Sorry for the lack of activity this month. Between celebrating my birthday, doing NANOWRIMO(which sadly didn’t work….curse you writers block!) and being busy with other things, I didn’t get time to read too much except for the following:
Mo Meta BluesAmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson
I’m from Philly so of course I know the Roots. Have listened to them for years. Nowadays most people know them as Jimmy Fallon’s house band for his show. This was an entertaining book, full of music knowledge, Quest’s background and how the Roots pulled together. Quest is a pretty low key guy, so other than some hilarious stories of Eddie Murphy, Prince and Tracey Morgan, you’re not getting anything too scandalous.
Holidays On Ice David Sedaris
Everyone should read The Santaland Diaries, Dinah the Christmas Whore and Seasons Greetings From Our friends And Family!!!!!! every year, just like how people read the Nativity or The Night Before Christmas. It is THAT funny.
Bookscore : 9
My Mother Was Nuts Penny Marshall
People of a certain generation know Marshall appearing all over late 60′s/early 70′s television in shows like The Odd Couple and Happy Days. Others will always remember her as the immortal Laverne DiFazio on Laverne and Shirley. In later years, she’s been a movie director.(A League of Their Ownis a favorite.) Recently, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumor and survived. Her brother is the immortal Gary Marshall of ‘Pretty Woman fame.
She’s lead an interesting life; I enjoyed it. She apparently was a bit of a party girl in the Seventies and Eighties, but then again so was everyone. She married Meathead from All In The Family and Garfunkel and was pals with Belushi. Her BFF is ultimate cool former druggie, Carrie Fisher. Truth is though, I only wanted to pick this up to read about what happened between her and the actress who was Shirley. Much to my disappointment, nothing too scandalous here either and eventually, they make up years later.
Sorry for the delay; no, I haven’t forgotten this site. Just been busy with work, writing for NANOWRIMO and reading for the blog.
Tokyo Babylon(Omnibus 2)CLAMP
Remember in my last review about how I had questions about something? Well all of my questions were answered in this volume. And then some!
Tokyo Babylon omnibus 1 CLAMP
CLAMP are my all time favorite mangaoanda, though their recent works aren’t as exciting as their earlier works…at least up to xxxholic this is one of their earlier works, originally published back in the early 1990s.
Subaru is the 13th head of a family of spiritualists who makes a living on the side doing various exorcisms. He lives in Tokyo with his twin sister and hangs out with another spiritualist, who may or may not have a darker side to him. He’s also got maaaaaad feeling about Subaru, which is one of the few running gags in this otherwise dark series. This volume contains the first three volumes and part of the fourth volume so there’s only the beginning of an arc forming focusing on a disturbing recurring dream Subaru has. The real meat of the story doesn’t hit until midway and then it’s on to the second omnibus volume.
Already can’t wait for my own copy of volume two to arrive( Amazon is being a dick) to see how this ends, especially a major spoiler that I’ve been hearing about for ages. There’s also additional artwork included that wasn’t included in the previous Tokyopop editions back in the 00s. Definitely a must have for any fan of the best mangaka EVER.
The Crimson Petal and the White Michael Faber
I made it through about a hundred pages before I grew bored with the story. Basically, so far, the novel is about the lives of various folks in Victorian England, including prostitutes. I heard there’s a movie out adapted from this book so maybe that’s better perhaps ?
Sorry for the delay and short post this week.
Orange Is The New Black Piper Kerman
I bought this book on a whim, especially after hearing about the television series that just came out this past summer. If the series is a lot like the book, then I’m in for whenever this series gets released on DVD.
Basically the premise is this: Kerman is busted after being caught transporting drugs. As a result, she spends fifteen months in prison. Of course, she makes friends with some of the local population and winds up learning about herself along the way. At least she has her beloved fiancée (now husband) and family to back her up while unfortunely, many of her contemporaries struggle to find a job and a home once they’re released. At the end of the book, there’s a few pages of places and sites to check out, if you’d like to help. I always pictured prison as being similar to Oz or even like Scared Straight; while I’m sure those places exist, at least Kerman’s book made me change my mind a little bit.
Pretty enjoyable and easy to read
Blue Plate Special Kate Christenson
I’ve never heard of this person before I read this book. Apparently, she’s also written other novels. One day I’ll probably check out some of her works but not now.
Anyway, this is just basically Christenson’s biography, in which food ties into it somewhat. There’s some recipes included. Her father was an asshole in which her earliest memory involves him whacking her mother at the breakfast table. Her mother goes thru three marriages before the end of the story. Her one sister marries someone involved in some sort of religious cult in New Zealand while her other sister becomes a dancer. The author herself marries a musician and settles in hip Williamsburg, NYC before she divorces him and finds love with a man half her age. The story ends with the author and her new love living in New England.
I didn’t hate this story…but I couldn’t warm up to it either. Christenson left me rather cold.
Sankareavolumes 1 & 2. (Mitsuru Hattori)
Chizuro is a such a zombie fanboy that he’d rather have a zombie girlfriend than hook up with normal, alive girls like his busty cousin. Meanwhile Rea, whose family owns the girl’s academy that she goes to, wants to be free of her strict, obsessed, borderline pedophile father and cold-hearted bitch mother. Chizuro also spends his time working on a secret project—bringing back the dead. Fate throws he and Rea together and he actually succeeds in his project when his pet cat comes back to life. Rea offers herself as a test subject which succeeds later on as *spoiler alert. She falls to her own death after Dad finds out that she had been seeing Chizuro. *end of alert The second volume ends with Rea staying with Chizuro’s family and therefore becoming Chizuro’s fantasy bought to life.
This series just started publishing in the States not that long ago so I don’t know how many volumes are coming overall; I know there’s a third volume coming at the end of October. I liked this a lot. It’s cute in that dark, Tim Burtonish way. The art was pretty quirky as well, especially Chizuro’s hair that looks like cat ears. I’ll definitely hang around for a little while longer anyway.