I loved this book. I've been mildly obsessed with the Eels for a few months now, especially after listening to Hombre Lobo. I think Mark is extremelyI loved this book. I've been mildly obsessed with the Eels for a few months now, especially after listening to Hombre Lobo. I think Mark is extremely talented. Reading this autobiography only made me a bigger fan. His hilarious stories had me cracking up out loud on my commute to work, but there were also parts where I was in tears. Excellent read....more
I liked this book better than his others. It was more entertaining, not so completely and utterly ridiculous ( I mean yes, there were some parts thatI liked this book better than his others. It was more entertaining, not so completely and utterly ridiculous ( I mean yes, there were some parts that were absolutely far fetched, but he tied it in somewhat realistically at the end). Overall, I felt like I came away with some sort of a deeper meaning in this book, which I can't say for "Diary", and not really so much for "Survivor" either.
Choke says a lot about humanity, and unlike the other books, you WANT humanity to prevail. I loved the tower/stone metaphor too. Very very good. Overall, I would actually recommend this, and perhaps even read it again!...more
I LOVE Giada (and so does my boyfriend)!!! She is a beautiful and talented woman. Her dishes are incredibly easy to make, and full of flavor. She alwaI LOVE Giada (and so does my boyfriend)!!! She is a beautiful and talented woman. Her dishes are incredibly easy to make, and full of flavor. She always uses great combinations of food that look colorful and have many layers of taste. Many of her dishes from this book are actually pretty healthy also!...more
**spoiler alert** Despite the size of this book, it truly is a quick read. The style of drawing that Dash uses is simple yet expressive, and so you ca**spoiler alert** Despite the size of this book, it truly is a quick read. The style of drawing that Dash uses is simple yet expressive, and so you can understand what's going on with one look, as opposed to someone like Joe Sacco, who fills each square with such detail that you must linger on every one. I think this style of drawing also suits the story, and gives it that disconnected feel. The empty space relates to the characters and what they are experiencing in the story.
I thought the story was interesting. My parents were divorced, so the book hit a personal note. What I particularly appreciated was Dash's revealing of each character and how they are coping with the divorce of Maggie and David.
What I enjoyed most was those moments where the different plot lines intercepted. For example when Peter ties the balloons to the chair and then it crashes on the roof next to Jill. There were, however some missed opportunities, or rather unresolved things that left me wondering. Like when Claire and Aki wake up from their night out, and both realize that what transpired the night before seems like it never happened. There is a hint of magic or time travel there that is not mentioned again. Also the Heart door that Jill finds...we never find out what is in there. But maybe that's symbolic of the story. I wish the ending was a bit more positive. For a second there, I thought that the divorce was not going to materialize. But, from reading Dash's other works, I should not have hoped for a "Happily ever after" ending....more
**spoiler alert** I agree with what a lot of other people who gave this book 1-3 stars have already said. Therefore, I will keep this review short, an**spoiler alert** I agree with what a lot of other people who gave this book 1-3 stars have already said. Therefore, I will keep this review short, and mainly just talk about things that I feel were completely unresolved in Breaking Dawn.
Leah....she was not so likeable in the other books, but in Breaking Dawn I really began to feel for her character. Was there anyone else who was hoping that somehow Jacob and Leah would have imprinted on each other? I mean, maybe when she joined his pack, it would have been like seeing each other for the first time all over again or something??? What happens to poor Leah? Doesn't she get a happy ending after selflessly defending the vampires which she hated?
Renesmee...HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE NAME!!! UGh! I gagged when I read that. Come on! Really??? Anyway, aside from the horrid name, I thought it was pretty cheesy that she is going to grow ever so rapidly until she hits Jacob's age and suddenly stops. How convenient.
The countless other vampires that just appeared and then disappeared in this book..... there were many stories that perhaps Meyer could do a spinoff on. Like the Egyptian vampires or the South American ones. Is Benjamin going to come back to join the Cullens? Is the half human half vampire from SOuth America going to come back to try and court Renesmee? I guess we will never know.
The Volturi....are they really just going to back down from a fight? They still seemed pretty bitter to me at the end. Who's to say that they won't be back in 100 years to attack again? And the Romanian vampires? They are suddenly just fine with the Volturi? The whole thing with them was very anticlimactic, and pretty silly.
Charlie and Rene....why doesn't Bella have to lose them???? That was the whole heart-wrenching sacrifice that she was supposed to make! Stephanie Meyer couldn't bear to tarnish her precious Bella and make her look bad and go through the newborn phase...she lets her off the hook too easily. And it's so lame that Charlie just accepts that his 18 year old daughter is transformed into a strange being, and suddenly has a rapidly aging granddaughter? He's totally cool with that? Yeah. What about her mother? The more observant parent who never even gets dealt with in this book? What is going to happen 40 years from now when her parents are 80 and Bella is still 18??
Arg. I wanted to like this so badly. And there were many parts that I did enjoy, but this was subpar to the other books....more