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(no subject) [Oct. 20th, 2005|11:01 am]
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kassh
any good book suggestions? i havent read a good one in a while, not sure which direction to go in :)
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help the hurricane victims [Sep. 2nd, 2005|03:59 am]
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dayton4ever
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(no subject) [Nov. 17th, 2004|07:20 am]
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khlara
Title: Lady Audley's Secret
Author: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Genre: Fiction/mystery/suspense
Rating: 9/10

Review: Most of the chapters are short and if you get the Oxford World Classics edition, it has notes in the back to explain some of the more confusing mentionings. This book is amazing. As the author once said, "I want to plot like [can't remember author, but he wrote 'The Mysteries of London'] and characterize like Dickens." and she delivers on this. This book is a page turner and I highly recommend it. (Had to read it for an English class no less!)
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Non-Fiction [Nov. 7th, 2004|06:09 pm]
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khlara
Title: The Childless Revolution
Author: Madelyn Cain
Genre: Non-fiction/Womne's Issues/Psychology
Rating: 3/5


Cain, who has a 15 yr old daughter, examines and interviews women who are Childfree (do not wish to have children), those who are Childless (can not have children) and those who are Childless by Happenstance (waited too long). She looks at history, technological advances in medicine and sociology for why a growing number of women choose not to have children and how essentially, they are discrimnated for it.

This is a must read not only for women, but for men as well to understand all your reproductive possibilities, even not reproducing. The taboo topic of the 21st century.

(I gave it 3 out of 5 because there are some minor ideas I didn't agree with the author)
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Cornwell [Sep. 8th, 2004|10:22 pm]
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khlara
Title: Isle of Dogs
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Fiction

This is the first book I've read that's by Patricia Cornwell. There are a lot of characters, but it's amazing how they all come together at the very end. The book is pretty funny, however I do want to warn people that it does tend to have racist comments. I believe it's suppose to be satire. If you're not easily offended, this would be a good read. The chapters are somewhat short so it makes for an easy read or a quick read. The characters are interesting and the plot even more so. I'm hoping to read more Cornwell in the future.
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A book! [Sep. 6th, 2004|11:13 am]
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khlara
Title: Tipping the Velvet
Author: Sarah Waters
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 9/10

Girls, gender switching, music halls! All during the 1890's! Takes place in England. It's a really fun book to read. It rather sucks you in. Starts off slow, but takes off very well once the plot gets underway. Highly recomended.
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Assassin [Jul. 8th, 2004|10:25 am]
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khlara
Title: "The Blind Assassin"
Author: Margaret Atwood
Rating: 8/10

Synopsis: Iris, in her early 80's, writes her memoirs as well as the Chase Family history, explaining just exactly how her sister died in the car accident so many years ago. Interweaved with this story is the daily life of Iris now, as well as the story of "The Blind Assassin" written by her sister before she died.

Review/my take: An interesting book. One of those "frame" stories, (story within a story) and if you're not used to them, this can be a very difficult book to read, however the story itself entangles you and I found it hard to put down. Towards the end it gets twisty ("But I thought--huh? No way!") but overall, enjoyable.
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Weird Comic Book Alert [May. 26th, 2004|10:01 am]
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losgringo
[Current Mood |artisticartistic]
[Current Music |"Coney island," by The Neal Pollock Invasion]

Title: Amy & Jordan
Author: Mark Beyer (Pantheon Books, 2004)
Genre: Graphic Novel / Humor
Rating: 7 out of 10

So, who's this Mark Beyer character?

Mark Beyer is a self-taught outsider in the sequential arts realm. His graphical work, notorious for appearing in free weeklies from the late 1980s to early 1990s, consists of surreal, subterranean-inspired comic strips.


"The Glass Thief," by Mark Beyer

Now on bookshelves is Amy & Jordan, a black-and-white hardcover collection of Beyer's popular "Amy & Jordan" series. It's a bleak (even "goth") compilation which almost certainly isn't for everyone, but compelling just the same.

