Spotted this on the New Books shelf at the local library & it looked to be right up my alley. As advertised, it's a look at the lives of pop cult Spotted this on the New Books shelf at the local library & it looked to be right up my alley. As advertised, it's a look at the lives of pop culture characters based on various types of correspondence - ranging from Yelp reviews of Cheers and the Bates Motel, a US Marshall memo on the "Wanted: Dead or Alive" status of Jon BonJovi and a list of Jay-Z's 99 problems.
I had several laugh-out loud moments (NASA's termination letter to Elton John), but they felt a bit front-loaded. There were a couple of items I didn't quite get, due to not being familiar with the source material, but that's going to happen with any collection like this. Overall - there's a lot of clever moments (and an occasional bit of pathos) - and I've added it to my Christmas wish list. ...more
Really enjoyed this kinda-sorta memoir, which I picked up at the local library.
Being a fan of both the book and the film, it was good to discover thaReally enjoyed this kinda-sorta memoir, which I picked up at the local library.
Being a fan of both the book and the film, it was good to discover that the making of the film was as fun an experience as the viewing. While this recollection is primarily from Elwes' viewpoint, there are sidebars from many of his co-stars, as well as Goldman, Reiner and Lear, where they provide their own insights into the production. Elwes speaks particularly fondly of Andre the Giant, who left us too soon. The book wraps up with the 25th anniversary screening in New York, where the cast reunited for a panel discussion (I'd love to see video of this event!) and Elwes' own reflections on the legacy of the film.
Recommended to fans of The Princess Bride looking for an upbeat behind the scenes look at the film. ...more
I think I spotted this in the New Reads list on the Indiana Digital Media website. I'd just come off a wonderful steampunk trilogy (Leviathan by Scot I think I spotted this in the New Reads list on the Indiana Digital Media website. I'd just come off a wonderful steampunk trilogy (Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld) and was looking for something similar. I'm also a sucker for literary mashups - so finding that the main characters were the niece of Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stoker piqued my interest.
While Miss Alvermina Holmes (she goes by Mina) and Evaline Stoker come from different social circles - they are called to serve the Crown in a clandestine capacity to investigate the suspicious disappearances of several society belles. The titular item becomes an important clue - and the game is soon afoot!
A fun read - Gleason drops you right into an steampunk Victorian London, where buildings tower so high they need support from balloons, and the streets are multilevel - the higher levels being toll-based. And yes, vampires are real; but supposedly nearly exterminated, thanks to the Stoker clan.
Mina and Evaline are well-drawn characters, with their personality quirks not distracting too much from the overall story. Being a YA novel - there are romantic interests, of course; they toe the line of being a bit overdone (but I'm not quite the intended audience). There's plenty of action and danger along the way, and both young ladies comport themselves well.
The time travel element seems oddly placed - I think the story would have been just fine without it, but I imagine it comes more into focus in the (presumed) sequels. Thankfully, this novel wraps up its own story (am not terribly fond of cliffhangers), but leaves the door open for more Stoker/Holmes adventures. Worth at least a library read if steampunk, literary mashups and strong female leads are your thing....more