Just fantastic. I mean, then again, as soon as I read the description and saw "zombie" "steampunk" "pirates" and knew the story was set in an alternatJust fantastic. I mean, then again, as soon as I read the description and saw "zombie" "steampunk" "pirates" and knew the story was set in an alternate, dystopian past, I was pretty much hooked. What proceeded was a fantastic tale that was masterfully crafted, peppered with incredible descriptions and unique characters. I'll admit that the first few chapters started just a tad slowly for my taste, but I tend to find that happening more and more these days. Still, once you get into this book you simply can't put it down. I found myself not only speculating about what I would find the next time I picked the book up, but also keeping a number of friends posted on my progress in the book and just how much I enjoyed it. Give it a chance and you should enjoy it every bit as much.
After re-reading this book, I forget just how much I loved it the first time. I picked it up on a recommendation when writing my thesis, since it's aAfter re-reading this book, I forget just how much I loved it the first time. I picked it up on a recommendation when writing my thesis, since it's a somewhat soul-searching road narrative, but I never was quite able to work it into the greater scheme. Now, just over a year later, I picked up the copy after it had been buried in one of my many boxes of books, and reading it again was akin to the experience of having a friend put on an album that you loved dearly for a period of time years before: nostalgia, comfort, and just that slight sense that it was all done for a reason.
In short, you know this author because he's the creative genius behind the Scott Pilgrim books. This book predates that series by two years. It's essentially the story of an 18 year old girl who is out of high school and just plain confused by life, and as a result, she believes that she doesn't have a soul.
Anything else would be just flat-out confusing, so just do yourself a favor and read the book. You can totally knock it out in one sitting, and some of the language is really just moving. ...more
This is either the fourth or fifth time I've read this book, and each time I find myself amazed at how much it can move me, excite me, and revolt me.This is either the fourth or fifth time I've read this book, and each time I find myself amazed at how much it can move me, excite me, and revolt me. Buford does a masterful job of capturing the atmosphere of Saturdays in England, as the beautiful game is played all across the country, while pasty overweight men take part in some not-so-beautiful extracurricular activities. Nonetheless, this book is still a must-read for anyone interested in football (soccer), hooligans, or even just general crowd theory. Just one warning: it's not always for the weak of stomach. Don't say I didn't warn ya....more
This book is much more of a historical record or reference book than a book to sit down and read cover-to-cover. Full of great information and interesThis book is much more of a historical record or reference book than a book to sit down and read cover-to-cover. Full of great information and interesting historical tidbits, it is a page turner for the aspiring mixologist, but for the casual tippler like myself, I just can't stay glued to a book that spends pages speculating on London Dry vs. Holland gins. Still, having said that, I do kind of look forward to trying my hand at a few of these recipes in the future....more
So here's the thing with this book. It's a fun read; really light, written in a journal style with little quirky facts, statements, and lists thrown iSo here's the thing with this book. It's a fun read; really light, written in a journal style with little quirky facts, statements, and lists thrown in for flair. I think technically it's even listed as a YA book, which I find that I usually enjoy reading, and this was no exception. I fear that I just had slightly higher expectations, which is why the fifth star isn't rearing its head. See, I thought this book would be perfect for me in my life at the moment: much as the protagonist quit her job in order to finally pursue her dream of starting an amazing rock band at the age of 29, I am in a pretty amazing rock band and have been recently relieved of my employment, which has afforded me time to focus on trying to make things as fantastic as possible while reaping the benefits of our unemployment system. Being a long, long time veteran of local music scenes, however, I just had trouble with the "bullet train to stardom" timeline of the book. Yes, I realize that is the embittered barroom musician side of me. Still, I really enjoyed the way that Sincero captured what it really does in fact feel like to be in a band with some potential - the control freak ways of folks who spearhead bands, the tedious yet awesome fun of being in a recording studio, and the thrill of being onstage.
All in all, I say take it for what it is worth and just enjoy the hell out of it. It's a fun, quick read that you can pick up and put down at your leisure, and you should hopefully get sucked in as a reader to the whole plight of a band trying to make their way from nothingness to superstardom. ...more