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review 2021-01-08 04:19
Review: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Joss Whedon - foreword,Felicia Day,Felicia Day,Simon & Schuster Audio

This was amazing. It was funny, as expected, but also sad. I love how Felicia grew up "weird"; I feel like we all grow up in varying degrees of weird. It's what makes us who we are. It was fascinating hearing, in her own words, in her own voice, her childhood, her initial trip into the interwebs, her gaming obsession. It was sad to hear about her descent into depression, and the decline of not only her mental health but her physical heath. Her slow journey back to to good form was heartening. Creating her webshow and learning all it entailed was surprising and it made me so happy that she never gave up and ended up with own company. Sometimes I forget she was behind Geek & Sundry. We're not even going to talk about internet trolls and especially not gamer gate. This look into Felicia's life, a person who's content, I have greately enjoyed over the years was super fun and I think I got misty-eyed a time or two. I have the paperback and the audiobook and I find listing to the audio by the author always makes the read/listen that much better. This did not disappoint.

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url 2020-12-14 07:48
Top Weirdest Sports in the World

Sports have always been a big part of human cultures. Watch the video to know about some weird sports around the world.

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review 2020-04-18 21:33
Luxurious package takes some unpacking
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories - Angela Carter

Do I dare call this full of symbolism, and therefore feel the need to scratch under the surface of these tales? Then again, is there any fairy tale worth it's salt that is not so.

Lets start saying that the way this is written is incredibly sensual. I was surprised because I was sure the first tale (The Bloddy Chamber), would turn up into a hardcore purple prose BDSM. It does not become explicit, but the erotic charge and the tug of war between desire for freedom and sexual or base hungers, innocence and a curiousity for corruption, is heavy and all encompassing on that one and several others in this collection (The Tiger's Bride, The Erl-king).

Puss in Boots was hilarious in all it's terribleness. Not one character in it can be called good, our narrator least of all, and yet. Lots of laughing OMG, no!

 

The Snow Child was... How do you pack it that fast? It takes infinitely more to unpack.

All of them are incredibly evocative. Also disturbing. Oh, and they screw with your mind with the POVs and tenses too.

 

I'm a still quite discombobulated by much of this, and I'm pretty certain I don't get even most  of what this is conveying, but frankly, at some point I started researching some fairy-tale stuff for background, and found out there are whole freaking books essaying on the meanings of this collection, so I reckon I'm good enough just keeping it floating on the back-burners of my mind.

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text 2020-02-29 16:51
NEW RELEASE! SON OF HANOVER BLOCK

 

Title: Son of Hanover Block

Series: The Hanover Quartet (Book 3)

Genre: Dark Fantasy/Occult/Horror

Length: 250 pages

Imprint: new dollar pulp

Release Date: February 29, 2020

 

Description:


young boy collapses on a playground. Surgeons carve out a giant tumor and half of his brain. Soon after, the boy's father locks him in a secret prison for his own perverse amusement. Through physical and psychological torture, he plans to transform his son into a monster, but he creates something wholly unexpected.

 

 

A research psychiatrist is on the verge of publishing a strange and beautiful new book, a collection of artists' renderings of the hallucinations of the clinically insane. Her book threatens to expose a terrible truth, and this truth will not set her free.

 

 

A mysterious infestation, intensely personal and deadly, is decimating communities across the nation. All that stands in its path is a ruthless government agency which may prove to be more lethal than the otherworldly parasites it aims to destroy.

 

 

The son is rising…

 

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review 2020-02-26 01:38
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - Jen Campbell
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I actually came across this book in a librarian group on Facebook (I am working toward my master's in library sciences) and thought it looked interesting.

A fun, quick read that is filled with oddity, hilarity, and bookish humor. It was a fun experience to get a glimpse of what it can be like to work in a bookstore. As a book-lover, it is easy to romanticize working in a bookstore, surrounded by books and reading all day, but in reality you have to deal with people, and anything that requires that is going to have some times that are frustrating, confusing, and just plain weird.

I liked that Campbell opens this collection by saying that sharing her experiences is not meant "to mock or antagonize our customers". There are definitely some rude customers, strange encounters, and people who maybe should have done a Google search (or paid attention in history class) before asking their question. Because they are taken out of context, some of the entries can feel a little mean-spirited, making fun of customers who may have spoken without thinking. But overall, the tone is lighthearted, sharing some of the silly moments in her experience as well as those of other book-sellers in the US and Canada.

The illustrations add another great layer of humor and pair well with the entries.

A very fun book to read. I'm hoping to get a hold of a copy of the followup book, More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (sadly, my library does not appear to carry it). 
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