There were a few bits in this one that annoyed me a little, but for the most part I thought it was a really good finale to Season 9. Also, I'm really...moreThere were a few bits in this one that annoyed me a little, but for the most part I thought it was a really good finale to Season 9. Also, I'm really glad Spike showed back up! And yeah, I like Billy. (less)
A lot of people seem to be kind of meh on this one, but I really liked it a lot--it might be my favorite volume so far. I like that we see Buffy strug...moreA lot of people seem to be kind of meh on this one, but I really liked it a lot--it might be my favorite volume so far. I like that we see Buffy struggling with what to do in a post-magic world, and with how she sees herself and who she thinks she is and can be. And I also really liked the Billy/Devon story--it was a nice change, and I like the idea of Buffy having a new team. There was something about it that, for me, got closer to the feeling the tv show gave me than just about anything else in this entire series has. More a sense of reality somehow? But I guess not that many other people agree. :((less)
Besides the usual problem I have with the art and figuring out who is who and why people sometimes look so weird, I really enjoyed the direction this...moreBesides the usual problem I have with the art and figuring out who is who and why people sometimes look so weird, I really enjoyed the direction this is taking so far (although at the very end I was like, "Wait, what? Did I miss something? Did the something I think I maybe got actually happen? Huh? Confused!" Anyway, I'm glad I already have the second volume because I'm going to start reading it right now. Bye!(less)
I liked this one waaaaaaay more than I did the previous volume, probably mostly because less Angel, more Spike! Also, I think it's really interesting...moreI liked this one waaaaaaay more than I did the previous volume, probably mostly because less Angel, more Spike! Also, I think it's really interesting how things end up, with sort of a return to basics that I've been missing since all the silly Twilight drama began. One major complaint: (view spoiler)[Giles DIES! And it's like, I didn't even feel it! I would have expected that to be just...absolutely heartbreaking. I imagine how the show would have handled that, and it seems like it would emphatically not have been handled like this, with it seeming to barely leave a mark. I'm hoping that's something season 9 will focus more on, the after effects of Buffy losing him. I feel kind of angry that his death wasn't written more powerfully here. (hide spoiler)] Sometimes this volume still felt confusing, and sometimes I still had a hard time figuring out who was who, and what the heck everyone was really trying to do, and maybe I'm rating it 4 stars mainly because I'm excited to see where the next volume goes, but...I feel fairly satisfied with that at the moment.(less)
Aaaaaaaaand, things got really weird. And naked. And ugh, my least favorite character ever is back. Blah. But still, kind of interesting to see where...moreAaaaaaaaand, things got really weird. And naked. And ugh, my least favorite character ever is back. Blah. But still, kind of interesting to see where this goes, I guess, and there's a pretty great Xander/Buffy talk--I kind of love their friendship, and that Xander does not put up with Buffy's sort of crazy moments, and that she recognizes it when he's right about what she's doing. I think that talk they have is pretty much the best part of this volume!
What I liked most about the tv show was how real the everyday life stuff was even in the midst of all the slayage and apocalypses. But I sort of feel like the comic series lost that a little, and it feels especially drowned out lately in all the silly Twilight stuff. I kind of wish the gang could just go back to slaying vampires and demons in the graveyard at night or whatever instead of dealing with the over-the-top ridiculousness of whatever's going on with them now!
I didn't really like this one as much as I did all the previous volumes. Somehow it just felt more disjointed and confusing to me, and I felt like I k...moreI didn't really like this one as much as I did all the previous volumes. Somehow it just felt more disjointed and confusing to me, and I felt like I kept having to go back and reread parts again because I couldn't tell what exactly was happening the first time through. I also couldn't tell who several of the characters were supposed to be. It took me FOREVER to figure out that that guy was supposed to be Oz! But maybe I was just too sleepy to properly comprehend...(less)
It took me awhile to get used to Veronica Mars in book form. Since Veronica narrates the show, I guess I kind of expected the book to follow the same...moreIt took me awhile to get used to Veronica Mars in book form. Since Veronica narrates the show, I guess I kind of expected the book to follow the same format, so the fact that it's written in third person threw me off for awhile. I kept getting bogged down by all the descriptions, trying to read them all in Veronica's voice, which just wasn't working. About a third of the way through I finally figured it out and then I started to actually really enjoy it. I like a number of twists the plot takes, and I loved the conflict in Veronica and Keith's relationship, since there wasn't a whole lot of that in the show. And, as always, I loved Wallace and Mac! Anyway, it won me over, and I'm definitely hoping for more of these sometime in the not-too-distant future!(less)
Reading this because of that list that's been going around of what you should read now based on your favorite books as a child, Harriet the Spy being...moreReading this because of that list that's been going around of what you should read now based on your favorite books as a child, Harriet the Spy being mine, and this being the recommendation. We'll see...
I suppose I can see why this is recommended for grown-up Harriet the Spy fans (rich people and kids that don't get enough attention and all), but I did not love Paloma (or Renée, or any of the other characters) quite like I do Harriet. Not even close. But let's just put Harriet aside for the moment.
Part of the time I found myself really enjoying this, and I think a lot of it has to do with Barbara Rosenblat, who narrates Renée's bits--she's just fantastic and I love her! But even then, there were quite a few times when I found myself thinking (or sometimes saying out loud), "Renée! SHUT UP!" Same with Paloma. They would go on these big long rambles about philosophy or art or the beauty of the rose or whatever and I DID NOT CARE. Sorry.
And then the end... Um... Okay?
Well, in the end, I sort of liked this and sort of didn't. That's all.
It was enjoyable to listen to once, but I can't see myself even really remembering this book at all in a year or so. I'm sticking with Harriet, I think.(less)
I didn't know a whole lot about River Phoenix going into this; of the movies he made, I've only ever seen Stand By Me and Indiana Jones and the Last C...moreI didn't know a whole lot about River Phoenix going into this; of the movies he made, I've only ever seen Stand By Me and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I vaguely remember when he died of a drug overdose in 1993, and I knew about his association with PETA. Beyond that though, nothing. I'm not sure that I really know all that much more about him now. I hadn't heard about his family life, spending his early years in a cult. I didn't realize he was such good friends with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Michael Stipe makes more sense). Somehow I hadn't even really put together that Joaquin Phoenix is his brother (I know, that's kind of dumb, but there it is).
I like that Edwards tries to show that River Phoenix was a complex person, just like anyone, but I feel like he's somewhat unsuccessful in bringing him alive to someone who didn't already know him, if that makes sense. He spends a lot of time talking about other people that were his contemporaries (Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt) who didn't really even know him well, if at all, and I get that he's attempting to show who Phoenix might have grown up to become if he had lived, but it ends up feeling disjointed and distracting somehow. The main sense of Phoenix I have now isn't much different or much deeper than I had before--that he was a mostly really nice guy with some major issues who died too young. I guess I was just hoping for more depth.
I listened to the audio version of this, and I think Luke Daniels does a good job here, although I kept finding myself thinking, "stop using your narrator voice and get back to talking like Johnny Depp!" He does pretty good impressions...
Anyway, I'm not really sure who I'd recommend this to. It's not the best celebrity biography out there, and I've seen big fans of Phoenix's find issue with it as well. But I mostly enjoyed it and don't feel like it was a total waste of time, so...(less)