Book Review: Men to Avoid in Art and Life by Nicole Tersigni (2020)

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

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Book Review: Lobizona (Wolves of No World #1) by Romina Garber (2020)

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

“I’ve always been a voracious reader, and this is quite the story.”

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for racist violence, including a scene involving an ICE raid, and violence against women, including rape.)

“Manuela de La Mancha,” says a deep voice. It sounds strange to hear such a long name, but that’s the manada I’m pretending to be from.

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“No sos bruja.” You’re not a witch.

My tongue feels like sandpaper, and my mouth seals dry. Since our wolf-shadows roam outside the Citadel, and my fangs and claws are retracted, I didn’t think there would be any indicator of my identity—

“No te preocupes, no vengo a interrogarte.” Don’t worry, I’m not here to interrogate you.

She moves closer, and the way her steely eyes seem to see more than others reminds me of Perla. “Toda la vida soñé con conocerte,” she whispers. My whole life I’ve dreamt of meeting you.

Her long black hair is in a tight, elegant bun that pulls her skin, stretching it so that if there’s a single wrinkle, I don’t see it Combine pdf for free Download. “La primera de nosotras que nació fuera de su jaula.”

The first of us to be born outside her cage.

“Anything you do that’s traditional wolf territory could be challenged by some zealot, and you could wind up before the tribunal. I’ve been studying their decisions, and they tend to be led by their pragmatism. Our world is gray, and rapidly gray-ing, and the tribunal navigates it by sticking to a determinedly black-and-white approach. They rule by the book and can’t be swayed by emotion. If you don’t fit the exact letter of the law, they see you as going against it.”

“So what do I do?”

“You can’t break a law that doesn’t apply to you.”

“Meaning?”

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“You’re saying if no one’s told my story before … I get to tell it the way I want?”

“Exactly.”

“Sometimes reality strays so far from what’s rational that we can only explain it through fantasy.”

Sixteen-year-old Manuela “Manu” Azul lives on the fringes of society, in more ways than one; in more ways than even she knows.

For starters, she and her mother Soledad are undocumented immigrants, living in Miami illegally while Ma applies for visas through her employer, a wealthy Cuban immigrant named Doña Rosa. As the story goes, Soledad was forced to flee Argentina more than a dozen years ago after she had an affair with Manu’s father, the reluctant heir to a powerful criminal organization download old typo3 versions. When he tried to leave his family for his lover, they had him killed. Soledad’s only saving grace? She ran before her treacherous in-laws discovered she was pregnant with Manu.

Now Manu spends most of her time in lockdown, confined to the relative safety of an apartment complex known as El Retiro, her invisible bars shaped by Ma’s maxim: “Attention breeds scrutiny. Silence is your salvation. Discovery = Deportation.” But it’s hard to evade both ICE and the Argentinian mob when you share a rare genetic mutation with your infamous father: “Because you can’t be invisible when your irises are yellow suns and your pupils are silver stars.” Barred from attending school or socializing, Manu’s only friend is Perla, her ninety-year-old roommate, teacher, and surrogate grandmother bilder fürs handy kostenlos herunterladen.

Manu’s precarious existence is upended when Perla is attacked in their apartment, and Soledad’s employer is raided by ICE – all in the same afternoon. Manu discovers that so much of her life has been a lie; while in other ways, the half-truths and creeping sense of isolation have only been harbingers of things to come. The magical place she dreams of during her period – when her “lunaritis” becomes so severe that Ma has to sedate Manu for her own good – really does exist, and it’s the key to finding her place in the world amazon film kaufen downloaden. Worlds, plural: her mother’s and her father’s. For her father’s people are Septis, powerful lobizonos and brujas who move back and forth between earth and Lunaris.

There’s one thing Soledad wasn’t lying about, though: if the Cazadores learn of Manu’s existence, she will be executed. Human-Septis hybrids are considered abominations, and Manu has yet another beautiful deviation up her sleeve: one that threatens to upend the entire patriarchal system on which Septis culture is based. She’s not a bruja, as gender essentialism would dictate, but rather a powerful lobizona. The first of her kind.

