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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-04-03 06:54
Why I'm Not Finishing This Book: I've read 179 out of 266 pages.
My Journey with Farrah: A Story of Life, Love, and Friendship - Alana Stewart

One of my idols in the whole world is Farrah Fawcett. Along with Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon. So when I saw this book at goodwill for $3 I jumped at it. 




I will admit, I bought it and ignored it for months after. I would always tell myself to pick it up, but I never did. Mainly because Farrah died of cancer and my fear of cancer is so strong that I was scared it would depress me AND IT DID. Finally I picked it up and I'm putting it down unfinished.


I feel like I never finish books and I feel guilty for that, but this book I do not feel guilty about. So this book is told by Farrah's friend Alana Stewart. It is supposedly her diary published, but I suspect that she fabricated parts. 


I'm not gonna lie I hated this book so much, I'm not finishing it. Here is why. 


1. The book is written in diary form. I hate that and I know I should of known, but I didn't bother to look at the format before buying, because I saw Farrah and I freaked!


2. This book is like 25% Farrah, 75% Alana. I questioned myself many times on what story...or more like whose story is she actually telling. It seems like she used Farrah as a money maker to sell her shitty book. In the beginning it was about Farrah and how Alana felt, which I expected once I saw it was in diary form. Then the middle to near end it was strictly about Alana and her sex life and her kids and Farrah would pop up sometimes when they went to Germany for her treatment. So again was this really a story about Farrah and you or just you? 


3. Alana was the victim in all of this. Forget that your friend is dying of cancer, lets make the book about how your emotional going through shit and how no one understands what its like. I get it that its her personal diary and usually people write the most selfish shit, cause we all feel like the world revolves around us. But it just felt like she steered way off of what it was suppose to be about. This book was totally consumed by Alana trying to make people feel sorry for her, even though her friend is dying.


With this being said, I have a few things I liked about the book.


1. Never before seen pictures, I love Farrah and I love her look. So when I saw some of the pictures I freaked, she was so stunning.


2. She didn't make Farrah seem weak or anything the opposite of what she was known for. Farrah was strong and fought til the end and even though the book was basically about Alana, when Farrah was mentioned she was mentioned with respect.


3. If the book was about Alana I would of loved it. Cause she has a juicy life, but I did not buy it to read about her, I bought it to read about Farrah and her friendship with Alana.


All in all I give it a 2 out of 5. Not finishing it though.

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review 2015-10-27 00:00
Orphan Black Volume 1 (Orphan Black Tp)
Orphan Black Volume 1 (Orphan Black Tp) - Graeme Manson,Jody Houser,John Fawcett Really 2 1/2 stars.
I love the TV show (thanks for the rec, Tess!)so i wanted to read the comic. i hoped it would be mainly about the minor characters but it's not. it still focused on the clones.

the art was good and the story was written by the tv show writers so it was excellent of course. if i hadn't seen the show i would have been lost.

they didn't do a good job of distinguishing past and present IMO, esp in the first 2 issues Sara & Helena.

although i did like the additional backstories, i didn't see any of that info in the show and i am up to season 3. maybe they mention some of it in season 4. it just makes me wonder if the backstories will tie into the show. i am especially wondering about Rachel's
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review 2015-08-15 00:00
Orphan Black #5
Orphan Black #5 - John Fawcett,Jody Hous... Orphan Black #5 - John Fawcett,Jody Houser,Graeme Manson,Cat Staggs 4,5*
For me, this was the best Orphan Black comic yet. The background information was very interesting; I think we all want to know what made Rachel who she is today. I can't wait to learn more about the newly introduced clone, Veera, and I can't wait till November to read Orphan Black: Helsinki!
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review 2015-04-01 12:31
Another laugh at historical idiots
How to Lose a War: More Foolish Plans and Great Military Blunders - Bill Fawcett

I used to like these kind of books, namely books about various blunders and mistakes in history, but I guess after this one they were all starting to become bland and boring. Okay, as an historian I am always interested in the cause and effect of certain events, but I guess I also look at a more grander scale than do many of these writers. I suspect that these books are generally not written for people like me but rather for the average person who has little knowledge of history (the sort of people who when they are in the London Portrait Gallery will have an argument over whether Edward I or Edward II is Edward the Confessor – it is Edward I by the way).


Look, in reality, it is quite easy to lose a war, and that simply comes down to poor planning. Okay, also making stupid decisions or letting emotion get hold of you, but in the end it all comes down to poor planning. This, ironically, is something that Jesus alludes to in one of his parables, namely suggesting that a king does not go to war unless he understands what he is up against. While Jesus suggests in the parable that more troops is a sure winner, I suspect that he was not necessarily meaning that because, being God in the flesh, I am sure he was well aware of what happened at Salamis.


Anyway, as I said, it has all to do with poor planning. When Napoleon invaded Russia there were a lot of things that he did not take into account (particularly the Russian winter, but also that the Russians were working on a scorched Earth policy). The same thing occurred when Hitler invaded Russia, but there was also emotion involved, which overruled his common sense. As I have suggested numerous times, Hitler would have done much better if he had invaded the Middle East via Turkey, but I guess it is a good thing that he turned against Russia because otherwise we would be living under a facist dictatorship (I won't comment on speaking German because, well, I do speak German, even if badly).


I could go and have a look at a lot of other examples, but I really can't be bothered. As for the book, well I guess if you like a bit of light humour based on real historical events then maybe this would be a book for you, as for me, I tend to crave much deeper and more complex books.


Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/577396275
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review 2014-11-12 00:00
Old Guard: Bolos Anthology 5
Old Guard: Bolos Anthology 5 - Bill Fawcett,Mark Thies,John Mina,J. Steven York,Dan Wesley Smith,William H. Keith Jr.,Keith Laumer Collection of tales following the Dinochrome Brigade as they defend a planet against a new alien threat.
Starts with some older models in the opening engagements then moves up to new Mark XXXIV's.
All of the stories are focused on one planet and one enemy, rather than just being a collection of short stories with nothing in common.

As usual with Bolo books, there's the wimpy/scared/incompetent leader holding them all back, a kid whose lost his parents to the aliens but befriends a Bolo (with a whole load of schmaltz thrown in), and massive machines of destruction who seem to be more human (sentimentally) than their creators.

Not a bad collection, but there's no real stand-out stories in it.
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