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review 2017-03-05 20:18
Cat Lovers Rejoice!
What Cat Is That?: All About Cats - Tish Rabe,Aristides Ruiz,Joe Mathieu

What Cat is That?  All About CATS by Tish Rabe introduces children to the wonderful world of cats.  With the Cat in the Hat as their guide, a little boy and girl set off on a journey around the world in a Kitty-Cat-Copter.  They meet lions in Kenya, tigers in Bangkok and so much more.  Along the way, the children learn numerous facts about cats.  

I absolutely loved this book!  The illustrations by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu pay homage to the great Dr. Seuss and are simply adorable.  I also found the facts in the book to be quite interesting.  I never knew that there is a breed of cat that actually likes to swim!  Or that a group of kittens is called a kindle.

I would highly recommend this book to readers and cat lovers of all ages.  Readers will delight in the whimsical illustrations and will walk away with an increased knowledge in all things cat.  There is even a glossary in the back of the book as well as a For Further Reading section which suggests other books about cats that readers might enjoy.  Check it out right meow!

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review 2016-10-25 18:40
Review: All That Man Is
All That Man Is: A Novel - David Szalay

Is this it? Is this how I have spent my life?
Lying there with a broken heart on bedroom floors
And finally, finally I realize, I realize that I'm only a man
I'm only a man, I'm only a man, I'm only a man

“Story About a Man With a Bad Heart” - Emery

One of my all-time favorite music albums is I'm Only a Manby the post-hardcore band Emery. Emery's third album, released in 2007, is largely based on a theme, revolving around the excuse of “I'm only a man.” While many fans of the band declare this album their worst (I acknowledge it has one or two duds), I've always felt it was their best; it was an album where emotions were ripped apart and vulnerability was put on display.

I thought about Emery's album often while reading David Szalay's All That Man Is. The men in this collection of stories are unapologetic, insufferable brutes. Initially, this angered me. Was every man in this collection going to be framed by a stereotype of what it “means” to be a man? But I thought ofI'm Only a Man, recalled how many of the songs on the album are from the man's perspective, and how little optimism there is in that album. Szalay is not necessarily saying this is “all that man is,” but merely tackling a theme that is certainly relevant. Still, it was brutal, and this brutality is probably what made this book so affecting.

As a Man Booker nominee, I didn't expect All That Man Is to be a collection of stories. Generally, the Prize avoids collections and there was no mention on the book itself that it was anything but a novel. In fact, it seems some regard it as a “novel with an overarching theme,” whatever that means. (Don't many collections have a theme? That doesn't make them novels.) So anyway, it's a short story collection. Like with many collections, there are going to be stories that stand out, and stories that pale in comparison. All That Man Isstarts strong, with one story after another meeting the expectations set by its predecessor. These were such dark, wonderfully written stories. It's difficult not to ache for the characters, particularly those affected by the male leads. Each story is ruthlessly brilliant.

Not surprisingly, midway the bar was lowered, but that's not to say that the bar was significantly lowered. Every story in this collection is good, but some, particularly those that open the collection, are amazing. They're incredibly gritty, yet beautifully heartbreaking. All That Man Is is men at their worst, facing some crisis often brought about by their own insecurity or greed. And Szalay expertly picks these men apart and displays them in a manner few writers could. Certainly, Szalay has proven his worthiness to be on the same playing field as the likes of Munro and other greats of the short form.

Though this is one of my favorites to come out of this year's Man Booker shortlist, I think the form and unevenness of All That Man Is lessen its chances of claiming the prize. Certainly, the writing and insight are on par with the requirements of the prize, but I don't think this will be enough to lift it to the top of the pile. Szalay's collection has better chances, in my opinion, than Eileen or The Sellout, but doesn't match the epic beauty of Do Not Say We Have Nothingor the cohesiveness of Hot Milk.

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url 2016-09-14 12:14
Man booker prize short list
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (3-Mar-2015) Hardcover - Paul Beatty
Hot Milk - Deborah Levy
His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet
Eileen: A Novel by Ottessa Moshfegh (2015-08-18) - Ottessa Moshfegh
All That Man Is: A Novel - David Szalay
Do Not Say We Have Nothing - Madeleine Thien

Read them. Rthe list is out.

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review 2016-04-25 00:00
Now as Ever (All That Is and Has Been)
Now as Ever (All That Is and Has Been) - venis_envy
"Sometimes, you will never know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.
Dr. Seuss "


This was just fabulous, they may cause my brain to melt but I freaking LOVE time travel fics. They are the absolute best and this is a most excellent one. Stiles finds himself hurtled from 2013 to 2003. Pre his mom dying, pre Hale fire, pre Derek angst. He can't mess with the humans, because they are fragile and who knows what introducing himself to his mom will do the future, but supernaturals are okay because well they are supernatural. Queue fun, sweet and heartbreaking times.


I had a tiny issue at the end but I'm gonna just pretend the thing that wasn't mentioned is just automatically implied.
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review 2015-09-11 00:00
All that's left is to follow your NOSE
All that's left is to follow your NOSE -... All that's left is to follow your NOSE - Udunie So Alpha Peter takes omega Stiles as his platonic mate, treats him with respect, signs him up for classes, etc, etc. So how come he uses such derogatory language when they make love? Therefore only 3 stars.
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