While very entertaining, I did not enjoy Dad is Fat as much as Gaffigan's more current book Food: A Love Story. This may be because I can relate to GaWhile very entertaining, I did not enjoy Dad is Fat as much as Gaffigan's more current book Food: A Love Story. This may be because I can relate to Gaffigan's love of food, but really have no perspective when it comes to parenting. I work with small children for my profession, but I've never lived with them or had to raise one. Some of the truths in this book can be backed simply from stories I've heard my parents recite about myself. So, I guess anyone who had a childhood can still get something from this and enjoy its humor. This may mean you will have to look back and reflect on how annoying you were as a child. It's likely a healthy exercise, very humbling. Because when or if I have children, I will probably encounter similar events and find myself saying, "Jim Gaffigan warned me about this."...more
So Cute It Hurts? ... How about "So Cliche It Hurts." Yeesh.
This title caught my attention when it was reviewed in a few different library journals. NSo Cute It Hurts? ... How about "So Cliche It Hurts." Yeesh.
This title caught my attention when it was reviewed in a few different library journals. Normally, they don't take the time to review manga unless it's creating a buzz somewhere. So, I figured it was worth taking the bet. The response on GoodReads was also promising. I bought the first volume for my library's collection. We were short on Shoujo titles, anyway. Whenever I purchase new manga, I make the time to read it, so I can recommend it properly. Our manga fanbase is on the rise, and they often ask me for summaries before diving in. Well... I may have to keep my intro to a minimum, because this title really failed to surprise me.
The concept of twins trading places is nothing new in this genre. Having the twins be a boy and a girl creates a tiny tangle in the mess, but it's still not a stretch. I have no issues with this basic plot. It's how the rest of this story unfolds that had me going "Ugh.." every couple pages.
The main characters themselves are quite unlikable, and based on their personalities alone would ever be able to actually pull this scheme off. Not that this kind of scenario actually plays out in real life, but you know what I mean. Mitsuru does a decent enough job trying to blend in as a girl, but his sister Megumu does a horrible job going into the boys' world. At least other series that dabble with The Switcheroo show characters attempting to act like their designated doppelganger. Plus, no one notices the switch (of course!), even though their "best friend" is suddenly acting peculiar. At least try to make me believe this could work.
The side characters are recycled and flat, except for Shino. She's the only part of this story that I enjoyed. For some reason, manga titles are few and far between when it comes to including characters with differing abilities. And, when a character like Shino comes along--who is deaf and uses sign language--the story line usually revolves around bullying. Not that Shino isn't taken advantage of in this book, but it's not the center focus. In it's favor, as well, Mitsuru (as his sister) stands up for her and buys a book on sign language in order to be closer friends. That was the best part on this volume. It gave me a little hope.
I'm not even going to waste my time going in-depth with Megumu's attempt at boyhood, and her instant crush on Eye Patch. Fail.
The last nail in this coffin of a Shoujo title was the omniscient narrator. I think this is the first time I've run into a manga that includes something like this. "Little did they know, they would both have a fatal encounter of love."
My personal grievances aside, I can see some of my 10-12 year-old readers getting a kick out of this. They don't always need a well-crafted plot and enticing characters. Sometimes, they just want endless full-face blushing and a few gender gags, on top of boy-band style haircuts. Sometimes, I want that, too. Not going to lie. But, this didn't fit the bill. ...more
While Gaffigan and I may not share the same food favorites, many of the points he makes about food culture are indeed apt. Plus, hilarious. Can't seeWhile Gaffigan and I may not share the same food favorites, many of the points he makes about food culture are indeed apt. Plus, hilarious. Can't see myself giving this book less than 5 stars considering how often I sat in my car, listening to Jim Gaffigan recite habits about American food consumption, just giggling like a crazy person. Life is too short to not eat good food, the food you personally love. Just never waste it on kale....more
I can honestly say that I have never watched a Professional Wrestling match in my entire life. Simply not a fan, whether it's all a show or otherwise.I can honestly say that I have never watched a Professional Wrestling match in my entire life. Simply not a fan, whether it's all a show or otherwise. My interest in Andre the Giant comes from a great love of the movie The Princess Bride, as I am sure it is for many other readers out there. I was able to learn some interesting life tid-bits about Andre through Cary Elwes memoir on the making of The Princess Bride; the two seemed genuinely close and spent a lot of time together. But I knew little else of his career, and this graphic novel was brought to my attention recently through a friend (and fellow fan). Thought it would definitely be worth the read.
And it was, for the most part. I learned quite a bit about the behind-the-scenes of Pro Wrestling. Brown did a great job making the stage of everything very understandable to even the non-fans like myself. I never felt lost in the minutiae of a sport to which I pay little to no attention. That greatly helped in the overall enjoyment and reception of this book, because normally anything with wrestling turns me off. Thanks, Brown, for making it approachable.
