In a final act of bravery, Bing's parents send their only son to San Diego via UPS before being murdered in Zaire. Raised in captivity by a bonobos mo...moreIn a final act of bravery, Bing's parents send their only son to San Diego via UPS before being murdered in Zaire. Raised in captivity by a bonobos mother and a misguided zookeeper, Bing grows up totally oblivious to the world outside the zoo...until being rescued by the girl of his dreams.
The Fable of Bing is a humorous, satirical work...a genre that I don't have much experience with. I did try to read a Christopher Moore book once, but it didn't work out too well. So I probably am not the best person to be writing this review...but as I was a pretty big fan of Tim Sandlin's Skipped Parts, I forged ahead without much thought.
I liked this book, probably more than my initial impression. The prologue wasn't my favorite, it seemed awkward and confusing and honestly....for a little while there I considering declaring this a DNF but I just couldn't do that and as I got into the meat of the book I finally started to get it.
What I liked about this book was that generally it was a really well written book...for what it was. The plot was actually kind of believable despite being totally ridiculous. The characters were extremely funny and I grew quite attached to Bing. There was a minimal amount of back story on the characters, but enough to kind of figure them out. The pacing was top notch as well. No unnecessary scenes or details.
I did find holes in the story though, especially at the end. I don't want to go into details as to where the problems were as I'm keeping this review spoiler free but it did make what would have been a four star read only a two.(less)
It's rare for me to find a book that I can just sit and read in a single sitting without the need to distract myself. Even books that I am really enjo...moreIt's rare for me to find a book that I can just sit and read in a single sitting without the need to distract myself. Even books that I am really enjoying, can be put down for a minute so that I can check what's going on on Twitter, or reading a blog, or even switching up books for something else. I admit it, I have a serious case of book ADD.
But The Theory of Opposites was THAT book. Granted, I was already about 30% or so into the book when I decided to have a quiet evening reading in bed but even if I hadn't...I would have devoured this in the one sitting...with no breaks at all.
I had read a few Alison Winn Scotch books in the past and I had enjoyed them. But this one. Oh my god. This one seriously made me fall head over hills in love with Scotch. It was the perfect mix of humor and tear jerking moments (yes, I did totally cry at one point) and I just loved Willa. And well, all the characters in this book. Even if some of them didn't exactly deserve love.
I'm not sure about the end (which was why it's a four star and not a five). I just didn't see it coming I guess, and I wasn't sure if I liked being broadsided like I did. I liked it. I liked not being able to predict it...but it threw me. Seriously threw me.(less)
Before starting this book, I read a glowing review so I started feeling very optimistic that I was instantly going to fall in love with it. And as I r...moreBefore starting this book, I read a glowing review so I started feeling very optimistic that I was instantly going to fall in love with it. And as I read the first story, The Weight of a Feather, it seemed that indeed I was in for a treat. In fact, it wasn't until I got several stories in that I realized that...I was not having as much fun as I thought I was going to have.
The writing itself was good. Strong. I did enjoy the fact that the stories took place in an area I was not familiar with at all. So it was interesting to learn about some new cultures and read something that was different from my usual fare.
But all in all, I was not in love with this book...and I think the biggest issue was that almost all of the stories in this collection were no more than flash fiction pieces. Very short vignettes that while they were well done were a little bit less than satisfying. They were great for a magazine, or some kind of collegiate anthology but when they are all together in a book...I just could not enjoy the book as a whole as at nearly every page turn I was pushed into another micro story.(less)
Like many other people my age, I grew up with The Muppets. I spent a good part of my young childhood watching Sesame Street and so many other Muppet r...moreLike many other people my age, I grew up with The Muppets. I spent a good part of my young childhood watching Sesame Street and so many other Muppet related shows and movies. I have so many fond memories of all those terrific shows and movies that came from the genius of Jim Henson. But like all but the most cynical kids...and many adults...never once did I really consider that those lovable Monsters were mere cloth puppets at the helm of some of the most creative geniuses in the entertainment history.
At 31 years old, I still love The Muppets, as does my husband. Despite the fact that we are childless, we had no problems being the only childless adults in the movie theater for the last Muppet movie and we are both counting down the days until the next Muppet movie is released. At a craft fair I bought my husband a Kermit the Frog pillow and last night I bought myself a copy of The Muppet Christmas Carol.
So yeah, can you tell that we are huge fans over here?
So back in October when we found out that there was a Jim Henson biography...I knew I had to get a hold of it. As much as I loved The Muppets...I honestly did not know much of their backstory...or rather, the back story about Jim Henson.
Initially I thought the book was kind of a snore fest. It starts out with Jim Henson's family history (back to like his grandparents!) and well, it was not all that interesting. I probably could have done without any of that back history. It got a little more interesting once Jim Henson starts with his television career and just keeps escalating from there. By the time the Muppets in their current form (or at least the form from the 80's) I was completely enthralled and for days, it was all I could talk or think about. Jim Henson was just that fascinating of a character.
I stayed up late on Tuesday night finishing up. I was at work, and knew that I had to be up before six a.m. but that did not stop me from staying up until almost 11:30 reading. I seriously almost lost it. Reading about Jim Henson's death and memorial service was heart breaking. I had invested so much time into reading the biography, and has so many memories of The Muppets that I honestly felt as though I was losing a friend. Just writing this right now is bringing tears to my eyes...
It's rare to find a "celebrity" nowadays that honestly deserves the kind of love and respect that we endow on them...but Jim Henson is definitely one of those celebrities that deserve it. Truly inspiring man. (less)