Wow, I started this book blind to the plot and it's pretty damn scary! Rich descriptions and charming protags in a plot carrying the importance of telWow, I started this book blind to the plot and it's pretty damn scary! Rich descriptions and charming protags in a plot carrying the importance of telling a good yarn now and then....more
Charming life stories from Judy Greer. It's refreshing to read stories about peeing with celebrities and crying during commercials. More people shouldCharming life stories from Judy Greer. It's refreshing to read stories about peeing with celebrities and crying during commercials. More people should experience both....more
What on earth did I just read? This book was terrible.
Okay, so we've got a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast going on. This young guy in his 2What on earth did I just read? This book was terrible.
Okay, so we've got a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast going on. This young guy in his 20s has to hide from the public because he is allegedly so scary to look upon that he drives people to violence. He meets a girl in a library after-hours and she's in big-time goth marionette makeup and they have a moment in the library stacks. Turns out she's trying to find evidence to pin the curator of the library for her father's murder. Our protags bond, BUT then within the last 100 pages we get: 1) Girl has "social phobia" and never talks to her house servants before her father's death, BUT she sets up trusts for a girl in a coma and the family of a murdered nurse. So, a girl that can't even say "thank you" to a servant she's known all her life sets up trusts for strangers. Oooooookay. Kind of a dick move. 2) Curator is a wannabe rapist, and murders the folks she's set up trusts for. 3) Another random art seller informs her that EVIL Middle Eastern men have been buying paintings from this curator so they can burn them. This is never mentioned again. 4) Random history lesson on an insane fella that killed/dismembered his family and made marionettes and omg female protag must destroy them for whatever mystery reason! 5) THE CURATOR IS DEADLY SICK WITH A PLAGUE and he SPITS on female protag, oh noooooooooo! 6) SURPRISE! The "beast" and the "beauty" are both actually supremely innocent beings barely of this mortal, evil coil, and girl in a coma has awakened and she's totally fine! 7) Protags are married while the plague kills everyone else. 8) They find children to raise as they're leaving the infected city. 9) They enjoy country life being the only people on earth.
I just...I have no idea what Koontz was going for. Lots of Biblical info in there, lots of unnecessary prose involving "ghosts" called Fogs and Clears that have no real impact on the plot. The villain was pointless, especially if there's a random plague that kills off everyone. There was altogether TOO much that he wanted to shove into this book. It's a plain thriller for 2/3rds of the book, then becomes post-apocalyptic.
In addition, the thriller portion was terrible. Flashback, current time, flashback, current time. The flashbacks should've been composed in real time to set us in the present and follow the protagonist's journey. If Koontz REALLY wanted this to end in an apocalypse, then he should've either created a series of books based on these two characters, or made a few short stories. These 300+ pages are sloppy. ...more
The full comic can be found here: http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/preview... This is the first comic to be completely written and illustrated by AfricanThe full comic can be found here: http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/preview... This is the first comic to be completely written and illustrated by African American comic book artists. It's unfortunate that this is the only issue as well, because I would've read more Ace Harlem stories in a heartbeat. ...more
It isn't as though I needed this book. From January 2013 onward, I've been very much an advocate for my son after he was diagnosed with Down Syndrome.It isn't as though I needed this book. From January 2013 onward, I've been very much an advocate for my son after he was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. I've adopted person-first language and I get it right 98% of the time, I have a license plate border advertising the local DS association, and I upload dozens of pictures of my son so everyone can see how cute he is, because he is "more alike than different". But as I'm raising my son, I've been seeking more and more voices that "get it". There's so much material out there regarding grieving and support, but really, I just want to hear your day-to-day. What's your life like?
This book is a wonderful collaboration on just that - parents raising kids with special needs (they get it! they really get it!), and we're talking ALL kinds of special needs (including conditions I had never heard of - the human body has endless possibilities for turning out just a tad different) and a nice variety of parental backgrounds (immigrant, single-parent, LGBTQ, hippie, unschoolers). What I found in this book is the sigh of relief I've been seeking for over a year. To know that there are alternative folks out there that think the "Road to Holland" poem is a bunch of bunk, and they don't appreciate being aligned with a saint over doing what anyone would do: parent. Parenting is not easy and it isn't fun (except when it is. I think I have TOO much fun with it.).
I love the authors in this book for being honest and hilarious about the joys and difficulties, especially little things like trying to bond with other parents of kids with special needs. If that's the only thing you have in common, then that's not always a cheerful basis for friendship. I was particularly touched by all the stories regarding children with autism. To truly understand the spectrum, read this book.
My next mission is to find a collection of stories regarding more working parents. Many of the contributing authors in this collection are stay-at-home or work part-time. Where are my full-time parents at? Holler back!...more
Holden Caulfield sports a sweet 'stache and attends Ender Wiggin's Battle School, only Battle School is in New Jersey, and it's all about dodgeball anHolden Caulfield sports a sweet 'stache and attends Ender Wiggin's Battle School, only Battle School is in New Jersey, and it's all about dodgeball and murder.
A raucous coming-of-age tale describing the trials of your own ignorance in high school and the pains of being "the new kid". ...more