How does one go about writing a review on said book (taps fingers on chin). Joss Whedon has, without sounding like an obsessed fan (though I am), been...moreHow does one go about writing a review on said book (taps fingers on chin). Joss Whedon has, without sounding like an obsessed fan (though I am), been the most influential on my life, with regards to inspiring me to do what it is I want to do creatively. He is my favorite writer. For writers tell their stories in different mediums (though the most recognized writers tend to be of books). Do a search for best writers and it will only pull up links to authors, just one of the many forms writers come in. Trust me, I tried. Joss broke those bounds and really was the first ever writer of film to get such a fan base as a writer, not as a celebrity, but a damn good writer and storyteller. Like mentioned in the book, fans didn't want his autograph, they wanted to pick his brain and bond over his well crafted stories. And everything I read of his character and how he treats others, his motivations, are proof as to why he is so well supported.
This book is like a friend talking to me about a friend. I want to prop it up on my desk or wall indefinitely, as a constant reminder to achieve, to be kind, to stand up for what you believe in, and be only you until the end. Unfortunately, my cat threw up on this brand new book in the midst of my reading it. Desperate to know more, I managed to salvage it because Joss is the kind of guy you continue reading even with vomit residue on the tops of pages.
For me, it started with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A show, likely seen by some as simply a teen only appealing show. And, as I was a teen at the time, I was mesmerized by the writing, his rather famously unique way with dialogue and understanding of what he wants to tell. He gave me (along with my other favorites: Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor) a strong female character to admire. Someone who wasn't perfect, who screwed up but never gave up. Recently I watched an interview with Stephanie Meyer. Having not been a fan of her storytelling and wanting to understand her more so I knew why I wasn't, she gave me that answer when she responded to the question of how she feels about the flack she got for creating a meek female character for little girls to admire. She responded saying that we shouldn't admire fictional characters because they're 'just fiction.' That's where I realized our disconnect. For I think we should. We should take from wherever there is good, fictional or not, and draw from it to improve ourselves as people. And if written well, fictional characters are mimicked after reality, it's why we are able to relate.
From there it went on to all of his other works where he tapped into some of my favorite things, like horror - as a fresh take with Cabin in the Woods, comics with The Avengers, and even going with the unexpected with things like Much Ado About Nothing and Dr. Horrible' Sing-Along Blog. But the coolest part of this book, done so well by Amy Pascale and with a sincerely sweet forward by Nathan Fillion, was understanding how his life has influenced his writing. How he worked, how he thought about things, what role he really played, but how things in his life lead to certain characters, stories, and mediums of which he told in. He takes who he is and fits it in his work with such charm, authenticity and whit. He is a true original.
If you are a fan of his work, then this is a book to pick up. It's hard not to walk away with your jaw dropped and heart full.
Gosh I'm loving these covers. And this particular issue felt much more reminiscent of the 'old days' in Buffy, without being repetitive. I also love t...moreGosh I'm loving these covers. And this particular issue felt much more reminiscent of the 'old days' in Buffy, without being repetitive. I also love the topics being addressed, this one being about getting what you want.(less)
I wasn't sure that 'If I Stay' needed a sequel with the way it closed. But Gayle reminded me with this one that you can't just have some blaring trage...moreI wasn't sure that 'If I Stay' needed a sequel with the way it closed. But Gayle reminded me with this one that you can't just have some blaring tragedy and not deal with it. You can't have some life altering thing happen without showing the altering of life, how we as mere humans, flawed and all, deal with it. I think Gayle had a bit of guts on this one, starting a sequel with a very different person's point of view running the show and Mia (the main character in this duology) be only seen through another's eyes. Whereas the first story was through her eyes, though closed. And despite some of the parts that I felt were't as daring, and a bit 'okay, I've heard that one before,' that risk alone was impressive that she pulled it off and worth acknowledging.
