Well, I didn’t really know a whole lot about this book before I started reading it. I assumed because of its short length that it was a lamen’s take on astrophysics but you really needed to already be familiar with astrophysics to get everything out of it. I’m not a huge science reader and I struggled at times to listen to the audiobook. It worked much better when I could give my entire attention to the audiobook and realize that it was just Tyson talking about his love for the discipline. If I want to understand every single thing about astrophysics I’ll probably pick up a kid’s book. Basically, this book is Tyson saying, “Look at all this cool stuff with astrophysics, and you should research this stuff more because it is super amazing.” I like Tyson, he is doing a lot for the educational development of science at the moment, but sometimes his attitude comes across confrontational towards those that disagree with him. It is probably because he gets a lot of hate from specific groups of unbelievers, and he gets frustrated that the policies made are sometimes against the proliferation of science, but he did come across a bit harshly at times in this book. Anyway, a good book, I wasn’t quite ready for it, I learned a few things, and I need to pay attention to scientific advancements more closely.
I finally read Ender’s Game and it didn’t disappoint. Yes, I don’t care for Card as a person, but I still wanted to read it. My audiobook hold came in and so I read this both on audiobook and in physical format. In an interview, Card mentioned that an audiobook narration of his book is probably the way he envisioned his book to best be consumed because he writes in a way that translates well to the spoken word. The multiple narrators of this were fantastic. Most of the book was narrated by Stefan Rudnicki but there were other voices that gave their talents to bring other characters to life. This was one of the few audiobooks and paperback combination where I put down my other books and only focused on this one until I was done. A 2-hour reading session went by quickly and never felt boring.
Anyway, if you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend the 2004 Macmillan Audio production. The duration is just at 11 and a half hours. There is a Card interview at the end of the audiobook which reminded me how much of a douche bag the author is but I did like the book.
The reason I enjoyed the book is that I think we all felt like we had to grow up too quickly at certain times in our lives. Moments, where we had to deal with life as a young boy or girl, where our innocence was lost just a little bit. This book is the ultimate loss of childhood innocence as the world relies on children to win a war against an alien foe. They must grow up quickly in a harsh environment and that psychological impact was extremely interesting to me. I’ll be continuing with the series.
16/25 Possible Score
4 – Plot
3 – Characters
3 – World Building
3 – Writing Style
3 – Heart & Mind Aspect
I listened to Yes Please on audiobook and I think that is the required format for this memoir. She has a bunch of guest voice actors and actresses on with her and the jokes land much better than the book version. I wasn’t all that interested in Amy Poehler, to be honest, I watched Parks and Recreation through the entire 7 seasons, but I wouldn’t call it a favorite show of mine. My main decision to listen to this is to learn more about how a female comedian dealt with a male-dominated industry. I was not disappointed with this book because she does talk about the latent sexism in comedy and Hollywood. What was surprising for me to find out is how much I learned about work ethic. It is the day in and day out grind for comedians and people in Hollywood to get anywhere. She had to do her time, years of living rough, and failures. Those are the types of memoirs I like, people that fail but still become successful because hopefully, that will be me. Anyway, a good listen, nothing amazing, I had a few laughs and became a larger fan.
The first issue of Uncanny Magazine in 2019 was a bit of a disappointment. When reviewing short fiction I am only going to mention the things I enjoyed, as I don’t think a critical review of a short story is doing anyone any favors, and short fiction is extremely subjective. Nothing was bad, just some things didn’t excite me.
“The Willows” by Delilah S. Dawson – This gothic southern horror story had a fantastic atmosphere that just sucked me right in. A musician couple goes to a southern farm to get away and write their music for their upcoming album. The only problem is that the longer they stay there, the more they are becoming like the deceased owners from 60 years ago.
“Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Fear” by Senna Ahmad – Two Indian Muslim sisters move to the coast near Amelia Earhart’s old home. One of the sisters is very tech savy and is creating her own mysterious device. Their mother is having a hard time being away from India because her own sister is dying. This is a story about belief and family bonds.
“The Duke of Riverside” by Ellen Kushner – Reprint – This reprint of Kushner’s story of how Richard and Alec meet was my favorite story in this issue and also my first run in with Kushner. I definitely want to read more of her work now.
The nonfiction was really good. I especially liked Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s experience being a deafblind woman, how people treat her, and how she deals with it.
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Basically, I read 131 books. I counted anything that took me over an hour to read. I also read 34 graphic novel trades and 71 single issue comics. I still have a large stack of comics left over from 2018 =/
Absolutely loved this kid’s book. This is the type of story my mother would have told me as a child. They were those moments when she just started saying a random story that went into the most imaginative of places. Of course, Gaiman’s imagination is a little better than my mom’s or mine, so this book was just a trip to read. The premise that a dad goes on this huge adventure while out getting milk for his children is just so cheeky and fun. The story is witty and clever. I laughed out loud a few times and the art by Chris Riddle was AMAZING. If you are going to read this book, please grab the copy with the Chris Riddle art in it.