Lobizona is such a great story, and I’m worried that I’ve already dropped too many spoilers, so I’ll shut up about plot specifics how to. Let’s just say Manu’s quest involves surreptitious enrollment in a boarding school for young Septis; a search for her missing father, Fierro; a found family involving classmates Tiego, Cata, and Saysa (among others); smashing the patriarchy; and a trip to another world that’s both enchanting and lethal.

Garber’s world building here is simply spectacular: the twin locales of El Laberinto and Lunaris, anchored by a sentient, bigger-on-the-side, magic police box tree called Flora, are as beguiling as they are complex and detailed. There’s so much to love here, from Flora’s “living library” to Lunaris’s rainbow colored waterfalls and wolf-shaped shadows that seem to exist apart from their owners sketchup download mac kostenlos.

And the racial and gender politics! While I was fully expecting parallels between Manu’s dual “outlaw” status – as an undocumented immigrant in the United States, and as a hybrid in Lunaris – Garber’s decision to throw gender into the mix made things extra deliciously complicated. And I am so here for it! The scenes where Manu’s bruja sisters (and more than a few lobizono brothers – yay for allyship!) rooted for her gave me all kinds of feelings, and Diego’s coaching Manu to write her own story – to own her race and gender and species membership – is inspiring AF.

There’s a bit of a Handmaid’s Tale meets Harry Potter vibe here, but with a much more nuanced interrogation of race on both counts need for speed world. (Or interrogation of race, period.)

Like The Handmaid’s Tale, I feel as though I could write an entire thesis on the themes explored in Lobizona (that’s one way to pass the time until the sequel, am I right?); Garber’s attention to detail is impressive, and leads to some rather interesting and unexpected reveals. The bit about brujas being required by law to birth at least two children – nevermind that doing so saps them of their magic – is particularly chilling, and sadly as relevant as ever.

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Book Review: Some Kind of Animal by Maria Romasco Moore (2020)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

A weird and creepy story, no less enjoyable for its eccentricities.

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Content warning for child abuse, domestic violence, addiction, mental illness, and misogyny.)

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I added them all to the secret half of me.

That’s the one thing we do all have in common. Pretty much every kid I know is looking forward to the day when they can escape this place aangifteprogramma 2012. Savannah dreams about moving to a city. She’s always going on about her second cousin in Cincinnati. Other kids talk about heading up to Columbus or down to Delphi.

Me, though, I already escape every single night.

We are lambs who refuse to learn, I think. We will wander until the end of our days, not afraid of wolves. But together. Always together.

Fifteen-year-old Jolene “Jo” Richards has a sister – an identical twin only she knows about ringtones herunterladen. Lee is a wild thing, a feral child, who lives in the national forest that surrounds their hometown of Lester, Ohio. At night, Jo sneaks out her bedroom window to run with Lee. By day, she pretends to be an ordinary, unexceptional girl.

Well, as “normal” as a kid like her can be; it’s hard to stay under the radar when your mom is missing and presumed dead, a likely teenage murder victim. Jolene, for whom Jo was named, had Jo at fifteen. When Jo’s grandmother Margaret found out about the pregnancy, she kicked her daughter out of the house powerpoint download free full version windows 8. For a while, Jolene lived in a double-wide trailer on the outskirts of town with “the Cantrell boys” (said in ominous tones, natch), Logan and Brandon. Logan, the older of the two, was widely considered bad news: he sold drugs, abused women, and is possibly Jo’s father. (It’s hard to know for sure; Jolene was “friendly,” as they like to say.)

The last time anyone saw Jolene alive, she was enormously pregnant and pounding onion rings at the bowling alley – in the company of none other than Logan and Brandon. A week later, Brandon showed up on Margaret’s doorstep and thrust a newborn baby into her arms. Now Jo lives with her Aunt Aggie … and haunts the night with a specter that only she can see vob b kostenlos.

