I picked up this book as a prop for a photo simply because I liked the title and originally had no intention of buying it until I peaked inside. The l...moreI picked up this book as a prop for a photo simply because I liked the title and originally had no intention of buying it until I peaked inside. The list of famous wankers was the first thing I opened to and of course I was amused enough to buy. As a lover of odd facts, I'm glad I did. It was full oddities in history and historical figures mixed with a little morbid humor and it does indeed have a list of 10 ways to recycle a corpse. An amusing light read worth checking out if you're a fan of oddities or history.(less)
I read this book a few years back but when it popped in my recommendation list I had to add & review. I enjoyed the majority of this book, the des...moreI read this book a few years back but when it popped in my recommendation list I had to add & review. I enjoyed the majority of this book, the description is well done & sucks you in, the characters are intriguing, and the concept of magic in this world is interesting and made me wish it was explored more. The main problem I've always had with this book is the ending. It's anti-climatic and feels almost too easy. Also, the issues of the main character's family aren't fully dealt with. Almost feels like this book was setting the groundwork for a series but as far as I know this is the only book. In the end it is worth reading & enjoyable if you enjoy modern fantasy & books about magic.(less)
If you enjoy any of Anthony Bourdain's shows like The Layover or No reservations you'll enjoy this book. However, if meat eating bothers you then this...moreIf you enjoy any of Anthony Bourdain's shows like The Layover or No reservations you'll enjoy this book. However, if meat eating bothers you then this is a book you should avoid. Anthony Bourdain loves meat and doesn't shy away in his descriptions of meals or the process of preparing meat. Personally, that just added to my enjoyment because I found the descriptions and discussions fascinating but I can see it bothering some.
Medium Raw is quick, it's funny and, at times, somewhat eccentric as you progress through the different chapters but to me that added to the charm. The references to things mentioned in kitchen confidential were lost on me as I haven't read it yet but to anyone who has, there is a chapter following up on some people mentioned in the book that might interest you.(less)
**spoiler alert** I was excited when I saw this book in the library because Furlong's earlier book 'Wise Child' is part of my all time favourite books...more**spoiler alert** I was excited when I saw this book in the library because Furlong's earlier book 'Wise Child' is part of my all time favourite books list. Unfortunately this sequel is nowhere near as good as the first book, which is completely understandable given that Monica Furlong was ill & dying when it was written. I was able to finish it but it lacked all the description & emotion that Wise Child had. Having Coleman as the main was a mistake. The entire book he is describing the actions of Wise Child & Juniper and any actions or emotions he feels always relates back to them which is strange because it makes Coleman sound more like a flat narrator than the main character of the story. It feels the writer couldn't decide between Juniper or Wise Child to be the main and defaulted to Coleman in order to focus on both of the past main characters from her other books.
My other main complaint about this book is how easily it was wrapped up. The majority of the book is spent preparing for a battle & to fight the villains and it is a let down. One villain dies a quick forgettable death, the other (who were never see for the entire book except the second last chapter) gets knocked out and then there's no battle and the bland happy ever after ending. (less)
A short but interesting look at marriage customs in Ireland during the 19th & early 20th century. Most of the customs I had learned about before i...moreA short but interesting look at marriage customs in Ireland during the 19th & early 20th century. Most of the customs I had learned about before in past readings about Victorian era superstitions but there were a few new ones I hadn't heard of. I gave it a three because I can't give it a 2.5 thanks to goodreads rating system.(less)
My mother use to listen to Doctor Laura when she drove or did dishes & I absolutely loathed the show. So naturally when I saw a book with Doctor L...moreMy mother use to listen to Doctor Laura when she drove or did dishes & I absolutely loathed the show. So naturally when I saw a book with Doctor Laura in it's title I had to pick it up. It didn't hurt that it was a autobiographical graphic novel either. Thankfully the parts with doctor Laura are minimal.
The artwork: I liked it, it fit the story well and I particular liked how the author drew herself. Some of the characters like Radar & the mother looked similar but then again, given their potential for nastiness maybe that was intentional.
The story: It had me curious enough to finish the book in one sitting and it was a fairly good mix of cringing moments & light moments. I do agree with other reviewers about the use of the statement "This is a story for another time" being annoying. Why include the information if you're not going to tell the reader the story? Also, there should have been more scenes with the sisters in her childhood flashbacks. The author stresses how important her sisters are, even claiming she thought one of them could have been her mother but the parts where she's a child do read as if she's a only child.
I enjoyed the parts about her relationship with Radar but I think it might have been better to tell that story in a separate book. Just so it could have had a proper focus because that story was messed up too. Am I the only one who thought her girlfriend was manipulative and a bit of an asshole? Jealousy is one thing but making author cut her friends out of her life? WTF?(less)