I recently won this book called "Gonville: A Memoir" by Peter Birkenhead from www.goodreads.com
Biographies are typically not my type of reading materI recently won this book called "Gonville: A Memoir" by Peter Birkenhead from www.goodreads.com
Biographies are typically not my type of reading material- which would explain half of why I struggled to read this so slowly. The other half, the half I just realized, would be how it brings me back to my childhood.
This book tells the story of Peter's own personal childhood/adolescense (sp?), and adulthood. It kept eating away at my mind how would I write a review on someone's personal life? I can't say "wow he's so wrong." Or "this was a horrible book." This is a man's true story, a personal tale he so bravely and willingly shared with readers- such as myself. So who am I to judge that?
It wasn't until the last chapter did I realize how I would go about my review. This book gave me an introspection I didn't expect or even see coming my way. For those of you who haven't heard my rant, I have been adopted by amazing parents. They are my Mom & Dad. However I have been living with my birth Mother and her husband for the past year. I've been struggling with my own demons and thoughts on my biological family since I first reconnected with them in 2005.
For years I blamed my birth mother for the things happening/happened to me in my life as well as my siblings. Only via Peter's book did I realize it wasn't my birth mother I should be putting the blame on. My sperm donor, or biological father if you will, is the one to blame. In a family, in MY family I was raised that the Father is the provider, the one who is to support the family, help in times of tragedy and need. He was never there for us, not even once. Honestly I can't even recall much about him. Aside from the physical and mental abuse he so willingly gave to my siblings, myself, and my birth mother.
As Peter confronts the tragedy that is his own father, I too one day would like to confront my sperm donor. I feel that getting to know my biological family again has taken a great deal of stress off my shoulders and mind; that I don't think my familial issues will never be solved until I can confront him and say what needs to be said to him after so many years. Peter's "Papa" put it ever so poetically in "Gonville," "The best way to not become a monster when you face a monster is not to believe in monsters."
In my case, my sperm donor is THAT monster. He is something for years I have been struggling to prove I am not. One day soon I would like to confront that evil to its face and show that in all that evil I am the good that has come out of it. That although it has cause me & my family such heartache and pain over the past 20 some years, that we can and we will prosper through the evil and wretchedness. I am not that evil and I refuse to ever be that evil. I will be happy. My brother & sisters will be happy. We are determined. ...more
Hey all. Well my friend Marie had purchased a copy of this book and sent it to me for my birthday. If it weren't for her I don't think I would have evHey all. Well my friend Marie had purchased a copy of this book and sent it to me for my birthday. If it weren't for her I don't think I would have ever heard of it.
The book was simply *vampire bite* tasty. MJD grabs your attention from page 1, holds onto you and barely relinquishes you at the end. This book, IMO, is the baby of Confessions of a Shopaholic and a vampire. Betsy is one of the funniest vamps to come around since Buffy. It only took me about a day to read the book it was so refreshingly funny. As I neared the epilogue I became all excited. Not to just finish the story, but in anticipation of moving on to the second book in the series. I would recommend this book to any. Even my mom, who ia afraid of horror began reading it this morning. My favorite line in the book was "Do lesbians have periods?" I loved the adult humor in it and the sex of course. I wouldn't say this is remotely a book for some minor. Then again I grew up in a strict Catholic family. Thank you MJD for luring in another fan. Until next time.... xoxo Steven ...more
And so states the back cover of Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, an amazing book I read this month by Carolyn Turgeon. I cannot tell you the puAnd so states the back cover of Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, an amazing book I read this month by Carolyn Turgeon. I cannot tell you the purpose of why she chose to write this book. However I can tell you the reason I enjoyed it so much. From the beginning of the book, it took me back to my childhood watching the Disney version of Cinderella- a much sugar coated version. Now that I am an adult, what seems to be many years later, it was a bitter-sweet shock to find out it was an adult version. When we become adults the majority of us loose our sense of imagination. This book enthralls you and escapes you back into a child-like fantasy world. The use of Carolyn’s descriptions throughout the book just makes my room fill with haunted forests, kings and queens, and yes even fairies fluttering around sprinkling their dust all over the land.
From beginning to end I was laughing at the author’s application of humor. As much as I use the F bomb, I have to admit I even gasped, and had to laugh. I was hardly expecting such a word to be used in a “fairy tale.” Another great feature about this book is that it is from the godmother’s perspective. It has a past/present flash back story from Cinderella to modern day Manhattan, New York. Since I have been to New York myself it was nice to read her portrayal of it, and even naming a lot of the places I had gone to, and a few that I hadn’t- but now am dying to see.
I think the greatest thing about this genre of fantasy that Carolyn chose to write about is that we all need an escape at times. Living vicariously via this book, even for the brief time of its reading consumption can put one in a zen-like state. She takes you away from all the worries of current times, and hell, even makes you focus on someone else’s (Lil’s). The audience for this book is definitely not for children. Possibly some mature teen audiences, but more suitable for adults. I only say this due to some of the briefly abuse situations. At the same point, I was always the one kid reading the books/magazines I was told not too.
Over all, I would recommend this book to just about anyone. I went to the library today to request a copy of Carolyn’s first book Rain Village. While she was getting the book reserved for me she mentioned Carolyn had another book. I got all excited and was about to request it. Then she told me the title was Godmother. I quickly had to express to her my appreciation for such a well written book and recommended to her that she take some time out to read it. Carolyn is currently working on another book, from what I seen, on mermaids. Maybe it’s the secret life of a certain mermaid named Ariel? Who knows, but all I do know is I am now a fan of Carolyn’s and her miraculously well use of humor and power to be a very talented writer. ...more
Wow, she did it again. This is only the second book I've read from her but Amanda's work just fascinates me. If I were to think of this book as a reciWow, she did it again. This is only the second book I've read from her but Amanda's work just fascinates me. If I were to think of this book as a recipe, the ingredients of my favorite vamp books would be as follows 1 part Twilight 1 part Moonlight 1 part Buffy 1 part Blade dash of Interview with the Vampire Directions: Shake well
It was such a compelling read. I spent the whole day I recieved the copy, laid up in bed enthralled with the words coming off the page. So vivid I can imagine this book to grow into an awesome movie. Or so I can hope. The story revolves around a vamp hunter, Daisy, who mysteriously falls in love with the "hunted." The novel flows so beautifully that, like Twilight, you are on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what's next. A little bit of love, sex & gore- what more could I ask for? There were two lines that really hit me in a personal view. The first being "He had never made light of her fears..." This one spoke to me in a comedic sense because my Grandma, Nanny, has what we call her own language. She has been the only person I have ever known of to use "make light." Thanks Mandy for the laugh. :P The other one I can't find the location but it's basically referring to a character who doesn't like to chat on the phone and much rather prefers online communication. Hmmm does that remind you of anyone? ME! Hello! HA!
As the book was nearing it's last pages, there was a dramatic turn of events that I ended up crying. Bleh. :) I am so excited for book two to come out in October this year. Keep up the good work Mandy. Until next time... xoxo -Steven ...more