Monthly Archives:: November 2012
Title: The Tightwad Gazette
Author: Amy Dacyzyn
Review Summary: Potentially very useful, but there wasn’t a lot I could implement right away and it was a very dry read.
The Tightwad Gazette started out as an actual gazette – a series of newsletters written by author Amy Dacyzyn. The book is basically just a compilation of these news letters with dividers indicating the different seasons. Some of the advice is seasonal, such as creative ways to do meaningful but cheap Christmas presents. Other advice is much broader, touching on the ethics of being a tightwad and the creativity required to solve problems cheaply. The rest of the advice is somewhere in-between, discussing topics that will only be useful to people in certain situations. This includes everything from advice about raising kids cheaply to having a good yard sale to finding creative uses for old milk jugs. Read more »
This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following: Have you ever read a book after watching the movie/television version only to find that you don’t like the book as much as the adaptation?
I was just having a conversation with Ambidextri about movies we liked better than their books. I had read One for the Money and then watched the movie and actually liked it better than the book. I think for me what makes a story better as a movie is when it’s something very light, because I’m more likely to be looking for a light movie than a light read.
Have you ever liked a movie better than it’s book?
Author: Gail Carriger
Review Summary: It was everything I hoped for – awesome integration of a steampunk society with supernatural elements plus hilarious characters.
“First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.” Alexia is afflicted with these and a variety of other social stigmas which she bravely soldiers through, all while dealing with suspicion that she is responsible for recent vampire disappearances. She handles even the most uncouth behavior with remarkable poise, a sharp wit, and a sense of humor. And somehow, in the midst of it all, she manages to begin a startlingly wonderful romance.
Today I just have some odds and ends from a trip to Edge Park in Ithaca. The squirrels there were some of the shyest squirrels I’ve ever seen. The picture here is the only non-blurry one I got! I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving and a safe black Friday Now I’m off to enjoy the rest of mine with some late night gaming!
This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following: Do you read the ending before you start a book? Do you ever skip ahead to read the ending?
Are you insane? I can’t even read books in a series out of order, much less read a book in the wrong order. I often try to find out if a book has a happy ending before I start so if it doesn’t, I at least know what I’m getting myself into, but I never skip ahead.
Do you ever read the ending of a book before you’re finished? I promise I’m not judging, I just can’t imagine it fitting with my reading style
Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V Snyder
Review Summary: Complex but easy-to-follow plots, believable characters, and an impressive protagonist – very well done!
This book has so many exciting twists and turns, that I’m checking the standard description to make sure I don’t give anything away! We start when Yelena, about to be executed for murder, is instead offered the position of royal food taster. The catch is that she’s intentionally fed a poison that will kill her unless she shows up every day for the antidote. Although to an extent this attaches her loyalty to the king, Yelena is put into a variety of situations where she has to decide where her loyalty truly lies. And just for an extra challenge, Yelena starts to develop magical powers, the possession of which is punishable by death. Read more »
Title: Serenity: Those Left Behind
Author: Joss Whedon et al
Fun Fact: Adult graphic novels are actually listed as non-fiction, 741’s.
Review Summary: Possibly a good comic, but I’m not sure comics are my thing.
This comic is an extension of the amazing TV show Firefly, cancelled well before it’s time. I was so excited to find that the story continued! I’ve also been looking for a comic to try for my genre challenge, so it was perfect. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, it’s basically a western crossed with a space opera and follows a group of renegades from the Alliance which controls most known planets. The characters are definitely the real selling point and the show was both hilarious and awesome. Read more »
This isn’t something I say very often, but… I think this story was actually better as a movie than as a book! Like Eat, Pray, Love, the ending was changed a little for extra movie drama, but with that exception the book was followed pretty faithfully. I loved that the narration included direct quotes from the book! In my ideal world, every movie based on a book would be exactly like watching the book come to life and the direct quotes captured that feeling. I also have a soft spot for movies with funny narrators. The casting was great as well. Any characters that weren’t exactly as I pictured them, were even better then I imagined. Read more »
Title: One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich
Review Summary: This book is like junk food for your mind. It’s fun and enjoyable, but it sucks you in with humor and sex appeal rather than good writing.
One for the Money is a surprisingly plausible story about Stephanie Plum, a pretty average woman who loses her job and ends up becoming a bounty hunter. Sounds crazy, right? What makes it work is that she’s not instantly good at it. Her bumbling mishaps and witty commentary throughout are both hilarious and believable. Her strong personality and sheer stubbornness – enhanced by the fact that one of her targets, Joe Morelli, is a guy who slept with her once and never looked back – gives her the perseverance she needs to make the job work. Read more »