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review 2018-01-03 00:27
The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
The Frog Princess - E.D. Baker

Would it surprise you if I told you that I read this just because I felt like it? No? Good. That means you know my reading style well! I love Middle Grade, I love fairy tales, and I can't resist anything that has a princess involved, so this book was something perfect for a quick read.

 

I loved the fact that Princess Emeralda was a "I can do it myself" kind of girl, and that situations allowed her to do just that. I also very much appreciated the adorable twist that E.D. Baker put on the whole frog prince story, while still staying true to the feeling of the original. This was a sweet, quick read that was a lot of fun to listen to. It was just exciting enough, without being too scary, and actually really well paced. It helps, of course, that Katherine Kellgren narrates this audio book. I adore her voice, and this was no exception.

 

To the surprise of no one, I didn't really love the prince. He was whiny, mostly self-centered, and rough to like. I suppose it was good that he was though, because his inability to really be front and center during any big moments made Emeralda shine! Still, that meant the romance didn't really work out for me, even though I knew it was the whole point of this fairy tale. I know this is Middle Grade, but I still maintain that a princess has every right to be picky! No one wants a whiny prince. *wink*

 

Overall, this was a cute read with a lot of fun parts in it. This would be excellent for a bedtime read between parents and their kids!

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review 2017-12-28 15:58
Who is Tom Baker?
Who On Earth Is Tom Baker? An Autobiography - Tom Baker

Who indeed. There is so much I didn’t know about Tom Baker, but reading his autobiography has made me appreciate him so much more.

 

What an odd fellow he must have been in his youth, growing up in a labouring class environment in Liverpool, always feeling a bit dissatisfied and out of touch with his fellow human beings. As much as I was trying, I just cannot picture this goofball as a monk (even less after reading about the thoughts he had during that time).

 

One marriage, two sons and a quite remarkable number of odd jobs here and there later and he finally stars in different theatre and movie productions (with various amounts of success). In this time he also befriends people like Anthony Hopkins – just imagine those two staggering out of a pub and wobbling down the street together, uniting those mighty voices!

 

Before becoming the Doctor, Tom Baker had quite a roller coaster life and luckily he survived a lot of suffering, self-doubting and states of depression. Naturally, his autobiography features quite a bit on Doctor Who, but less than one might think. It was especially those parts that brought tears to my eyes though, because reading about how happy it made him being the Doctor and bringing as much joy to children as he possibly could is heart warming beyond anything.

 

Some other parts were quite bitter and my heart sank while reading how disillusioned and frustrated he is concerning some parts of life like religion, friendship and relationships with women, despite the fact that he disguises his retrospective with a thick coat of irony.

Additionally, Tom Baker swears a lot and is quite occupied with his dick.

 

Even though most of us probably know him as two hearted gallifreyan Time Lord from another time and space, the man behind this role is so incredibly human! Throughout most of his life he had a sense of confusion and simply did not know what and how and why to which I can relate to more than I would like to admit.

After all, this is his autobiography and the way he wants to be remembered. For me Tom Baker made it quite clear, that he is way more than the fourth Doctor and that his life still has so much more to offer. A great last book of 2017.

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text 2017-12-23 20:25
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 268 pages.
Who On Earth Is Tom Baker? An Autobiography - Tom Baker

Funny and witty, just as we know and love our Baker.

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review 2017-12-16 16:54
The Politics of Neurodiversity, Dana Lee Baker
The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters - Dana Lee Baker

Definitely an academic work but at only 223p of primary text, not a tome. The start is heavy with definitions of jargon but it gets to be an easier read after that. Still, if I hear the phrase "disability policy subsystem" even once more in the next year, I'm likely to start twitching.

 

The book takes the innovative approach of abandoning the "medical vs social model" of disabilities conflict in favour of the more complex break down into, "cure, cause, celebration and care" approaches to policy. The bulk of the book then looks at how these approaches may conflict with each other.

 

Whilst the book ostensibly focuses on neurological differences, much of it applies to disabilities as a whole and can be recommended to anybody with any interest in the politics of inclusivity - and if you're not, what is wrong with you?

 

My strongest response to the book was a further re-enforcement of my view that "cure" agendas in relation to neurological differences are primarily motivated by intolerance, fear and the profit motive and that the profit motive is in health care and social care is extremely toxic and tends to be harmful lead to exclusion and abuse.

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text 2017-12-12 12:23
Reading progress update: I've read 202 out of 239 pages.
The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters - Dana Lee Baker

Obama thought that vaccines might cause autism?! He goes down in my estimation.

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