This book was good, but Fun House was better. Bechdel shows off her incredible intelligence by mixing Virginia Woolf and psychoanalysis in this book tThis book was good, but Fun House was better. Bechdel shows off her incredible intelligence by mixing Virginia Woolf and psychoanalysis in this book that is full of introspective navel gazing on the relationship between mother and child. I felt like I needed to read a psychology book to understand it. What I know of psychoanalysis, I cannot say that I like it as much as attachment theory by Bowlby where he doesn't act like a baby is capable of being hostile towards of breast, but a baby needs to have his or her basic needs met. With that, a baby learns of love and trust and feels more secure. Psychoanalysis sounds too much like a fairy tale of sorts to me, one that isn't universally accurate enough to apply to all people.
But I probably need to learn more about it. I do hope Alison Bechdel writes more about her life because she's very interesting....more
Edit. So I am almost done with it and I like the following things about this book-
The characters are verI like this book so much I'm reading it again.
Edit. So I am almost done with it and I like the following things about this book-
The characters are very cool. It has an awesome ensemble of characters such as brave Cas, popular but down to earth Carmel and Thomas. I did love that the lead girl, instead of ending up with the leading man ended up with the nice sidekick. That seldom happens, so it's refreshing to see that. Especially since Thomas was such a nice guy and deserved the gorgeous lead.
I do love the fact that Cas is madly in love with a ghost. Anna is awesome. Even when she's not in her scary, rip them to pieces form, she's still pretty badass. She was no wilting flower.
**spoiler alert** Guuuuuuuuuuuuh this was so good and imaginative and I must read it again because I devoured it to make sure everything would not be**spoiler alert** Guuuuuuuuuuuuh this was so good and imaginative and I must read it again because I devoured it to make sure everything would not be painful and miserable.
Read it again. I STILL LOVE THIS BOOK! It's just so good. The characters, the way they handle their problems. How nice men get the chicks and not jerks like in SOME BOOKS. Ooh, It's just so GOOD!
Let me write about the refreshing good things about this book and this series. Once again nice men get the chicks! In too many books nowadays you have these asshole heroes set up as love interests who treat the main female lead like steaming dog crap. And, somehow, we the reader are supposed to accept this and like this domineering jerk who has no respect for his mate is considered a viable love interest.
I hate that.
Writers, stop presenting assholes as love interests. I don't care what they've gone through. They have no right to treat their mate horribly with disrespect.
Look at Akiva. He went through hell. He has a good reason to be a jerk being raised as a warrior and never knowing love in his life until he meets Madrigal and we saw what happened to her in Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
And he does attack poor Karou, kick her ass and ruin her life.
But, despite all of this, he's not actually a jerk and redeems himself by the second book. Also he doesn't try to control and dominate Karou and treat her like dirt.
That sort of thing isn't sexy! I don't know what kind of reefer you're smoking if you think it is. Stop smoking it! I do NOT like assholic men.
And Mik. He was a nice guy. He played music. He charmed chimera and Storm hunters alike. He rocked! Kiri was nice too.
Did stupid, asshole, trying to rape people, giving away all the secrets Thiago get the girl? NO BECAUSE HE'S TOTALLY AN ASSHOLE AND STUPID AND ALSO REALLY RACIST!
Some writers love to show some gorgeous guy and go, look, isn't he sexy? NO HE'S NOT SEXY IF HE'S MEAN! If he is mean, he deserves to get his penis slapped until he can behave better. And if he is going to rape someone, he doesn't even DESERVE to have a penis in the first place.
This book was full of strong female characters from Karou herself to Zuzana the awesome neek-neek. Eliza was cool as well. I liked the role she played in the story. And Liraz was just badass.
This is what I want more of. More strong, interesting, varied women. More nice men who are not assholes and assholic men like Jael who GET THEIRS AT THE END!
There were some mild problems like that whole misunderstanding kind of plot I deeply hate. And finally Karou told Akiva some useful information making me think, thank you for telling him that. There's no reason to keep him in the dark. And why would he assume that she'd want that stupid White wolf? I wanted to punch the white off of him he was such a jerk. URG. But, he was rather brave, giving all he could to his people, but he was a racist and just wanted to torment everyone. He had no place in the world Akiva and Karou (Karou, not KAORU! She is not the leader of Dir en grey!) wanted to build.
I so loved what Akiva wanted. A nice place to snuzzle with the woman he loved. So sweet.
In short, I love this book. It's an excellent series. I hope my book is half as good. And Eliza and Scarab got lesbianic together. I mean it. That's how I interpret it. Deal with it....more
I have to wait so LONG to see what will happen next! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
I finished this again the other day. I still love this book. ItI have to wait so LONG to see what will happen next! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
I finished this again the other day. I still love this book. It doesn't suffer too much from middle book syndrome. The characters are still vibrate, even as Karou suffers from misery. Can you blame her after what she went through?
