Second reading:(I'm rereading this a year later for a group read. I love this book.) Still love it, maybe more, after second reading. But "If you've ne...moreSecond reading:(I'm rereading this a year later for a group read. I love this book.) Still love it, maybe more, after second reading. But "If you've never been dismembered or crushed or allowed to slowly disentegrate until you turn into chicken soup, then probably wouldn't understand (page 265).
Another favorite quote: Re: Jerry's interpretation of the Sistine Chapel: "It's very artistic, almost spiritual. In a tits and ass kind of way."
First reading: April 2010 Zombies need human flesh to stay alive…um, undead. It’s rather unfair to hold that against them. After all, we all have vices. And if you say you don’t then lying is your vice.
Andy, and the other undead, is despised by society. No longer allowed to drive, hold jobs or be out past curfew, they are typically abandoned by family and friends. The only social activity available to them is the weekly meeting of Undead Anonymous. Here Andy meets the beautiful Rita, suicide victim, who eats formaldehyde-laced lipstick to help keep her preserved. Andy, Rita and the other members of UA just want to be allowed to live out the rest of their unlives.
Andy’s filing of a class action lawsuit does not sit well with Breathers (the living). He finds himself unsuccessfully dodging fruit and bullets and ends up in a cage at the SPCA. His sentence could be life at the zombie zoo or, worse, staked out in a field as the subject of a forensic study of human decomposition.
Hysterical, profound and disturbing. Author S. G. Browne takes a courageous stand and exposes the unfair treatment of Zombies everywhere.
Excellent! Loved the format - a series of stories with the added attraction of a main character.
Olive is not a likable woman. She has no filtering sy...moreExcellent! Loved the format - a series of stories with the added attraction of a main character.
Olive is not a likable woman. She has no filtering system. I would not want to have lunch with her. (Crystal - remember Maxine? Olive is Maxine! Maxine used to exhaust me with all her negativity. So did Olive.)
I'm tempted to give this 5 stars because I will reread this book and that is the criteria for a 5 star rating. But I have to admit the individual stories confused me at times. It wasn't until the end of the book that I really appreciated what the author was doing. Oh hell, I'm giving it 5 stars.(less)
Still need convincing to 'go green?' The awful offal in The Garbage Man will have you running for the recyling bin.
The first half of the book was a litle slow but when it takes off it's a one sitting read. The people of Shreve give little thought to the local garbage dump other than being disgusted with the wafting odors. But when Mother Nature decides she's had enough of her garbage producing inhabitants who are destroying earth, her creative juices flow. Scary, creepy, thought proving.
Favorite new word: fecalith
Recommended for: Natalie would love this book but unless she can find a way to read a book in less than three months, she's going to have to buy her own copy. I want We Need to Talk About Kevin back before the next millennium!!
Five stars are normally saved for books that I a)want to own b)know I will read again and again and/or c)made some sort of impact on my life. Beat the...moreFive stars are normally saved for books that I a)want to own b)know I will read again and again and/or c)made some sort of impact on my life. Beat the Reaper isn't any of these. However, it is one I would not only recommend but push on unsuspecting readers. Guess I'll add that to the five star criteria. I enjoyed every belly laugh.
A doctor writing about a doctor who used to be a hit man for the mafia but is now engaged in his new career under the witness protection program who has a patient that, if he dies, will turn information over to the mafia boss he turned in. (Deep breath.) Not a book I would have picked up without a GR's recommendation!
Enzo is a remarkable dog. Just ask him. In fact, if he were given the same tools as Stephen Hawking there would be no holding him back.
The story is na...moreEnzo is a remarkable dog. Just ask him. In fact, if he were given the same tools as Stephen Hawking there would be no holding him back.
The story is narrated by the amazing Enzo. I know it sounds corny but it works. Anyone who has or has had a close relationship with an animal will appreciate reading what we know is true…our animal friends are more than pets. Enzo exhibits a selfless devotion to his master that most of us wish we had in a good friend or spouse.
Not all of Enzo’s actions are completely altruistic, though. He believes a dog goes through multiple lives before being rewarded the greatest reward of all…to be reborn a human. If that doesn’t make you want to be a better human being, then I don’t know what will.
I couldn’t help but think of my old dog, Minnow, while reading this story. She was no bigger than a football but had a heart a hundred times that size. She took on more than one German Sheppard in her life time and once took off after a St. Bernard! I’m not convinced she would have protected us from burglars but she was a tough old broad who loved her family. In her later years (she lived to be over 20 years old!) she retained her dignity as best as she could. Lord, that dog smelled. Whenever she walked into a room, someone was sure to yell, “Dead dog walking.” But she lived out her life with integrity and grace. It was only when she started to wet the bed and was not just embarrassed but mortified that we made the decision to put her down while she still had some memories of the wonderful dog she had been.