When a teenage boy is attacked in the woods, Jo the only witness (it happened during her first kiss, the horror), the crime sets off a cataclysmic chain of events. For nearly a decade, Jo has tried to keep Lee hidden, a secret. Lee is wild and paranoid and free; discovery equals captivity, imprisonment, domestication. Maybe even scientific study. Certainly death – if not of Lee’s body, then her spirit.

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Some Kind of Animal is, well, kind of bonkers, and I mean that in the best way possible. I try not to shy away from 3-star books, because every once in awhile I’m delightfully surprised by a story that everyone else seems to hate – or hold ambivalent feelings for, at best lustige memes zum downloaden. (See, e.g., The Blondes by Emily Schultz.) Some Kind of Animal is 110% one of those books: it’s bizarre and meandering and the plot never seems to lead where you think it will.

It defies easy categorization. Is it a mystery? A supernatural thriller? A horror story? A psychological study? A cultural critique? All of the above?

Some Kind of Animal is its own beast, and it’s what I love most about it.

If I had to sum it up as a mashup, I’d pitch Some Kind of Animal as Thelma & Louise meets Our Endless Numbered Days (or insert your own YA survivalist story here), maybe with a touch of The Grace Year kostenlose spiele zum herunterladen. It’s so many things, but at its core beats a fierce feminist heart. This is a story about sisterhood, in both the literal and larger sense. About the way society judges women – and conditions women to judge one another.

Through Jolene and Jo and Lee and Savannah, Moore interrogates slut shaming and woman hating. Collectively, they are living, breathing illustrations of how society prefers its women dead and tragic – and maybe just a little bit sexy – rather than alive and wild and in control of their own sexuality. Each is a fascinating character in her own right, but it is their relationships with one another that truly sparkle and ignite.

Some Kind of Animal is also a compulsive thriller; more than a hundred pages go by before Moore lets use know whether Lee is simply a figment of Jo’s imagination (no spoilers here!) plantnet app kostenlosen. There’s a supernatural, otherwordly vibe to the story that I adore; these pages are populated by the night creatures, and I half expected a witch or vampire to emerge at some point. The pacing is pretty wild, too; it feels like you’re reaching the climax of the story about halfway through – but, alas, there are still 190 pages left! Where will Moore lead us next? (Astray, hopefully, because these liminal spaces are where the magic happens.)

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Book Review: Mayhem by Estelle Laure (2020)

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

“This can be really fun if you aren’t a drip about it.”

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley. Content warning for suicide, addiction, and violence against women, including domestic violence, child abuse, and rape.)

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Reads your mind and kills your friends …

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Don’t deny evil, Billie. Crush it. That is your duty.

Seventeen-year-old Mayhem Brayburn has always felt like a square peg in a round hole. (I did an ’80s reference!) She and her babe of a mom, Roxy, live in West Texas, home of giant hair, fatty casseroles, and judgey conservative Christians amigos babylon kostenlosen. Mayhem is lonely and “weird” and her only real friend is Roxy.

But it wasn’t always this way: like her mother (and grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother before her), May was born in Santa Maria, California, the land of sun, surf, and endless beach parties. Mayhem is drawn to the water (Taylor is sadly landlocked), is a little bit punk – and her biracial heritage (she’s Brazilian on her father’s side) probably doesn’t endear her to the suburban bleached blondes in her neighborhood.

Roxy up and fled Santa Maria after the (allegedly) accidental death of May’s father, Lucas Machado, when Mayhem was just a toddler. She hopped in the car and drove until they ran out of money, and wound up in a shelter – which is where Mayhem’s now-stepfather found them excel 2010 gratis downloaden. It wasn’t long into the relationship that Taylor’s golden boy Lyle – a pastor, no less – started abusing his wife. He also got her hooked on painkillers and alcohol, and was no doubt thrilled to maintain Roxy’s isolation from her family. (Patterns, people.) When the abuse escalates to Mayhem, Roxy throws May and a bunch of random stuff in the car and books it.

