Friday, January 27, 2012
Book #3 of 2012: So Silver Bright (Theatre Illuminata Act III) by Lisa Mantchev
I really loved the first book in this series and feel that the strongest parts of the series were the parts that took place at the theatre. Once the journey led outside the theatre walls, things got a little...out there. But, I guess that's just because I'm more knowledgeable about theatre characters than I am about...mythical bird-men and fire spirits...so the story was easier to follow within the theatre walls.
The main thing that I imagine most readers of the third book in this series are looking for is a resolution to the seemingly-ubiquitous-in-teen-literature love triangle. And, I guess that's what I got. Though not exactly to my liking, I can't deny that what Mantchev does to resolve it makes sense.
Basically, I highly recommend the first book. And you'll probably want to read the others. And you'll probably be okay with that decision at the end of it all. And even if you aren't, they're pretty short, so suck it up.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Book #2 of 2012: Deliriously Happy and Other Thoughts by Larry Doyle
I sought out this book after seeing a generally positive review on the AV Club, though not so much because they liked it as because I wasn't aware of it until then and I enjoyed his previous book, I Love You, Beth Cooper, which was made into a pretty lackluster film a few years ago.
I think...that I am not really the target audience of the book. Some of it amused me, some of it didn't (which is to be expected), but mostly it just seemed like he's coming from a place that I am not familiar enough with to enjoy its mockery--a place of adulthood, parenthood, etc.
And, aside from that, some of the material just felt stale or as if the joke had been made a few sentences ago but was still continuing to go on for a few pages.
I don't really like giving things letter grades, but I should probably give some indication, so, I give it a "meh" on a scale of "I Regret Reading This" to "Love!".
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Book #1 of 2012: That is All by John Hodgman
This is the third (and final, supposedly) book in John Hodgman's series of...whatever these are ("complete world knowledge").
I think the second of the three was actually my favorite, but this one was still entertaining. The worst part of each of these is where he decides to put in a list of...things...that includes hundreds of entries. I usually laughed once every maybe 10 items on the list, which is just enough to still keep me thinking "When will this list END?"
Probably the best part of this was the small insets at the top of each page that made up a calendar from December 2011 until the end of the world. I don't want to ruin the plot, so I'll just say that parts of the story there were pretty awesome and some involved Jonathan Franzen and those two things are not mutually exclusive.
As expected, there's some weird, weird stuff in there and it doesn't always hit the mark for me, but if you like John Hodgman, weird stuff, and fairly frequent laughs (punctuated by the occasional annoying list), check it out.