A book review as a meal: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

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George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, determined to persist in the routines of his daily life. An Englishman and a professor living in suburban Southern California, he is an outsider in every way, and his internal reflections and interactions with others reveal a man who loves being alive despite everyday injustices and loneliness. Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the true textures of life itself.

A small meal but a full meal. An array of flavors but all cohesive and satisfactory circular. A firm patty, tough yet tender, buttery crumb. Pickles and mayo. Hand whisked, hand sliced, hand salted. Right after your carnivorous heart. Splash o’ intoxicant. Beauty and insecurity. Quite devastating in the end but only for the question, what if, what if there was more? All the more gustatory pleasures, that mouthfeel of balanced richness and common ground, those swirls dispersed in between that spoke of faraway things here contained. (Almost like (dark)chocolate in a burger.) Oh just what if! But that meal, it was there. Are you ravished or are you famished?

What do you think?
Beez.

We were liars by E. Lockhart [so am I]

(So so so sorry for the big absence we do other stuff sometimes? You can leave a Howler below.)

What started out as an easy and interesting read turned into the last chapter of shock.

We were liars, is about what goes on behind the scenes in the house of the Sinclair family.

Particularly, Cady.

The story is about four cousins who get together every summer and hence call themselves the liars.

And then there’s an accident.

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Review of podcast: Alice isn’t Dead

aid-logo-posterAlice isn’t Dead (AID) is an amazing podcast that was made by Joseph Fink, one of the creators of Welcome to Nightvale. We can confirm that this is now one of our favourite podcasts (including Nightvale). We usually listened to one episode every night just before sleeping so we didn’t really have time to ponder much over it but it had just enough intrigue to keep us awake till it ended. After which it was dreamland, filled with creatures of the podcast, and radio static.

Before we talk about just HOW amazing this podcast is, let’s discuss the plot. The central character of this podcast is our beloved Keisha. She is out on a road-trip, with her truck and her radio, looking for her lost wife, Alice. Since this podcast is written by Joseph Fink, naturally it’s not just that straightforward. Along the way Keisha meets creatures you never want to see and ends up in places you never want to be in. Basically, it’s perfect!

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Unlike Nighvale where you are constantly being creeped out by Cecil because of how normally he reacts to crazy shit, in AID Keisha reacts like a normal person to all the shit she sees which makes her super relatable. Because while in Nightvale the mysteries were very open-ended, in AID our confoundment was accepted.

And in the middle of the scenes when we break away from her, it was as if the character was allowing us to experience her anxiety because her anxiety and her fear were ever present. But she never let it hold her back. She used it as her super power.

One of the best parts of this podcast were the repetitions. The description of the thistleman being our favourite. The repetitions created this fixed picture that made everything so real and unchangeable.

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And the sounds! Podcasts are nothing without it. The sound of the radio transmission going on and off, and the sound of the truck engines in the background, started growing on us, just like Keisha herself. The footsteps in the back, the “yip yip yip” of the Thistlemen, everything had such power that it gave us goosebumps.

Jasika Nicole has done a fabulous job by voicing Keisha, because she is talking to Alice through the radio and she absolutely loves Alice and Jasika Nicole was able to make us feel all the emotions and we felt like her confidant. Her voice was perfect for all the philosophy, the irony, the humour, and the badassery. It was exciting yet soothing to listen to her speak.

Needless to say we cannot wait for the second season and you guys NEED to listen to it.

The linkies!

Here is where you can listen to it: Alice isn’t Dead- Podbay
(You can also download their app on your phone)
Here is a link to their website, if you’d like to make a donation/buy their merch: Click me
And here is a link to the creator of that fabulous fanart: Fantastic Artist

 

 

Mini Book Reviews #1

Don’t want to spend a lot of time reading huge ass reviews for books? Welcome to my mini-reviews edition!

If you remember, I had done one a while ago but it was a Mini DNF review. This is my first mini-review of books I’ve read and scrutinized thoroughly *cue professional music*.

28498779Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Publisher: 47North

Targeted Audience: Young Adult/Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Magic

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also, this book is technically targeted towards adults since the MC is an adult but young adults can read it too.]

This is the kind of book I give a three star because I liked it… but I also didn’t like it.

