A fun read! The author did a great job of making me interested in some really wacky characters. The plot centers around a group of recent university gA fun read! The author did a great job of making me interested in some really wacky characters. The plot centers around a group of recent university graduates, a close group of friends who start to drift apart as they get established in their new NY city based professional and personal lives. One of them plans to attend grad school but finds out through a series of experiences that it's just not the right path for her.
Portions of the novel exist as emails and postcards, giving a modern take on the epistolary format, thought much of it is also in a standard novel structure. It's a great lesson that trying to follow academia all the way to the top can mean losing sight of the things and people that really make you happy. ...more
Absolutely chock-full of great ideas for tweens and young teens to use items from around the house, or inexpensive crafting items to personalize lotsAbsolutely chock-full of great ideas for tweens and young teens to use items from around the house, or inexpensive crafting items to personalize lots of things they probably already have in their rooms, or might like to give as gifts. It's a colorful book, with good lists of supplies you'll need, and a range of difficulty levels. There's a lot of decoupage, but as it's such a handy way to make things look great, that's fair enough. I love the faux stained glass decoration concept. It's nice to see a book that isn't overly full of jewelry and accessory ideas, and has more of a range of household items like vases, pillows, wall decorations, and the like. A great addition to library collections in the teen section as well as the bookshelf for families with kids looking to get crafty and actually create useful, usable, attractive objects. ...more
A classic play within a play... within a play? Atwood delivers a keenly unusual take on Shakespeare's The Tempest, deftly swapping characters in the nA classic play within a play... within a play? Atwood delivers a keenly unusual take on Shakespeare's The Tempest, deftly swapping characters in the novel for characters in the play and back again. Anyone who has seen The Tempest performed live will appreciate the challenges inherent in the novel's off-beat staging of the work, while anyone who enjoys Atwood and is less familiar with the Bard will get a kick out of the sharp character development and clever modernizing of a classic tale. ...more
Very clever; great backstory to some of the sketches I've loved Tina in (Sarah Palin) and how 30 Rock came to be. It jumps around a bit but gives someVery clever; great backstory to some of the sketches I've loved Tina in (Sarah Palin) and how 30 Rock came to be. It jumps around a bit but gives some nice personal detail about how TIna's life influences her work and vice versa. She has worked very hard to get to where she is, and done it with a lot of good humor. ...more
What’s the logical next step for a hit British period drama after it gets picked up by a major US cultural outlet and rebroadcast to a whole new appreciative audience? Well, besides having printable paper dolls modelled after your characters, of course. Having your story embellished in graphic form is a pretty good indicator of the massive popularity of your show. Even better? A graphic novel parody!
ITV’s hit show Downton Abbey is slated to start shooting season four this month, and season three just finished airing in the US on PBS, following the program’s fall 2012 run in the UK. What’s a fan to do in the meantime? Soak up any available special holiday episodes and read Jessica Fellowes’ accounts of The World of Downton Abbey (2011) or The Chronicles of Downton Abbey (2012), of course. Lucky coincidence that Jessica is the niece of Downton’s creator, Julian Fellowes.
Part fan fiction, part spy story, and part supernatural tale, Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey (A Parody), is all entertainment. Hot on the heels of one of the most popular current TV dramas on the planet, this graphic novel is a fun little side trip into some of the characters and plot points that define the aristocratic soap opera.
An orphaned narrator in post WWII Naples is left to raise himself in a housing complex, learning to navigate the living, breaMy review for PopMatters:
An orphaned narrator in post WWII Naples is left to raise himself in a housing complex, learning to navigate the living, breathing city that closes in on all sides, with only the help of Don Gaetano, the doorman. Don Gaetano is more than a simple doorman or gatekeeper, helping with repairs, keeping track of the neighbors, and doling out the mail to residents, however; he also shares life skills and a lifetime of wisdom with the narrator.
The boy studies Latin and other subjects at night, finding history to be “a kitchen full of ingredients, change the measurements and a completely different dish comes out.” He is always considering his place in the history of Naples, wondering at the stories of young men enlisting for war, wondering if his arrival in the world came too late.
As a young boy watching the bigger boys play soccer in the courtyard of the complex, the narrator proves himself by climbing a dangerous drainpipe to retrieve a stray ball, and along the way locks eyes with a mysterious girl at her upper-floor window. She is a shut-in, never leaving her flat, and the narrator hopes every day to catch her eye again, to know more about her.