This series just completely fizzled on me. I never could get interested in Lucas or London, or really get a read on then as characters in general. TheThis series just completely fizzled on me. I never could get interested in Lucas or London, or really get a read on then as characters in general. They seemed a bit cardboard? There was a lot of telling the reader things that I didn't feel were actually happening. Yeah, disapointing....more
I had mostly forgotten who Will and Hanna even were by the time I read this and trying to piece together that and the side characters was futile. My fI had mostly forgotten who Will and Hanna even were by the time I read this and trying to piece together that and the side characters was futile. My fault though, not the books....more
So, I guess I'm not sure what I expected this book to be, but it certainly wasn't my cup of tea. Honestly, the title should have been my first clue...So, I guess I'm not sure what I expected this book to be, but it certainly wasn't my cup of tea. Honestly, the title should have been my first clue... But I guess I thought the humor would be more clever and the stories would be more interesting...
This is a collection of stories by a professional waxer of the below areas about the various clients she has seen over the years. It all basically boils down to the following points:
- People fart when having their nether's waxed - The clients get turned on a lot - The beautician gets turned on a lot - Author hears all about clients sex lives - It sucks waxing a smelly vagina
Oh, and this is my pick for "Solid Gold Quote of the Book":
"The next time you visit a spa, if you feel a hand sliding across your inner thigh to your manhood or magic muffin, lie back, relax, and enjoy the ride."
Did she just encourage us to be sexually assaulted by beauticians?
I can't even...
So, yeah, avoid this book (it's actually only 100 or so pages, I read it in a hour) unless you enjoy reading way too many uses of the phrase "the little man in the boat", "winking starfish" and tone-deaf humor. This was an entire waste of my reading time, and I'm super disappointed because I think this could have been a lot better if the author didn't focus on herself, her career, and her client experiences. Getting other stories from colleagues, etc would have made it much more interesting, as well as toning down the raunchy factor a bit, to at least the point where it was readable.
Copy courtesy of Mill City Press, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....more
Ah, this is when everything starts going pear shaped. It's at this point when I think of this image because it is just so damn appropriate:
Anyway, thAh, this is when everything starts going pear shaped. It's at this point when I think of this image because it is just so damn appropriate:
Anyway, this is mostly more Stark storyline.
And I LOVED the way they presented the chair! It's how Martin envisioned it and described it, not the little pathetic thing that's in the show. Much happy about that!
This is the last issue I have, and I doubt I'll continue the series, but it was good for what it was. I'd probably be more interested in seeing a version of the later books since that is when the storylines get really convoluted....more
ETA: Please let me draw your attention to all the people leaving reviews for STORM OF SWORDS, instead of, you know, the COMIC BOOK. Are they even readETA: Please let me draw your attention to all the people leaving reviews for STORM OF SWORDS, instead of, you know, the COMIC BOOK. Are they even reading the title of the book they are "reviewing"?? This is seriously driving me nuts.
This issue covers Dany's wedding and more events at Winterfell.
Arya ain't so horseface in this version. You know, someone should have told the artist that not all the women are pretty in this story... I wonder what his interpretation of Brienne is...
ETA: And once again the reviews I see on GR for this COMIC BOOK are talking about CLASH OF KINGS. They don't even share the same name people. I just cETA: And once again the reviews I see on GR for this COMIC BOOK are talking about CLASH OF KINGS. They don't even share the same name people. I just can't even...
Again, not the biggest fan of the art style. But the narrative is still chugging along smoothly. This issue was just the King arriving in Winterfell and what happens up to Maester Luwin's message.
And it included one of my favorite quotes from the entire series:
Ever since I read Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth last year, I've wanted to know more about the London of the past. It just seemsEver since I read Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth last year, I've wanted to know more about the London of the past. It just seems like such a juxtaposition for this city to have been one of the most powerful seats in the world, and yet also one of the most nasty and unsafe ones at the same time. This book is about the Great Fire of 1666, which is distinguished from it's many predecessors only because those didn't basically wipe out the entire city.
Now this particular book was originally published in the 1920's, but from what I can tell it's the best resource out there for combined information about the fire. I haven't managed to find anything modern that looks better. That being said, you need to be aware of this because the author refers to "modern times" which was very different from ours now. He also makes a lot of assumptions of his readers knowledge, assuming that there is at least a basic understanding of medieval English culture and economics. I found myself needing to google several concepts he brought up because I couldn't make sense of them in his context. For instance, apparently "plate" was something the "guilds" had made to coalesce their riches. I had no idea how important the guild system was before reading this history.
