This was really pretty. There was a lot of imagery that was perfect and gorgeous. When I get home maybe I'll remember to pull out some quotes; I remem...moreThis was really pretty. There was a lot of imagery that was perfect and gorgeous. When I get home maybe I'll remember to pull out some quotes; I remember the ceiling fan in the pediatrician's office slowly rotating to create an endless potato skin . . . uh, boviously Roy is much better at this than I am.
It was non-linear and sad and about India and poverty (and not-poverty) and caste and oh MAN did I hate that Baby Kochamma. She really was the worst.
It's funny that both this book (which I read as my Book Club White Elephant book, gifted by May) and the book we read for Book Club last month, White is For Witching, had as protagonists boy-girl twins who are tooclose and can, like, know what the other one is thinking. I guess that must be how it is in real life! Either that or people find twins FASCINATING.(less)
I love Bad Machinery. I read Scary Go Round (the webcomic that preceded Bad Machinery, whence Bad Machinery was "spun off") and liked it a lot; I thin...moreI love Bad Machinery. I read Scary Go Round (the webcomic that preceded Bad Machinery, whence Bad Machinery was "spun off") and liked it a lot; I think I actually like Bad Machinery MORE. I like that the protagonists are kids, clever kids; they're innocent and whatnot and that appeals to me. (Also the supernatural stuff is toned down a little bit, which I think I like as well.)
So this book is a collection of the first "mystery" of Bad Machinery. It introduces our six young protagonists. I like the art; I like the characterizations; I like the jokes (subtle! Not always laugh out loud! That's okay!) I like how British it is. I love Bad Machinery, thank you Jeff for giving this book to me for Christmas.
I should also note that the book itself is GORGEOUS. I've purchased Scary Go Round books before and they look all right; this beauty is oversized and crisp and clear and I love running my hand over the smooth pages. Really very nice. Recommended to all; if you want you can borrow mine.(less)
I'm in the middle of a zillion books right now, but I was standing at my back door and it caught my eye on my bookshelf. It's so thin. So I pulled it...moreI'm in the middle of a zillion books right now, but I was standing at my back door and it caught my eye on my bookshelf. It's so thin. So I pulled it out and saw that there's an inscription in the front, that I got this in the book swap at Imi & Alex's wedding. The other book I got from the book swap was One Hundred Years of Solitude, which turned out to be my favorite book ever. So I thought I would read this one real quick.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Parts of it were gorgeous but the dude himself was such a sociopath . . . it's a shame I didn't read this in school or anything, because maybe someone could help me understand it better. Supposedly this is existentialist or something, and yeah yeah yeah, life is meaningless, but like . . . you did this to yourself, man. (view spoiler)[You KILLED a dude. I know you keep referring to him as just "an Arab," he gets less loving description than the mangy dog, but that is an actual man that you murdered. On purpose. Who cares if it's irrelevant that you didn't mourn publicly for your mother? Who cares that you're otherwise an okay guy? YOU KILLED A MAN WHO USED TO BE ALIVE, AND NOW ISN'T ANYMORE. Because the sun was too hot. You're a fucking dick. (hide spoiler)] I guess that's the point, but it just made me not care about him. I couldn't sympathize in the least.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
So, this is a very detailed, in-depth book on birding. I got through the first section, which was about identification in general. Unfortunately I did...moreSo, this is a very detailed, in-depth book on birding. I got through the first section, which was about identification in general. Unfortunately I didn't retain very much -- for example, he goes into detail about molting, and the different kinds of molts, etc. I was happy to read it and I'll keep in mind the idea that "well, that bird looks weird, but it might just be between molts" or something but there's no way on God's green earth I am ever going to be able to remember specific molts for certain species of birds. But still, I'm glad it's in there!
I stopped when I got to the part that starts talking about identification for specific types of birds (I think ducks were first.) Again, it's interesting and useful but there's no way I'm going to retain most of it. But maybe before I go out somewhere where I know there will be ducks, I'll read the duck section as a refresher.
