Engaging story and characters! I enjoyed this take on a young woman discovering she's not what she thinks she is, and am looking forward to reading th...moreEngaging story and characters! I enjoyed this take on a young woman discovering she's not what she thinks she is, and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.(less)
**spoiler alert** Fun book with quality artwork and writing.
Now for the spoiler and an argument with the book's concept: a snake will never be able to...more**spoiler alert** Fun book with quality artwork and writing.
Now for the spoiler and an argument with the book's concept: a snake will never be able to become a horse. Sorry magical-thinkers, but it isn't happening. Why do we as a culture persist in teaching the magical concept that "you can do anything and be anything you want to, honey"? That is not inspiration. It's a lie.
I'm all for questioning limits and refusing to accept appearances, but that does not mean there are no actual limits. You are a snake. You cannot become a horse. At the same time, hard work and refusing to accept failure as an option can lead to amazing results and sometimes what appears impossible may actually be accomplished. This is because "impossible" is often merely a perception and by changing the perceptions the impossible becomes possible.
In the case of the snake who wanted to be a horse, it isn't the snake that needs changing but the meaning and perception of what it is to be a snake. Applying this to ourselves, we can achieve something even greater than that magical idea of becoming something else. With all that hard work, determination, and stubborn desire to accomplish the seemingly-impossible we can instead change what it means to be what we are!
Self-acceptance does not equal complacency and is not necessarily a bad thing. Going on believing that something truly impossible can happen? Sorry to burst your happy little bubble of false inspiration, but that is not a good thing.
In the end I didn't like the ending. I wanted it to be something it wasn't (haha!) because I wanted the snake to gain self-enlightenment instead of magical transformation. I don't know if that also means that I hope for too much, or that I have no imagination, but the simplest meaning is that I just didn't like the ending.(less)
This book is a hilarious little gem which had me laughing and wanting to read it out loud to certain friends who I know would appreciate the humor. Pl...moreThis book is a hilarious little gem which had me laughing and wanting to read it out loud to certain friends who I know would appreciate the humor. Plus it just aches to be read out loud because sometimes Liz's monologues move so quickly that they could give a person entertainment whiplash. Even funnier out loud! And no whiplash!
I am now totally sold on going back and watching the entire series (except the last season, of course) of Gargoyles, except Netflix only has it on DVD. Booooo! And I am so grateful that I now know better than to suffer through Madea's Family Reunion, (whew!) which I had never even heard of before and wish I could have kept it that way. Oh well.
Warning: Filled with profanity. To the point where I had to ask myself, do people really talk this way all the time? Like, educated people? People with cool degrees like Screenwriting from UCLA? Hey, I may use stupid adjectives like "cool" and "stupid" too much, but at least I do not habitually overuse the f-word. But for people such as my younger sister: you would hate this book for the profanity. Everyone else: you probably won't even notice outside of the parts where the profanity is hilarious.
Overall, hilarious! Also, funny! And hilarious! And you will want more so go to the blog and read more there, but just know that she was probably checking her email too much while watching John Carter because it's way, way better than she thought it was. Just sayin'.(less)