Despite my repulsion for everything this book had to do with- 80's Wall Street and vacant materialism, torture and violent murder, and especially thos...moreDespite my repulsion for everything this book had to do with- 80's Wall Street and vacant materialism, torture and violent murder, and especially those chapters extolling the virtues of Genesis, Whitney Houston, and Huey Lewis and the News- it is a damn good novel.(less)
This book is categorized as YA. And I stay away from YA novels. Even when I was a YA. That being said, I could hardly pass this up. It involves unicor...moreThis book is categorized as YA. And I stay away from YA novels. Even when I was a YA. That being said, I could hardly pass this up. It involves unicorns, and unicorns vs. zombies, no less, a completely ridiculous match up. Unicorns + ridiculousness = must read.
Zombies can be funny. They can also be conventionally scary, and I'm not much for that. Plus I think the whole current zombie boon is rather overdone and hopefully will go away soon, at least from most visibility. I mean, there was a whole big display table at B&N all involving zombie related materials. And not just b/c Hallowe'en is fast approaching.
So this book takes part advantage of the zombie popularity, and that's okay, b/c it also involves unicorns. Yes, I am on Team Unicorn. While it's pretty much been proven that zombies do not exist, the same cannot be said for unicorns. Think about it.
I have to say all the short stories in this collection are good, since though they are about teens, they were written by adults, so the characters don't act like teenagers. Which is a good thing. Some stories I liked more than others (the ones w/unicorns), and all I can say is that I really wish I had my own Princess Prettypants.
Worth reading, if you are into unicorns and/or zombies and/or humour.
This isn't an every day or "go to" kind of cookbook. Not if you want to eat healthy. Obviously it's a lot healthier to make these alternatives than on...moreThis isn't an every day or "go to" kind of cookbook. Not if you want to eat healthy. Obviously it's a lot healthier to make these alternatives than ones with meat, dairy, and eggs, but there's still a lot of refined flours and processed foods involved.
On a personal note, I like recipes I can bang out fairly quickly, and for many you need 1 or 2 other recipes prepared to complete one. And sometimes you need harder-to-find ingredients (maca powder?) and special equipment (kitchen torch).
This is definitely a cookbook for foodies and for non-vegans, who need to transition.(less)
**spoiler alert** Having read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was in grade school, I thought it best to start with the true first in the...more**spoiler alert** Having read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was in grade school, I thought it best to start with the true first in the series with my fiance's son. Yes, the Judeo-Christian beliefs of creation and corresponding symbols are overwhelming, but they are intertwined within the story so well that it works in quite a beautiful sense. If one was not familiar with Genesis (which I am, and it distracted me a bit too much), you can recognize it (and Lewis's simple yet elegant writing helps this) for what it truly is- a wondrous, magical fable, innocent and awesome. I appreciated a children's book that does not talk down to children, but rather, without using complicated language or muddled ideas, expects a certain level of attention and maturity. There's humour to be sure, which may be a bit lost outside of mid 20th-century Britain on today's generation of readers, but only reinforces the notion that Lewis had standards when writing this children's book.
Personally, I also read what I interpreted as Lewis's abhorrence to the mistreatment of animals, whether it be Uncle Andrew's horrible experiments on "his" guinea pigs (which further helps illustrate Uncle Andrew as a despicable human being, and not one to model oneself after), to the treatment of Strawberry, the cabby's horse, who no one thought much about, including the cabby, until Strawberry gained the power of speech and was transformed by Aslan in Narnia.
A graceful interpretation of the creation myth, full of true morality that transcends any belief system: what it is to be a good and decent person, and how the choices one makes affect an incredible difference.(less)
I'm wavering between a 4 and a 5-star rating for this one, only because I don't think it's complete and all-inclusive as a guide to going vegan (but r...moreI'm wavering between a 4 and a 5-star rating for this one, only because I don't think it's complete and all-inclusive as a guide to going vegan (but really, what is?). But it is a very comprehensive start (although I do not care for the placement of the glorious potato on the "only rarely" list. Potatoes are one of the best things that come out of the ground on this planet!)
