Thursday, February 27, 2014

2/27/14

 I started watching the Animal Planet show "My Cat From Hell" on Netflix...and fell in love with the show and Jackson Galaxy, the Cat Daddy himself....so when I saw he had a book; I had to read it.  I loved it so much!  He is brutally honest about how he got to this place in his life, talking about his addictions and problems but also about how the animals in his life have helped him; and how helping people has become his life's work.  I also appreciated his difficult journey of becoming a pet expert without a degree as well as how careful he is to always suggest veterinary help for all medical problems.  If you haven't seen the show or read the book, you should....you won't regret it.


The Fairy Ring was a fun, quick read about the scandalous way two young girls fooled the world into believing they had photographed fairies.  I knew some of the facts; and have even seen them incorporated into some SF shows I've seen (Torchwood being one that comes to mind the fastest)....I think this is a fun and interesting book for anyone interested.


This book is exactly what it purports to be; a look at various scenarios in books, movies and art that depict the end of the world through the ages.  Of course there are many more than 50; and the author admits it was difficult to choose favorites; but it was an interesting and fun book to read.

Friday, February 07, 2014

2/7/14

This is the week where I get lynched by all the "proper" librarians who appreciate "high literature" and all that it entails.....sigh.......ok, no way out but through.......
Brides of Rollrock Island is a heavy favorite with every English teacher and major literary person....partly because Lanagan has been nominated for several awards and has won many of them.....and if not won then got high honors.  I was assigned to read this....and frankly, I was dead bored.  A story with Selkies....yes!  I love myths and fairy tales.....but this wasn't it.... It felt like it took forever to get anywhere....and when we did get somewhere...I just didn't care.....too many words; not enough story.....but, again, I am a nobody who just wants a rollicking good story not lots of beautiful language and thrilling symbolism and such.....
Now here, this is a good story....yeah it's a biography....but it's informative and witty and moves along quickly.  I like a good biography; and Blumenthal wrote a very good one....she points out Jobs flaws as well as his assets.....I really enjoyed this book.
And here we have another literary gem......one that bored the heck out of me...so it must be really very good according to all the "in the know people"......this one is a dramatic look at a teen pregnancy...and this teen is sent to Spain to give birth in secret and then come back and continue her life as if nothing happened.   I will grant you that the author did make very pretty pictures of the feeling of Spain; but the whole thing just felt....blah......I didn't feel like I connected with the main character, I felt like the whole thing was just rambling......sigh......yes, the language was beautiful......but I just hated reading it......

Amal Unbound Book Review by: Raheem Ahmad

Amal Unbound Book Review by: Raheem Ahmad Aisha Saeed’s Amal Unbound is about a girl named Amal who lives in pakistan and goes to school...