First published in 1944, this story was originally sent out as a family Christmas card. Frank Capra got wind of it when he returned from WWII, and theFirst published in 1944, this story was originally sent out as a family Christmas card. Frank Capra got wind of it when he returned from WWII, and the movie he made from it -- It's a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart -- was not a box office hit. Yet it's become a Christmas classic and is beloved by millions.
Totally worth a quick read to remember what's truly worthwhile. ...more
More like Reading As Fast As I Can, amirite?! Fresh off the emotional lows and highs of A Year in the Life, this book was the perfect capstone to a seMore like Reading As Fast As I Can, amirite?! Fresh off the emotional lows and highs of A Year in the Life, this book was the perfect capstone to a second immersion in Stars Hollow.
Lauren Graham is smart and funny and disarming, and the words on the page leapt into my ears as though being read aloud by Lorelai Gilmore. I tore through this book in what seemed like a matter of minutes, enjoying every bit of it.
I've seen this billed as "essays" but the firm didn't strike me as much different from a regular celebrity memoir: some stories about her childhood, her training, her early acting successes and failures, a few lessons learned along the way.
I could have done with a few fewer diet jokes; they seemed a little forced. But other than that, it felt like an authentic look at the memories and foibles of the woman who is the closest thing we'll ever have to a real-life Lorelai Gilmore, quirks and fast-talking dated pop-culture references and all....more
I can't help reading these books, perhaps out of a devotion to anthropology (my college major -- and really, can you name another series where the maiI can't help reading these books, perhaps out of a devotion to anthropology (my college major -- and really, can you name another series where the main character is an anthropologist?). Like the preceding 17 books in the series, this is a quick and interesting read, where Temperance Brennan's impressive skill at deciphering clues to identity and cause of death from scraps of bone is quickly overshadowed by her impressive penchant for making bad decisions that leave her in predictably perilous situations. Spoiler: she always survives!
But even though the plots of these books have become, at least for me, sort of like like mix-and-match outfits on a Temperance Brennan doll (this one is a creepy religious ritual blouse, matched with the always-in-style mistreated child's pants, and finished off with romantic-paralysis sneakers!), Reichs is a master of the cliffhanger chapter ending, and it keeps the pace moving smartly along. It will be tough not to finish this in one go, even if you are constantly rolling your eyes at the choppy sentences and transparent suspense-builders.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review....more
Good fun. They really upped the lawyer game in this volume, having She-Hulk go toe-to-toe with Matt Murdock in the courtroom (and bringing real legalGood fun. They really upped the lawyer game in this volume, having She-Hulk go toe-to-toe with Matt Murdock in the courtroom (and bringing real legal concepts like hearsay and dying declarations into play). The superhero storyline paled a little in comparison, though finding out the paralegal has powers was pretty awesome. ...more
The obvious question is: how in the world does Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice translate to manga?
The answer is: surprisingly well*.
*As long as youThe obvious question is: how in the world does Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice translate to manga?
The answer is: surprisingly well*.
*As long as you can master the right-to-left panel reading that's typically required in manga. It took me about 10% of the book to get comfortable with that and to stop accidentally reading things out of order.
I was greatly relieved to find that the dialogue is largely faithful to the original. Can you imagine how terrible it would be if they tried to modernize "In vain I have struggled. It will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you!"?
I thought the art was, for the most part, extremely well rendered. There are some beautiful sketches of Jane and Lizzie, especially.
All in all, it made for a lovely rereading of a fabulous novel. Not a substitute for the original, of course, but a very pleasant way to recall everything you loved about the original with the lagniappe of drawings that heighten the drama. Recommended for devoted Austen fans who enjoy an occasional graphic novel, and never thought to see the two overlap.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my unbiased review....more
Having now read it, I understand why it's a classic -- it's the old-school kind of scary, where there's plenty of ominous buildup but you can't be surHaving now read it, I understand why it's a classic -- it's the old-school kind of scary, where there's plenty of ominous buildup but you can't be sure if your mounting fear is really justified or not. There's lots of ambiguity, lots of room for interpretation, and a fairly satisfying but still not crystal-clear climax. In short, it's a very fun Halloween read, especially for those who don't particularly want a gory horrorfest, but in the end it didn't really have the emotional force of, say, Carrie....more
My favorite of the series so far. Giant magical chess match (okay, war posturing) in Faerie. My least favorite characters made nary an appearance, andMy favorite of the series so far. Giant magical chess match (okay, war posturing) in Faerie. My least favorite characters made nary an appearance, and my favorite (Toot toot!) kindof saves the day. Good times....more
This was a surprisingly fast and easy read. I'm not sure it's terribly profound, but I enjoyed the slightly bizarre characters and creative set up. IThis was a surprisingly fast and easy read. I'm not sure it's terribly profound, but I enjoyed the slightly bizarre characters and creative set up. I agree with some others that it's probably not a very accurate representation of mental illness, but if you're okay with taking this just for what it is, it's a very good read.