For fans of James Kochalka's Deadbear: Circus Detective who like their comics macabre, Amy & Jordan is the perfect compliment.
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Key of Z [May. 25th, 2004|12:33 pm]
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losgringo
[Current Mood |artisticartistic]
[Current Music |"Stout-Hearted Men," by "Shooby" Taylor]

Title: Songs In The Key Of Z: The Curious Universe Of Outsider Music
Author: Irwin Chusid, 2000
Genre: Biography
Rating: 8 1/2 out of 10

If you want to read about Aerosmith, you pick up a copy of Billboard. Johnny Cash? Try any issue of Rolling Stone. Or if it's Justin Timberlake you're looking for, there's a plethora of materials on any Bargain Basement book table.

But what if you're in search of information on someone like, say, Wesley Willis (the rotund, schizophrenic lyricist behind such melodies as "I Kicked The Mighty Thor's Ass" and "Rock 'N' Roll McDonald's")? Or his low-key counterpart, Daniel Johnston (of "Walking the Cow" fame)? How about the songstress behind "In Canada," B.J. Snowden?

In that case, have you even heard of any of these artists? Irwin Chusid, the author of Songs in the Key of Z, thinks that you should.

Each of the artists profiled in this unique book qualifies as an "Outsider Musician" in the sense that they never fit into the genre of Popular Music - and in all likelihood, never will. Each artist, inspired by "damaged DNA, alien abduction, drug fry, demonic possession, or simply sheer obliviousness," is sincere in his or her own version of sonic expression. And to be sure, they each have back histories far more intriguing than anyone in the common musical market.

Chusid hasn't compiled a catch-all discography of virtual unknowns with this book. The very definition of "outsider musician" prevents one from knowing all of the musical miscreants out there. And yet, by his diverse selection, the reader feels a certain intimate involvement with the subjects detailed within. From the unknown recluse Jandek to the decline of Tiny Tim and Syd Barrett, Key of Z never fails to provide.

The book's single downfalling is the somewhat dated nature of the material contained therein. Yet, Chusid has provided a Website which provides follow-up information (especially touching are the journal entries on the rediscovery of William "Shooby" Taylor, the "Scat man," by Chusid in 2002).

With two companion CDs (to be had independently of the book), Songs in the Key of Z provides a personal, often intense, look into the lives of people whom otherwise you'd likely never hear of. This book is brimming with humanity and raw talent, unfettered by formal training of any kind.
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A Very Important Book [Apr. 26th, 2004|10:00 am]
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losgringo
[Current Mood |contentcontent]
[Current Music |"Stormy Weather," by James Kochalka Superstar]

Title: Kissers
Author: James Kochalka, 1999
Genre: Graphic Novel / Musical CD
Rating: 9 out of 10



At first glimpse, James Kochalka's work appears to be very simple: black and white line drawings framed haphazardly, with occasional bursts of dialogue. And yet, just below the surface lies some of the most intimate truths of life.

Kissers, Kochalka's first full-length semi-autobiographical graphic novel, is perhaps his most important work to date.

The storyline is, as per usual, very simple to follow: Spandy (Magic Boy's cat) falls in love with a small songbird. In the meantime, the elven "Magic Boy" James and Amy struggle through minor marital mishaps. And all the while, the reader is brought along on the whimsical-yet-heartbreaking tale of unrequited love, and misplaced attempts at romance.

Perhaps the strongest scene from the book occurs when the songbird, realizing for the first time what he has undertaken by falling for Spandy, cries out, "Why'd I have to fall in love with an indoor cat?"

A timely piece of work, Kissers deserves a place on every comic book lover's bookshelf.

(This book is quite difficult to find, and even more rare to be had with the enclosed musical compact disc, featuring twenty-seven minutes of music from the James Kochalka Superstar gang.)
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