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text 2018-09-04 23:21
Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 377 pages.
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Re reading for bookclub 

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review 2018-09-04 10:55
Pile of Unmitigated Shite: "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James


“There was a lady reading this on the train back from work. I couldn't help but comment to her, "The paper version? That's a bit brazen...I thought this was secret Kindle phenomenon?" She laughed. Moments later she flirtily replied, "I couldn't find the hard back." Stressing the word 'hard'. That made me gulp and suddenly I realised she had gained all the power with that one reply. As we approached the tunnel at Rossio, I noticed I was aroused and was feeling profusely hot. Obscuring my bulge with my back pack, I made for the on-train toilet. The automatic door took an eternity to open. I stepped inside. As I turned to close the door, I drew breath as I realised I had been followed to the toilet by the lady reading the dirty book, and what's more there was another three ladies clutching their Kindles, jostling for a feel of my bulging trousers...”

Do you think I’ve got what it takes to be an erotic writer...? Maybe I should quit my day-job.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-06-19 01:39
Cybertron comes back to Earth
Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2011-2016) Vol. 7 - John Barber,Sarah Stone,Livio Ramondelli,Andrew Griffith,Casey Coller

At least, Optimus Prime and a small group of Autobots do.  I wasn't a big fan at first read, but I'm coming to appreciate just how brilliant a move this was: the focus stays on the Cybertronians, not the humans, and even then?   Thundercracker adopting a dog and becoming the worst screenwriter ever is just hilarious. 

 

Somehow, even when he's mangling screenplays and writing in general, Thundercracker just wins me over.   Like completely over.   

 

Loved this, and read it early on in the month, right before the Hugo packet hit.   

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review 2018-04-16 20:10
Die Känguru Trilogie
Die Känguru-Chroniken: Ansichten eines vorlauten Beuteltiers von Kling. Marc-Uwe (2009) Taschenbuch - Marc-Uwe Kling
Das Känguru-Manifest von Kling. Marc-Uwe (2011) Taschenbuch - Marc-Uwe Kling
Die Känguru-Offenbarung - Marc-Uwe Kling

Was fuer eine brilliante und spassige Reihe. Es hat zwar etwas gedauert bis ich mich mit dem Känguru angefreundet hatte, aber schon am Ende des ersten Buches (Die Känguru-Chroniken) wollte ich wieder ein Teil der WG von Marc-Uwe und dem Känguru sein. 

 

Teile 2 und 3 habe ich kurz vor und waehrend eines Aufenthaltes in Berlin angehoert, was das ganze ja noch etwas witziger gemacht hat, auch wenn meine stille Hoffnung, dem K. beim Flanieren zu begegnen, ja leider unerfuellt blieben. 

 

Ich werde das K. vermissen.

 

Tip: Unbedingt als Hoerbuch "lesen". Kling liest die Buecher selbst und es wirkt in gesprochener Form einfach viel besser als im Buch.

 

***

 

I don't believe this series has been translated into English, and to be honest, I doubt it would work as a lot of the humour and satire is based on puns and German media and politics. 

 

However, I loved this series about a communist kangaroo who used to be a member of the Viet Cong and who moves in with the author out of the blue - well, after it is wanted by the police and has to go into hiding. Not much hiding, tho. Marc-Uwe and the K. get up to all sorts of tricks to protest against the system and add a little bit of anarchy to city life in Berlin - like correcting graffiti, getting into trouble with youths, setting up various schemes to avoid gainful employment, setting up a youth club, and finally facing their arch-nemesis: the penguin from across the hall. 

 

This all sounds very cute, but underlying these stories is a biting satire of city life in Germany, which touches on issues such as immigration, the value of productivity, right-wing politics, the question of identity, history and much more. All is rolled up in a hodge-podge of references to and reworkings of various classic quotes, books, and films. 

 

I loved it. 

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text 2018-04-09 21:42
Blog Post #1
I Survived #8: I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 - Lauren Tarshis

Hey, I'm Ty Laughlin from Riverview Jr./Sr. High School. I am really into fantasy and realistic fiction. I really tend to gravitate to WWII books. Those are my favorites. Although it is nonfiction, one of my favorite books from the WWII topic is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Unbroken is about a former Olympian who is drafted into WWII. He then crashes in the Pacific Ocean and is taken by Japanese soldiers to multiple concentration camps. Louis (the main character) just tells his tough story of the struggle through WWII.

 

The novel that I am currently reading is I Survived: The Japanese Tsunami. I know, it seems a little bit below my grade level, but it is a good book. I have kind of just started the book, so I cannot really say that, but it is better than I already though it would be. The main character, Ben, is visiting his Japanese Uncle's house in Japan. There is obviously a tsunami coming, but I do not know if Ben will survive. I can still probably predict that Ben will survive because this series does not really seem like the type of novel that would have the main character die. Right now, the author's style has not really been reveals as I am only 17 pages into the book. I can say that the transition from the first chapter into the second stood out to me greatly. In the first chapter, they revealed the climax of the book by talking about the tsunami, and how it "made Ben feel as if he was getting wrestled by the water, and beaten badly." (Tarshis 3). This really stood out to me because I thought that ruined a little bit of the book for me. It took the thrill of the climax away. I hope it does not ruin the whole book though. So far, I think that this book will be okay, except for that little part that I mentioned at the end. I can't wait to finish it!

 

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