Note, however, that there are definite spoilers of some famous literature -- so if you intend to read The Great Gatsby or The Bell Jar and haven't yet, be warned....more
For the first time since my review of The Graduate, I'm going to try to write a review in the style of the book I'm reviewing.
Everybody is familiar wiFor the first time since my review of The Graduate, I'm going to try to write a review in the style of the book I'm reviewing.
Everybody is familiar with Bones. The TV show character, not the books. TV Temperance is smart but socially awkward. More than smart, really. Genius. And then there's Booth. Sensitive but cocky. Irresistible. The chemistry between those two is undeniable.
But these are the books. Over time, the sentences have gotten shorter. Choppier. Fewer subjects and even fewer verbs. Lots of adjectives.
Then we'll get over-explanation of a scientific concept. Like a hospital worker waxing poetic about a CT scan of body parts.
While entering instructions, she'd explained how the data produced by the scanner would be manipulated through a process known as windowing to demonstrate various bodily structures based on their ability to block the X-ray beam. She said that although images generated were historically in the axial or transverse plane, orthogonal to the long axis of the body, modern scanners now allowed data to be reformatted in various planes or even as volumetric -- three-dimensional -- representations.
I followed that. I just didn't particularly enjoy it. Is the CT operator really going to lecture the forensic anthropologist about how the scanner works? Somehow I doubt it.
We're fifteen books into the series now. After that many books, the basic repetition of plots is hard to avoid. So we get a murder. Or two. Or several. Tempe notices something unusual about the bones, giving the cops a clue to work from. Then purposely or accidentally, she ends up in the field meeting suspects. Sooner or later, there will be a tickle in her brain. Something she knows but can't put her finger on. Shaking her head, she'll go about her business. And then her jaw will drop in disbelief.
Before Tempe can tell anyone where she is, or what big part of the case she's just figured out, someone will hit her on the head.
Cue the pages of even shorter sentences. In the first person. Like this: I wake up. It's dark. My head hurts. Where am I? What happened? Did I drink too much and pass out? My arm is asleep. Or maybe it's been cut off? I shift position. Nope, there it is. Pins and needles. Nothing compared to the pain in my head. Nausea. I close my eyes. Wait for my stomach to settle. Then I remember. Someone hit me over the head! I have to get out of here. Wherever here is. I slowly turn over. Nothing above me but rock. It's cold. Still dark. And quiet. I open my mouth to scream and realize it's taped shut. Then I hear a noise. I freeze. Is it a mouse? Or is someone there? Help!
Surprise, surprise, Tempe gets rescued. The bad guys get caught. Justice is served. But nothing can bring back the murder victims. Because diamondsbones are forever.
A sweet quick read, andif already sewn the movie, so no surprises. It's inventive and a little spooky but very charming, and I love Coraline's pluckyA sweet quick read, andif already sewn the movie, so no surprises. It's inventive and a little spooky but very charming, and I love Coraline's plucky exploration....more
This book is funny for exactly as long as you can hear Barney Stinson's voice in your head reading along with you. For me, the limit was about ten pagThis book is funny for exactly as long as you can hear Barney Stinson's voice in your head reading along with you. For me, the limit was about ten pages at a time. Once Neil Patrick Harris stops lending his humor and charm to the word, you realize how awful the content really is. I wouldn't be surprised if Tucker Max was the ghostwriter, except most of it is simultaneously more offensive and less creative than Max's usual misogynistic crap out there. So I'd put the book down in disgust... But then twelve hours later, Barney's voice would return and I'd chuckle at the next ten pages. Oh, that Barney! Tee hee.
But there is absolutely no excuse for the fact that Broccasion (Bro+Occasion, because it's The Bro Code and so it's clever) is twice spelled Brocassion. Ugh. Except apparently a Bro never spellchecks, so maybe the misspellings were just an unintentional illustration if The Code in action. In which case, still ugh....more
I had a vague memory of seeing this movie a long time ago, but I didn't remember any of the specifics. But the cover caught my eye in a bookstore, andI had a vague memory of seeing this movie a long time ago, but I didn't remember any of the specifics. But the cover caught my eye in a bookstore, and the jacket text convinced me to pick it up. Most of you probably know the basic premise: feuding magicians! What could be more fun?
This isn't light, breezy reading, though. It reminds me of one of the science-fiction classics, maybe Frankenstein or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Much of the book is written as magicians' journals dating from the late 1800s to early 1900s, and I thought the old-fashioned language was handled perfectly, strongly evoking the era without being at all impenetrable.
For Nikola Tesla fans, he's quite involved in the storyline. I don't know how much is factual (did he really have a laboratory/lair in the mountains above Colorado Springs?) but it was entertaining, and gave the science-fiction elements a certain air of plausibility. ...more