I really, really wanted to love this. After all, movies and Disney cartoons are made up of this stuff.
But the stories were poorly written (I know, I kI really, really wanted to love this. After all, movies and Disney cartoons are made up of this stuff.
But the stories were poorly written (I know, I know, these are from a different era), and most didn't really follow any sort of plot. The general theme/moral to the story? Don't be an asshole/liar/thief.
Good news is this copy is really old and beautiful. The illustrations are what made it worth trying to stick with it. But after almost 3 months, time to move on....more
As another review said, I wanted it to be as funny as Bossypants, or anything Chelsea Handler. But it just wasn't. Maybe it wasnI wanted to like this.
As another review said, I wanted it to be as funny as Bossypants, or anything Chelsea Handler. But it just wasn't. Maybe it wasn't supposed to be? I am all for putting your most embarrassing moments out there, but after about the third chapter (where she tells a kid her spiritual name and they dance a weird, chanting circle around her), I just felt bad. I didn't find the humiliation she suffered as a kid funny.
Damn near burning down the house? Hilarious. The rest was not. I gave up about 20% of the way in....more
This book is visually beautiful. The pages are nice and big, you get nice images of the tattoos that she or other artists have laid down.
But when it coThis book is visually beautiful. The pages are nice and big, you get nice images of the tattoos that she or other artists have laid down.
But when it comes to the story and the overall editing of the book, thumbs down.
Lots of editing mistakes (including spelling). I get that it's supposed to be as if Kat Von D is just bullshitting with you, but things still need to be grammatically correct and spelled right. Also, after about the 15th page (out of 170+) of name dropping/band name dropping, I was kind of over it. I really only finished reading it because the majority of the pages had very little text. I just wanted to see that kick ass tattoos that everyone has.
And while I have several tattoos on my TBTL (to-be-tattoed-list), I won't be recommending this book to anyone....more
So this is the final book in the trilogy. The speed of this book (timeline-wise) is much faster than the first two books.
Still sort-of written in theSo this is the final book in the trilogy. The speed of this book (timeline-wise) is much faster than the first two books.
Still sort-of written in the style of a diary, though each book progressively moved away from that. In this book, large chunks of her "diary" did not read like a diary, but more like just paragraphs of historical fiction. I'm okay with this, but if your plan is to tell the story through her diary, then stick to the plan. Or have some chapters be her diary and some not.
Anyway, her children are grown up, married off, have children of their own, while Josephine struggles to conceive the heir Napoleon so desperately needs to secure the empire. His own siblings continue to be horrible people. Watching that (reading it) is tortuous...you want to reach through the pages and slap them. I also find the "medicine" interesting, in the treatments that she went through to become fertile again.
More wars, more wins, then the coup de grace. This part of the book..the last 1/4 or so is sad. You can feel Josephine's melancholy, her sorrow, her internal struggle.
These three books caused me to spend lots of time on the Google's, looking up pictures of all these people. The last chapter is AWESOME because Gulland explains that Josephine's blood lives on in the monarchy in Sweden. Napoleon's blood lives on in his younger brother Jerome (whom was a very minor character in this story).
Favorite lines from this book: " 'Your Aunt Desiree has endocarditis,' Monsieur Pierr said. 'Which rhymes with nothing,' Aunt Fanny said, frowning."
"Grands Dieux! I can't get used to being 'Empress'--I detest it, frankly. If I drop so much as a fan, I may not stoop to pick it up. The most 'honoured' lady-in-waiting present must first retrieve it, then hand it to Count Etiquette, who then hands it to me."
In a letter to Josephine: "I was the only person in attendance, not counting the slaves."...more
That was....intense. Crazy. Graphic. Nuts. PSYCHO.
I can understand why readers may give this book a low review because ofWhew. Okay. I think I'm ready.
That was....intense. Crazy. Graphic. Nuts. PSYCHO.
I can understand why readers may give this book a low review because of the content of the book, but the writing was great. The way Ellis wrote this puts you in Patrick Bateman's head. The stream of consciousness rants. The drug hallucinations. The way he is so non-nonchalant about the abuse/torture/murder he commits. The long winded music reviews. The OCD detailing he gives in regards to his clothes, the clothes of others, what he ordered for dinner.
I mean, Patrick is so crazy and narcissistic that when someone comes to see him at work or wherever, he pretends to be on the phone and makes up entire conversations with people that aren't even on the other end. You know, he has a persona to keep up.
This book exudes the '80s. It will not be timeless (references to car phones, video tapes and Zagat books). But it doesn't mean it won't be relevant. These people exist. Scarily.
The most interesting part I found was that other than a few of his close friends, NO one, even his own attorney, seems to know his name. He is constantly confused for other people, called other people's names...and he answers to all of them. I believe it is because his desire to impress others far exceeds his need to be actually recognized. His impression needs to be instantaneous, not long standing (which makes sense given the stuff he does in his off time!).
He also literally tells his friends that he wants to/did/will murder someone. And with all seriousness. He is confessing to them over dinner at Au Bar, Nell's or Dorsia. And yet they blow it right off as if they didn't hear him, don't believe him, or think he is joking. Which is also interesting because at NO POINT do you feel that Patrick has a sense of humor or is even slightly funny.
Everyone just has their own thing going. Who to hook up with. Where to go to find cocaine. Who to take to the Hamptons for the weekend. What to wear to dinner. Who to stab in the eye. Who to decapitate. So much so that no one is really ever present or in the moment. Even Patrick is not in the moment of his abuse/torture/murder because he is both high on whatever drugs he finds under the seat cushion or behind the bed or just straight up out of his mind.
I don't feel that Patrick is a sociopath. He is not antisocial by any means. Sociopaths have a tiny conscience. Patrick does not have that at all. He has no qualms about what he does, what he says to women, how they feel about them, and he certainly is NOT empathetic to anyone. His conscience spends time reminding him that the cleaning lady needs to clean the brains of the wall and that he has videotapes to remove. THAT is Psycho....more
This is the second book in the Josephine Bonaparte trilogy.
About as good, maybe even a faster read than the first. This one was even less like a diaryThis is the second book in the Josephine Bonaparte trilogy.
About as good, maybe even a faster read than the first. This one was even less like a diary than the the first, where there are longer passages with great detail that one would not write in a diary. Though there are longer lapses in dates....when Josephine is injured, when they are packing up to move....obviously she could not write during these times, and these lapses make historical sense.
It is a slow roller (and yet a fast read, perfect combo!). Though she is married to Bonaparte, her own rise does not occur until the last 20 pages. It does not take away from the book, however. You can feel Josephine's tenseness, when her son and husband are out of contact, when her friends won't speak to her, over the betrayal that must occur for the country to move on.
The only big negative to this one is the addition of the footnotes throughout the first third of the book. Any time a character is mentioned that she hasn't mentioned in this book, Sandra Gulland makes a footnote as to who this person is- which is all information in book 1. I understand that not everyone will read these in order (they should, it makes the most sense this way), but what little footnote there is doesn't really catch this new reader up completely. These footnotes (unlike the ones with real, historical information) were very distracting.
On to book three!
FAVORITE LINE(S): Sleepy this morning, but smiling. Bonaparte approaches conjugal relations with the fervour of a religious convert and the curiosity of a scientist.
"May I help?" Captain Charles asked the footman, for the step mechanism had jammed again. "I have had to wrestle that latch many times over the last weeks," he rushed on, aware of his presumption, "and consequently have come to have an intimate knowledge of its perverse ways."...more