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Age of Myth: The Legends of the First Empire #1 by Michael J. Sullivan

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Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Publisher: Del Rey

Targeted Audience: EVERYONE

Genre: Epic Fantasy

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

This book! After having read countless awful books back to back this year, this book was my savior. Firstly, the genre is Epic Fantasy which is my favourite and then we have this amazing cover which includes all the main characters AND an epic tree. *crying because so bootiful*

Moving on to the plot. The story is your usual “good-guy-teams-up-with-good-people-to-save-the-world” arc but obviously the thing that makes this book so different is the characters and the universe that it’s set in. I love Raithe and Malcolm together. Best epic fantasy duo ever. They band together under such unusual circumstances and Malcolm NEVER fails to make me laugh. Then we have Persephone, wife of a fallen leader and possibly one of the strongest female characters ever introduced in an epic fantasy genre. We all love having the bad ass lady but I never knew how much I loved the smart ass ones until Persephone. Finally, we have Suri and Minna, a little girl and her loyal wolf. Beautiful innocent and naive yet badass- Suri. What more could one want?

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Mini DNF Reviews #1

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Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Chooseco

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Supernatural

[Note: I received a free preview copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

I didn’t particularly enjoy this novel. I only read the preview and I immediately knew exactly how the book would end. It felt very cliched with the whole girl turns into a werewolf and falls in love with guy who strongly reminded me of Jacob from Twilight. Thanks but I’ll pass on this one.

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Rant review of Gambit: The prodigy chronicles #1 by C.L. Denault

19314543Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Publisher: REUTS Publishing

Targeted Audience: Young Adult (DON’T READ THIS PATHETIC BOOK, PLIS!)

Genre: Fantasy/Science fiction/Dystopia/Romance

 

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

I’m gonna be in the minority here when I say that I absolutely despised this book. I have never hated something as much as I have hated this book. I’ll come to the reasons why I hated this book after I tell you about the plot.

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DNF review of The Alpha Drive: The Alpha Drive #1 by Kristen Martin

27174561Publication Date: November 17, 2015

Publisher: Black Falcon Press

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Science fiction

 

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

This was yet another awful book and by now, having read FOUR awful books that I forced myself to finish, I gave up on this when even 46% of the book failed to grasp me into its hold. So, this is basically my first DNF review (here on the blog).

Some people don’t like reading DNF reviews but I personally love reading them because those are the ones that most of the time tell me whether so-and-so book is worth my time or not. So without further ado, let’s roll *into a jammie dodger*.

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Am I too afraid I’m not an intellectual? Ghost world by Daniel Clowes

Read me fake being one!

62953Ghost World has become a cultural and generational touchstone, and continues to enthrall and inspire readers over a decade after its original release as a graphic novel. Originally serialized in the pages of the seminal comic book Eightball throughout the mid-1990s, this quasi-autobiographical story (the name of one of the protagonists is famously an anagram of the author’s name) follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, two best friends facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart. Daniel Clowes is one of the most respected cartoonists of his generation, and Ghost World is his magnum opus.

I started this graphic novel a while back; I read half and then I never got to finishing it. Yesterday I finally did. And I don’t think this is on my particularly-liked list.

The reason for that is that while there were things that were not usual and things I liked, in the end, this graphic novel dwindled down to some very petty things. It’s a story about two best friends, after high school and the inevitability of the changes in their friendship. And, it was good in the way that it portrayed this in-between state and both the girls didn’t do anything concrete except just back-slap ideas. I liked this because i felt like it depicted normal life in a way. Just the state of existing and the throw of companionship; I liked it.

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The girl of Myth and Legend: The Chosen Saga #1 by Giselle Simlett

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Publication Date: December 29, 2015

Publisher: WWS Publishing

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

 

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

*inhuman screaming in the distance*

I can’t believe the number of bad books I have been reading recently! Why?? Why me?? It’s been half a year and I have yet to come across more than 2 books that I actually liked. Almost all the books (with the exception of a tiny few) have received less than a 3 feather rating from me. And this book is no exception. I hated it! I hated it so much!

This book has got so many issues. Firstly, the “chosen one” complex. Secondly, an annoying main character. Thirdly, a male character who in the eyes of everyone else is not worthy of love but is obviously the romantic interest of the protagonist. Fourthly, awful dialogue. Fifthly, ERHMAGERD the plot sucks. I can literally go on this way but I’m getting annoyed at myself at this point.

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