Felicia Day, Queen of the Geeks. Or, slightly awkward nerd girl you think would probably be a pretty good friend, but you might have to calm her downFelicia Day, Queen of the Geeks. Or, slightly awkward nerd girl you think would probably be a pretty good friend, but you might have to calm her down a bunch, but still probably cool. I discovered Felicia Day in a round about way. I knew that The Guild was a thing, but I’d never seen it. I didn’t play MMOs, so that obviously wasn’t for me. (Also, I’m really uncomfortable with awkward humor.) I knew she’d done guest spots on shows I was aware of, but always after I stopped watching them (Buffy, Season 7 anyone?) But then, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog happened and I now knew Felicia Day and I cared about her. Luckily, she had a backlog of stuff on the internet for me to consume. For free.
And now, a memoir, so I can find out more than I ever should have wanted to know about the origin story of Felicia Day. I don’t read that many memoirs. At the end of the day, unless you’re really unusual, I just don’t care that much about your life. I’m sorry! I’m sure you’re really nice, but “slice of life” stories kind of bore me. However, exceptions can be made for certain people (usually women) I admire. Or, if you did something really, really awesome like Julia Child being a spy during WWII. Felicia’s life story is pretty interesting in a quirky and awkward way. She didn’t have a background like mine, but I could see hers from here. I wasn’t homeschooled, mostly because my mom had to work full time and she was worried I’d become a shut in. But I thought it would be awesome. I didn’t get big on the early internet because we couldn’t afford the hourly rates and by the time AOL discs with 500 free hours started to liter the landscape, I was at boarding school with no dialup access. And I was NEVER going to be a musical prodigy. I just wasn’t that good at anything except reading. catBut, I can still identify with lots of the things Felicia talks about in her book. Feeling lost the first time she went to a dance and was WAY overdressed. Being put into ALL the lessons because her mom didn’t really know what to do with her. Retreating into fantasy worlds because real life was difficult. I had books, she had video games. And Perry Mason books. Apparently. I listened to the audio version of the book, read by Felicia, which was fun, but a little bit weird if you’ve heard her talk a bunch. Her cadence is different when she’s reading the book than when she’s recording a vlog, so that threw me just a little. It’s not bad, just different. The book is charming if you’re willing to be charmed and frank about the difficulties she’s had growing up in an unusual way and then issues she had due to the pressure of success as well as illness. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who has those “please love me” thoughts every time I meet a new person or put something I did out into the world. If someone like Felicia Day can have them, then maybe it’s ok that I do too. After all, she’s the Queen of the Geeks.
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Daniel Carter was a cop in New York who stumbled across a deeply strange case that resulted in his partner and the perpetrator dead and his dreams beiDaniel Carter was a cop in New York who stumbled across a deeply strange case that resulted in his partner and the perpetrator dead and his dreams being haunted by the strangeness of it all. Emily Lovecraft is the last direct descendant of H.P. Lovecraft and works in her uncle’s bookstore in Providence, RI. There’s no reason these two people should ever meet until a suspiciously high priced lawyer tells Carter that he has inherited said bookstore. That’s fine and dandy. He doesn’t really need a bookstore, but it’s a nice piece of backup income to supplement his PI business. But then, he gets a call from a man who is afraid for his life. When Carter arrives in the parking lot to meet his new client he finds the police already there and the client dead in his car under impossible circumstances. The more he looks into it the tighter he and Lovecraft are drawn into a strange web that seems to have come straight out of HPL’s books.
(This review originally appeared at medusaslibrary.com) I listened to this one on audio and I’ve got to say, pick up the hardcopy instead. It’s not that the narrator is bad, but I really didn’t care for the way he voiced Lovecraft. It was just weirdly drawling. It just didn’t work for me. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I’m hoping it’s the start of a series rather than a standalone. I feel like the ending is a great setup for a second book, but a little unsatisfying if it’s just the end. It was a little odd to read this so close to Maplecroft. I kept thinking about the way the scary things worked there and mixing them up with the events in this book. Also, Howard confirmed my suspicions about a certain type of grad student… ...more
Well, I finally finished Modern Romance. This took a while because I was listening to it on audio and I got distracted listening to podcasts (mostly aWell, I finally finished Modern Romance. This took a while because I was listening to it on audio and I got distracted listening to podcasts (mostly author interviews with Cherie Priest, Ursula Vernon, or Seanan McGuire) and so my audio time was taken up with that. On the whole, the book was interesting, but I would definitely recommend getting the print edition rather than the audio. For one thing, the print edition has (apparently) charts and graphs that you can’t see with the audio edition. For another, Ansari, who voices the audiobook, frequently abuses the listener for being too lazy to read the book themselves. It’s kind of funny the first time, but not really. There are plenty of reasons someone might need to or simply prefer to listen to an audiobook and there’s no need to mock that even if you are a comedian. The information in the book is presented fairly well, but I don’t know that much of it is revelatory. People are waiting longer to get married, taking longer to settle down in general, and the online dating networks have given us more choices, but also made it harder to make a decision. Ok. Cool. I’m not sure that my life has been changed by this book, but it was interesting. If I were more of a sociologist or a cultural anthropologist it probably would have been very illuminating, but I like archaeology and books, so it wasn’t right in my wheelhouse.
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**spoiler alert** First off, I couldn't finish this book. Although I liked the opening when Elizabeth and Darcy are trapped in a cottage together duri**spoiler alert** First off, I couldn't finish this book. Although I liked the opening when Elizabeth and Darcy are trapped in a cottage together during a snow storm, the story rapidly shifted and began to stretch my incredulity. First, Wickham and several fellow officers assault Mariah Lucas in public, in a tavern. Elizabeth sees it on her way back home and rushes to Mr. Darcy who wants to stop them, but feels that Wichkham will somehow make the situation too dangerous? I'm not even sure. Next, once it becomes known that Elizabeth spent three days alone with a man, she is sent off to London to her aunt and uncle's. Ok, fine. But when she tells Mr. Bennett that Darcy proposed marriage, he laughs in her face and tells her that ALL men try that sort of thing to take advantage of women. He makes it clear that he has done that ore than once. Later, in London, he tells Elizabeth that he will carry her letter to Darcy himself. He comes home later and tells her that Darcy offered money or to arrange a marriage to someone else, as he had done for Mariah, but that he obviously cannot marry her. Once Darcy finds out that Elizabeth is in disgrace, he rides to Longbourne to find her where Mr. Bennett again lies. He tells Darcy that Elizabeth never wanted to contact him, and so he, Mr. Bennett, will honor her wishes and not reveal her location to Mr. Darcy. Now, maybe he thinks he's protecting her from an unhappy marriage and that she'll be much happier married to a clerk in her uncle's company. But I don't see the logic there. Or, maybe he's just a terrible person. I didn't stick around to find out. That's the point I turned the audiobook off and called it a day....more