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Goodreads Book Review - Invisible Monsters

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So this might be the most twisted book I've ever read... and I've read Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis (seriously, that book features an ostrich sex club and a whole bunch of other weird stuff). It's very well-written, though; the writing style is fresh in pretty much every way. Usually I can see some of the twists in a book coming, especially a book that starts at the end and then flashes back until it gets back to the ending at the end, but this one was nothing but weird surprise after weird surprise. It's worth reading if only for that fact alone, but it's also worth reading because it throws a lot about life at you to think about. I'm not sure I buy a lot of the conclusions about life that are reached in the book, but I'm also not sure I'm supposed to. Have I confused you? Good. Read it yourself... although, fair warning to all the more close-minded conservative readers out there, this …

Revolution... or "Final Fantasy: The TV Show"

I used to play a lot of video games when I was younger, up to a few years ago. My favorites were always role-playing games; you know, games like Final Fantasy and Phantasy Star and stuff like that. The thing about rpgs as they're called is that, while a lot of the game-play mechanics and stuff differ greatly, a lot of the story were all pretty similar and pretty basic. It would go something like, "in a less technologically advanced world than our own, the hero suffers a personal loss at the hands of a villainous figure and goes on a quest to avenge that loss, usually with the help of a childhood friend or father-figure, and in the course of that quest would make new helpful friends as well as some shady ones while finding a great warrior to help them and realizing they have a personal connection to that villainous figure and eventually a personal connection to saving their entire world." I mention this because as I finally got around to watching the pilot for NBC's n…

Goodreads Book Review - Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There's a lyric in a song I like that goes, "I don't care just what you think, as long as it is about me." Basically it says, good or bad, all that matters is being thought of. If that's true, this book has a problem, because after reading it, I don't really have an opinion about it one way or another. I don't think it's good, but I don't think it's bad, either. It's just sort of there, or, as another song lyric says, it's as special as air. Really, the only thing about it that caught my attention in anyway was all the mentions of different areas and streets of Downtown Brooklyn, different establishments and buildings, because I spend most of my time in that area, so it was nice to be able to picture all the locations the story was taking place in. But other than that, in terms of an opinion about this book... I got nothing.

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Retroblog - The World Went Topsy-Turvy...

So the other night I was reading through some of my old MySpace blogs that I have saved, and couldn't help but laugh at a lot of the insane hijinxs that went on between me and my friends back in 2006-2007. I've posted one or two blogs about some of our crazy nights on here before and decided to resurrect that custom today for this blog, originally published on December 7th, 2006. I'm sure the people mentioned in the following will jhave absolutely no problem remembering that night...

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Goodreads Book Review - We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Boy, this was one disturbing book. I can't say for sure if I liked it or not; I can say that it was very well-written and the question of "What would I do if I had a child like Kevin?" was better at giving me a sleepless night than any horror movie I've seen in the last eighteen months (which, by the way, considering my current bronchial-infected state, is no mean feat!). The problem with it is that none of the characters, with the exception of poor little Celia, are remotely likeable. The narrator, Eva, is the kind of hoity-toity "I have money and I love travel and fine food so I'm better than everyone else" person I can't stand, and her inability to connect with her unborn child is bracing. The father, Franklin, is an oblivious asshat who refuses to see anything bad in his son while simultaneously refusing to see anything good in his wife. And Kevin... well, he's just Kevin. E…

Goodreads Book Review - 11/22/63

11/22/63 by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like most of King's books, this one isn't actually about what it says it's about. On the surface, it's about a man who finds a way to travel through time who wants to stop the Kennedy assassination. And while it is about that, what it's really about is the joy of living in a simpler time, about finding life, love, and happiness wherever you are. All good science fiction has that duality in what it's about; it's the genre's greatest strength when done right. While I loved a lot of this book, loved it enough to give it four stars, that duality is actually a problem here. The characters King creates in those aspects of life and love are so well done, so fleshed out and loveable, that when the book veers away from them and touches on the actual historical events and the life of Lee Harvey Oswald... well, honestly, I was bored. I couldn't wait to get back to King's original characters and their lives. …

Goodreads Book Review - High on Arrival

High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This was just woefully underwhelming. Yes, she went through horrible things in her life, and I sympathize... but that doesn't mean the book is any good. It's boring. It lacks details. It's ridiculously repetitive; every few chapters she tries to pass off some big revelation that she learned about life through her drug use, but when it's the same revelation from a few chapters ago that she's "learned" six or seven times already... well, it gets old fast, not to mention how ridiculous it makes her and her credibility look. Yet another sparkling example of why I hate memoirs.

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The Recommended Reading Challenge is eight books old now, and this is the second one I demonstrably hated. Like the first one, it's a memoir, so maybe we should stay away from those! I still have a few books on the list: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Fuck-Up, and Motherless Brooklyn, but I haven'…