I loved this entire series. Alexia was witty and charming and smart throughout. The story was fun and interesting. Never could I have predicted the enI loved this entire series. Alexia was witty and charming and smart throughout. The story was fun and interesting. Never could I have predicted the end. Who would have thought? I had so much fun reading this, I can't wait to read her other books. A wonderful bit of fluff summer reading....more
I did enjoy this book, I laughed out loud at some parts and was basically amazed that Carrie Fisher is somewhat of a functioning adult. I admire her cI did enjoy this book, I laughed out loud at some parts and was basically amazed that Carrie Fisher is somewhat of a functioning adult. I admire her chutzpah, her ability to laugh and her determination in her quest to conquer manic depression, substance abuse and alcoholism. The only complaint I have is the utter lack of organization within the chapters and her occasionally repetition. It reads more like someone just copied down her rambling on stage (and maybe that is exactly what it is), but I would have expected more...at the very least from her editor. Rock on Princess Leia!...more
Great fluff book. I loved the main character and I just had a lot of fun reading it. Wouldn't mind a bit more of steampunky side. Maybe in later booksGreat fluff book. I loved the main character and I just had a lot of fun reading it. Wouldn't mind a bit more of steampunky side. Maybe in later books. Update jan 18--just read it again and I still love it! ...more
As a librarian I endorse this book wholeheartedly, it is intelligent, funny, interesting and oh-how-i-wish-i-could-get -overdue-books-back-like-Rex-faAs a librarian I endorse this book wholeheartedly, it is intelligent, funny, interesting and oh-how-i-wish-i-could-get -overdue-books-back-like-Rex-fantastic. Rex and his band of librarians protect the world from evil and will do anything to retrieve an overdue book and fine. What a great story! This hardcover version covers Comics 1-5 and the rest of the remaining 7 comics have to bought individually if you want to see if Rex ever gets the Principia Mathematic from the now destroyed Vaglox. There are lots of add-ons in the book like messages from Barry Horst the "publisher" of the comic, he "pops" into the story-line occassionally, extra Rex comics from various artists, and an ad for toy librarians. I want those, especially the one of Hypatia "Kicking Evil Ass"!! This comic is so intelligently written I have to wonder if James Turner is a fan of Jasper Fforde. Of course I couldn't resist James Turner's description of librarians for his small expose at the back of the book on the Ordo Biblitheca. That is me to a T. (I wish) Rex, Simon-the-megalomaniac-cursed-to-be-a-sparrow-for-4,000-years (telekinetic semi-sidekick), Hypatia (fellow femme fatale librarian agent and possible love interest for Rex) and Circe (former evil goddess turned cookie baking librarian...she also cursed simon and sometimes turns irritating patrons into pigs, but she's mended her evil ways....hmmm we'll see about that) are all terrific characters. Not to mention the bad guys with overdue books and fines that must be tracked down. I cannot say enough how intelligently this comic is written, you might need to arm yourself with a dictionary to figure out what Rex and his fellow librarians or ever Barry are saying, but isn't that what we should have with us when we read all good literature. Enjoy!
I bought this book not knowing anything about it, solely for the fact it was about a librarian "superhero" and for the fantastic cover art, for the High School at which I am the librarian. It is a terrific find. My 2 sons ages 12 and 14 LOVED it and are anxious for me to get the rest of the comics so that they can see what happens. My 12 year old's favorite part is the fact that Rex constantly has a book with him and uses the knowledge he gets from within his books to defeat the bad guys. ...more
**spoiler alert** Fforde has done it again. He is my favorite author. I have LOVED every single one of his books. They are masterfully written and by**spoiler alert** Fforde has done it again. He is my favorite author. I have LOVED every single one of his books. They are masterfully written and by the time you get to the end you want the next installment, right then. My favorite part of this book was the creation of a minor character Pippa, written solely as the avenue to tell a joke using the Peter Piper tongue twister. It is so magnificently done that you don't even realize it's all a joke until the punch line is told. So very funny. AND then Fforde has Jack Spratt make fun of him for doing it. Brilliant. Bring on the next Nursery Rhyme crime!!...more
Finally a memoir worth reading. This is lighthearted...no deep dark secrets no skeletons in the closet no smoking gun...no hypnotherapy to remember reFinally a memoir worth reading. This is lighthearted...no deep dark secrets no skeletons in the closet no smoking gun...no hypnotherapy to remember repressed memories.
Zippy is a delightful girl who grows up in the small town of Moreland, IN. Her exploits with the witch lady across the street the drug store owner who is always yelling at her and who's wife is her teacher, her friend who has a creepy teacher and her religious conversations with her dad...i all thoroughly enjoyed reading. Her mom is a religious quaker who can spin a great yarn about Zippy being traded from gypsy's and her daddy...well he's not religious, but he sure knows how to take care of the neighbor complaining about their barking dogs, and how to build a new bike and a shrine for the old one, and how to pack for camping and a natural disaster all at the same time.
It was a fast read and i'd recommend it to anyone who just wants to have an enjoyable couple of hours. I hope she writes more. Especially since her writing style (from the perspective of a child) is very effective. It was almost as if you could see the thoughts spinning around in that little brain. I was wonderful to see the interesting ways a child sees the world around them and how they interpret it. It seemed very point on. :)...more
I LOVED! this book. I found myself laughing completely outloud in some sections. Matthew Polly has an easy and humorous writing style. He is self effaI LOVED! this book. I found myself laughing completely outloud in some sections. Matthew Polly has an easy and humorous writing style. He is self effacing, charming, charasmatic, intelligent, and has a great respect for the Chinese culture and people that he spent 2 years with. I learned a lot about the Chinese culture and enjoyed reliving Matthew's experiences training in traditional shaolin forms, kickboxing and iron kungfu and "crazy american kungfu" haha. I would love to meet him and would love to see him write some more. Slight warning for those of you that are of "virgin ears", there is swearing in this book and I laughed at his author's note which says "After reading an early draft my mother taught me a new kung fu move: Angry Tigress Washes Cub's Potty Mouth Out with Soap. The book possesses hundres of fewer curse words thanks to her relentless scrubbing." And for my one friend who is a writer it seems you are not the only one who has troubles letting go of a manuscript since according to him his editors had to pry "the manuscript from [his] cold, dead hands." Definately a good read. I'd recommend it to anyone who has ever just wanted to do flying kungfu kicks but never had the courage to just drop everything in your life and set out seeking the Shaolin Temple to learn 'em. Or just thought they couldn't possibly be flexible enough. :) Or anyone who just loves to read about someones journey to self realization....more
My favorite part in this book is "Do you like my hat?" "NO i do NOT like that hat." "Goodbye" "goodbye" for some reason this little exchange that contMy favorite part in this book is "Do you like my hat?" "NO i do NOT like that hat." "Goodbye" "goodbye" for some reason this little exchange that continues throughout the book just tickles me, especially since his favorite hat is the crazy party hat she wears. Makes me chuckle every time...more