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review 2017-07-25 03:18
Angel Catbird
Angel Catbird Volume 1 (Graphic Novel) - Margaret Atwood,Margaret Atwood,Johnnie Christmas,Various
Angel Catbird Volume 2: To Castle Catula... Angel Catbird Volume 2: To Castle Catula (Graphic Novel) - Margaret Atwood,Johnnie Christmas,Tamra Bonvillain
Angel Catbird Volume 3: The Catbird Roar... Angel Catbird Volume 3: The Catbird Roars (Graphic Novel) - Margaret Atwood,Johnnie Christmas,Tamra Bonvillain

Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird series is a graphic novel saga about a man who becomes an owl/cat/human hybrid.  He discovers that he isn’t the only such creature in the world.  Okay, he’s the only cat/owl but there are other half animals – in particular half cats.  There also is a coming war with a man who wants rats and half rats to rule the world.

 

                Vol1 of the series sets up the scene and ends with the half cats on the run.  The group includes the lovely Kate as well as Count Cataula.  Volumes 2 and 3 detail the rest of the story, the series also is an attempt to educate readers on cats and the impact cats can have on native birds. 

 

                The series succeeds because it is get B movie flair.  It desires to be more than what it is, and everyone involved in the creation of it seems to have given a sense of fun.  Quite frankly, my favorite characters are the two female rats who do not like the plans of the man who would be king of rats.  Their asides are well make milk snort out of your nose.

 

                The creative team manages to weave in a variety of references, not only to horror movies, but also to current events, in particular pay attention to the mice.  Atwood also weaves in ancient mythological figures and references.  While the series does place a few of its female characters in skimpy costumes, the women are take charge and get work done.  They all have agency.  Even the wives, who are far more interesting than Dracula’s brides.

 

                Great send up of horror movies, to be honest.

                With cats.

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review 2017-07-24 16:14
The Blue Castle
The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery

Rating: 5 stars

 

Book Blurb: Valancy lives a drab life with her overbearing mother and prying aunt. Then a shocking diagnosis from Dr. Trent prompts her to make a fresh start. For the first time, she does and says exactly what she feels. As she expands her limited horizons, Valancy undergoes a transformation, discovering a new world of love and happiness. One of Lucy Maud Montgomery's only novels intended for an adult audience, The Blue Castle is filled with humour and romance.

 

What a gem!

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A great commentary on the bitterness that comes with never standing up for yourself and living your life in fear of displeasing everyone. Not that any of this novel wasn't predictable,  but the story and it's lessons are worth thinking about.  The humor is solid, making me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.  I want to reread the book to fully appreciate the craziness that is Valancy's colorful family. And frankly just to appreciate Montgomery's wit. 

 

Highly recommend. 

 

 

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review 2017-07-22 16:52
The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

To say that Walls had an unusual childhood would be a massive understatement. She didn't have any of the stability with a roof over her head or meals to eat that most children in the US take for granted, but she did have some amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to do things that many of us will never do.

I'd like to say that this is due to that her parents rarely followed the rules (or, you know, laws) and gave her and her siblings even fewer to follow. She was a child of people who had the kind of wandering existence that I've known some to pine for, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows.

In fact, it seems like it was hardly ever sunshine and rainbows. They'd have long stretches of okay times with fairly regular meals and then periods of near starvation where they had to go through the trash to eat. But their parents did have an odd splendor in the way they dealt with such an extreme level of poverty. They weren't perfect, but Walls manages to tell the story in a way that never quite judges them. They were who they were and she seems to have accepted that, even when it embarrassed her.

There were a few stories I really loved, one of which I am totally keeping in my pocket just in case I'm ever at that point with my own family. There were also lots of points in the story where my heart broke for Walls and her siblings. Some people are well suited to "adulting" and others are not, her parents are just not those people. Their hearts appeared to be in the right places though. Or maybe it's just the way Walls tells the story.

She tells the story as she encountered it, not inserting knowledge from later in life to situations, not guessing what may have been in their minds based on information she had down the road. She doesn't seem to be protecting them either, never shying away from their less attractive traits.

The movie based on her life will be out soon (August 11) and I'm thinking about seeing it, though not in the theater. We don't normally go to the theater for movies we can't take the six year old to. After reading the book, I'm not 100% sure I want to see it, but the cast intrigues me. Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson both have the ability to be heartbreakingly vulnerable about the worst parts of a person and I'm not sure how they're going to portray it. It would be easy for any director with these actors to make it heart-warming or heart-wrenching. I'd be happy with a combination. The book left me with that Good Will Hunting feeling where they went for the heart but it left me with a good feeling overall. I hope the movie does that to.

Have you read the book? Are you planning on watching the movie?

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text 2017-07-21 18:46
Friday Reads!! 7.21.2017
The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery
David Copperfield (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) - Charles Dickens,Radhika Jones
Barchester Towers - Anthony Trollope,Edward Mendelson
A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle

Happy Friday everyone!

 

It's hot here. We are in the midst of a heatwave, which makes me want to just drink cold things and read. 

 

Saturday I will doing a mother/daughter day with my mom. Sunday I will be at the beach with my fiancee, he also wants to do a bike ride - so not a bad weekend planned.

 

I hope to finish The Blue Castle this weekend. What a great book! My friend couldn't help herself and finished it up. She loved it. I'm already recommending it to people. It makes me want to read all of Montgomery's works -  I've already picked up the Emily books. 

 

Still working through David Copperfield . I'm doing mostly audio for this and I highly recommend it. 

 

I am halfway through A Study in Scarlet and hope to finish it in the coming week. I realized how much of Sherlock Holmes I haven't read so I've resolved to make my way through the novels/stories.

 

If I finish Castle, I think I'm going to start another classic - Bartchester Towers. I liked the blurb and enjoyed reading the first chapter. 

 

What are your plans?

 

Have a great weekend and happy reading! 

 

 

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text 2017-07-20 16:56
Reading progress update: I've read 27%.
The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery

I'm doing a buddy read of this book with a friend of mine and we've been texting each other our favorite lines all day.

 

Why have I never heard of this book? She hadn't either. I mean I know the Anne books... 

 

This book is hysterical. What a nice surprise.

 

Has anyone read it? I hadn't even heard of it before we stumbled onto it yesterday.

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