It's more than suffice to say that I am fairly horror-ed out. Which is certainly not this comic's fault.
When the comic shop owner recommended this serIt's more than suffice to say that I am fairly horror-ed out. Which is certainly not this comic's fault.
When the comic shop owner recommended this series, I was eager but cautious. I'm not a massive HPL fan, but I've read a handful and can appreciate the genre. I've been reading a handful of comics for well under a year now. Quite a few are not chipper, so this isn't unique.
I have to say I tried to read but ultimately didn't like (or finish) Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box, and I suspect you would like this series if you like that book. I was skeptical as I began reading. After all, I can't be amazed by all his recommendations, and I was already wary (however unfounded) of Joe Hill. That said, the things I didn't quite like about Heart-Shaped Box didn't seem to be in this one. The book follows three children in a horrendous situation, and that focus alone keeps me engaged in ways I couldn't with the aforementioned book.
I'm intrigued for the next book, but man do I need a break from horror....more
I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would, which makes me wonder if my fantasy tastes have shifted to require a darker spin. But upon refleI didn't like this book as much as I thought I would, which makes me wonder if my fantasy tastes have shifted to require a darker spin. But upon reflection, as I consider which stories I liked the best, I seem to like them a little better in retrospect, which I don't think is necessarily a good thing. It's weird if I didn't enjoy them as I was reading them. But a few stories are certainly of note, and if I hadn't borrowed this from a friend, I would certainly consider keeping it. There are authors here I've never encountered before, and I'd like to read more of their work.
I did like that stories came from a variety of perspectives; those seem to be the ones I liked best. Also, Gaiman's own "Sunbird" is worthy of note, but I'd read it in another collection. I do really like that the proceeds from this book benefit the literacy nonprofit 826DC.
-E. Lily Yu's "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees", because I can't quite think to not put it on the list -Nnedi Okorafor's "Ozioma the Wicked" -Diana Wynne Jones' "The Sage of Theare" because of course, it's Diana Wynne Jones -E. Nesbit's "The Cockatoucan; Or, Great-Aunt Willoughby"; again, E. Nesbit -Samuel R. Delaney's "Prismatica: Hommage a James Thurber"; somehow just stands out to me, though the ending was a bit eh -Megan Kurashige's "The Manticore, The Mermaid, and Me" I quite liked, especially the ending -Peter S. Beagle's "Come Lady Death"; especially for the ending....more
So okay I didn't think this book was awful, but it wasn't coherently... anything. My understanding, such that it is, is that she was pulling thoughtsSo okay I didn't think this book was awful, but it wasn't coherently... anything. My understanding, such that it is, is that she was pulling thoughts together for her live comedy show after an eventful life and a few rounds of shock therapy. There were funny elements to the book, for sure, especially since this was the audio book (which I would recommend, if you want to "read" the book). She covers some family information, a smattering of Star Wars, addiction, therapy, etc. So, her life. I was interested in reading some of Carrie Fisher's work and am not discouraged from checking out her other stuff. But the low expectations helped....more
So I have this policy with my "zero-thinking"-labeled books: they don't get a rating. I don't have to think when reading thKarin is making me do this.
So I have this policy with my "zero-thinking"-labeled books: they don't get a rating. I don't have to think when reading them, and they don't get a rating, because they don't need one. Normally I wouldn't write a review, but here I am, writing... something.
I am of two minds about this series. On one the one hand, it's fanfiction. I've written fanfiction. When you become so engrossed in a series or person, some people turn on their creative button and write about it. I love it. I don't show it to anyone, but I really love it. And I applaud people who show it to other people, because people genuinely appreciate and like reading fanfiction. So as a creative outlet (so long as credit is given where it is due), I'm a fan of fanfiction, and I don't get fussy about how people choose to interpret or write. Sometimes it's light, and sometimes it's twisted. And there are some things that are really not okay (mostly having to do with children). But I get it.
That said, this book should come with a massive disclaimer. And the disclaimer should be something along the lines of "if you are in a relationship that is at all like the relationship in this book, GET OUT. GET. OUT. Here are some legitimate numbers for getting help" and then you include helpful information for how to acquire said help. It's not that the author doesn't know that the material and relationship are unhealthy. She has the MC say it on practically every page. Because here's the thing: the MC is essentially wise beyond her years, so she knows every horrific thing. And yet. And yet she stays, and goes back. The violence in this book is really something else. Everything revolves around the relationship. (And to be fair, the MC herself is judgmental and quite awful.)
Of course, there is the argument that these types of relationships are in the media all the time, so to critique it in one form is kind of so-so when it's everywhere else. I still think I get to critique it, but I'm mindful that this is a bigger societal issue. And if you go into this series knowing that the relationship and people are unhealthy, we're good. This is a crack, wonderfully mindless series that you can breeze through very quickly (and hence my colleague's recommendation). I would be more concerned if this had the popularity of Twilight, but I don't think it does. I mean, I hope it doesn't. So that people see that the relationship is not romantic in the least and is, at best, problematic.
Take my review for what it's worth. I'm likely to read the next one, which sounds like it will be exactly like the first. Also, I would get this at the library, but it's NOT THERE. NOT AT ANY LIBRARY IN ENGLISH. Sigh....more
So at some point last year, I visited my friend Carrie in San Fran and we visited an indie bookstore, because that's what we do. I wasn't going to buySo at some point last year, I visited my friend Carrie in San Fran and we visited an indie bookstore, because that's what we do. I wasn't going to buy anything. I picked this up and showed it to my friend, who skimmed the authors and recommended it. After reading hundreds of student papers, I both needed a break but also needed to read something worthwhile. Short stories sounded like a good plan, and I wasn't disappointed. Almost every author was new to me. The following were the ones that really struck me and make me want to read more about those authors. They are equal parts fantasy and science fiction, which is delightful, and I found myself not favoring one over the other. -Carmen Maria Machado, "Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead" -Alaya Dawn Johnson, "A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai'i"; I would feel odd not having it on this list, and I'm not entirely sure why. Might be the main character? -Seanan McGuire, "Each to Each"; quite fantastic -Theodora Goss, "Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology"; alarming, but not really for the concept of imaginary anthropology, which is bizarre, I suppose. -Jo Walton, "Sleeper"; this particular reading was fascinating -Neil Gaiman, "How the Marquis Got His Coat Back"; a spinoff from Neverwhere -Adam-Troy Castro, "The Thing About Shapes to Come; bizarre and delightful -Daniel H. Wilson, "The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever"; Wilson also wrote Robopocalypse, which I don't remember liking all that much; this was my FAVORITE story in the whole book. I needed a break afterward. -Kelly Sandoval, "The One They Took Before"; an interesting little read post-fey abduction (post-fey? current fey?) -A. Merc Rustad, "How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps"; feels a bit alternative in terms of all the lists and suchlike; it's a good ending to the series.
Yes, there were a handful of stories in the book I didn't like. Par for the course....more