book review: Acceleration

Finished ‘Acceleration’ last night.  It’s Y Fic and a very quick read. 

Duncan works in the lost & found in the subway station and his not loving life.  Then one day he stumbles upon a diary in the new items box.  But this isn’t some list of day dreams and whimsies, it’s a chronicling of animal mutilations and arson.  What’s worse, the author of the diary seems to be entering a new phase and has started to write about different people he sees  on the subway every day.  Duncan decides that he found the diary for a reason and he will find out who this killer is and save the day.

Okay, the summary sounds corny, but it works!  The book moves quickly and does speed up until you really cannot put it down (I know, I read about 100 pages last night because every time I tried to stop, all I could think about was what would happen next!).  Duncan and his friends are a likable bunch.  My only worry is that the book contains a couple pop-culture references which could date it pretty quickly.  But it’s still an exciting read.  The last few chapters will get your heart rate up, that’s for sure!

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Pride of Baghdad

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Brian K. Vaughan

I don’t think I’ve blogged about this and I keep meaning to!

I received a copy of ‘Pride of Baghdad‘ for christmas, the new graphic novel by Brian K Vaughan. It’s an amazing book. If you have the means, I definately reccomend picking it up. (if you don’t, then get your booty over to the library and at least check it out!)

The story is relatively simple – when Baghdad was bombed, 4 lions got out of the zoo and wandered the city.

The thing about this story is that it can be read about a million different ways. You can just read it through once, pretending it’s all real, that somehow Vaughan met these lions and learned their thoughts and wrote them down. You can read it like an animal rights tale and what living in the zoo does to them. Or the angle of how nature reacts to man, and how things that man does and thinks are normal are in fact, very unnatural. You can take it to the next step and read it as a metaphor for the war in Iraq. Or the next step and see it as a story of human history and the cycles we fall into.

It’s a beautiful, beautiful book. As soon as I finished it, I was torn – it was so heart breaking that I never wanted to see it again, but at the same time, I wanted to go thru and read it closer to find the layers of meaning and nuance in the tale.

This one will stay on my top ten list for a long time.

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movie review: Scoop

Finally sat down and watched this tonight.  It was an cute little film.  Sort of the polar opposite of ‘Match Point’ (also directed by Woody Allen and starring Scarlet Johanssen). 

It was fun to watch, but not very memorable.  No really great lines.  But I can see why it never got advertised!  How do you sell a movie that’s got a ghost in it, that tries to warn people about a serial killer and it’s a comedy! 

Everyone obviously had fun making this movie.  Woody Allen was in his own little world the whole time.  I felt like Scarlet and Hugh were just sort of acting around him as he went thru some Woody Allen bits.  But it worked and it was silly enough to keep me watching. 

So if you’re looking for something fun to watch, maybe with a bowl of popcorn to munch on, this is probably a safe choice.  Probably one of the cleanest movies I’ve seen in awhile too (all the sex happens off screen, and the jokes are pretty squeaky clean!)  I gave it 3 stars on Netflix, a solid “I liked it”. 

But I’ll probably have forgotten it by tomorrow. :-/

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book thoughts: Lisey’s Story

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Stephen King

just finished ‘Lisey’s Story’ last night and I have to say I really enjoyed it!  Not at all what I expected.  It starts out as a mild-mannered tale: Lisa Landon is going thru her husbands old things, trying to sort thru it all two years after his death.  While going thru the bits of paper and photographs, she starts to reminisce about their time together. 

But this is a Stephen King story, so things are not quite as normal as they first appear. 

I really enjoyed this book.  I had tried to pick up ‘The Cell’ earlier this year and it was a bit too gruesome for me (I tend to read while eating or before bedtime, and books with zombies eating dogs just don’t work well in those two places).  I probably would have passed over ‘Lisey’s Story’ if my mom hadn’t mentioned the positive reviews that were rolling in for it.  So I figured, what the heck.  We’ll give it a spin. 

I don’t want to spoil anything, but this book reminded me of ‘The Girl who loved Tom Gordon’, another King tale from a few years back that started out very innocent and turned into something a bit strange.  But still very enjoyable! 

My only issue with ‘Lisey’s Story’ was that King was trying to write from a woman’s point-of-view, and there were a few moments that I felt he had her say or think something that felt very un-womanly to me.  I know that sounds silly.  And everyone is different, but it yanked me out of the story a couple times.  Buuut once I let that go, it was smooth sailing.

King also enjoyed his dialects in this book.  Lisey’s husband had TONS of cute little catch phrases (substituting “smuck” instead of  the “f” word, sayings like “Strap On When It Seems Appropriate, which is then shortened down to SOWISA).  He also enjoyed exaggerating the locals accents (“puffickly ha-yooge”).  Lisey is constantly commenting on the Maine accent, especially when she’s talking to the sheriff’s department.  But all of these little nuances gave the characters some depth and made them feel more real. 

King really does capture the feeling of a true, long term relationship.  Lisey doesn’t gush about her husband in the book.  Or their marriage.  She remembers the ups and downs, the times she wanted to run screaming and the times that they were together but still so very far apart.  There are some very beauitful moments in this book. 

But, if the beautiful moments don’t do it for you, there’s also a crazy person or two, “bad gunky”, and…

well, I don’t want to spoil it.  Definately worth picking up, even if you’re not a big fan of King. 

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