I had been a fan of Chelsea Handler via her show, "Chelsea Lately," for a while before I found this book. And I'm very glad I found it.
"Are You ThereI had been a fan of Chelsea Handler via her show, "Chelsea Lately," for a while before I found this book. And I'm very glad I found it.
"Are You There Vodka?" is one of Chelsea Handler's autobiographies, chronicling some of her (mis)adventures from childhood to adulthood. The stories she tells are somewhat like parables, but so ridiculous and hilarious that the messages often contradict themselves.
Honestly, there isn't a lot to this book. It's pretty much just a series of unrelated stories about Handler's life. It doesn't have a lot of substance or metaphor of any kind, but if you're looking for an easy, light read that will crack you up, look no further than this book.
At the end, I wanted more--which is why I'm happy that Chelsea Handler has two other books, both of which I plan on reading in the future....more
What makes "Good-bye, Chunky Rice" such a great book--what makes all of Craig Thompson's books great, for that matter--is how relatable it is.
The storWhat makes "Good-bye, Chunky Rice" such a great book--what makes all of Craig Thompson's books great, for that matter--is how relatable it is.
The story follows Chunky Rice, a turtle who is leaving home. Most of us have moved to other places in our lives and lost friends, or we've had friends move away. In the days before social networking, these departures could mean good-bye forever. Thompson turns an unlikely journey featuring talking animals into something emotional powerful and poignant. I had goosebumps during portions of this book. I fought back tears.
The story is interwoven through several different relationships, which gives the book a unique dynamic. Each story is one of loss, in varying degrees. The loss of a friend. The loss of a spouse. The loss of brotherhood. The loss of a pet. The loss of innocence. A recurring motif with which several characters--Chunky Rice, Solomon, and Chuck--have to deal is death. (view spoiler)[Solomon and Chuck deal with the death of Stomper and her puppies, Chuck deals with the loss of his wife, and Chunky deals with the dead fish which wash up on the boat's deck during the storm. (hide spoiler)] Each of these is a varying degree of the elements of death and loss that Thompson illustrates so brilliantly in this book.
This book brought to mind a lot of past, driving me almost to the point of calling an ex-girlfriend--almost. I believe Thompson's purpose with this book was to do just that: Conjur up all the loss we've experienced and, in the end, learn that there is no good-bye. We can never lose something forever, because we'll always have the memories. We just have to take a deep breath, sweep the fish off our deck, saving what's worth saving, and move on with our voyage.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I know that this book is probably in a never-ending tug-of-war with the hardcore fans and the hardcore anti-fans, so let me start by saying that it'sI know that this book is probably in a never-ending tug-of-war with the hardcore fans and the hardcore anti-fans, so let me start by saying that it's not the worst book I've ever read. No, that honor is reserved for things like "Jane Eyre." Speaking of which, this book is kind of like a modern "Jane Eyre."
If there's one thing I hate, it's flowery language. It takes pages to communicate something that should take a paragraph. That's one of the reasons I see this as a modern "Jane Eyre." Another thing I hate: protagonists with which I'm supposed to identify that I cannot stand. Bella Swan is the most god-awful heroine, mostly because she's not very heroic. She's not a role model for teenage girls; in fact, she's quite the opposite. She sets women's rights back about fifty years. She's incapable of doing anything without Edward. It's sickening.
That bring us to Edward. He's a stalker and a creep. And the only reason Bella is "in love" with him is because he's hot. And a vampire. And the only reason he's "in love" with her is because he wants to kill her and drain her of her sweet lifeblood. That about sums it up.
Now, I said it's not the worst book I've read, and I know it seems all I've done is criticize it. But, it's not nearly as bad as its sequel. And I couldn't even force myself to the end of "Eclipse." After all the hype this has received since I read a few years back, I wouldn' really recommend it. I wouldn't have recommended it then, either, but certainly not now. It's not great, but it could be a lot worse.
Even if Stephanie Meyer has forever sullied the vampire name....more
The premise for this book--the one printed on the jacket about how David is obsessed with killing his wife--made me at once infatuated with this book.The premise for this book--the one printed on the jacket about how David is obsessed with killing his wife--made me at once infatuated with this book. But somewhere along its storyline, I became less and less interested. Perhaps it was the immense amount of detail about every little thing. And, though I usually like multiple storylines converging, I felt like Adam Ross' use of this technique only served to slow the story down.
Also, I disliked the inclusion of the events from the Sheppard case, for a few reasons. First, the timeline of those real life events cannot possibly coincide with the timeline of events in the novel (David's story takes place in the 2000s, while Sheppard's case was in the 1950's, and he died in 1970). (view spoiler)[I understand it was just part of David's novel, but it left me feeling confused. (hide spoiler)] Second, since the Sheppard case is still unsolved, the book cannot--and does not--tell us who killed Marilyn Sheppard. We can only speculate from the information given, which does not give the reader any sense of resolution.
The book was, however, very poetically written at times, which I thoroughly enjoyed. However, the close attention to detail counteracted this, and made the book an arduous task at times.
Overall, the book is not bad. It gives a startling look at the dark side of marriage, from many different perspectives, which I find brilliantly constructed. It just left a lot more to be desired.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more