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review 2018-08-10 10:51
Big character
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

I laughed, and I grimaced, and I ran a gamut of other emotions, from surprise, to disbelief, to pain and sympathy.

 

I stated to follow a print while listening because at first I did not always catch what Fisher was saying. There was much pausing, and after a while I kept doing it because there are minute differences here and there.

 

This is a very interesting lady. What astounded me the most is her capacity to write her 19-year-old self, with all the embarrassment and self-doubt. It's powerful enough to make you uncomfortable by proxy.

 

Back then I was always looking ahead to who I wanted to be versus who I didn’t realize I already was, and the wished-for me was most likely based on who other people seemed to be and the desire to have the same effect on others that they had had on me.

 

She writes an almost nude picture of herself, the good, the bad, the WTF (and there were many, many instances where I went WTF), the petty, the shy, the self-aware, the painfully young. There is this sense of "I'm at the last part of the slide, and I have little fucks left to give" mixed with the "still want to be liked".

 

There is a lot about her relationship with the character, a lot mixed feelings that in the end, amount to mostly positive.

 

“You were my first crush.” I heard it so much I started asking who their second one was. We know what a first crush is to a teenager, but what does it mean to a five-year-old?
“But I thought you were mine! That I had found you—I was the only one who knew how beautiful you were—because you weren’t beautiful in that usual way women in film are, right?”
He realizes that I might take what he’s saying wrong. He doesn’t mean it that way. I reassure him, touch his arm; why not give him an anecdote? “I know what you mean, it’s fine. Go on.”
He checks my face to see if I mean it. I do. He continues, “So my friend, when I tell him about my crush, he goes, ‘Oh yeah, she’s awesome! I have a total crush on her, too. Everyone does.’ I got upset. I coulda punched him.”
“Why?”
“Because you were mine and I wanted to be the one who loved you. Me, maybe even help you . . .” He got embarrassed. “Anyway—I wanted to tell you.” He shrugs, then adds, “Thanks for my childhood,” and walks off. Wow, what a thing to be given credit for, to be thanked for! Because he didn’t mean his whole childhood—he meant the good bits. The parts he escaped to.

 

It was a weird and nostalgic ride.

 

If you can find a common language that runs from five to eighty-five, you’ve got yourself something, and Star Wars fans have something.

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text 2018-08-03 17:18
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher $1.99!
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford. 

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

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text 2018-07-31 18:40
July Re-Cap
The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian
Folsom - Willow Aster,Tarryn Fisher
The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel - Rachel Higginson
Obscura - Joe Hart
Iron to Iron - Ryan Graudin
Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf) - Ryan Graudin
Winter's Bone: A Novel (Audio) - Daniel Woodrell,Emma Galvin
Crossed (Soul Eater) (Volume 3) by Eliza Crewe (2015-08-13) - Eliza Crewe
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie

 

 

It was a good month of reading with 17 books total read and listened too, actually, a lot of those were Audiobooks.  I've found something new I can do while listening, it's an app called Sandbox and I have it on my Samsung tablet, so easy to do while listening, especially since I'm always icing my foot.  The reason I'm always icing is foot is because I went back to work two weeks ago (only 4-hour shifts, though) and it's kicking my ass.  I just finished my last book of the month today, even.  (I had this post all drafted up and had to add it in at the last minute...)

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Finish Date:  07/02

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Kindle eBook) Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

Finish Date:  07/03

☆3.3☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Kindle ebook) The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson

Finish Date:  07/07

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Obscura by Joe Hart

Finish Date:  07/08

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook Novella) Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  07/09

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  07/11

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Finish Date:  07/12

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Crossed by Eliza Crewe

Finish Date:  07/16

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Finish Date:  07/17

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie

Finish Date:  07/18

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Damselfly by Chandra Prasad

Finish Date:  07/19

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Finish Date:  07/21

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Finish Date:  07/23

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Finish Date:  07/24

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Kindle eBook) Jackal by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

Finish Date:  07/26

☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C+

 

(Audiobook) This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Finish Date:  07/27

5STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Into the Light by Aleatha Romig (review pending)

Finish Date:  07/31

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

17 Books Total, 12 Audiobooks, 5 Kindle eBooks, one of the ebooks was a novella and No Netgalley eARC's this month.

 

Plus 1 book that I DNF'd (Audiobook) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

Not because it was bad per say, it just wasn't for me...

 

 

From my Goodreads Pages Challenge

MY GOAL FOR 2018: 42,000
MY TOTALS: 31,676/42,000

 

JULY PAGES READ: 5,225

07/02 {345} The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian☆3.7☆
07/03 {210) Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster☆3.3☆
07/07 {284} The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson☆4.7☆
07/08 {348} Obscura by Joe Hart☆4☆
07/09 {104} Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin☆4☆
07/11 {496} Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin☆4.7☆ 
07/12 {225} Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell☆4☆
07/16 {346} Crossed by Eliza Crewe☆4.7☆
07/17 {256} Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion☆4.3☆
07/18 {373} The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie☆4.7☆
07/19 {277} Damselfly by Chandra Prasad☆3.5☆
07/21 {342} Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller☆4.8☆
07/23 {352} Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott☆3.2☆
07/24 {242} We Were Liars by E. Lockhart☆3☆
07/26 {238} Jackal by Tarryn Fisher☆3.2☆
07/27 {433} This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada☆5☆
07/31 {354} Into the Light by Aleatha Romig☆4.8☆

