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My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I had no idea life was so hard for skinny, attractive girls with boyfriends that come from outrageously wealthy families! This book, despite being “ripe” (they mean rife) with “hoards” (they mean hordes) of proofreading errors, has really opened my eyes to the plight of educated, affluent white girls everywhere: navigating the “awkward” encounters they have with the educated, even more affluent white men that they desperately want to marry.
These vignettes may work in small doses, like a blog, but strung together, they very quickly begin to irritate.Read More
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have book hoarding issues. I bought this book over a year ago, and it’s been languishing on my shelf for over a year.* I picked it up to take a break between epic George R. R. Martin tomes, and I’m glad I did!
I love games and I’d say I consider myself a gamer, but I’m not as hardcore as a lot of dyed in the wool gamers. I’ve loved playing video games since my parents bought me a copy of Jumpman back in the day; I still spend an ungodly amount of time in front of a glowing screen.
Even so, I learned a lot about the history of video games reading this book. It’s by no means encyclopaedic, but there were games I hadn’t even heard of before described in the pages; I learned new things about the games I already knew and loved, too. Harold Goldberg has a lot of personal, hands-on experience in the gaming world, and his personal anecdotes make the text even more engaging. The only complaint that I have is that his writing style can be a bit jarring at times. His prose is engagingly conversational, then abruptly shifts to a formal tone peppered with obscure words in a heartbeat. The flow would have been improved immensely with a little consistency.
Overall, this was a quick, fun read. It rekindled my interest in creating video games, and I think I might take a few courses (or just read a few books!) on game writing and programming, as a result!
*That’s not true. It was on the floor under my computer desk; I tried to class it up with a little white lie.Read More
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m a big fan of the HBO series, Game of Thrones. I wait with bated breath every week to see what happens to the people of Westeros and beyond, and I usually want to throw the remote through the television screen when it ends, furious that I have to wait another week to see more.
You’d think I would be a huge fan of the books too, right? Well, the first two left me kind of cold; I had a hard time getting past the long-winded descriptions of food, heraldry, family history, clothing… the list, like GRRM’s writing style, goes on and on. I was ready to give up on the series and let HBO run with it.
I’m glad I didn’t. A Storm of Swords is undoubtedly the best of the first three books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. The characters that I’ve come to love (Dany, Jon, Tyrion, Arya) go through some amazing growth, and the characters that I’ve come to hate (Cersei, Jaime) or at least dislike (Sansa) do too. By the end of this book, Jaime became one of my favourite characters, because his motivations and feelings were allowed to come to light.
There were a lot of unexpected plot twists in this one (The Red Wedding! I’m so glad no one spoiled that for me, so I won’t spoil it here), and even the plot twists that were not so unexpected (I won’t spoil even the most obvious turns here) were interesting and relevant to the plot. This one ends on such a cliffhanger that I almost threw my Kindle at the wall!
Now that the characters have been introduced and fleshed out, I hope the series continues in this vein. I don’t mind reading hundreds upon hundreds of pages of meal descriptions, as long as the events surrounding the meal continue to be this exciting!
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This one was a clunker. It took me most of the month to get through, because I was completely uninterested in the characters. I didn’t even finish it in time to participate in the Vaginal Fantasy hangout. The sex scenes were tepid, the plot was meandering, and if I read the words “Gabriel Ross Sullivan, the XXXXX” again, I’m gonna flip a table.Read More
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of my favourite scientists living today. Not only is he well deserving of his Sexiest Astrophysicist award from People magazine, but he is one of the most passionate, articulate, insightful speakers on the topic of manned space exploration that there is. This book is a collection of his articles and speeches on the topic, so be warned that it can get a little repetitive. The same facts, figures, arguments, correlations, and so on, come up again and again in the text. In fact, that’s the only complaint I had here — when I found time to curl up with this book and spend time with it, I sometimes wanted to put it back down after fifteen minutes, because some chapters seemed like rewrites of the last. However, every chapter is completely satisfying; I would suggest reading this in small doses, like on a short commute, where you can enjoy one or two chapters at a time.Read More