You are presented with a hodgepodge of life events for Andre. There is very little to no flow in this memoir. Its graphic format does help it along, because I do not think Brown's information would work it were simply written out. I was hoping for a smoother story and a more pronounced narration. Many times, our only cue of a scene change is small print in the upper corner, and many of those changes do not seem to have an important order. It's a scrap book of Andre's career, with a tiny bit of insight towards his condition and feelings. I realize we cannot get any information from the source, unfortunately. Andre was a quiet man. He was also a hard drinker, a bit of a brute, an absent friend and father, and a dedicated sportsman. Due to his condition, he was often surrounded by cruelty and insensitivity. In many ways, he did the best with what he had. Brown chooses to highlight his wrestling career, and that may be why my enjoyment of the overall product was not through the roof. However, it provided another interesting glimpse at a very rare man.
Still, he will always be Fezik, the kind giant, to me....more
This series and its characters have really warmed up. I don't think I've laughed harder than during the "Tarzan" chapter, and it still maintains a gooThis series and its characters have really warmed up. I don't think I've laughed harder than during the "Tarzan" chapter, and it still maintains a good deal of heart....more
I'm wondering if Moldavsky is myself from a different dimension.
Okay, Confession time: Approximately 8th grade, my friends and I unknowingly began theI'm wondering if Moldavsky is myself from a different dimension.
Okay, Confession time: Approximately 8th grade, my friends and I unknowingly began the biggest inside joke ever that would gradually expand over years, include comics, drawings, and soundtracks. Did I have any idea that it would get so big? No. Did I enjoy it immensely? Obviously. Long story short: I manage to kidnap my favorite British actor by knocking him unconscious, stuffing him into a body bag, and transporting him and myself to a clandestine island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that can only be accessed through somewhat magical means. Oh, and his name also happens to be Rupert. This joke/story/organism had many layers, characters, slogans, and holidays (don't eat the snow). And this book brought me right back into what it feels like to do insane things with friends--though ours never left the confines of our imagination. But the similarities, the devotion to Fangirl-ing, the making-fun-of-ourselves atmosphere, while also holding on to a wonderfully absurd possibility that all of this could happen, made me fall in love with Kill the Boy Band.
Also, I was laughing my head off most of the time. If you ever drove past a CR-V and you saw the girl driving laughing hysterically.. that was probably me. So much laughing.. and when the shit hits the fan, many mutterings of "oh, shit." I've mentioned this in multiple reviews: if I find myself talking to the book, I know I've found a good one. If it isn't obvious already, I highly recommend listening to the audio.
The writing wavered between extremely conversational to a slow wade into deep waters, reflecting the complexity of our MC's mind quite well. She's somewhat unreliable (we never truly even know her name). Actually, the whole troupe of girls are unreliable, and the mishmash of personalities and what they bring to the story creates a fun web of insanity. Every fangirl will have a mirror held up for them, and it might not be a pretty sight.
This book was nuts, and I loved it. Just goes to show you,never underestimate the Fans. They are capable of so much more than screaming.
Just as amazingly funny and awesome and Friendship to the Max as the first volume. Also, defeating evil outhouse raptors with a giant net made of frieJust as amazingly funny and awesome and Friendship to the Max as the first volume. Also, defeating evil outhouse raptors with a giant net made of friendship bracelets.
Skimming towards 3.5, but I love a good horror story. I see great potential in this plot, and hopefully a lot of growth in the characters. Art was fanSkimming towards 3.5, but I love a good horror story. I see great potential in this plot, and hopefully a lot of growth in the characters. Art was fantastic, and some great twists keep the story moving at a steady pace. Really brings a good cup of coffee into a new light......more
3.5 Stars. Lovely beginning for a promising shoujo title. Definitely bits of the plot from His and Her Circumstances, but not nearly as heavy (at least3.5 Stars. Lovely beginning for a promising shoujo title. Definitely bits of the plot from His and Her Circumstances, but not nearly as heavy (at least, not yet). Has more of a ToraDora feel, and that makes me happy. Also nice to see a shoujo that doesn't have the main couple hooking up right away. So many have them dating by the end of chapter one or two. Horimiya appears to be playing it out well, with only mere thoughts entering the two mains by the end of this volume. And, you also get the vibe that it may not ever go that way. A refreshing highlight that, sometimes, boys and girls can just be good friends. Some aspects may be lost to some Western readers, but I think most can relate to having a Public Face and a Private Face - one you only have at home with family. The idea that Hori and Miya accidentally fall upon their hidden selves and decide to keep it a "time just for them" is really sweet. Though I'm not sure how long that will last, since others are already starting to butt in. But hey, that happens when you make friends. Very light, but entertaining. I laughed out loud at a few parts. I will be picking up volume 2....more