I feel like whatever plot the manga had just got derailed by the author's exposition and is mired in mystery goop where nothing makes any sense. ThougI feel like whatever plot the manga had just got derailed by the author's exposition and is mired in mystery goop where nothing makes any sense. Though the art remains beautiful and I kind of want to cosplay the White Rabbit, I think my time reading it may soon come to a premature end....more
This book should be re-titled The Long-Winded One In Between Everyone Has to Read To Get to the Good Parts because all the most interesting viewpointsThis book should be re-titled The Long-Winded One In Between Everyone Has to Read To Get to the Good Parts because all the most interesting viewpoints are in the next one. The only characters I really cared about were Arya and Brienne, though quite a bit happens in Cersei's POV. I really could care less about the Seastone Chair (or whatever the hell it was called) and find it annoying that Martin has to create yet another sibling rivalry for another random throne. I get that they're essentially Vikings and while it's sort of interesting to see what kind of shit they'll start for everyone else, it's not enough to warrant a whole new conflict with new POVs. Plus, it's boring. Wow, three men vying for a throne? What, another female character who has to act masculine to be taken seriously but still isn't no matter what she does to prove herself? I get it, Martin, men think women (no matter who they are) should shut up and open their legs, but god, it gets fucking old. I'm sure most people would defend this by saying it was just the time they were in and blah blah blah, but it's still alienating and disgusting to have every female character reduced to a sexual object by pretty much every male character in the story. Even Cersei won't shut the fuck up about all the women around her fucking and being fucked by everyone.
But I read on for some reason. For Tyrion? I just finished reading his first chapter in DOD and he was doing all of the above too. Maybe I just need to read some Daenerys and hope that she can be left alone for five seconds by the dudes surrounding her to do something cool. We'll see!
I don't have the patience to wait for the pay-out anymore. When the professor at the end of the issue makes more sense than the comic it's time to beI don't have the patience to wait for the pay-out anymore. When the professor at the end of the issue makes more sense than the comic it's time to be done; so long Morning Glories, I once loved you....more
I wish I could say I loved this (I wanted to) and while I acknowledge this is its first issue, I was pretty disappointed. Mostly it was just a bunch oI wish I could say I loved this (I wanted to) and while I acknowledge this is its first issue, I was pretty disappointed. Mostly it was just a bunch of tumblrspeak with a storyline that was all over the place. Will read the next issue in the hopes of it getting better....more
I almost never feel this way but I think I've realized I infinitely prefer the anime to the manga. There's just something a lot more dynamic and suspeI almost never feel this way but I think I've realized I infinitely prefer the anime to the manga. There's just something a lot more dynamic and suspenseful about watching the plot unfold there then on the page. Also, I really don't care for the art....more
I kind of skimmed the end because I was sort of done with the book 7/8 in. Hell, I was done with the book halfway in but pursued it anyways. Part of iI kind of skimmed the end because I was sort of done with the book 7/8 in. Hell, I was done with the book halfway in but pursued it anyways. Part of it is because I have my own mental illnesses and it's nice sometimes to read someone else's problems and see or not see myself in them. I like the idea of being able to access this kind of experience without going out into the world and trying to awkwardly wrangle it from another human being.
That being said, I couldn't stand this guy. He was privileged, obnoxious, and in some ways, too much like me (mostly the anxious ways). If they're too much like me in any way, I kind of can't handle it (ironic that I seek them out for similarities in the first place). There was one line in the book that really pissed me off (his mom being a snob about community college) but he, as a person, was exhausting.
I was definitely more endeared to his subjects than I was to him.
He's very fortunate to have a network of friends that would put up with that much bullshit. And I hated his shitty attitude about bipolar disorder. Get the fuck over it, dude. And stop calling people with bipolar disorder different variations of the word "freak". I don't care how self-deprecating you are or if you feel entitled to speak that way because you have it- it's offensive as hell.
In general I liked what Gaitskill had to say with the exception of her last story which was comprised of three parts. One theme I especially noticed iIn general I liked what Gaitskill had to say with the exception of her last story which was comprised of three parts. One theme I especially noticed in this one (though aspects of it showed up in other stories) was her exploitation of lesbian relationships. Time and again, her depictions of lesbians were limited to BDSM, cutting, and roleplay violence. It also depicted lesbians making out with each other even while dating somebody else. Being a lesbian myself, I found it extremely off-putting that the only way she depicted lesbians was living "alternative lifestyles"; it seemed very reductive and ignorant. I'm not saying they're aren't gay/lesbian people out there who are into those things, but to only write about a particular group to the exclusion of everything else is not cool AT ALL. The book would have gotten a higher rating if not for that.
