I want to go out of my way to support supposed strong females in the geek community, and that's what OlivI have fought for Olivia Munn, I really have.
I want to go out of my way to support supposed strong females in the geek community, and that's what Olivia proudly brands herself as. I love that a confident lady has come to the forefront and simultaneously embraced both her geekhood and her cuteness! Good on her!
…Aaaand then I made the mistake of reading this book. Shame on me for getting my hopes up.
As I clicked through the pages on my Kindle I was completely disappointed-nigh-horrified at the type of person she comes across as- for someone who dedicates an entire chapter to easy identification of “assholes,” she sure seems to fit the bill. Every chapter seems to be a series of complaints or put-downs, regaling us with stories about those who wronged her in one way or another. Sure, I don’t doubt that Olivia had some shitty childhood experiences and has to deal with some complete douchebags in Hollywood, but it comes across as if she has never had a break in life- something pretty immediately disproved by the fact that, well, she has a book deal. A book deal I am unfortunately reading.
Her attitude towards her fellow women is flimsy and contradictory at best- she can only commend acceptance of her body- the body of a “real woman,” mind you- by shaming thin and fat women alike. WAT. Honestly? Olivia Munn is a gorgeous woman and power to her for embracing it, but the self-deprecation and acting like she doesn’t know it just seems forced. Not to say we don’t all have body issues, it’s an inevitability of being a chick, but a woman who continually has the (admirable!) confidence to pose for playboy and wear skimpy costumes to conventions knows what she has going on.
Also, saying guys “grow a vagina” when they’re sick and needy? Talking about older women’s dusty and useless genitalia? Recalling the pain of being slut-shamed in grade school only to REEPEATEDLY turn the tables and do the same to several different women she’s crossed paths with? Jesus Christ, Olivia. It’s easy to rail on other people- it takes real moxy to act like a decent human being and really put a critical eye to what you saying. Crude humour doesn’t also have to be hateful and alienating.
And regarding Olivia’s constant overuse of the word “geek”:
- Stop gendering the word. Your geek history revolves almost entirely around men and their accomplishments, with women relegated to random slews of costumed pinups (many of whom are in NO way representative of female geekery). You also go on about a lesbian encounter and clearly, proudly acknowledge the straight male reader supposedly getting off to it. If you continually claim you don’t want to be known as someone getting by on sheer sex appeal, you need to have the substance to back it up. Dressing your cohost in a French maid’s costume doesn’t cut it. - Even going by your broad and loving definition of geeks as people who are passionate about something, hacky sacks aren’t geeky. Not sure where you got that from. - Don’t act as if all geeks are amazing, flawless people; pedestaling a group is just as harmful as stereotyping them negatively. I have run into tons of passionate, geeky people who are simultaneously rude, misogynistic and cruel. - Stop telling us you’re a geek over, and over and over again. The more you insist you’re a geek, the less believable it sounds. If you’re a geek and you know it, fine, awesome, good for you- just stop shouting it to the heavens for verification. And liking the Star Wars franchise, the first four episodes of which were the top-grossing films in the respective years they were released, does not make you a supergeek. That is akin to liking Disney.
In the end, I don’t dislike Olivia Munn because she does photoshoots and jumps into pies, or because she’s a “threat” as an attractive fellow woman, or any of the other reasons Munn lays on the table instead of trying to actually connect to all the female geeks out there. I dislike Olivia Munn because her humor revolves around the vicious deprecation of other people, because she complains about being ostracized only to blindly spin around and do the same thing, and because she is so unaware of anyone’s criticism of her work that she uses ad hominem attacks to defend herself.
I love being able to share the female space with amazingly talented, smart, witty, geeky, hot ladies- I just don’t think Olivia has proved herself on that front....more
Granted, my family owns this both in print and as an audio book- so I can't deny the entertainment I gather from this sad excuse for a detective novelGranted, my family owns this both in print and as an audio book- so I can't deny the entertainment I gather from this sad excuse for a detective novel on a regular basis- but I still refuse to call it a good book in any respectable sense of the word.
Not unlike The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons is made up of archetypal characters thrown into unfathomably implausible situations in which facts tend to be sort of twisted or thrown aside for the sake of a good, pulpy read. Sure, our hero falls two miles from a helicopter with nothing but a tarp as a parachute, landing in a river thanks to his "diver's body," and yes, he uses his Mickey Mouse watch to light the way in the subteranneous vaults underneath the Vatican, but I was laughing from page to page and really did enjoy mocking Brown's attempts at dramatic pause. Granted, I'm not sure that that's the reception he was going for in writing this but to each their own.
In summary, I defy you to resist a book that ends with the line: "You've never been to bed with a yoga master, have you?"
I enjoy reading a bad book for the satirical satisfaction of it all as much as the next man, but this- and the second book as well- was just painful.I enjoy reading a bad book for the satirical satisfaction of it all as much as the next man, but this- and the second book as well- was just painful. The only reason why I took the time to read through it was because it was given to me as part of the prize package for the WoW comic contest, and I figured it would be rude of me not to give it the time of day. How wrong I was.