Also, I hope these angels are not born with wings because OUCH.
It really sets up the next book well, making you anticipate it and look forward to how everything is going to come together. ...more
A lot of people are complaining that Amy was not very sympathetic because she was rich and privileged, but it's difficult for anyone to be young and sA lot of people are complaining that Amy was not very sympathetic because she was rich and privileged, but it's difficult for anyone to be young and sick. I had cancer between the ages of 2-5 so I can barely remember it. It's horrible to be sick and actually remember every detail of it. Having money and a good education doesn't make her less sympathetic. I had no idea what a person who has received a heart transplant goes through before reading this book. I knew they had to take immunosuppressants, but I had no idea about the side effects. It wasn't difficult for me to sympathize about Amy's plight. To know that her life turned upside down when she was in law school. To know that nearly everyone didn't understand that having a heart transplant did not mean going back to living a normal life. I also adored her husband. If I must have a man I want a man like that. He was so sweet and understanding. So supportive and was always there for her. He didn't ditch her in her time of need. She was lucky to have him. Basically this book is about a woman dealing with her own mortality. It's a difficult burden for anyone. I don't think I blame her for not being a sort of Tiny Tim character since this was her real life and she was being honest about how she felt and how she tried to hide how sick she really was....more
This is a strange book. It's a lot to take in. It's got zombies, centaur like creatures, lesbians, witches, a giant Marilyn Monroe and so much more.
SoThis is a strange book. It's a lot to take in. It's got zombies, centaur like creatures, lesbians, witches, a giant Marilyn Monroe and so much more.
So I read it again. I bought the Gaea series directly from John Varley's site. It cost more money, of course, but he signs it and the money goes directly to him and if anyone deserves some loot to go directly to him it's John Varley.
I need to read more of him. And you need to read this series.
He's the sort of writer who adds diverse characters, diverse sexualities and he doesn't blast his trumpet all through the book about it. He just lets them be fully developed characters.
Cirocco Jones is one of the strongest, coolest female characters EVER! It's not just because she's badass, and she is. It's not just because she is a great leader. It's the way she develops as a character that just makes her so awesome. It's the way she cares about humans and Titanides alike.
Oh, and don't get me started on the Titanides. They are centaurs with human breasts and three sets of genitals and they are top on the list of my favourite fictional creature, along with Wraeththu. They love music, they're compassion and they're just excellent.
So, yes. Read this book. John Varley needs to become more popular than certain other writers who are the opposite of John Varley in terms of creating diverse characters. Their idea of being diverse is just having stereotypes of different races and that gets aggravating as all hell!
And should I mention that Cirocco is totally a woman of colour? ...more
I need to read this again. I read it too fast. Add Titanides to the list of fictional creatures I would not mind being.
So I read this again recently.I need to read this again. I read it too fast. Add Titanides to the list of fictional creatures I would not mind being.
So I read this again recently. This book is awesome. It's got the Titanides who have multiple genitals and complicated mating methods based on music. In fact their language is based on music, they sing, they play awesome musical instruments and they kick ass. I kind of wish there was more about them and less about the humans, though the human characters are cool. You have Robin who comes from a hyper feminist world full of radical women. She's tough and badass. She has severe seizures. You have gentle Chris who has manic episodes. They come to Gaea to be cured. Gaea tells them they have to go on an adventure and prove themselves.
They encounter two characters from the last book. Cirocco, who is depressed and an alcoholic from having the fate of the Titanides in her hands and Gaby, who is still in love with Cirocco. With the help of the Titanides they go on a crazy adventure and...
Well, reading the book to find out what will happen is a great idea. John Varley fills this book with strong, varied characters. He's richly imaginative and manages to add queer characters without blowing a huge look at me, these characters are queer I'm so progressive trumpet.
So, if you want to read about centaur-like creatures with multiple genitals I suggest buying his books directly from his site. Start with Titan, the first book in the series and keep reading....more
This book is GOOD! I love it. I need to read it again!
And so I did. It's still good. This book is full of strong, interesting female characters. Sex.This book is GOOD! I love it. I need to read it again!
And so I did. It's still good. This book is full of strong, interesting female characters. Sex. Fascinating aliens.
The Titanides are awesome. I don't think I'd mind being one. They sing a lot and have several genitals which is pretty cool. Their names are chords. There's blimps and angels. Nothing is as you totally expect it to be. It takes a while for it to go from space ship lingo to, whoa. WTF? How interesting!