Also, completely unrelated, I really hate the expression she's making in her author photo. It's a cross between pretentious and mysterious....more
Before anything else I have to address some of the reviews of this book.
Being gay is not an agenda. Wanting this to be kept private and free from liteBefore anything else I have to address some of the reviews of this book.
Being gay is not an agenda. Wanting this to be kept private and free from literature is tantamount to saying that you want to erase gay people from a literary presence which is, to put it bluntly, some bigoted bullshit. There is nothing "politically correct" about an author writing about a happy lesbian couple. Gay people exist in the real world and they deserve to be written about in a flattering or even matter-of-fact manner without being accused of pushing some of kind of agenda, PC or otherwise. That you, in 2011 or 2013, or any year in recent memory can, with no irony, complain about how you don't like gay people existing in your precious detective novels is both disturbing and laughable. You should be ashamed, point blank. I feel secondhand embarrassment for the ignorant words you're spewing into the world.
With that being said (and really, I shouldn't have to be justifying why gay people deserve to be written about in this day and age), I thought the book was just okay. The fact that there was zero mystery about who the killer was after a certain point, to me, kind of defeats the whole purpose of a detective novel. Sure, it was written pretty well but pretty writing alone can't carry a whole book. I may read the second one, but I'm not in a hurry.
Also, Hawkin pseudo-threatening Kate by holding her sexual orientation over her head made me dislike him immensely (pg 224). Though he doesn't say he's going to out her to others, he sort of uses it to strong-arm her into letting Vaun stay in her house which is not cool at all. Also, Bruckner was creepy. That is most definitely NOT what a psychologist should act like....more
I loved the intersection of race and myth plus the twist on Snow White (a story I never really cared for). Oyeyemi has a real gift for characterizatioI loved the intersection of race and myth plus the twist on Snow White (a story I never really cared for). Oyeyemi has a real gift for characterization, especially for complex, flawed ones. Boy, Mia, and to a lesser extent Snow and Frank, are good examples of this. Bird was kind of just there, never really fleshed out for me, as well as Arturo.
However, the reason my rating is a 3 is due in part to a few issues:
1) Nothing between any of the characters is ever resolved. For people who prefer tidy endings they will not find one here. If anything, the ending actually leaves more things unanswered under the guise of answering other questions! In that way it kind of mirrors life, I suppose.
2) The major conflict between Boy and Snow is resolved very quickly and in my opinion, unbelievably. The entire book builds this feud up and takes care of it in barely a page as if Boy didn't spend years frothing at the mouth over her paranoid theories about Snow (which Arturo takes way too easily in stride, I might add).
3) A lot of Snow's character development is done offscreen which I think is a slight weakness of this book, especially since it is advertised both within and without about focusing on the conflict between the three main girls. The only sense of Snow's personality we get comes from her letters and a little bit of dialogue later between her and Boy. There's just so much I feel is left unexplored with her which leads me to the next problem...
4) This book is trying to do too much. By giving sections to both Boy and Bird (with Snow sort of wedged in Bird's section) I sometimes felt very distant from the characters- Bird in particular. Bird would do certain things without much of an explanation (like mimicking Snow's records) and we just were left to accept that's how she acted without really knowing her motivations. I can make some guesses but I would have liked it to be just a tad more transparent.
5) The part with Frank/Frances seemed shoved in at the last minute in what I assume, was an attempt to solve some of the unfinished plot points and showcase more of the magical realism of this world. Needless to say, while very interesting I think it actually weakened the ending considerably and might have worked against the overall mystery of the book. EDIT: After reading a few other reviews I felt compelled to re-think this from a more obvious real-life angle regarding trans men and women. I guess part of the reason I didn't immediately zero in on it was the way it was introduced in the story via Frances seeing Frank in the mirror, which struck me as more magical than realistic since prior to her rape, she didn't see herself as male at all. That being said, that is extremely problematic if she is insinuating that being trans is caused by rape which shows a complete misunderstanding of what being trans is and suggests trans feelings are a reaction to trauma only which I 100% do not agree with. In truth, I took it more as her dissociating from herself completely and with the help of magical realism somehow being able to take on this persona that suddenly greeted her in the mirror (almost as if he stepped out of the mirror and she into it). That being said, it also made an allusion to her covering up a lack of an Adam's apple and whatnot, so I'm not honestly sure what the author was attempting to do. Either way, she should be aware and sensitive to how she portrays trans issues, whether she intended it as a commentary on them or not.
