I should have pre-ordered the book when I had the chance, but procrastination....so I ordered it on Monday of the week it dropped. Silly me. It had alrI should have pre-ordered the book when I had the chance, but procrastination....so I ordered it on Monday of the week it dropped. Silly me. It had already sold out by then. Having some credits in Audible, I got the audiobook version that comes with a pdf file of the libretto, so you can read along to Lin-Manuel Miranda's annotations. I started listening the next morning when I decided to make the 1 hour drive to work rather than take the bus. So there I am, 6am, driving a lonely highway headed out to the middle of nowhere...and I'm tearing up listening to Mariska Hartigay reading about David Korins' set design for a Broadway show that I have yet to see, but have fallen deeply and madly in love with via its amazing Original Broadway Cast LP. It wasn't going to be the first time that Jeremy McCarters words would make me weepy. Creativity does that to me. When creative people are at the top of their game, something happens to my heart. I've been left stunned by a fight sequence in a film, a number in a musical, a painting, a movement in a composition, a passage in a book, a meal cooked on Iron Chef.... Hearing the description of the members of the ensemble of Hamilton did make me cry, because I've done that work. I've been in a Chorus. I know how it feels, and to hear someone speak about the Ensemble of this show and how they are as essential in this show as the principles, made me have to leave my desk and have a moment. I haven't held this book and reveled at the photographs. I've only seen bits and pieces online. But I have listened to Hartigay read the book, and it's beautiful. Lin-Manuel Miranda says he picked her because of her New York sound. Her voice is beautiful and she does something interesting when she's reading a quote from a man as opposed to a quote by a woman. Her voice takes on a very slight...not so much *lowering* of the timbre, but...there's something she does that's subtle and lovely. She even did something that could have been kind of wrong if the wrong person had tried it. Listen to when, as Leslie Odom Jr, she reads his quote of his desire to buying a house for his Mom if he made a lot of money in Hollywood. Lin-Manuel reads his annotations, and when I get to them, I know it'll be like, no...it will be...him telling me all of the cool stuff I like to know about how something was chosen, where the inspiration comes from, what was going on in the room where a particular thing happened. (You know I had to do that, right?) I can't wait to get the #Hamiltome in my hands, but right now, the audiobook, which will ever live on my iPhone like songs do in Playlists, is filling the bill. Why didn't I get the e-book? Because I can't read the e-book while I'm driving. Also, because my e-book is an old Nook. Believe me, if I had an iPad, I'd have the Hamilton: The Revolution e-book....more
I liked this book so much, before I finished it I got Salsa Nocturna. This is fantasy, but it's not The Shire: It's set in the middle of Brooklyn, NewI liked this book so much, before I finished it I got Salsa Nocturna. This is fantasy, but it's not The Shire: It's set in the middle of Brooklyn, New York, USA. There are no hobbits, no dragons, and did I mention that it's set in Brooklyn? This is straight-up a fantasy, but it's also a noir detective story. Carlos is an in-betweener. As in in-between life & death. He's half-dead, but not like a zombie or a vampire. And he's an agent for the NYC Council of the Dead. His job is to find souls who have escaped and send them back to where they belong. That's all you're getting from me. Jump on this. I wouldn't tell you that if I didn't like it. ...more
OK. It takes me a minute (not an actual minute, but *months*) to finish books because of my schedule. I should have finished this book in a few days, bOK. It takes me a minute (not an actual minute, but *months*) to finish books because of my schedule. I should have finished this book in a few days, but it took weeks. Weeks of only reading it during my 30 min lunchtime at work because I don't generally have the will, inclination or strength to read on the bus going home after work. Anyway, teen-aged Sierra Santiago is a Brooklyn graffiti artist who finds out that there's a family secret connected to her artistic abilities: Magic. She learns that she comes from a line of people called shadowshapers who can make art come to life. She also learns that someone is out to kill any and all shadowshapers who are still living. I'm not going to spoil the story, but I'll just say that Sierra is the kind of heroine that you really root for. She's inquisitive, loyal, creative, funny, smart, she stands up for herself. Daniel Jose Older wrote the hell out of this, his first, YA book. When I asked him via Twitter if we were going to see more of Sierra and her friends, he said yes. I can't wait. Oh! And Shadowshaper is in the same world of the Bone Street Rumba series: Modern day Brooklyn. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy. Even if they've never ready modern day urban (which means not in The Shire and no dragons are around...that we know of) fantasy....more
YAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSS. Sorry. I couldn't help that. If you've read Salsa Nocturna, Half-Resurrection Blues or Shadowshaper, you're kind of familiar with thYAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSS. Sorry. I couldn't help that. If you've read Salsa Nocturna, Half-Resurrection Blues or Shadowshaper, you're kind of familiar with the world of the Bone Street Rumba books. This is book #2 of the Bone Street Rumba Series and a third is forthcoming. I'm going to re-read this book ASAP because I can't give it a proper review right now. Consider this a placemarker. But know this...you don't really need to read the first book in the series to enjoy Midnight Taxi Tango, but if I was you, I'd read the first book. Then you'll understand Carlos better. Carlos is the half-dead (no, he's not a vampire or even a zombie...he's just half-dead) agent for the NY Council of the Dead, and he has some things to deal with. And some...*things*...to deal with. You'll also meet Kia, a young woman who works in--and practically runs--a botanica. I hate to describe her as a tough but tender, gifted, teen girl, because she's so much more. And she can be hilarious; and then there's Reza. I find myself reading and re-reading when Reza is speaking. Kia and Reza are women you wish more authors would write. Hell, I wish they were my friends. Anyway, consider this classic Noir with a twist. In fact, if you love a good noir detective story, pick up Half-Resurrection Blues AND Midnight Taxi Tango. I'll be back to write a proper review, but I wouldn't recommend something I hated. And you really really need to read Shadowshaper. ...more
