The whole time reading, I heard Felicia Day's own voice talking to me. The phrasing, the self-imposed awkwardness with a dash of brilliance you know iThe whole time reading, I heard Felicia Day's own voice talking to me. The phrasing, the self-imposed awkwardness with a dash of brilliance you know is lurking. I had no idea she was a violin prodigy or a math major. She was home schooled by sort-of hippies. We are around the same age, and I related so much to her early experiences with the Internet in the 90s, even though I didn't have my own computer until college (I know, can you imagine?). I spent time on AOL chats on borrowed computers and even found an X-Files online fan forum somewhere around 1996 to officially cement my nerdom for years to come.
I was especially interested in Felicia's confessions about her own self-viewed inadequacy while at the same time being a true over-achiever in academics. She is candid about depression. She also speaks of a group of women who held creative endeavors accountability group which directly led to her producing The Guild. That solidifies to me how important it is to surround yourself with other creative and innovative people.
I loved this book, and continue to be a big fan of Felicia, her voice in gaming, and her Geek & Sundry empire! Highly recommended. ...more
The book is written the second person 'you' since yes--this is your adventure, and you get to choose how you partake in the life and times of actor NeThe book is written the second person 'you' since yes--this is your adventure, and you get to choose how you partake in the life and times of actor Neil Patrick Harris. A clever concept.
I started out reading this with the same reaction I vaguely remember from a Choose Your Own Adventure book I took out from the library as a kid. "Will you run, or stay behind? To run, go HERE, to stay behind, GO HERE." What if I don't like the outcome, do I go back? But what's on the next page? What if I miss something?
Turns out, reading an autobiography this way is a lot of fun. Plus, it's kind of like living in the future on an e-reader--you can literally skip ahead with the touch of a button! Maybe you don't care to read about a party on Elton John's boat (but you should, because it's surreal), or you'd rather spend your lunchbreak reading about How I Met Your Mother's casting over a more serious topic like how NPH's sexuality was outed by Perez Hilton (though Perez makes a nice statement in the book about his actions).
Most memoir readers probably want the scoop on other celebrities. He only says a few unfavorable things, and not even accusatory, so if you're looking for dirt, this probably isn't the place. Saved by the Bell's Screech is called out for how the actor (Dustin Diamond) defamed NPH in his own autobio. NPH mainly dispels Diamond's tales of him and makes a light barb that's almost so light you'll miss it. And then he's off, recounting the exhilarating experience of filming Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, being a kid actor on a terrible movie with Little Richard, escapades with Harold and Kumar, 1990s made-for-TV movies. partying with Katy Perry's entourage, and some genuinely moving snippets about falling in love and raising a family. This is a fun read, with the added bonus of being able to read the adventure exactly as you want to....more
This memoir is set in 1963, detailing the lives of a Catholic family in Maine after the sudden death of their beloved father. Later that year, the assThis memoir is set in 1963, detailing the lives of a Catholic family in Maine after the sudden death of their beloved father. Later that year, the assassination of President Kennedy throws the nation into mourning, mirroring their family's grief.
Most of this book is not tragic and sad, but is more of an endearing look at childhood in a town that owed its success to a thriving paper mill. All over town, families forged their own American Dream with fathers working shifts at the mill to provide for their families. The author astutely observes that that American Dream hinged on one primary factor: dad. When he was gone, did that mean their dream vanished, too?
The author adds in a lot of local history and setting "of the times." She mentions it was a time when, during the summer, kids were sent outside and were not expected to be seen again until dinner. Her older sister, mentally disabled, did not have additional options other than being held back a grade, and eventually, the nuns suggest she might be happier at home. The nostalgia is told without a sugar coating, leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions.
This is a highly detailed, close look at one slice of Americana. This is just the type of memoir I gravitate toward: it's not sensational or gimmicky, it's just real people living small, but fascinating lives....more
The back cover summary was an instant sell for me; singer from a band I like writing about the influence of a band I like, with the added depth of adoThe back cover summary was an instant sell for me; singer from a band I like writing about the influence of a band I like, with the added depth of adolescent discovery of music in a time before the internet made indie rock accessible to anyone. Being a music nerd, I wanted to read some hardcore fandom over The Replacements. I learned nothing about the band that I didn't already know. This is more of a musing of Colin Meloy's coming-of-age with music in general. It doesn't seem to fit with the 33 1/3 series.
Also, I wanted to see more of a voice in the writing. It's not bad, and there were snippets where I thought, Yes! This is what this book should be! But too much of it meanders in a very basic fashion that feels more like a book report than an inspired memoir....more
Highly recommended if you're a writer or an avid reader. This is a combination memoir (as the title says) and King's philosphy on writing. You won't fHighly recommended if you're a writer or an avid reader. This is a combination memoir (as the title says) and King's philosphy on writing. You won't find many How-To lists here, but his advice is invaluable and mirrors what other writers have said on the craft of good writing.
I love his concept of unearthing a story in the way an archaeologist uncovers a fossil. The idea of being completely truthful in work rang true, as well as many of his pointers on character description.
My only experience reading King's work prior to this was 400 pages of the epic 1,000+ page "It." I had no allegience to his work. I've seen some of his movies, but I'm definitely interested in reading his work. ...more
The idea of this book is great -- a ranch focused on therapeutic effects of caring for and riding horses. Readers who don't judge writing with a critiThe idea of this book is great -- a ranch focused on therapeutic effects of caring for and riding horses. Readers who don't judge writing with a critical eye can probably look past the book's weaknessness, as the pages provide lots of inspiring moments. ...more