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian Folsom (End of Men, #1) by Tarryn Fisher The Difference Between Us (Opposites Attract, #2) by Rachel Higginson Obscura by Joe Hart Iron to Iron (Wolf By Wolf, #1.5) by Ryan Graudin Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2) by Ryan Graudin Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell Crossed (Soul Eaters, #3) by Eliza Crewe Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) by Isaac Marion The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie Damselfly by Chandra PrasadDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2) by Tricia Levenseller Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Jackal (End of Men, #2) by Tarryn Fisher This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada Into the Light (The Light, #1) by Aleatha Romig
 

 



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review 2018-07-28 21:10
3.2 Out Of 5 "the jackal and the phoenix" STARS
Jackal - Willow Aster,Tarryn Fisher

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

Jackal

Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

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Jackal Emerson has never taken himself seriously. Dubbed the “orgy king,” he’s renowned for his reputation as the wild End Man. But with the uprising on the horizon and his best friend missing, Jackal is having a hard time living the same carefree existence. 

 

And then he meets a thief and everything changes.

 

Phoenix Moyo, principal dancer of a notorious ballet company, lives a life of rigidity. When her world collides with Jackal’s, their chemistry is evident to everyone except her. Forced to work with him to steal the most precious commodity of the Regions, she realizes too late that there is no escaping Jackal’s charisma. 

 

When unimaginable crimes come to light, the Regions begin to crumble. No one is safe. Families divide and secrets are exposed, danger running rampant on every side. For some, sacrifice costs everything.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I'm not going to lie I'm having multiple issues with these books so far, and yet, I'm still mildly fascinated with them…It definitely has to be due to the f*cked up world they are set in.   It's an oddly engrossing and a disturbingly titillating prospective world that they have created here.  It could also be due to the fact that they leave the reader completely hanging at the end of each book, some serious cliffhangers going on here. 

 

The little facts of animals sex lives and courtship rituals at the beginning of each chapter, always kept me going and laughing throughout, like this little gem...

 

"Female hyenas have a clitoris that's so long it's sometimes mistaken for a penis"

 

...these were by far the best part about this book.  They made Jackal and Phoenix's story infinitely more appealing.  I wonder, though, if the Authors added these because of the play on names (Jackal? Phoenix?)...maybe so...either way, I loved them.

 

Honestly, though, the writing is not up to par with what I've read from Tarryn Fisher so far.  It's almost as if they tried to keep each book in the series as short as possible, so they've streamlined the stories to the bare essentials because both stories so far have left me feeling like something is missing from them. 

 

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~MY RATING~

3.2STARS - GRADE=C+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.3/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.7/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 3.5/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3/5 Cliffhanger~ Yeah, and then some…

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Book Cover~ Meh…

Series~ The End Men #2

Setting~ Blue Region & some Red

Source~ Kindle eBook (KU)

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text 2018-07-28 09:04
"The Princess Diarist" by Carrie Fisher - abandoned at 60% - turns out I'm not enough of a hardcore fan for this
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

When I started this book, I found it to be totally compulsive listening. Carrie Fisher looking back on her involvement with Star Wars forty years later and including journal entries made at the time of the first movie - how could I resist that? WHY would I resist that?

 

I listened happily enough to the first half of the book, dipping in for about thirty minutes at a time, long enough for Carrie Fisher to share an anecdote or two. Her self-deprecating humour, her disarming honesty, her look-we-both-know-I-don't-really-mean-ALL-of-this storytelling style created an atmosphere of casual intimacy and delivered a few laughs and a few so-that's-how-it-was moments. 

 

The more I listened, the more I understood how hard it is, forty years later, to recall your nineteen-year-old self with any accuracy. Add in being high on strong pot, apparently supplied by Harrison Ford, for most of the interesting bits and what you get is: I was nineteen. I wanted people to like me. I wanted HIM to like me. I did stupid stuff. I was nineteen. I wanted people to... and so on, delivered with gusto and amusement but with more style than content.

 

The second half of the book is where I faltered. These are Carrie Fisher's journal entries, written when she was filming the first Star Wars movie.

 

Carrie Fisher has already explained that her journal was a form of therapy that provided her with a space to talk about all the things she couldn't share with other people. 

 

It's a collection of thoughts, rants, poems and self-flagellating rebukes of her own behaviour. In other words, it's all you might expect of a literate, imaginative, angst-ridden nineteen-year-old trying to find her identity.

 

As a historical source document, many will find it invaluable. As a book to listen to, I found it too over-written and too truthful to be a comfortable read. I started to feel like a voyeur. 

 

Carrie Fisher as a grown woman, measuring her prose for publication, inviting me to like her and sharing stories she's happy to repeat was something I enjoyed.

 

Carrie Fisher at nineteen, sharing her emotional highs and lows with her journal was too raw for me, so I put the book aside.

 

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