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review 2018-06-25 22:30
SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL by Mike Reiss and Matthew Klickstein
Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons - Mike Reiss


SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest stars, and finally, the stories about how certain jokes came about. It's a quick, breezy, informative and fun book.


Mike Reiss has been writing for The Simpsons from almost day one. He and everyone else on the show never thought it would last, but here we are right now, with The Simpsons being the longest running primetime scripted series to ever run in the history of television. With that many years under his belt, you can bet Mike has a lot of information for the die-hard fans and the causal fans alike. Things like the fact that one episode of the show takes 9 months from the idea to the airing. The show is written here in the U.S., but it's animated in South Korea. (Who knew?) There's some celebrity mentions as well, but I'll leave those nuggets for those of you who are interested enough to check out the book. 


Remember when Michael Jackson was on?



Being from Springfield, (MA, which is NOT the home of The Simpsons show, darn it!), I've been a fan of the show since it had a short spot on The Tracey Ullman Show, back in the day. Boy, has it improved since then! I believe that I've always been smart enough to realize that I don't get all of the jokes in every episode, (Mike Reiss reads Voltaire, for heaven's sakes, I do NOT). But I do think I'm smart enough to get most of them, and that's why I've stuck with the show for all these years. If you want to know how Homer got his name or how Krusty's dad became Rabbi Krufstofski, you'll have to read this book!


Highly recommended for serious fans of the show, and for the casual fan that wants to know more!


*Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This is it.*

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text 2018-04-24 07:13
Reading progress update: I've read 167 out of 414 pages.
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss

Parts of this are fascinating, but the play by play descriptions of military campaigns are really not.


Oh, and the revolutionary Jacobins were ... nuts.

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review 2018-03-06 00:00
White Knight
White Knight - C.D. Reiss White Knight - C.D. Reiss I know that some of my followers are going to say I'm broken. This is the second book in a series where I, the Series Referee, say, "Nah, go ahead. This can be standalone."
I know.
But it's true.

I find that if the writer has the ability to provide just enough backstory to any re-occuring characters for a new reader to not get lost, I'll bow to recommendation for standalone. However, for this series, although interconnected, CD Reiss makes a mark in each subgenre that is a delight to the fan. As everyone is well aware, I am a huge sucker for second chance. So I'm going in that this is trope I'm a fan and can't wait to see the characters journey.

And Catherine & Chris have such a unique and touching second chance that you don't want to miss. And I do ramble on at the blog here: http://www.myownbookshelves.com/2018/03/white-knight-all-new-romantic.html

Just take my word for it: Read the other - pick up this book. Hesitant in picking up the others but would love a unique spin on second chance, do not hesitate to one click. 5 out of 5 stars.
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review 2017-12-17 06:24
The Black Count
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss

So the cover picture is quite dashing and despite the fact that I listened to it in audiobook format, Scribd displayed the picture quite prominently on my screen... which resulted in an amusing moment where another person caught a glimpse of it before I could hide the window and I am sure they thought I was reading some trashy romance because their face scrunched up and they started laughing. Whoops! (^_^)


In reality, this is about the father of French author Alexandre Dumas, père (AKA that guy that wrote all those books they make movies based on). It encompassed his entire life from his childhood in the Caribbean to his death in semi-exile in France. The family's ancestry is discussed along with the complex sociocultural issues of the time in relation to attitudes about slavery, the effect of the American Revolution, the Napoleonic wars... Honestly, it is so fact-heavy that it was mind-boggling at times as my personal knowledge of history had to be rearranged in my head to make new connections with somewhat obscure topics like the French founding of Egyptology or Parisian theatre traditions in former French colony islands, etc.


As for the audiobook: male narrator, neutral tone with just enough inflection on the ironic points but not particular stand-out in any other way.


(I listened to this months ago and wrote up this review in June and it's been languishing in my drafts till now, but I stand by the 4.5 star rating.)

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review 2017-11-05 13:36
Prince Roman (1001 Dark Nights) by CD Reiss
Prince Roman - CD Reiss


Control is an alluringly, deceptive beast.  It presents a false sense of security that can easily be broken.  Raven is slowly learning the error of her ways.  All it takes is a forbidden attraction and a true life prince to have her breaking all the rules.  Is the cost worth the risk?  CD Reiss makes temptation a top priority.  Prince Roman is a sensual delight that is unpredictable, wicked and short.  Spice up the bookshelf with this hot little number.

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