This book was a cluster cuss. Chris Kluwe is a former NFL punter that has been very active in the writing community recently. He is most known for hisThis book was a cluster cuss. Chris Kluwe is a former NFL punter that has been very active in the writing community recently. He is most known for his opinion pieces that support gay rights. He is a very smart and very opinionated man. He can effectively argue his point and has a very unique perspective on many different aspects. He is a self proclaimed "nerd", football player, and gamer. Very close to today's renaissance man.
In Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, Kluwe pieces together some of his opinion essays along with narratives and random thoughts. The immediate result is something much like a blog. He also uses a lot of internet slang and meme references which is very different from most opinion essays. I am not saying it is more effective to say "U MAD BRO" in a gay rights essay but it definitely is a bit different. I didn't agree with all of his opinions but it was interesting to see his perspective.
My favorite part of this book was his narratives. He even wrote a narrative about not liking to write narrative but they really shine in this book. We rarely get insight from an NFL punter which is close to a dream job to me. His reflections on draft day, pay rates, and game day are wonderfully written.
I would love to see Chris Kluwe write an autobiography or even a novel. Something that has more focus and direction....more
I would say that my sense of humor is pretty different . Whenever I hear that books are hilarious I worry but still want to give them a shot. I'm not
I would say that my sense of humor is pretty different . Whenever I hear that books are hilarious I worry but still want to give them a shot. I'm not trying to say I have a taste for high class humor but probably just the opposite. I liked the movie Freddy got fingered and probably enjoyed the scary movie series more than I would like to admit.
But now that you know about me let me introduce apathy and other small victories. It is about Shane and his apathy. He gets accused of murder even though right off the bat he knows he isn't guilty. So what follows is a cynical, alcoholic, smart ass, and odd detective trying to piece together a murder case.
The plot is a little weird but the commentary is pretty funny. Not in a laugh out loud funny but more like a Louis CK funny (sad, cynical, but brutally honest.) It was a fun and quick read that I enjoyed and wouldn't mind looking into Paul Neilan's future writing....more
This was an impulse buy from the kindle store. I am always interested in books and short stories adapted to movies. I always interested in how twentyThis was an impulse buy from the kindle store. I am always interested in books and short stories adapted to movies. I always interested in how twenty pages or less could result turn into a full length movie.
Thurber introduces Walter Mitty as a day dreamer and follows him for a short time in his day. We follow his life and daydreams as they slowly intertwine.
The problem I have with short stories is that they often feel too short. This can also be seen as a strength. Unlike Hollywood most short stories lack the endless sequels and prequels that can seem like cash grabs. The art of the short story definitely has its ups and downs....more
This was one of the most complex books I have read on my own. It definitely seems like a book that should be analyzed. I can see why it has stood theThis was one of the most complex books I have read on my own. It definitely seems like a book that should be analyzed. I can see why it has stood the test of time and became a classic. It is beautifully written with amazing foreshadowing, biblical allusions, and interesting characters.
This is not an easy read. The story follows a family lineage in a fictional town of Macondo. We meet all types of interesting characters. The Buendia family is part of the foundation of Macondo. They also have a lot of family members with the same name. Be sure to keep the family tree handy. There are times when it can be confusing especially when you take long breaks from reading.
The writing is great but be prepared to read a book that reads a lot like the Odyssey, the Bible, or a history book with a touch of "magical realism." ...more
I was pretty excited to read this book because I received an advanced copy from this very website. I feel like my review is going to be a bit bias becI was pretty excited to read this book because I received an advanced copy from this very website. I feel like my review is going to be a bit bias because I usually stick to fiction and really don't dive too much into memoirs.
Giving up the Ghost is written in the past and present alternating throughout the chapters. Eric Nuzum explains his past and fear of ghosts set in a small town in Ohio then explains his current journey on visiting haunted landmarks in America.
I have to admit that it took me a while to get into this book. I think it mostly has to do with it being a memoir.In memoirs it always takes some time for me to connect to the author. I always seem to question their decision to write a book describing their lives. A lot of this book deals with being a teen in a small town with typical small town problems. There are definitely a lot of stories that deal with a young man not understanding girls, dabbling into drugs and alcohol, and generally feeling like an outcast. The reoccurring dream of a ghost girl is the variable in this memoir.At times Nuzum comes off as cynical but still manages to keep interest with funny commentary. The book definitely hits it stride into the second half and offers a slightly different view on outcasts....more
I thought I had an idea of how this book would be but I was totally wrong. I have never had a strong religious background and to be honest I have beenI thought I had an idea of how this book would be but I was totally wrong. I have never had a strong religious background and to be honest I have been intimidated in conversations with people with strong faith. I almost feel inadequate discussing deep topics such as religion because I keep my mind open and my open mind makes me feel like I have weak opinions when discussing these topics with individuals with stronger faith. I was given this book after such a discussion and felt like this might be the book to sway me from my indecisiveness.
I found that this book is not for those who lack a relationship with God but those who have a strong relationship with God but have hit a rocky patch in their life. Dobson discusses the importance of faith in great detail with many stories that really dig deep into the extreme hardships experienced in life. It was definitely not what I expected but is definitely a good read for those who have faith but have been experiencing tough times in their lives. I think I would have found this book very helpful a few years ago when I had to deal with a few deaths, a shaky view of my future, and questionable relationships.
I definitely took away a good point when Dobson discusses the value of prayer in dealing with trying to get someone to value a relationship with God. He explained that God would not just put a relationship in place but guide a person into meeting the right people to make a relationship possible which really made me think. And isn't that what a good book is for?...more
I read about this book on some article about movie adaptations coming out this year. I was intrigued by the cast. I think the article mostly highlightI read about this book on some article about movie adaptations coming out this year. I was intrigued by the cast. I think the article mostly highlighted the cast and not really the plot. When I began reading this book I had no idea what it was going to be about except that people have said it was a funny book. I have always been skeptical about books, movies, or music that people find funny because sense of humor varies greatly from person to person.
This is Where I Leave You is about Judd Foxman's life in shambles. Terrible events just start piling on and leaves Judd in a state of uncertainty. This all seems to fall right before a family reunion of sorts. His dysfunctional family and his unfortunate past collide in a humorous yet sad story of life and growing old.
This novel has its funny moments but it also has a lot of sad and depressing moments. There is a big focus on a single event that can completely change a life. Most of these occurrences in this book are for the worse. This book comes out pretty smooth with plenty of cuss words, punches, and "Boner" nicknames. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun read especially with a movie adaptation right around the corner....more
I have been a fan of logistics since my time in college. It was something that appealed to me. So many small details go into simple things that we takI have been a fan of logistics since my time in college. It was something that appealed to me. So many small details go into simple things that we take for granted. I have dealt with all types of products and it is truly amazing to see how an idea finds a way into a store and ultimately into the hands of a consumer. I was very intrigued to read a book that illustrated how all this came about.
Let me start by saying that this prologue is one of the best I have ever read. It makes a very specialized topic come to life. I was very exciting to get into the book with many of the ideas presented in the prologue. The book itself slows down the exciting pace to a typical history text book. All the facts are there. They are accessible and easy to read. The book is very clean and well cited and if this book sounds interesting to you I definitely recommend it. I know there isn't a huge demand on supply chain books but this is definitely a good one for those interested in the subject matter.