If you haven't read "A Dirty Job", even though Moore does a fine job with exposition, letting you know who the characters are and how they got here, yIf you haven't read "A Dirty Job", even though Moore does a fine job with exposition, letting you know who the characters are and how they got here, you really should read that book before you jump into this one. Charlie, Audrey, Minty, Rivera, Lily and Sophie are back, along with the city of San Francisco, who is also just as much a character in this story as anyone...or anything...else. Sophie is still Death and Charlie...is where we left him at the end of the previous book. I'd hate to give specifics and be a spoiler, so I'll just say that this book, like the first, made me laugh actually out loud. It also made me gasp ("Oh, damn!" is me gasping.) and even tear up a little. "A Dirty Job" is one of those books that I'll pick up and read (listen to) while I'm at work, to help time fly while at my soul-crushing, job. "Secondhand Souls" is going to be that for me as well. Do yourself a favour. If you haven't read "A Dirty Job", do so. Then pick up "Secondhand Souls"....more
Holy crap! I finished this book YEARS ago! It was an adventure, just like I expected a Robert Langdon story to be. I even had an OMG! moment. Actually IHoly crap! I finished this book YEARS ago! It was an adventure, just like I expected a Robert Langdon story to be. I even had an OMG! moment. Actually I had a few. I'm never disappointed with Dan Brown's Langdon stories and I'm looking forward to the next one. I might have to put this on my re-read list, but my To Read list is kind of long, but I'll come back to this....more
I love capers. I love books. (I really really love books.) And I love technology.
This lovely (and I do mean that word) little mystery has stayed in my bI love capers. I love books. (I really really love books.) And I love technology.
This lovely (and I do mean that word) little mystery has stayed in my brain since I finished it because I always have books with me on my e-reader and I use computers every day. People think that technology will mean the death of the printed page, but they're wrong. As long as people love books, there will be books, in all forms. I really enjoyed how Robin Sloan writes characters of varying ages and doesn't look upon tech as something threatening and evil. And the relationships between these characters isn't pat. I'll be reading this book again, and I recommend it.
(Yeah, this isn't a well-written review, but I'm still working on my first cuppa, and breakfast is waiting. I'll edit this later. Read this book!!)...more
I enjoyed this book a lot. If Shit ever Went Down, I know I could probably survive after reading this book! Lots of interesting questions and situationsI enjoyed this book a lot. If Shit ever Went Down, I know I could probably survive after reading this book! Lots of interesting questions and situations concerning Corporations, Copyrights, Public Domain, Art, and how laws that affect people's very lives are written. Also, how Internet access is actually becoming almost imperative to live your life these days. Doctorow has written a very entertaining book peopled with intriguing characters. I recommend this book to you if you Create...anything....more
I have no words to describe the Hot MESS that is this book. My co-workers are either insane or have been in some fucked-up relationships...or both. I knI have no words to describe the Hot MESS that is this book. My co-workers are either insane or have been in some fucked-up relationships...or both. I know they don't have a clue what well-written smut is really like. Bless 'em because they think this shite is ROMANTIC! It dries me up and makes me want to throw a chair. Where are the negative stars?! UPDATE: Attention to women who are all hot about Christian Grey. You women who believe that bullshite about being able to change a man with your (or anyone's) love and caring? Here's some news for you: 1) You can't *change* a grown-assed man; 2) Grey isn't a "Bad Boy". He's a SICK and DAMAGED MAN. He is that dude on the No-Date List. If you find this type of controlling, stalking freakazoid attractive? Seek help. Soon.
UPDATE: 11/21/12 - I finally gave up on trying to finish this bullshite. When a book that's supposed to make you tingle in your ladyparts makes you angry...and DRY...it's an #EPICFAIL . I was given all three books as pdfs to read in my e-reader and so I found a willing victi---I mean recipient and gave them all away so I could delete it because it was like having "The Ring": The longer I kept it, the worse my life was going to get. 50 Shades of Grey? How about 50 Shades of Abject Bullshite. I'm going to find some actual good porn written by someone who knows how to write.
One can never really be "Done" reading this book. It's almost the type of book you'll grab, open and just start reading. I've seen each Ep. of The NewOne can never really be "Done" reading this book. It's almost the type of book you'll grab, open and just start reading. I've seen each Ep. of The New Series many many times and I still love reading about them. Even the ones that totally weren't my faces. Great touch having both authors weigh in on their likes and dislikes. I also like the historical context that the throw in about earlier Doctors, Companions, Monsters, etc. This book is Fantastic!...more
I'm just here to tell you that the Science behind cooking is a most wonderful thing, and for me, Alton Brown is the Bill Nye of Cooking. (If you don'tI'm just here to tell you that the Science behind cooking is a most wonderful thing, and for me, Alton Brown is the Bill Nye of Cooking. (If you don't know who Bill Nye is, I feel deeply sorry for you. Now get Googling, you! You'll also find him on Nerdist Network. Look THAT shite up too, while you're at it. Go catch up!!)...more