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review 2018-04-11 23:09
Laugh till it hurts
Pursuing Carrie (Pretending #3) - Jenn H... Pursuing Carrie (Pretending #3) - Jenn Hype

Pursuing Carrie by Jenn Hype is a fun contemporary romance.  Ms. Hype has given us a well-written book and lots of laughs.  I would rather have read it in third person, but that's a personal preference.  Carrie is a dance instructor and choreographer.  Joe is a cop.  Their story is packed with hilarious, lovable characters, drama, humor and sizzle.  This story grabbed me at page one and entertained me until the end.  I enjoyed this book and look forward to my next book by Jenn Hype.  Pursuing Carrie is book 3 of the Pretending Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-04-05 01:38
Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher
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This was an entertaining read. I picked up a copy of the audiobook from the library to listen to while driving for work. 

The book is basically a collection of thoughts, stories, anecdotes, and jokes. I'll admit, I didn't really know much about Carrie Fisher before reading this book. She is very open in the book about various aspects of her life, especially addiction and mental health. I liked how inclusive Fisher was when talking about mental illness. The way she is so honest and open about her struggles makes it easy for the reader to connect with her. 

It is a very funny book. There is a lot of weird stuff that happens. Most of the jokes are self-deprecating, but Fisher has a way of reading the text that is very humorous. She finds a way to turn all the bad and strange things in her life around to make them a ridiculous story. 

Overall, a funny, entertaining read.
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review 2018-04-03 21:41
She Loved Him. He Knew.
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

[Grrrrrr.  Another edition I "had to" create--yes, knowing full well I could just shelve one that wasn't "my" edition, but OCD.]

 

Note that the two stars I am assigning to this book are a "Goodreads" ** and not an Amazon **.  It's more like an Amazon ***.  This book is fair...  There are parts of it that are quite good, but there are parts that are more like filler and some that make me either cringe or feel impatient.

 

And yes, I miss Carrie Fisher.  Just hearing her voice doing the narration--it was like, "Awww.  Carrie Fisher."  She died such a short time after this book was released, it is eerie hearing her mention her obituary, her legacy, and other related ideas.

 

The impetus for writing the book was the discovery of journals Fisher wrote during the filming of the original Star Wars film back in 1976, when the actress cast to play Princess Leia was only 19 years old and had been in just one film (Shampoo, with Warren Beatty).   The focus of the journals was not so much the experience of filming the soon-to-be iconic film, so much as it was a three-month affair with the much older, married Harrison Ford.

 

Fisher shares that she went into the filming with the intention of having an affair, though she never wanted to have one with a married man.  After all, her father Eddie Fisher had notoriously left her mother Debbie Reynolds to pursue his affair with Elizabeth Taylor.  Fisher had seen what it had been like for her mother to be the "left" spouse, and as one of two "left" children, she'd internalized the feeling that she was somehow responsible for her father leaving, because of her not being "enough."

 

The Carrie Fisher of 2016 prefaces the actual "diary" part with a brief overview of her pre-Star Wars life, leading up to the audition, the news she had been cast, and the time spent filming in London.  She shares the story of a surprise birthday party for George Lucas, where crew members pressured her to drink alcoholic beverages that she didn't actually want, before an odd attempted kidnapping that Harrison Ford intervened in.  The intervention leads to a ride home, which leads to a "sleepover," as Fisher calls it.  No, she provides no lurid details.  Just a fling that comes off rather sad, since Ford is apparently emotionally unavailable and ostensibly misjudges how "experienced" Fisher is at this point in her life (one real boyfriend).

 

This article sums things up pretty well:  "Carrie Fisher's last Harrison Ford story isn't romantic, it's tragic."

 

Fisher has another, younger narrator deliver the reading of the diary entries.   They read like what they are:  the journal of a nineteen-year-old.  They alternate between angsty poetry and oblique journals referring to her lover's reticence and possible contempt.  I had to cringe--but not with judgement.  I expect I sounded fairly similar when I was 19.

 

In the chapter following the journal, Fisher notes that "My affair with Harrison was a very long one-night stand.  I was relieved when it ended.  I didn't approve of myself."