The book couldn't be more generically-drawn, and the plot and characters only bear the slightest, most passing resemblance to anything in the greater Warcraft universe. One of the great things about WoW as a game is the fact that it's so very tongue-in-cheek and stylized, and so it shouldn't come as any surprise that it translates poorly into agonizingly serious manga.
I was immensely impressed with the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy- it came to me highly recommended by friends and family, and I'm always lookI was immensely impressed with the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy- it came to me highly recommended by friends and family, and I'm always looking for new scifi/fantasy novels (YA or otherwise) that provide a new and exciting world for me to get enveloped in.
I think Collins' biggest strength with this series is her world-building- she effortlessly creates a compelling interpretation of future post-apocalyptic North America with its grey morality, allegorical gladiatorial matches, and the resultant cultures on both sides of that fight. I think I'd be content to read any number of spinoff novels so long as they're set in Panem- it seems to be a universe rich and deep enough to support hundreds of narratives aside from Katniss'. Of course one can't help but compare the premise to the Japanese book Battle Royale (and the film of the same name), in that both involve a world with a lottery that pits young kids against each other in a televised battle to the death, but I think Collins has done just> enough with the setting and characters to make the concept her own.
It is worth noting that Katniss is far from a Mary Sue, despite what other reviewers have claimed, insofar as she's just a protagonist. The Lord of the Rings story revolved around Frodo Baggins, too, but that doesn't automatically make him an absurd idealization or a self-insert for the author. Katniss is comparably blessed- yes, all of Panem is taken with her, but that's the stylist's job. Yes, she has two suitors fighting for her hand, but she's known them all her life and is a substantial enough character that we as an audience can say "Yes, I can see the appeal in this person despite her noticeable and humanizing flaws."
And so we come to the meat of my review- having now read Catching Fire and being a good third or so into Mockingjay, the one utterly frustrating thing with the book- more specifically with Katniss as a character- is her inability to make choices. I've been a teenager and can completely understand the weight of indecision upon one's shoulders in times of stress, yes, but at the same time being constantly privy to Katniss' internal dialogue becomes quickly exhausting. For someone with an otherwise firey personality, hearing her constantly question her own perception of things is distressing. Do I approve of this, do I like them, am I willing to sacrifice this or stoop so low as to do that, what do they mean, should I... And so on. Not that internal conflict is a bad thing (quite the opposite is usually true, in fact) but watching Katniss ask these things and more often than not shrug them off and never answer them is a might bit frustrating. It doesn't make the books unreadable, I'd still happily reread them or suggest them to a friend, but its enough of a frustration that I'm now keeping a tally whilst reading the third book....more
As other reviewers have said, plays are meant to be performed, not read... Or, at least, performed and then read later on, huddled up in a corner whilAs other reviewers have said, plays are meant to be performed, not read... Or, at least, performed and then read later on, huddled up in a corner whilst reminiscing about the amazing feat of acting that you were just privy to. Either way, I adore Twelfth Night primarily because I was able to see several productions of it soon after reading it; I was already invested in the characters, and seeing them brough to life only furthered my love of the play.
Twelfth Night shares innumerable themes with Shakespeare's other comedies, but I've always considered it my favourite for it's ensemble of characters, marvelously constructed case of mistaken-identity and drag, and rather addicting dialogue. It's a quick read and has more depth than one would initially presume, so I definitely think it's worth the read.
I enjoyed this as a venue through which I could better acquaint myself with Azeroth's lore (specifically that lore in volving Thrall, obviously), butI enjoyed this as a venue through which I could better acquaint myself with Azeroth's lore (specifically that lore in volving Thrall, obviously), but it doesn't stand up as much of a book otherwise. The plot has potential and I didn't put the book down halfway through, I grant them that, but the writing reeks of generic fantasy and ends up being a more satisfying read if you go into it with a sense of humor.
I've been reading novelizations and spin-offs of my favourite franchises for some time now, from Star Wars to BSG, so this was simply one in a long line of books which I've enjoyed and referenced but would never actually refer to as good... Though it does have some great unintentional innuendo about Grom Hellscream's warhammer. Rowrr.
The Scar is an illustrator's dream, just like Mieville's previous book, Perdido Street Station. While it can hardly be hailed as the literary achieveThe Scar is an illustrator's dream, just like Mieville's previous book, Perdido Street Station. While it can hardly be hailed as the literary achievement of the modern world, The Scar definitely works as a canvas for Mieville's incredible ability for world-creation and description. The characters, species and environments in the book are undeniably delicious and tangible, and they lend just enough atmosphere and grit to the novel to make it stand out. I was still simultaneously invested in the characters and plot (the latter overshadowing the former somewhat in the sheer epic scale of it), but it's the flavor that makes me pick it up again and again.
The Time Traveler's Wife is a heart-wrenching romance seamlessly interwoven with a surprisingly convincing time-travel premise; granted, Niffenegger The Time Traveler's Wife is a heart-wrenching romance seamlessly interwoven with a surprisingly convincing time-travel premise; granted, Niffenegger never gets into the scientific specifics of the time-travel, but it seems a moot point as it always maintains some sort of logic and never overshadows the plot and characters... What the novel is actually about.
