This was just okay for me, but that might be because I listened to Yes Please directly after Leah Remini's Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and ScienThis was just okay for me, but that might be because I listened to Yes Please directly after Leah Remini's Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, which in hindsight was probably a disservice. But whatever, this wasn't as funny as I was hoping it'd be, and I think I laughed the hardest at the last chapter.
I think the main issue is just that Amy Poehler's life isn't as fascinating to hear about. And I realize this is a pretty odd thing to say given that this is in fact an autobiography an all. But I guess what I'm trying to say is... what was the point here? Was there something groundbreaking that happened in her life that demanded to be written about? Not from what I read.
The narrative was choppy and Poehler flips to different parts of her life on a whim, not following any sort chronological order or sense. This made for a confusing listening experience for me at times. There were certain parts that I did find interesting: finding out how she and Tina met, Seth Meyers' narration, the controversy around her controversial SNL skit and... that's about it for the most part. The rest I could have easily done without.
Hey guys, so let's talk about sex for a minute. And that's not just me wanting to talk about sex, that's me saying, "hey let's talk about this book, wHey guys, so let's talk about sex for a minute. And that's not just me wanting to talk about sex, that's me saying, "hey let's talk about this book, which conveniently grants me a license to be slightly inappropriate in this review." Not that I need a license or anything, but I try to keep it toned to a respectable level since I'm about 70% sure my mom reads my reviews. I digress.
Every once in a while, I read something so far removed from what I usually read— like total extreme— and it's always fascinating to watch myself reacting. Especially since I mostly read YA with a splash of Adult thrown in. Well, I thought after reading T-Rex Troubles that I'd read everything. And I'm glad to see the universe continues to prove me wrong and keep me on my toes.
I mean, it kind of came at a perfect time: This book essentially answers one of life's burning questions: what if you had a magical vagina or glowing penis? What a concept! That sounds awesome! Vag powers activate! If only I could freeze time with an orgasm, whoa, that's some serious next level super hero shit. Also, endless opportunities to nickname your partner's penis and interesting variations of Star Wars cosplay. I'm thinking Light Bright or Glow Worm. Oh! Better yet, it'd be the perfect time to use some Lady GaGa lyrics.
So that's where we meet our heroes, Suzie and Jon. Just enjoying their bodies, freezing time and robbing banks, as one does. That last point might seem like a huge leap, but in their minds, they were using their powers for good by trying to keep the neighborhood's local library up and running with the stolen funds. So, sure, let's save the library with sexy times. I approve of this selfless yet noble cause. The only thing is that now the sex police are involved and man does that complicate this plan a bit.
If you're thinking this book is too good to be true, saddle up. It's addictive and hilarious in an awkward NSFW sort of way. A few examples:
- When Jon first discovers his powers, he decides to dick around in a porn shop and vandalize it on a regular basis for shits and giggles - The sex police wield weapons shaped as dildos (and fuck yeah they'll slap you with it) and BDSM hand cuffs - And omg the leader of the sex police is code name: Kegelface, because why not?
The dialogue is witty, sharp and will have you constantly asking it WTF, the artwork vivid and engaging. I also enjoyed how the story flipped between past and present, though, at times it wasn't as smooth as a transition. Still, Suzie is an awesome narrator who demands your attention on every page.
There's just a lot of hidden gems here, folks, and I'm recommending this book with a straight face, surprisingly.
Also, WTF is up with my library's priorities? How does it have a billion copies of Fifty Shade and not volume 2 of Sex Criminials. Also, no kindle edition of it on Amazon! How am I supposed to read this in public and snicker softly to myself now?! Gah!
The artwork was really pretty, but that about covers all the positives. The story had a lot of problems: gendered language, didn't care for the treatmThe artwork was really pretty, but that about covers all the positives. The story had a lot of problems: gendered language, didn't care for the treatment of the female characters (why must they always be half naked while the men get clothes??), the plot relied heavily on shock value, and it just wasn't very interesting.
I found most of the characters to be annoying, especially Marik and his complete 180 personality flip at the halfway point. He goes from being a super pessimistic loner to someone who could rival Spongebob's "I'm ready!" mentality, and I just didn't buy that.
The plot was a jumble of ideas that never really found its purchase with me, floundering around in an ocean listlessly. Where did the plot want to go? Was it lost? I think so. The running theme of "keep hope alive" was cute, but became tiring as the book went on. It's almost like this story was written on the "hope" that it would be good. Sadly, that's not how writing works.
There isn't anything inherently wrong with The Martian, but, look, that was a lot of fucking math.
When I was a kid still in the "oh god what will I doThere isn't anything inherently wrong with The Martian, but, look, that was a lot of fucking math.
When I was a kid still in the "oh god what will I do as a career when I'm a grownup?!" phase, I had the brilliant idea that maybe I'd be a mathematician. The Martian has just reminded me why that was a shitty idea. I love sci-fi and I'm super fascinated with space, but yeah, this one didn't particularly spark anything in me. It didn't leave me hungering for the next page. It was just another audiobook that I listened to to get me to the next level in Candy Crush.
But, some good points:
- Very strong narration: if you listen to the audio, good choice! Kind of. The good news is, the narrator is fantastic. The bad news is, the audio makes it hard to skim pass the more boring parts like the math. You'll have no choice but to suffer through it if it's not working for you.
- Excellent research: kudos to the author for all the research he did. I can't image how long it must have taken. The fact that he included all that math indicates how meticulous and deligent he is. I have nothing but respect for that. Even if it was boring to the tenth power.
- Fascinating concept: if I were stuck on Mars, I'd probably lose my mind. So it did fascinate me to see what Mark would do in each situation. My fascination ended at multiplying and dividing potatoes.
- Interesting characters: my favorite parts were of the characters at NASA and Mark's crew. Basically anyone that wasn't Mark. No wait, that's not fair. I think Mark did start to grow on me near the very end, but I can't say I was truly invested in if he lived or died. I would have been okay with either ending.
OMG MATH WHY SO MUCH MATH MATH MATH
I disliked that as soon as the book opened, Mark was counting potatoes. I understand why, and I get that the dude has to eat to survive Mars, but if you multiply that times my interest level, you'll get zero fucks. The problem I had was boredom. There just wasn't a lot happening outside of counting potatoes, multiplying water, something, something chemistry and science.
It got to the point where I starting coming up with my own mathematical equations. For instance, why doesn't my rage times my boredom equal Mark's death? If only I could kill off characters with my mind. If only.
So I got to the end of the book and it was a decent ending, I suppose. Again, it didn't spark any heightened suspense in my heart, I wasn't on the edge of my seat. I thought for sure this was going to be my kind of book and almost purchased the hardcover for myself. But then I remembered I don't actually like survival stories, which I guess explains quite a lot about why I didn't love it.
This book would have been significantly better with aliens. ...more