A light but enjoyable read, told with the same tone as the first. The first had one thing this one didn't, a sense of immediacy. I don't know that the second needed that feeling but that feeling certainly played a role in my enjoyment of the first book.(less)
After reading Mistborn: The Final Empire I was in complete awe. Every moment intrigued me, chapter surprised me. The magic system was unique and incre...moreAfter reading Mistborn: The Final Empire I was in complete awe. Every moment intrigued me, chapter surprised me. The magic system was unique and incredibly fascinating. Sanderson went straight to becoming a favorite, just one book in. And I'll still continue on reading his books. Though this second book didn't give me that same feeling. I felt let down. The main premise dragged on much too long. Much was predictable, more and more as it progressed. For me, this book, though I did like it overall, fell into the trap that many second books in a trilogy do. They become mere transitions. Just a step, less a meaningful one, to get to the final piece. It wasn't until the very end of the story that I felt what I did with the first, this eagerness to turn the next page, to stop myself from peeking. I will finish the series because I must know what happens. I'm too deep into the world not to, but I do hope it wraps up in a way that the first book started, with a level of excitement and world building I haven't read since Patrick Rothfuss' writing.(less)
I have long been intrigued by the relationship between us and technology. It's naive to focus solely on what we get out of it, for with every give the...moreI have long been intrigued by the relationship between us and technology. It's naive to focus solely on what we get out of it, for with every give there is a take, and I'm really fascinated by the takes of technology. For years now I have been slowing down my use of it. Deleting profiles on social networks, unsubscribing from what I found to be filler, letting go of my cell phone and up until recently, limiting when I allow myself on and becoming more diligent and resourceful about my use of it.
Like Carr, I noticed many changes within myself, the number one being ease of distraction. Distraction with everything. Carr does such a great job of really showing you just how distracting the internet can be. Something always vying for your attention. Even the studies about hyperlinks that he shared really enlightened me. Me, being naive, would use hyperlinks on former websites because I thought I was being helpful to the readers. But, in retrospect, I was offering distractions. That particular study he shared stood out the most to me, how people who read articles without hyperlinks comprehended the articles much more whereas those who read them with hyperlinks were distracted, clicking from that hyperlink to another, not always finishing the original article and if they did, not comprehending it quite as much.
I noticed differences in talking to people about articles. It became apparent that many would talk about an article having only read the title or first couple of sentences. That is partly the internets role in their thinking. This pressure to do so much that you end up with abstract pieces from everywhere, easily mixed together, never really understanding one because you didn't allow for that deeper thinking that the internet doesn't encourage.
I was a bit disappointed that the book focused solely on reading comprehension and the role a distracted and newly wired mind (the result of internet usage) had on reading. I kind of wanted to know more, beyond reading. Every day, everything, how it has an impact because I know it does. And gosh would I love to read a book that discusses the emotional impact the internet has on individuals and society as a whole. I've seen an escalation in envy, comparison, self loathing, enhanced egos, disappointment in others due to a lack of a immediate response that the internet allows. I would love to read about that. In addition, the book was highly academically written which isn't always intriguing. However, I did find myself talking about it to others, passing on information I learned and even recommending it. I might check out more of what Carr has to say with his other works but I surely will continue reading more on this topic.
Without being spoiler-y, I feel this that this issue really brought everything back home. It came full circle. And I loved that, getting back to the b...moreWithout being spoiler-y, I feel this that this issue really brought everything back home. It came full circle. And I loved that, getting back to the basics with still other emerging aspects to explore. And the art in this one really impressed me. I absolutely love that cover and felt everything just got better in this issue. (less)
Historical fiction is a genre I read little of, though I have yet to be let down by it. This one, in all honesty, drew me to it for rather shallow rea...moreHistorical fiction is a genre I read little of, though I have yet to be let down by it. This one, in all honesty, drew me to it for rather shallow reasons. When I heard that this book was optioned for film and Jennifer Lawrence will be playing Agnes (yet another book to movie that I've read of which she's in and will later release - the other being 'The Glass Castle') I was immediately hooked. Not only do I (for the most part) enjoy reading a book before seeing the film adaptation, but I'm also a rather big fan of Jennifer's body of work thus far.
Honestly, I read that she was playing a murderer and I wanted to read it. I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I didn't know it was historical fiction or that the story is inspired by a true story that took place in the 1820s set in northern Iceland. But what I did end up reading I rather enjoyed. It isn't a thriller. It's truth hidden in fiction (though, really, that's all fiction) and the thing about truth is that bitter truth is more haunting than any piece of fictional horror writing. It's no wonder the story remained with Hannah Kent, after she first heard of it on a visit to Iceland. It's haunting and the more haunting thing, is this kind of stuff still happens but the way she accounts it all is done with such care for each individual and moment in time. I surely look forward to the adaptation.