I fell in love with this book the first time I read it, and would happily reccomend it to anyone who is, well, prepared for it. It's a love story, yes, but it's also painfully realistic and quite a powerful read. To put it simply, peruse at your own risk- but it's worth it.
A pleasantly steampunky romp through the streets of New Crobuzon, characterized by dark humor, dark forces, dark back alleys, and... Well, yes, it's aA pleasantly steampunky romp through the streets of New Crobuzon, characterized by dark humor, dark forces, dark back alleys, and... Well, yes, it's all rather dark, actually, but in a good way. Perdido Street Station is typical of Mieville's style, in that it's a pretty basic plot- a monster hunt- that is mae infintely more interesting by his style and ability to create fantastic worlds. Every detail of New Crobuzon and its denizens in detailed and thought through, and its that which makes the book worth reading... Especially if you're looking for inspiration as an artist.
It's been a while since I've re-read this, but I keep it on my shelf- tempting me- for good reason. Fire Bringer is David Clement-Davies response to tIt's been a while since I've re-read this, but I keep it on my shelf- tempting me- for good reason. Fire Bringer is David Clement-Davies response to the anthropomorphised animal genre, and he does a damn good job at following in the footsteps of Watership Down and the like. His ability to weave a powerfully dramatic plot is matched by the time and research he has presumably put in to creating a cohesive and convincing society of deer species. It has its weak points, as most novels do, but I couldn't put this down as I was reading it.
Considering that the book itself is simply mediocre as a detective novel, it was surprisingly lacking in hidden information relating to Lost. Hanso anConsidering that the book itself is simply mediocre as a detective novel, it was surprisingly lacking in hidden information relating to Lost. Hanso and the ever-present numbers come up on occassion (and, granted, characters from the book have started showign up in the 3rd season of the series), but otherwise the strongest tie it has to the series is the fact that the logo is plastered unceremoniously on the cover.
A good book to have under your proverbial belt of Lost fandom, but otherwise not much to write home about. -C...more
An amazingly in-depth textbook about North American wolves that is, for all intents and purposes, all-encompassing. The text is thick and difficult toAn amazingly in-depth textbook about North American wolves that is, for all intents and purposes, all-encompassing. The text is thick and difficult to get through if you don't have the taste for densely-packed information, but it's to-the-point, well-illustrated in a number of diagrams, and extremely informative.
Anyone looking to educate themselves about wolves to the point that you know about the fluctuations in Montana's wolf to moose calf ratio over the past few years should definitely get their hands on this.
An amazingly smart and witty book about presidential assassinations written by a woman who's love of placards rivals my own. Sarah Vowell is unabashedAn amazingly smart and witty book about presidential assassinations written by a woman who's love of placards rivals my own. Sarah Vowell is unabashedly in love with history and its many quirks, and it shows in her writing; granted, I love reading books on history in any way shape or form, but it can't be denied that Vowell does a fantastic job at making history both entertaining and approachable... Not to mention accurate.
Not as strong at David Clement-Davies' other book, Fire Bringer, but a quick, fun read if you're a fan the noble wolf archetype. The plot is relativNot as strong at David Clement-Davies' other book, Fire Bringer, but a quick, fun read if you're a fan the noble wolf archetype. The plot is relatively slow and not nearly as well thought out as his first novel, something that feels like an unfortunate side affect of writing about wolves- when you're dealing with previously demonized creatures, it's difficult to find the balance between portraying them as effective predators and noble beasts.
I'm not sure what I can add to a book that's so well-known and revered both in and outside of the science fiction community, but I grew up on this booI'm not sure what I can add to a book that's so well-known and revered both in and outside of the science fiction community, but I grew up on this book and still find myself thinking back to it for illustrative inspiration. Bradbury is an amazing author and was well ahead of his time when this was published- the fact that it stills stands up as a solid, foundational collection in the wide world of sci-fi literature is definitely saying something.
I can't quite place when I first read Griffin and Sabine, but the book is an impressive new step into the uncharted genre of the adult picture book. TI can't quite place when I first read Griffin and Sabine, but the book is an impressive new step into the uncharted genre of the adult picture book. The plot itself is intentionally hazy and mysterious, but the quality and interest of the illustrated postcards is what makes the book such a catch... I still have yet to see anything like it.
Fantastically interesting and colloquial account of the blue whale, exploring both its literal biology and its historical plight. I'm a fan of nonfictFantastically interesting and colloquial account of the blue whale, exploring both its literal biology and its historical plight. I'm a fan of nonfiction that neither patronizes nor goes over the head of the reader, and this book does just that....more
My favourite of Stephen King's Gunslinger series, thankee sai; admittedly slower than those following and preceding it in terms of action, but it's aMy favourite of Stephen King's Gunslinger series, thankee sai; admittedly slower than those following and preceding it in terms of action, but it's a wonderful view into Roland's back story and how the world used to be....more