Why the book reviews sort of suck right now

April 18th, 2014

I have once again taken on the Cannonball Read Challenge. Read and review 52 books in one year. I have never actually completed it. Reading books is easy and fun. Writing reviews is really, really hard. I do this to make myself write because I want to be a better writer. The more reviews I write, the better they get. I have written a couple of reviews that I am extremely proud of. I know I can write passionately and well when I am enthused about the subject matter. I can hate it or love it, as long as I have energy I can write a great review.

I’m flexing this muscle on books I don’t have a lot of energy around. I run slow to run faster later. I bike slowly up big hills to do it faster later. ┬áThis is just another way to get better by working at it.

-fh

P.S. The Cannonball Read is a fundraiser to fight cancer in honor of Alabama Pink, someone I never met but whom I miss dearly. Check it out.

So British, you can’t open the book unless the kettle is on – Cannonball Read #4 & 5

April 16th, 2014

The Grey King & Silver on the Tree from The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. Young Adult Fantasy, heavy on the folklore.

The Dark is Rising sequence is the story of four children, the three Drew children – Barney, Jane, & Simon, and Will Stanton. Will is important because he is an Old One, a member of a race of beings who have magical powers and can move through time. The Drew children are important precisely because they are not magical beings. They are ordinary human children.

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Chat Box – Circles of Hell

April 11th, 2014

SonicRob: in other news, a guy thought he bought an XBox One off ebay for $750. The auction was “for the item pictured”. It turned out the auction picture was a picture of a photo of an XBox.
SonicRob: so he got that with a “thank you for bidding” note written on the back
FyreHaar: oh shit
FyreHaar: fuck the auctioneer
FyreHaar: fuck him
FyreHaar: no excuse you fraudster
SonicRob: fucking psychopath
SonicRob: like, buying up a bunch of new consoles and then gouging on ebay is already borderline scammy *pretending* to do that and then actually committing what’s essentially a con, and then *smiling the dude’s metaphorical face* with a thank you note borders on sociopathic.

Chat Box – A Thousand Ways to Die

April 4th, 2014

FyreHaar: http://www.amightygirl.com/marie-curie-bobblehead
FyreHaar: LOL
SonicRob: glow in the dark? really?
FyreHaar: of course!
SonicRob: that’s like a commemorative MLK rifle bullet.
FyreHaar: It’s slightly different
FyreHaar: but yeah, I see the parallel

Rules to kick ass by

April 4th, 2014

If you feel bad, DO something.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Cannonball Read 6 – Review #3

April 1st, 2014

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Non-Fiction, history, kind of a biography I guess.

In 1951 Henrietta Lacks died from aggressive cervical cancer. She left behind a husband and four young children. She also left behind a sample of cancerous tissue that did what very little other human tissue had ever done before, it lived. Her tissue survived and reproduced, providing a unlimited source of human cells for experimentation. You can imagine the breadth of research possibilities that became possible when this cell line – called HeLa – originated at Johns Hopkins.

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Chat Box – Modern Parenting

March 31st, 2014

FyreHaar: I gave Spark her first pair of Chuck Taylors yesterday
SonicRob: aw, hipster toddler
FyreHaar: she loved them
FyreHaar: wore them all day
FyreHaar: didn’t want to take them off to go to bed

Chat Box

March 27th, 2014

SonicRob: we went to Waffle Stop

FyreHaar: Waffle Stop sounds amazing!

SonicRob: kinda janky. The waffle was good, but I ordered “a waffle with apples, apple glaze, and whipped topping” and got a waffle with a tiny dollop of stewed apples and then just fucking coated in canned whipped oil

FyreHaar: damn

 

Chat Box – Lessons in Joblessness

March 24th, 2014

FyreHaar: dude
FyreHaar: I’ve appreciated the rest
FyreHaar: but waking up on a Monday with nowhere to be fucking sucks
SonicRob: oh, for sure
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Possession – Cannonball Read 6 Review #2

March 22nd, 2014

Possession (Fallen Angels #5) by J.R. Ward – Paranormal Romance – Spoilers ahead!

The conceit of the Fallen Angels series is that seven souls are at crossroads, heaven and hell are vying for each soul and whoever gets best of seven gets to take over the world.

Jim Heron, the hero of the series, has just traded a win in the aforementioned divine contest to get Sissy Barton out of hell. Cait Douglass, the heroine of the book, is trying to get out there and live life, energized by the death of her art student, Sissy Barton. So now Jim has Sissy and is desperately trying to tell himself and his boner that he’s all altruism. Cait rather suddenly has her choice of two hot but slightly off putting men.

Jim’s story is now far more compelling than the intra-book plot. Cait’s story is interesting and relatable. I think most of us have had to choose between two unknown but seemingly desirable options. The identity of her partner in Happily Ever After is obscured for quite a while. Obscured for even longer is who the soul in play in this round is. Which is a reflection of the fact that Jim has completely lost the plot and is so focused on “caring” for Sissy (e.g. convincing his boner to chill the fuck out) that he completely forgets to be the savior of the universe. Jerk. There is quite a shocking event at the end of the book that I didn’t think made much sense, but I’ll trust Ward to know where she is going with it.

Ward is a reliable writer. Her men are forceful and her women are too. ┬áBut she is getting a little too reliable these days. I’m a little pissed off that out of the five books and four souls so far, not one has been a woman. She has been giving us conflicted, glorious damaged male protagonists for a while and now I want a woman who could tip in the wrong direction, rather than women being what brings men back to the light side. That being said, the main antagonist of the series is a woman and she’s awfully evil.

I am hoping that the effort of keeping two series going at once (Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels) does not cause either to be diluted.

-fh