American on Purpose opens with a chapter on the white house correspondents dinner which I read just after reading this article. It made it feel a bit sour in my mouth. I bought this book, because, despite my rather lukewarm rating for Between the Bridge and the River, I did think it showed potential and people here were raging about how this biography was really good. I persevered through it, somewhat, but it was honestly a slog. It is mainly written for Americans, and there is nothing wrong with that! I always think it’s cool when Denmark gets positive media […]
Robert Webb is the other half of the comedic duo featuring the greatest love of my life. So when he published How not to be a boy a couple years back I was CERTAIN I was gonna buy his book. The man behind some of my favourite comedy, writing about his life through a feminist lense. SIGN ME THE FUCK UP. But yah. I never got round to it. Despite seeing his adorable face in the window of every fucking Waterstones for a year I just never got it. I love Rob, but he’s not David Mitchell. He just lacks […]
This one is a reread for me, but it’s been about a decade, so there were a few things I’d forgotten. Not a lot, though. I don’t know how many of you are Dean Koontz fans, but this is another one of his that is basically a normal good guy versus a supernatural evil creature. Of course, there’s the requisite side characters and side-kicks, and, in this case, a decent portrayal of first generation American angst. One thing I definitely have to say about him is that, unlike a lot of thriller novels or films, his female characters are not […]
This is the 6th and final book of the Scott Pilgrim volumes. I read only the final book, despite it being years since last revisiting the series*. I first read Scott Pilgrim in my early 20’s, back when I still believed in love and Michael Cera, but now I’m totally grown up and recognize Pilgrim for the whiny twat he is. PSYCH. I still love him. The Scott Pilgrim series tells the story of Scott who meets Ramona at a party and falls head over heels for her, but Ramona brings dangerous baggage in the form of seven evil exes […]
In Ferguson’s reading guide to this novel he mentions that he was heartbroken while writing this novel and this statement both surprised me and not surprised me. It starts out as a simple tale of two friends, an incident at a river and then drifting apart. Then there’s two Americans who start a religion and it seems destined that all the tales will intertwine. They do, but not in any satisfactory way. This is not a pleasant novel. It is filled with not-very good men that do not very good things. There are women in the novel and they are […]
In February 2016 two authors, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne, were stuck in an airport and decided it was time to kill the proverbial farm boy. Specifically, it was time to make fun of white male power fantasies that typically involve a boy being destined for greater than his humble beginnings because he is somehow special, and all the tropes that often accompany those stories. And so they wrote Kill the Farm Boy. The elements are all familiar; there is a chosen one, a talking animal companion, a warrior, a wizard, a rogue, and a bard. They go on a […]
To: Cannonball Read readers From: J Date: 7 Jun 2018 at 9:00 p.m. Subject: Girls, Friends, Girlfriends, and Frenemies YOU GUYS, I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK!
Christopher Moore loves language. That might be an odd claim to make about an author who popularized the term fuckstockings, but I’ll stand by it. If a guy rewrites Shakespearean plays with pornographic subplots he either has a deep and abiding passion for Elizabethan English or he’s a complete wack job. Now that I think about it, he’s probably both. Regardless, any time you pick up a novel by Moore, you can expect to have fun with words, and Noir is no exception. Noir is set in 1947 San Francisco and is narrated (mostly) by a bartender named Sammy Tiffin, known to […]