The first part of the book focuses on the four days of the fire itself, how it started (a hapless baker), how it ended (a fortuitous lack of wind), and all of the many buildings that were destroyed. He goes to great lengths to tell the history of many of these buildings, at times to the narratives detriment. The second part takes a look at how long it took to rebuild, who did the rebuilding, and how it happened since there was basically no money to pay for it. The endless names and references to apparently famous people I might know of if I had ever taken a British History course, the depth of history surrounding the churches and the contemporary political climate all added together made for a slow read. I did enjoy googling the various places he mentioned surviving to his era so I could see the architecture though! Fascinating to see the modern architecture right alongside the medieval.
And did anyone else realize that the London Bridge used to have all kinds of buildings on it? Like it was basically a street of buildings over water. Insanity.
Even though this was a very slow read for me, I did enjoy all of the care Bell took to include as many details as he could of the aftermath and fire itself. Super interesting stuff, and I would highly recommend it if you have any interest in reading about the history of The City of London (which isn't the same as the city named London, don't cha know).
Copy courtesy of Endeavour Press/Albion Press, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....more
ETA: Jez, people... I'm going to say that just by glancing at the reviews for this GRAPHIC NOVEL, the reviews I see on GR are 85% for the BOOK itself.ETA: Jez, people... I'm going to say that just by glancing at the reviews for this GRAPHIC NOVEL, the reviews I see on GR are 85% for the BOOK itself. It says "Comic Book" in the title, people, come on...
I've read the book twice and seen the first season of the show (which follows the book pretty precisely). Since I have a pretty good handle on the material, I figured it would be interesting to read the comic version and see if they made similar editing decisions to the show which has had trouble condensing or entirely cutting out storylines in the interest of time and attention span.
So far, it's following pretty well, but this first issue is just the introduction to the Starks and Dany. I did like how they handled the history of Dany and her family in panel form. It's a lot of information that doesn't make a ton of sense before you know the whole story, but the images were evocative enough to make the reading of it more pleasurable than in the book.
Not a big fan of the art style... And I can already see a problem brewing because I can't tell the difference between the characters (especially in the Stark chapter) just by looking at them. I need them to use names when addressing each other because it looks like copypasta faces with slightly different hair. ...more
Being a fan of the Housewives of OC, I was immediately interested in this title when I saw it. I knew from last season that the Dubrow's had launchedBeing a fan of the Housewives of OC, I was immediately interested in this title when I saw it. I knew from last season that the Dubrow's had launched a skincare line that they had spent a lot of time developing, so I figured this book would be really interesting. While there are a couple of mentions of this line, it is kind of expected and isn't too annoying. For instance, even though they will briefly suggest their products every now and then, they also suggest the ingredients to look for in alternatives.
The first part was the most interesting to me. It's mostly Heather's research and thoughts on makeup and haircare that can be tweaked to make you look younger instead of automatically trying to jump into plastic surgery to "fix" everything. She had a lot of good examples of how to incorrectly use makeup that made it easy to visualize where she was coming from.
The second part is more about skincare, what works and what doesn't, what ingredients to look for in products for certain skin concerns, etc. I mostly skimmed this section because I already knew a lot of it, but that's only because I spend a lot of time researching skincare myself. Overall there is a ton of great information in this section that could be used as a reference when looking for products.
The remainder of the book is mostly about plastic surgery procedures, the do's and don'ts, and a lot of in-depth information on procedures. It seems like they tried to exhaustively list all the different types of procedures and products you can have done/use for each concern you might have that plastic surgery could address. Terry goes to great lengths to also stress that these are surgeries after all, and they can have some major complications if you go to a bad doctor, or even if some 1% fluke happens during or after the operation. I really appreciated hearing that from his standpoint as one of the most famous plastic surgeons out there.
Overall this was a good read, and I think it would be best use as reference material if you were thinking about getting work done, or wanted to prevent needing it for as long as possible. Since I'm not personally interested in the former, the book trailed off for me at the end, but that's just a personal issue. For someone planning to have a procedure or two done I would say this is a must read.
Copy courtesy of NYU Press, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....more
I just can't. I got about 150 pages in and just can't continue. I'm bored out of my mind and every time I pick it up I go to sleep. Hell, every time II just can't. I got about 150 pages in and just can't continue. I'm bored out of my mind and every time I pick it up I go to sleep. Hell, every time I think about reading it, I get sleepy.
I just couldn't connect to anyone enough to care about what happens. ...more