perfect fit to the story. But as I read further and futher, I couldn't stand how pretentious the narrator was. Ugh! Get over yourself. Throughout the book, the narrator breaks the fourth wall to talk to his readers and in one of them he even mentions his worry that the readerrs will think he's prentious...that one made me laugh. This would have been one of my all time favourite comics if it weren't for the tone of the book.
But tone aside, it had a great story. Kind of a coming of age, but in space. Everything is better in space! My favourite character by far is the furry, chubaka-like, porn-loving companion of Moonshadow, Ira....more
Holy underrated book, Batman! I actually liked this one quite a bit more than Rebecca and the only thing keeping it from being five stars was that I kHoly underrated book, Batman! I actually liked this one quite a bit more than Rebecca and the only thing keeping it from being five stars was that I kept getting distracted by the weird choice for the book's narrator. This story followed the lives of three semi-related siblings, Niall, Maria, and Celia. All of them having at least one parent different from the other. The narrator appears to be either a conglomeration of all three siblings or an omnicient unnamed, unvoiced fourth sibling. A little wierd.
Otherwise, this was brilliant. I love that the senses play a huge roll in this. du Maurier's descriptions of smells, sights, and sounds, especially of music, are really lovely. The majority of the book is set in the 20's/30's via flashbacks from the three siblings to their youthful days. The three siblings themselves made for a really interesting story, their characters were very different from each other. And the thing that really bumped this book up in my opinion was how well tied together the plot was. The ending was phenominal and fit each character's personality to a tee. (view spoiler)[After only a short while, Maria comes to terms with her divorce, heads back onstage, and prompty moves onto the next chapter of her life, while Niall sets off in his sailboat for France, knowing that he probably won't make it and as the water starts seeping in he simply let's it all go. Perfect. (hide spoiler)]
For a book written in 1949, I thought there was an admirable amount of sex in the book too. Lots of affairs, divorces, illigitimate children, and a little pedophilia and cradle robbing to round it all out. All of it implied, but well implied with no room for doubts.
One of my favourite things about reading older books is picking up on dated science, or any other dated tidbits. My favourite from this one was a reference to Jupiter's two moons. Aren't they up to 60 or something now? Makes you look back and think about all the things we didn't know only 60 years ago. Like a mini lesson in the history of science!
On the other hand, the other reason I love classics is that some things never change. du Maurier makes a great comment about how children these days don't have any imagination, "An armchair is always an armchair, to the modern child, never a ship, never a desert island." That's been the opinion of every old person since the dawn of time. All it means is that you're too old for kids to let you into their imaginary worlds anymore.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Finished about half of this before it had to go back to the library. There were some interesting essays in here. And some pretty boring ones that I diFinished about half of this before it had to go back to the library. There were some interesting essays in here. And some pretty boring ones that I didn't understand as having anything to do with the theme rebel scientists (I'm looking at you Russia). Overall, it wasn't good enough that I feel the need to go take it out from the library again. And I did pull out a couple of the books mentioned in here that look a lot more interesting than this does!...more
Listening to this on audio is kind of like hanging out with an old man who likes to go on about the old days. What makes it awesome is that the old duListening to this on audio is kind of like hanging out with an old man who likes to go on about the old days. What makes it awesome is that the old dude is Keith Richards. Sure he goes on and on about every single detail of the Rolling Stones, and sometimes he forgets and says the same thing twice, or once you've heard one of his drug stories, you've kinda heard them all. But this is the way God intended old man stories to be. And this is what the fans want (says my Dad) so who am I to argue?
I will say he did a couple things brilliantly in this book. First, he didn't stick with childhood stories for too long. He would kinda jump and back and forth from the early years, to the Rolling Stones (the only reason people are reading this book), so that it kept everything flowing. And second, the early years that he did include were super interesting. For someone my age, it really gives you an idea of just how long these guys have been around. Reading about him growing up during the war, he's not talking about Vietnam, he's talking about WWII. Dude is OLD! Also, the early days of his music "education" are really great. Reading this, it feels like he knows just about every amazing musician there is on the planet.
All in all, Keith Richards is a cool dude!
Read mostly by Johnny Depp, who is the one person I would totally cheat on my boyfriend with. It was like having Johnny whisper sweet nothings in my ear for 25 hours. Mmmm...Johnny Depp.
Keith Richards also makes an appearance to read the last little bit of the book. Tres cool!...more
One of those rare completely awesome and completely random finds at a really cool bookstore (Lucky Comics). This is reproduction of Albertus Seba's spOne of those rare completely awesome and completely random finds at a really cool bookstore (Lucky Comics). This is reproduction of Albertus Seba's specimen drawings. It weighs about 15 pounds and is written in French, English and German, just in case I'm feeling particularly trilingual on any given day. There's no words for how kick ass the illustrations are. This will sit loud and proud on my coffee table for infinite perusing....more
Man, did I ever hate this book. Someone is paying this guy to visit one of the most beautiful countries in the world and all he can do is bitch and moMan, did I ever hate this book. Someone is paying this guy to visit one of the most beautiful countries in the world and all he can do is bitch and moan about it. I get that he's trying to be funny, but he comes off as a prentious douchebag instead. And it's particilarly in-your-face in his self-narrated audiobook. He speaks with quite a condescending tone, going on and on about how backwater everyone is and how quaint it is that they're all stuck in 1958.