A lot of info I've heard, to one extent or another, before, but it's nice to have a succinct summary of why it's important to go vegan, on all levels. I'm glad that the whole "living green" mentality was really pushed, and the fact that choosing a plant-based diet is the biggest change one can effect on this planet. This was never the reason for me becoming a current vegetarian, but it's not a bad side effect at all.
I've made 2 of the recipes from this book so far, but with some alterations of my own that I now wish I did not make (exchanging the collard greens for dandelion greens in the "Sicilian Collard Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins")- I know dandelion greens are amazingly good for you, and I enjoy bitter greens, but I have not yet found a technique for taking the overwhelming bitterness out of them... yet. And for the "Rustic Pasta" I skimped and only used one onion and not enough cabbage, resulting in a pasta that was a bit too saucy. Otherwise, despite my mistakes alterations, they were good, uncomplicated recipes, but I will make sure I follow them more to the letter next time.
I appreciate that this book is out there for non-vegans/vegetarians to read, and is quite accessible. It doesn't pussy-foot around some of the more lurid details of factory farming and meat consumption, but it also comforts too by admitting that no one, even the writer, is perfect, and it is a very, very difficult thing to do- to completely change the way one eats and lives, especially if you have eaten meat all your life, and it caters to different paces and methods of making the change. It responds to that obstacle by again reminding one of all the benefits there are of going vegan, long-term, instead of the extremely short-term pleasure of eating, for lack of a better word, crap, just because it's what you're used to or you crave it.
An important read, one that I'll be going through again, this time with my highlighter.(less)
Only a few recipes that included animals, otherwise it's a vegan's delight. Simple, uncomplicated recipes. More about the instruction on how to cook d...moreOnly a few recipes that included animals, otherwise it's a vegan's delight. Simple, uncomplicated recipes. More about the instruction on how to cook different greens, which is important.(less)
From what I remember, an utterly insane trip through the mind of a genius. I think every cell in his body was created to be an artist, and if not ever...moreFrom what I remember, an utterly insane trip through the mind of a genius. I think every cell in his body was created to be an artist, and if not every moment, than he turned it into one that was designed to produce the Dali we all know... or think we do. (less)
I've been meaning to read this series for awhile. Part of why I put it off is because so many times I'm disappointed by fiction, especially that which...moreI've been meaning to read this series for awhile. Part of why I put it off is because so many times I'm disappointed by fiction, especially that which is fairly popular, and even more so if it's a series. And I really wanted to like this one. Luckily I was positively tickled by this book.
Since the whole premise is inherently silly (Victorian England, reimagined with openly supernatural beings about- your vampires, werewolves, and ghosts) the text embraces that fact and with full self-awareness, crafts a whole world and story that was simply entertaining as hell to me. The absurd social rules of Victorian England are poked at quite a bit, but not so much that remains the sole focus of the writing; rather, it underlies it all. But it doesn't take itself so seriously, and I think that adds to the fun of it.
There are more naughty parts than I would have thought, but they are neither excessive and overtly explicit nor namby pamby filled with unclever euphemisms. They were a welcome addition.
The mystery of the plot isn't exactly difficult to deduce, but that hardly matters. Altogether, Carriger's writing is solid and clear with vocabulary fitting to that time period, and wholly entertaining and the characters are fabulous (some a bit more than others). I'm looking forward to reading this whole series.(less)
I really loved No Hope for Gomez and I'm glad a novella continuation exists and I had an opportunity to read it. The Gomez character is great, and I f...moreI really loved No Hope for Gomez and I'm glad a novella continuation exists and I had an opportunity to read it. The Gomez character is great, and I find the way in which he and the story are written hilarious. This was far, far better than any other trite nonsense that's out around the holidays. After recently going through some reading drudgery, this was refreshing and hit the literary spot.(less)