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review 2018-10-17 18:27
Gone Girl (Flynn)
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

Following along in my great tradition of reading the trendiest books long after their trend is over, I finally got around to spending time with Nick and Amy Dunne. I was completely unspoiled, having paid no attention whatsoever to reviews of either the movie or the book.

Well, in a nutshell, I didn't mind it - it was cleverly done - but I wasn't particularly blown away. At first I found the style (especially the Amy-diary style) irritating, but then I realized that it was deliberate and under control. The fact that there was a twist mid-book came as no surprise whatsoever, and in fact the only (mild) surprise I felt was that the unreliable narrator-twist wasn't played one more time before the end (i.e. I was completely prepared to discover that Nick had engineered the whole thing, including the manufacture of supporting documents and a "suicide" by Amy).

I fully understand why some people found the ending irritating, but that's just a variation on the trope of "evil didn't die" that shows up at the end of horror films like "Carrie", I think. It's your last, parting shudder (it walks amongst us still). With two such horrible people as protagonists, you're not going to get a morally satisfying ending short of tossing them both off a cliff - which, frankly, I would have been delighted to do at several points during the proceedings.

Oh well. It's always worth making a bit of effort to pull oneself further inside the circle of common cultural references. It felt a bit like a much-procrastinated duty, but as duties go, it was not a particularly unpleasant one.

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review 2018-10-17 01:16
Geekerella Review
Geekerella - Ashley Poston

Once upon a time there lived a girl name... Me! LOL! Hey everyone and how's it going? I hope you all are doing pretty awesome! Because that is how I feel right now! So, like I've mentioned in my last post another review is here and I am gonna be sharing the story of "Geekerella" by Ashley Poston. I'm really excited to get tell you what I thought, so let's dive in!

 

The story is a Cinderella retelling, but this time it's dealing with GEEKDOM!!! Which I'm a proud member of! So, I am not in the right state of mind to come up with what the book is about. I am gonna use the book's blurb and call it done, because I'm tried and my mind went what the hell are you trying to do here lol! Here it is and it's borrowed from the goodreads pg.

 

 

 "Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad's old costume, Elle's determined to win - unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons - before he was famous. Now they're nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake - until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom."

 

Okay so on to what I think!

 

I loved this book! It was funny and sincere and just full of geek references that I understood...okay maybe not all of them lol. I will say that I cried at least two times, at certain scenes. I was reading it out loud and just hearing the words coming out of my mouth of a scene, between Elle and her hideous step-sister Chloe. I cried and got angry, there was so much that I would have done to Chloe. I liked the interaction between Elle and Darien while they texted each other. I did a lot of awws and come on guys focus here! 

 

I of course could not stand the step-mother Catherine and Chloe. Cal the other step-sister wasn't too bad. Sage was funny as ever and I liked that she allowed herself to befriend Elle and not judge her too much. Darien's dad is a bit of a douche. His handler Gail is just a ball of nerves and is better at handling Darien. Elle is sweet, kind,and a bit helpless. Darien is sweet, a bit vain, and really geeky. 

 

This book like I said had me cry, laugh, get angry, and just wanted to hug it through and through. I loved the Geek reference that the author put in. Like Doctor Who and Supernatural. I loved that there was a Comic Con type scene, that it felt like I was apart of it. Even though I've never been to a Con....but I digress. It was still awesome.

 

So, of course I would recommend this book to everyone who is into geeky things and FANDOMS!!! lol! I will be back later with a brand new post. And, until then,

 

LATER DAYS!!!

 

 

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review 2018-10-16 21:03
Itty Bitty Crocheted Creatures
Itty Bitty Crocheted Critters: Amigurumi with Attitude! - Erin Clark

The critters were cute, but the size is not something I would make. It uses tiny hooks and crochet threads or DMC Floss. 

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text 2018-10-16 14:40
Reading progress update: I've read 272 out of 654 pages.
The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe

 

You know, the thing I find most horrific about this tale is the lack of personal control any of the women have over their own lives.  They are always in danger of having some older man take over their property or decree whom they must marry.

 

I am so glad I live in the 21st century in a democratic society.

 

 

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review 2018-10-16 01:41
Pumpkins in Paradise
Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 1) - Kathi Daley

This was book 1 (and I read them out of order) and my children had chosen the later book and we borrowed this one to go back and check out the rest of the series. TJ was just given custody of her half-sisters following the death of their mother and father. They have come to live with her, her father and grandfather. She is a coach and teacher at the local high school and is friends with a man who spends all his time in his mansion. She finds him dead and doesn't feel that it was a suicide or an old age death.

While she navigates life as a parent to her sisters, a teacher, a coach and friend, she meets the newest police officer (detective) and makes friends with him. He looks into the death of her friend and the two become friends.

Nice short story (about 5 hours audio) and I paired it with the book and we were able to finish it pretty quickly. The girls and I enjoyed the story. We have even borrowed another from the series.

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