This guy goes well with Octavia Butler and Wraethlu. It's super imaginative. ...more
**spoiler alert** I'm sorry, but this book could have been better. Like did we need the long scenes of Claire climbing? That could have been cut in ha**spoiler alert** I'm sorry, but this book could have been better. Like did we need the long scenes of Claire climbing? That could have been cut in half and left more room for the climax at the end which went by too fast. Really the Tradesmaster should have been built up more. I find this world confusing. Do you have the Communist Community? The place were everyone is an asshole, the place where everyone is very nice plus the place with people who seem to be Norwegian but everyone speaks the same language.
How do you just get rid of seasons and turn off of nature? Where do the fathers of these children come from? There are a lot of questions that aren't answered so other than characters popping up in earlier books, it really doesn't seem to take place in the same world.
So this could have been better. It started off OK, looking at the Community in the perspective of a young, powerless girl and a Birthmother no less who got to lose her child. But the part at the middle is rather dull. The ending happens too fast and there are things that could have been cut out to make the story better and tighter.
Also, I'm sorry, but there was NO REASON NOT TO TELL GABE THAT YOU'RE HIS MOTHER! AND he had a way of finding out! I hate when writers introduce some way of finding out all the answers and there is not a good reason for them to just do this. Like, Lyra had her Alethiameter. And when she didn't check it, she had a good reason like she couldn't see it, or her friend just didn't want to know behind taking a hot bath what was going to happen next. It made sense. But this kid has this power and doesn't use it. He's not about to lose it. He just fears it. Just once can't a person go, I have a POWER. WOOO WEE I'm going to use it. This would make more sense!
ALSO WHY DID SHE KILL THOSE POOR BABY GULLS?!?!?!? AUGH!
This book could have been so MUCH BETTER! GAAAAAH!...more
I finished this ages ago. Man, I hate Manson. I don't know why these people followed him and worshiped him. He was also abusive too, smacking these giI finished this ages ago. Man, I hate Manson. I don't know why these people followed him and worshiped him. He was also abusive too, smacking these girls around and treating them like steaming dog crap.
Fathers, be good to your daughters or else they'll end up worshiping people like Manson and they'll kill people and have no minds of their own.
Also he had KIDS. Imagine being the son of Manson. Plus he had such an affliction of a name too. It would haunt me if this guy was my father.
This book is written by the lawyer who tried to bring Manson to justice. It's deeply satisfied that he was caught and jailed. Though his lawyer was such a jerk even Manson hated him. ...more
This was a fascinating book. I can relate to the writer not wanting to be deprived of small pleasures like reading what she wants to read or having thThis was a fascinating book. I can relate to the writer not wanting to be deprived of small pleasures like reading what she wants to read or having the right to an education and not having to be below a man in value. I grew up Seventh Day Adventist, which isn't nearly as strict and has its share of ridiculous rules. I first read about Hasidic Jews in Chaim Potok's books. It was interesting to see this from a female perspective. How difficult this life is for a woman, especially one who wants a broader life.
It's interesting because some people are HAPPY to have strict rules, but If I had to deal with that, I'd be ready to run screaming. No one will deprive me of reading whatever i want to read in bed and not marrying a total stranger and being expected to have babies with him when we don't know each other....more
Somehow I am slightly dissatisfied by this ending.
It was just so abrupt, so sudden. All of these terrible things happened in the form of a school beinSomehow I am slightly dissatisfied by this ending.
It was just so abrupt, so sudden. All of these terrible things happened in the form of a school being shot up and that was used as an excuse to make things stricter for the main character's school. There's metal detectors, there's people going, you will probably shoot up the school if you wear long jackets and listen to music we find scary.
Things just kept getting worse in terms of kids being sent to scary wilderness reform camps and their freedom is taken away.
The ending just does not give closure and that is frustrating. ...more
The problem with this book is it's full of purple prose that makes you read it out loud and go, really? Do you really need toErg. I hate JOSEPH SMITH!
The problem with this book is it's full of purple prose that makes you read it out loud and go, really? Do you really need to use that simile, that metaphor? I wish the writer had an editor to say STOP IT! DON'T DO IT! STOP IT! You can say it's raining, you know. It's simple and to the point. It does make me want to help these women who are being tormented by the FLDS even if they will think I am evil due to my skin, but I'm sure they can unlearn such nonsense....more
Here I am reading this book again. I love this book, but, it's interesting to learn so much about 1928. The money, for one thing gets a bit confusingHere I am reading this book again. I love this book, but, it's interesting to learn so much about 1928. The money, for one thing gets a bit confusing as you could get so much more with 1 dollar back then than now. The frustrating thing is how few choices a woman had back then. Annie's main purpose was to get married and have babies even though she was somewhat smarter than her husband who would become a lawyer. Sometimes Carl would get so mad at her when she just wanted to do her own thing and so dependent. More later....more