6) The reflection in the mirror stuff for Bird and Snow- what the hell? A metaphor for how we are an amalgamation of what people perceive us to be which ties back into race? Or is it meant as literal magic not to be questioned? I have no idea.
In spite of these issues though, I still want to read more of her work and would recommend it to others. ...more
There's something about Sara Barron I just don't like (or at least how she portrays herself here). I read the book fairly quickly but I never really fThere's something about Sara Barron I just don't like (or at least how she portrays herself here). I read the book fairly quickly but I never really felt engaged with her and at some points I felt totally put off. For example, an essay I thought I'd love was the food service one but I actually felt annoyed with her by the end of it for being so self-righteous about the job. Of course most people don't want to be stuck in some dead-end job being treated like shit, but her triumphant moment telling her boss off just made me dislike her and seemed to expose her privilege even more than the rest of the book did.
I'm vaguely curious about her newest book, but I don't feel an overwhelming desire to rush out and get it....more
I'm rating the book this high with the assumption there will be more to follow (it would honestly be pretty weird if there wasn't given where it endedI'm rating the book this high with the assumption there will be more to follow (it would honestly be pretty weird if there wasn't given where it ended). My feelings probably are closer to 3.5 than 4 but I'll give it the extra .5 on faith. In general, I'm not a humongous fan of YA, especially fantasy YA (though it's loads better than dsytopian YA which is way too saturated of a market) but this book was interesting enough to pull me in and keep me there. Ironically, I can only think of things that could have been done better (spoilers ahead):
-The narrative boils down to just being a laundry list of things that need to be achieved before Nathan's 17th birthday -He is watched like a hawk his whole life but somehow very improbably escapes and at two different points in the narrative stands right across from the building he was held captive in without being detected -Hunters are supposed to be amazing at catching people and though they do seem to be on his tail pretty consistently they don't manage to capture him, even when he's squatting in a building right under their nose -There is quite a bit of telling, not showing (see: laundry list plot-style) -Aside from the relationships at the very beginning (particularly Arran and Celia) most of the relationships seem pretty two-dimensional (though this is probably due in no small part to Nathan being a very guarded character) -Nathan is kind of a butthead and is prone to temper tantrums since FEELINGS ARE APPARENTLY JUST TOO HARD AND USING YOUR WORDS IS NIGH IMPOSSIBLE -There is more than one way to describe "girlish laughter" than "giggling". SERIOUSLY.
And yet in spite of these sometimes glaring problems, I want to read more. I'll chalk it up to my weakness for angsty father-son stories and my appreciation for the morbid (characters getting tortured and killed off left and right? YES, PLEASE).
I'm actually really looking forward to the next book, go figure.
EDIT: Herp derp. I looked up and realized that it very clearly says #1 after the book title and on the actual page it says it's part of a trilogy. OOPS....more
The switch back and forth between skin tones is an interesting commentary on race in America and one that I am curious to see unfold. In the first issThe switch back and forth between skin tones is an interesting commentary on race in America and one that I am curious to see unfold. In the first issue I was concerned we would see another white superhero who would stay that way the duration of the book (ala Princess and the Frog from Disney) which I felt undermined the very positive message of having a story with a Muslim protagonist. I'm relieved that this isn't being toted as preferable, though I still would love to see Kamala rocking the costume as herself. Either way Kamala is adorkable and I'm happy to read more of her adventures....more
I have mixed feelings about this book. Seeing that the author wrote for Arrested Development explains some of the improbable plot twists (especially tI have mixed feelings about this book. Seeing that the author wrote for Arrested Development explains some of the improbable plot twists (especially towards the end) but I think that the bigger problem for me was the likability of the characters. The titular character, Bernadette, is rarely sympathetic, and sometimes she's so privileged it makes her extremely dislikable. Her husband isn't much better in my opinion and Bee is well..okay.
To its credit I did finish the book quite quickly, but I'm not sure how much I enjoyed the journey. Probably the easiest way to sum my feelings up would be I didn't like the characters enough to overlook the wacky narrative. *shrug*...more
I thought I was going to like this so imagine my surprise when I ended up hating it a whole lot. I mean, I'm used to manga setting things up and all,I thought I was going to like this so imagine my surprise when I ended up hating it a whole lot. I mean, I'm used to manga setting things up and all, but the entire first volume is just set-up, nothing of any consequence happens (beyond him meeting the very boring, cliche girl who of course, is the only one to show him kindness). And why should I care about this random kid who is supposedly a Titan's son? I'll read the next volume, but only because I'm curious if it ties into the main series in any way....more