Sometimes the best books are the ones that surprise you. They All Fall Down comes across in the first part of the book as yet another catty teen girlSometimes the best books are the ones that surprise you. They All Fall Down comes across in the first part of the book as yet another catty teen girl story, and then it goes sideways and becomes a super-fun read.
The school in question has a "Hottie List," where the hottest girls in the class are ranked. This is typically a good thing, but then the girls start dying in weird ways one by one. Is it a curse or something more?
This is a book that ties itself in and out of knots so well, and throws a lot of fun curveballs in your direction as you go about it. It has a very Final Destination vibe to it, for sure, but I think the horror of it all is less the eventualities and more of the way the characters interact and the mystery behind it all. Playing up some classic horror tropes doesn't hurt, either, especially with the "is it a curse or not" idea.
Overall, a fun read! Definitely a little different than what I've come to expect from YA, which is nice, and worth a read if you're into this sort of story....more
I've been continually impressed by how high the quality of the Wimpy Kid books have been as the series has progressed. We're close to 10 years worth oI've been continually impressed by how high the quality of the Wimpy Kid books have been as the series has progressed. We're close to 10 years worth of the books now and, while at one time this was rumored to be the final book, that might not be so anymore. I wonder if that's part of the reason why this one was just okay.
The charm of the books comes from the seemingly tied together stories to go along with the broader arc. I'd say the issue with this one was that the story with Greg's grandfather wasn't terribly engaging, and the rest was ultimately forgettable almost as soon as I read it. Not a great combination for a book that sort of requires a little more to keep it going.
Kids will keep loving this in any regard. If you've read the first nine and you're a kid obsessed with this series, this won't be the thing to change your mind. For this adult reader, though, it really felt like a rather broad misstep of stories maybe better relegated as subplots for a better tale. ...more
I really do love this series, but they're kind of hard to describe as to why. It's fun monster stuff, good friendship, witty writing, and that's sometI really do love this series, but they're kind of hard to describe as to why. It's fun monster stuff, good friendship, witty writing, and that's sometimes all I'm looking for in a comic, but it's so weird and different that it's hard not to want to treat it as such.
The second volume builds really well off of the first, and that's really all that needs to happen. Definitely a must read recommendation for people who enjoy a little more fun and lightness in their comics....more
I only have a passing knowledge of music group The KLF, and a side interest in Discordianism in general, so this short book ultimately does a good jobI only have a passing knowledge of music group The KLF, and a side interest in Discordianism in general, so this short book ultimately does a good job combining the two in the best way it possibly could given the metric ton of deliberate misinformation strewn about by all parties involved. While this is billed primarily as about The KLF, it's really better as a basic primer of Discordianism in popular arts and culture, and that's not to say a larger piece would be more interesting, but as someone who decidedly cannot take the time to become more obsessed with yet another weird arcane "thing," this was more than enough to satiate my overall interest.
This is short enough to be engrossing and whet anyone's appetite, but might not be detailed enough to truly delve into everything people would like to about the topics within. For me, it was pitch perfect, and I'm glad I took some time to read this one....more
1) Squirrel Girl is awesome, and she also happens to be super powerful, and someone like Ryan North is exactly the type of writer to gSo a few things:
1) Squirrel Girl is awesome, and she also happens to be super powerful, and someone like Ryan North is exactly the type of writer to get to the heart of the whole thing.
2) Squirrel Girl as a comic is kind of limited in its available scope, and probably gets a boost due to the fun novelty of it all combined with her notoriety as one of those c-level superheroes that got very short thrift in the Marvel canon but is one of those fun trivia answers.
This comic ultimately works because it tries to subvert a lot of comic tropes while still sitting firmly within the universe itself. It doesn't go too far in either direction (a welcome change from, say, the recent Thor debacle, and tries deliberately to keep things really light. That's welcome.
I suppose if you're looking for a more serious take, look elsewhere. As a "better than most of the recent Marvel Now" stuff, though, it's worth a good gander. Plus, you can't really argue with a "EAT NUTS KICK BUTTS" tagline, can you?...more
The best way I can describe this short novel is that it's really a bit of a weird, uncomfortable existential dread thatSuch a beautiful, strange book.
The best way I can describe this short novel is that it's really a bit of a weird, uncomfortable existential dread that doesn't devolve into scary bits or anything like that. It's fear of the mundane, it's sort of about the choices made over a lifetime and over generations, and it just works.
I struggle with really giving this a full accounting, as it's a book that ended up being more about what the book evoked rather than what the individual contents were. This book won a prize long ago and this translation appears to have kept the mood throughout, which is great, too.
As I slowly move through the Dorothy Project books, I found that this one stuck with me quite a bit. I wish I could pull something like this off. If you can get a copy, do so - it's one that might end up sticking to your gut, too....more
It's kind of fun to see the dystopia/zombie/monster post-society books make their way to the middle grade level, and Total Monster Chaos, the first taIt's kind of fun to see the dystopia/zombie/monster post-society books make their way to the middle grade level, and Total Monster Chaos, the first tale of The Last Kids on Earth, kind of delivers. When it's not checking off the basic boxes that are expected by some corners, it ends up being a pretty silly, fairly fun and quick read.
It feels like a corny monster movie in a lot of ways, which is great, and it has a lot of appeal to the same type of Captain Underpants/Wimpy Kid style reads that have become popular with reluctant readers these days. The flaws the book has would be missed fairly quickly by a kid reader, and this is ultimately a great entrypoint to corny monster stories....more
I've been a fan of Sarah Vowell's take on history since I found Assassination Vacation however many years ago. So it's been difficult for me to figureI've been a fan of Sarah Vowell's take on history since I found Assassination Vacation however many years ago. So it's been difficult for me to figure out what it is about this that feels like a miss.
Lafayette being the French general who was one of the instrumental cogs in the successful American Revolution, this sort of attempts to get inside his contributions a bit more. In a sense, he's a compelling figure, but he's also perhaps a little misunderstood.
So why did this fall a little flat for me? Maybe it's because I've read so much Revolutionary stuff over the years? Maybe he's just not compelling enough for this sort of treatment? Maybe I might be over Vowell's approach altogether?
I honestly don't know. But this is the first time I've read a Vowell book and didn't leave happy. I won't say to skip it, but maybe wait on it a bit....more
So I love me some Lumberjanes and saw this on the shelf at the library, so I naturally grabbed it. A sort of futuristic fantasy involving shapeshiftinSo I love me some Lumberjanes and saw this on the shelf at the library, so I naturally grabbed it. A sort of futuristic fantasy involving shapeshifting and an overly corrupt group of government assassins, this is just weird enough to be fun while perhaps being a little more overwrought than it needs to be. Where Lumberjanes works due to the constraints of the medium, this feels a little bloated at times (likely due to its webcomic origins).
Still one of the better recent graphic novels I've read, but definitely different in tone and writing style than what you might expect from other Stevenson works....more