I loved this story. Enzo reminds me to be the human my dog thinks I am. (less)
Shakespeare, though beautiful, is not easy for me to read and digest. When I got a copy of Hamlet from the library, I was thrilled that each page was...moreShakespeare, though beautiful, is not easy for me to read and digest. When I got a copy of Hamlet from the library, I was thrilled that each page was accompanied with a list of explanations of what the words meant. The last time I read Shakespeare was in college and since the students were there to learn, we dissected each and every line. There was no question what each sentence meant. (But we never looked for the lustier hidden meanings. You know what I mean - Shakespeare’s hearty fondness for swordplay. Wink, wink.) There was also no pleasure in the reading.
So I set my scholarly edition aside and downloaded, for a mere $.99, an undissected edition to my Nook. I read the play with no intent other than to enjoy the tale. Because I was familiar with the story I didn’t worry about catching the meaning of every word. And I gained a love for Sir William’s magical pen that I never found during my college years.
I encourage novice Shakespearian readers to read a synopsis just to get the gist of the play. Then read the story. Like me, maybe you won’t get every meaning. But you’ll get enough to understand the story. I promise. And enjoy the journey.
Okay, back to Hamlet. A ghost, madness, incest (kind of), lots of death…what’s not to like? (less)
Audio. Picked this one up on a whim at the library. So far it is simply charming.
Later: I've never done this before; I am giving this 5 stars before I...moreAudio. Picked this one up on a whim at the library. So far it is simply charming.
Later: I've never done this before; I am giving this 5 stars before I've finished it. Maybe I was in the mood for a shot of undiluted sugar. I'm ordering my own copy from Amazon so I can listen to it again before Christmas.
Finished: Sigh. 5 fat stars!
Reread in December: Written version just as good as the audio. A lovely Christmas tale.(less)
Stunning! I should probably wait until the tears have dried before writing a review.
There were a few parts that I had to for...moregroup read for eurodorks.
Stunning! I should probably wait until the tears have dried before writing a review.
There were a few parts that I had to force myself to read. Lots and lots and lots of description! But this is a debut novel and I forgive the author. I did the same thing to strangers with my first child. Bored 'em to tears.
Force yourself past those parts. The ending is tragic and, for me, unexpected.
The book is compared to a modern day Hamlet but it is so much more. It's set in Wisconsin on a dog breeding/training farm. Edgar suspects his uncle has something to do with his father's unexpected death but, before he can prove it, he is forced to run away from home with a trio of dogs.
Recommended for people who like dogs, curds and an incredible story.(less)
Weird, mystical, magical. And the best book on family warfare ever written. If writer's write what they know, Setiawan is one screwed up little puppy....moreWeird, mystical, magical. And the best book on family warfare ever written. If writer's write what they know, Setiawan is one screwed up little puppy.
Meridia's parents are cruelly cold, the husband spineless and the mother-in-law a walking, talking pustule. Highly recommended reading.(less)
A porn star is severely burned in a car accident and falls under the care of a woman who claims to have known him 700-years-ago. It is unclear whether...moreA porn star is severely burned in a car accident and falls under the care of a woman who claims to have known him 700-years-ago. It is unclear whether she in schizophrenic, manic-depressive or who she claims to be.
The book is highly regarded over here at GR’s but I wasn’t sure the premise sounded all that promising. The book’s reputation is sound. An amazing story with a maniacal Jane Eyre flavor. (less)
Miles is searching for his brother who has been missing for ten years. Lucy has run off with her high school history teacher. And Ryan has just discov...moreMiles is searching for his brother who has been missing for ten years. Lucy has run off with her high school history teacher. And Ryan has just discovered his whole life has been a lie. Three people who never meet but are connected nevertheless.
This is one of those books that as soon as you're done you immediately want to reread.
This board book has a permanent home in Gram Gram's back seat. When my little grandson get restless I had him this book. The colorful pages and gurgli...moreThis board book has a permanent home in Gram Gram's back seat. When my little grandson get restless I had him this book. The colorful pages and gurgling noises are sure to keep him entertained on our journey to the grocery store or library.(less)
I picked this up right after my mom had a stroke. I needed something light and funny. Big mistake. Huge. While the...moreHands down, the funniest book ever.
I picked this up right after my mom had a stroke. I needed something light and funny. Big mistake. Huge. While the physical therapist was teaching mom how to walk up the stairs again I was in the corner reading the book. Mom takes a stumble just as I read how Rooster is trying to console his father after the death of his wife..."The past is gone, hoss. What you need now is some motherfucking pussy." Awkward.