Long story short, it's a valuable book, but not as useful to a birder such as I, somewhat more casual and in it for the "being outside on a leisurely walk" side of things, moreso than the "getting a long list and spotting rarities" side of things.(less)
This book was sort of cute. There were some weird terminology things but maybe it's just because it was written 15 years ago? She keeps saying "telesc...moreThis book was sort of cute. There were some weird terminology things but maybe it's just because it was written 15 years ago? She keeps saying "telescopes" when I think she probably means "spotting scopes." And she rarely says "birders," they're "birdwatchers."
For someone who actually is a birder, some of the explanations (especially in the beginning) are a little tedious and the descriptions of birds and people a little precious. And she anthropomorphizes the hell out of the birds but at least she acknowledges it. And I rolled my eyes at lot. Like at the dumb names they named the hawks ("First Love"? Gross.) And how when she encountered a human skull (in a laboratory setting) she "shuddered." Basically the people all sound like a bunch of over-enthusiastic dorks but that's birders, right? Who am I kidding.
Also the only reason that anything that happens in the book is remarkable, is because it's happening in the middle of New York City. Every once in a while I'd think "oh, I'd like to see that! Maybe we should go up -- " and then catch myself. Because there are SO MANY opportunities for so much more amazing stuff (naturally speaking) between me and New York, but if you yourself are already stuck in the middle of Manhattan, then this is great! And wondrous! And amazing! But if you're not, then this shit's small potatoes. Ooh boy a killdeer family. @@
But yes, it was very nice, and the next time I'm in New York anyway, for some other New York-only reason, I'd like to take the time to check out Central Park now that I know a little more about it. And maybe I would recommend it to New Yorkers who were thinking about taking up birding (you know who you are.)(less)
This is a book that my dad read to me when I was younger. My friend Tesa mentioned something from it and I excitedly mentioned some other stuff from i...moreThis is a book that my dad read to me when I was younger. My friend Tesa mentioned something from it and I excitedly mentioned some other stuff from it and then she gave it to me. Because Tesa is the best.
So I remembered some scenes vividly, though not the fact that it takes place in the Pine Barrens. I'm pretty sure that reading this book affected my adult personality in a very real way. I mean I read all sorts of nature-y sort of stuff when I was young, but this one really takes the cake, you know?
I think that everything this guy does (in this book) is amazing and wonderful and I longed to have lived his life.
It's the story of a doomed fat nerd from Santo Domingo, who grew up in Paterson (one town over from wher...moreThe pace of the writing leaves you breathless.
It's the story of a doomed fat nerd from Santo Domingo, who grew up in Paterson (one town over from where I grew up) and went to Rutgers (my alma mater.) I didn't get any of the Spanglish, but I got about 75% of the nerdlish (I need a deeper comics background.) It goes so FAST because the author TALKS so fast. It's beautiful and tragic and though there are few characters, they're all alive and real, and the grown-up versions match the growing-up versions.
It's a folk tale filled with folk tales, and I like those. Highly recommended.(less)
First of all, I should mention what this book covers: there is no new material here. It tells the story of Roland's fight with Cort, and then the flas...moreFirst of all, I should mention what this book covers: there is no new material here. It tells the story of Roland's fight with Cort, and then the flashback story of Mejis that makes up the bulk of Wizard and Glass. Thassit.
Okay. So. I'm not going to attempt to look at it from someone who hasn't read the source material; I just don't know. If you HAVE read the source material, this gets a resounding "eh." It's neat to see someone's visual interpretation of the characters, but I feel like the art was repetitive. Like, Susan looks neat! But looks the SAME in every shot. Everyone is squinting all the time. Also Rhea wasn't gross enough.
Since the book doesn't add anything to the story, but of course has to leave a lot out, there's not much point to it. I'd recommend READING the thing, but not purchasing it. (less)
This book is not funny. That's because it's not a humor book, it's a memoir. Sure there are quips here and again, but Martin is a performer; and when...moreThis book is not funny. That's because it's not a humor book, it's a memoir. Sure there are quips here and again, but Martin is a performer; and when he's not performing comedy, he's . . . not performing comedy. If you've followed his career at all, though, you know this already.
It's charming, though, and it's sad, like most of Martin's work, and it made me cry at the end.(less)