(view spoiler)[For example, early on in the book, Bryson gets a chance to go boogie boarding in a gorgeos, ecologically diverse ocean. Instead of being so freaking excited that he's going to see some amazing sea creatures and plants, he whines about the "dangers" of rip tides, sharks, and poisonous jellyfish. As if he isn't on a super well funded tour with guides and zero need to worry about anything other than how awesome his life is.
Example two. Bryson is looking for something to eat. Instead of doing some research and finding somewhere interesting, unique, and Australian to eat, he decides to ask some teenagers on the side of the road where he can go to get some Italian or Thai food. There are so many reasons this is just wrong. Then when the teenagers inevitably tell him where the closest McDonald's or whatever is (they're fucking teenagers, what did you expect?) he actually blames the town for not having anywhere decent to eat!
Example three is just plain funny and shows how fake Bryson is. He ends up at a pet shop, that also happens to be a porn shop. Bryson goes on and on about how he's only checking out the back of the store to be thorough in his "research" and how he would never visit such a place in America. I'm onto you Bryson, they know by name at your local Adult Source. Admit it! (hide spoiler)]
So publishers of Bryson, if you're sick of the stupid, whiny, little bitch you hired and want someone who would be so happy to work for you for almost nothing if you will send me to beautiful places, then I'm your lady!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
As first book in the series this did just enough to make me want to get the second one. I haven't read any Burns before, but I'm liking his style so fAs first book in the series this did just enough to make me want to get the second one. I haven't read any Burns before, but I'm liking his style so far. It's creepy and original, but a little too angsty in some places. I'm hoping that the series will move away from the angst and go deeper into the weird.
The cover of this was what sold me on trying it. I was a huge Tintin fan and seeing the cover of L'Etoile Mysterieuse done in Burns' own style was awesome. You can see Herge's influence throughout the book too, especially in the dream sequences where the main character, Doug, looks like a Tintin version of himself.
Beautiful book of children’s short stories. I was worried I wouldn’t really love these as much as I usually love Gaiman’s writing since they’re writteBeautiful book of children’s short stories. I was worried I wouldn’t really love these as much as I usually love Gaiman’s writing since they’re written for a young audience, but that’s silly. I love everything Gaiman does.
My favourite story of the bunch was October in the Chair. All the months of the year have gathered for a storytelling session. October tells the story of a boy who runs away and meets a ghost. It’s amazingly sweet for such a sad story. And it was dedicated to Ray Bradbury, being a very Bradburyesque story itself. In the introduction, Gaiman mentioned that the book was named after Bradbury’s children’s books titled “R is for Rocket” and “S is for Spaceship”. A nice tribute.
Really, there wasn’t a story in here that I didn’t like, or love! ...more
This has been one of my favourite movies for ages now and it's about time I got around to reading it. I think the reason I love it so much is that itThis has been one of my favourite movies for ages now and it's about time I got around to reading it. I think the reason I love it so much is that it seems like such a plausible alien contact story. Like something that really could happen tomorrow. And that makes you think about what might be out there. On a day to day basis it seems stupid and silly to think about aliens, but once in a while something like this comes along and you think, "Oh yeah, that could totally happen!".
However, this isn't a science fiction book to read if you like action. It is definitely a book to read if you like long pages of exposition on how the world and the universe works and what it might be like if aliens ever made contact with us....more
Pros: 1. Front of the book is colour plates organized by Order. Really easy to flip through, find the bug you're looking for and then flip to the backPros: 1. Front of the book is colour plates organized by Order. Really easy to flip through, find the bug you're looking for and then flip to the back for more info. I also like that they've placed bugs that look like something else into the wrong order in plates section. If you see something that looks like a bee and check out the picture section, it's with the bees, but when you flip to the back to read about it, you'll realise it's a fly and part of the fly section. 2. Covers a good variety of bugs. Any guide on all of NA is going to be missing a lot, but this does a decent job of having, if not the actual species you're looking at, then at least the genus or family. I haven't come across anything that I couldn't at least hone in on using this guide.
Cons: 1. Really old. This hasn't been updated since 1989. In entomology years it's an antique. Come on Audubon, get with the updating! 2. The pictures are likewise dated and could definitely be clearer and more modern looking. 3. The section on spiders is kind of useless, even though it's still fun to look at. Spiders are way to big a group to have a measly 30 or 40 species listed. So in your next edition, Audubon, make an insect guide and a spider guide. Thank you!
This was from my Grandma, who volunteers at the library and picks me up anything to do with food, bugs, or crochet. Thanks, Grandma, good find!...more
This woman is my soul mate. That is, if I weren't actually a complete dunce when it comes to growing things...
This book is set up into twelve chaptersThis woman is my soul mate. That is, if I weren't actually a complete dunce when it comes to growing things...