 

Her answer to "why now" is "it's been 40 years."  For his part, Ford has merely commented that he was surprised when Fisher let him know she was writing about their fling 40 years later.  He has not commented, otherwise.

 

After the post-journal chapter, the narrative shifts.  At this point, there is another 25% left (according to the Kindle edition).  The last quarter is really about the experience of being associated with the Star Wars franchise, and especially its fans.  Fisher likens autograph signings to "celebrity lap dances," so you can see that she did not consider this a dignified way to earn money.  There are segments where she creates bizarre dialogues with [I expect] fictionalized fans, to the point where I feel she is mocking them.  And as if she heard me thinking that, she assured me:  "I need you to know that I'm not cynical about the fans.  (If you thought I was, you would quite properly not like me, which would defeat the purpose of this book and of so much else that I do.)  I'm moved by them."

 

Don't worry, Carrie.  I still like you.  Love you, even.  But there were other things I would rather have heard from you, instead of the space you fill not mocking your fans.  That whole section could have been about reuniting with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill for Episode VII, and I would have been all ears.  You share the odd experience of meeting people who seemingly wish you could have stayed the 19-year-old Leia forever.  But I am more than happy to remember you this way:

 

 

 

 

RIP, Carrie Fisher.

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review 2018-03-20 17:25
Stephen King’s first book, a true classic: read the book where it all started!
Carrie (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) - Stephen King

I have FINALLY read ‘Carrie’, Stephen King’s first book. Yes, it was his FIRST book!
Reading a book when you already know the story so well (from the movie) is such a different experience than reading the book and then watching the movie, but it’s even more different when it’s one like this. I’ve seen ‘Carrie’ so many times because it’s one of my favorite horror films (not talking about any stupid remake, despite the fact I happen to have the book copy that is the remake movie tie-in. Remakes of good films are blasphemy). The original movie is perfection with Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek and when reading the book, is was VERY hard for me not to get their images out of my mind. It was brilliant casting, for a brilliant story.
When reading this pretty short book (it comes in at basically 300 pages, which is so short, when you compare it to the behemoths of IT and The Stand), you are transported to 1979 immediately by the language, the descriptions of the clothing, and even the comparative style of King’s writing. It’s kind of a treat and a bit of a time warp you are pulled into. It took a bit of getting used to, along with the way King uses different narrative styles; the reader is given reports of the main ‘incident’, as well as character accounts, and intersperses them into the main story. If you didn’t know the ending from seeing the movie, you would have a good idea about a lot of it from these accounts as you go through.
As for the dynamic between Carrie and her hellacious (sorry, have to say it) mother, the interactions are horrific and they make your blood boil and King has given all he can to make the dread and tension so vivid. By writing in Carrie’s ‘thoughts’ we get little peeks into what’s going on in her mind as her powers are getting stronger; you start rooting for the girl who is being bullied, dominated, threatened all her life. You just know that there is no other way for this story to end.
What is most interesting to me now is the contrast with what what acceptable in terms of what kids could get away with (in terms of bullying and hazing) at school, compared to now. That’s a whole other story.
Anyway, I’m glad I finally got to read it as part of a Litsy buddy read. I love the movie so much, and it’s amazing to think that this is where Stephen King’s book career started. With a short novel that had one of most memorable horror movies made out of it.
*Don’t ever bother with the remake though.

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review 2018-03-06 01:09
Miss her so much
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

The urge to dissolve into a weeping mess while reading this is so great because we really need Fisher, we truly do. This is a bittersweet feeling to reading this memoir/diary from her time on Star Wars: New Hope. And this review is going to go off the rails right here because WTF Mde Tussads???? You had to go slave girl outfit for Leia but the guys kept all thier clothes. F you and your wax. Seriously, it would be okay if you had strangling Jabba but nope. Stupids

 

Fisher is blunt, no nonense and her diaries are - look just read them okay?  Her discussion about her relationship with Ford is interesting, and fair.  It's a wonderful read about being a cultural icon and dealing with it.  

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