This book is set up into twelve chapters by month. It's a great way to organize a book like this, giving you a good idea of what it is you should be working on for any given month. I had so much fun reading through all the plant foody snippets in here. Every few pages, amongst all the plant and growing info, you find a recipe for sour cherry pie filling (it has triple sec in it!), a calendula skin ointment, how to set up a mason bee house, or how to make your own fruit liqueurs. I learned that you make tomato paste from actual Paste Tomatoes...who knew? And the sections often have the best titles ever that make you want to go and start a garden right now, like, "Seven Steps to Building a Winter Lasagna Garden"! I want a lasagna garden.
Harriet is from the Gulf Islands (or maybe Vancouver Island, I can't remember) so it's great for any of you west coasters out there since you're guaranteed to be getting advice for plants that grow well in this area....more
I loved this book! You know something is entertaining when 1200 pages just flies by. This had everything from smugglers, to prison escapades, to lesbiI loved this book! You know something is entertaining when 1200 pages just flies by. This had everything from smugglers, to prison escapades, to lesbians and cross-dressers...and don't forget the drugs.
I have to give a shout-out to Dumas for his depiction of women. In particular, Eugenie, the lesbian, (view spoiler)[who is totally in control of her own destiny, no small feat when faced with the Count of Monte Cristo's meddlings. (hide spoiler)]
You can also really tell that Dumas is a playwrite with this work. Each chapter reads almost like a mini play with staging, characters, and so much action. He really has written the ultimate tale of revenge. I will definitely be reading more Dumas.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Evolution told from the point of view of the gene. Really fascinating book and despite being 30 years old, still holds up pretty well. Has all the thiEvolution told from the point of view of the gene. Really fascinating book and despite being 30 years old, still holds up pretty well. Has all the things necessary to make it a classic; accessible writing and an always fascinating topic with a new spin on it.
Really glad I read this so close to Gone With the Wind. Many of the stories were set in Georgia and dealt a lot with racism in a South vs. North way.Really glad I read this so close to Gone With the Wind. Many of the stories were set in Georgia and dealt a lot with racism in a South vs. North way. It was interesting to see how little their views had changed between this and the Civil War. The major difference was the younger people from these stories often looked at their older relatives, and their fond remembrances of their grandparents with huge plantations, as dinosaurs, whose views were narrow-minded and prejudiced. Yet their own views can hardly be considered open-minded and the often came off as petty and mean for all their big talk.
O'Connor definitely has a depressing theme running through these stories. After the first couple, I found myself trying to guess which character was going to die, not a single story in this book went without a murder, suicide or accidental death. I'd like to read more of O'Connor's work, but only if this same formula doesn't hold true for all her writing. I don't mind seeing a theme run through a collection of short stories, but I wouldn't want to see it run through all her works. I think I'll try Wise Blood after this.
I feel like I should have liked this more than I really did. I loved Oscar, who was a fat, nerdy, fanboy. I liked the glimpse the book gives into DomiI feel like I should have liked this more than I really did. I loved Oscar, who was a fat, nerdy, fanboy. I liked the glimpse the book gives into Dominican culture. But there were a couple parts that really dragged for me and that is just such a shame. Somewhere in this book is a story I really should have loved, but along the way it failed me. Sometimes I don't like a book I should have, simply because it needs to be read in print. I suspect this might be the problem so I plan to reread as soon as possible.
This book was narrated by the same guy who did Speaker for the Dead, which was great. It makes sense though, there's probably not a ton of guys out there who can narrate a book in perfect English and Spanish! However, not knowing any Spanish does make this book more difficult to read on audio where it's a lot harder to look up words that you're hearing instead of seeing.
Included in this edition is also Diaz's short story collection 'Drown'. The stories have a similar theme and style to Oscar Wao and you can see the beginnings to Oscar Wao throughout. It's interesting that this collection did so poorly until Wao was published considering how similar they are. If he had never written a full length novel, it makes me wonder if he would have gone unnoticed forever....more
This was different from the usual Heinlein fare and closer to fantasy than sci-fi. It actually has a strong fairy tale feel to it. The hero is a VietnThis was different from the usual Heinlein fare and closer to fantasy than sci-fi. It actually has a strong fairy tale feel to it. The hero is a Vietnam vet drawn into another universe on a quest to save a princess. There are dragons and a dark tower and everything. One thing I thought clever about the book was that it looked into the happily ever after part of the story. What does the hero do once he saves the damsel in distress? Apparently he gets bored after a few months of marriage and takes off looking for new adventures.
Heinlein wrote this book right after Stranger in a Strange Land and it shows. He has a lot of the "free love" type philosophy in this book too, which has never been my favourite of his points of view. He makes the writing of these scenes sound somewhere in-between horny teenager and dirty old man. And the weird thing about this book was that he paired the free love stuff with a weird 50's style obsession with spanking. They were really weird and off-putting paired together like that.
Read this for the 42 days of Vietnam. Wasn't impressed with how related it was. The hero has recently finished his tour of duty in the war, but quickly finds himself whisked away on an adventure in another world. The story leaves room for doubt that any of this adventure really does happen though. It could possibly be the delusions of a war vet gone insane, which was actually a pretty interesting twist.
I also used this for the genre bending task in the W11 Challenge for the fantasy selection....more