With a little bit of cajoling and a lot of good/bad luck (read: no monies), Mayhem is able to convince Roxy to return to the family home, Brayburn Farm, now run by Roxy’s twin sister, Elle, and Elle’s adopted kids Neve, Jason, and Kidd. Here, Mayhem hopes to find some answers: about what happened to her father, why Roxy cut ties so suddenly and completely, and who she comes from. What she finds is so much more: a home, her people, a purpose kfz werkstatt software kostenlos downloaden. A voice and the power to wield it.

When she gets to Santa Maria, Mayhem is shocked to find that the Brayburns are celebrities of a sort (a really weird sort).

[T]his place was build by Brayburns, and here Brayburns matter. I know because the whole road is named after us and because flowers and ribbons and baskets of fruit sat at the entrance, a gift from the people in town, Roxy said. They leave offerings. She said it like it’s normal to be treated like some kind of low-rent goddess.

It’s clear from the get-go that Elle and the kids are keeping secrets – BIG SECRETS – from her, but it’s hard to concentrate when you’re worried about your stepdad tracking you down and dragging you back to a literal hellhole, kicking and screaming lustige video kostenlos herunterladen. When there’s a serial killer called the Sand Snatcher hunting the Santa Maria beaches – YOUR beaches – for girls who look like you, who could maybe even be you. When your mom is an addict trying to detox after a life spent running from her demons. When she’s maybe trying to escape by having sexy fun times with a dude nicknamed Boner (or, alternately, Officer Biceps). When your soon-to-be-adopted cousin is super hot and sexy and has a mouth made for kissing (I feel like I should be more grossed out by this last than I was, but idk, I shipped it) herunterladen.

Mayhem is billed as “A YA feminist mash up inspired by The Lost Boys and The Craft” – which is accurate but also doesn’t quite cover it. The Lost Boys is 110% accurate, for reasons I’ll dive into later. I can see The Craft for sure, but a better comparison is Mindy McGinnis’s The Female of the Species (possibly my favorite feminist revenge/female serial killer story of all time…not that there are nearly enough to choose from!). It’s a little softer and fuzzier than Female, to be sure, and a lot more magical, but Neve and to a lesser extent May definitely send off some low-key Alex Croft vibes herunterladen.

Elsewhere I saw references to Rory Power’s debut novel Wilder Girls – which is kind of funny-serendipitous, as I read Mayhem immediately after Burn Our Bodies Down, and felt some similarities in the foundations of each story. (Misfit teenage girl lives in Nowhere, USA with only her mom for company. She longs to know more about her extended family, which – as it just so happens – is matriarchal, occupies a supernatural/magical/sentient estate, and is longing for its wayward daughters to return home.) But Mayhem proved infinitely more enjoyable.

Laure’s writing is, in a word, exquisite. As in, the lady knows how to turn a phrase; there are so many quotable bits to be found here. But it’s not all flowery prose; the meat of the tale is delicious and satisfying as well soundcloud downloaden pc. This is a story brimming with ferocity, anger, compassion, and heart. Mayhem is about justice: what it looks like, where we might find it, and who’s responsible for meting it out. It’s about losing your way, and finding it again. About family: that bound by blood, as well as the family we choose for ourselves. About what we owe to each other, and to our truest selves.

Mayhem is set in the ’80s (LOVE!: 1978 baby here), and borrows heavily from The Lost Boys. As in: it’s a massive understatement to say it’s “inspired by” The Lost Boys alte java version downloaden. As in: Laure lifts some elements directly from the source material, including the Frog brothers and a half-naked, pied piper-esque musician clearly based on Tim Cappello. (To be fair, I remember the Frog brothers from the film; Tim Cappello, not so much. It has been more than a decade, though; I half considered a rewatch before calling it a day on this review – but, alas, The Lost Boys is sadly absent from Netflix.)

I should probably be more offended by this than I am; after all, it feels a little closer to plagiarism than homage. And what’s weirder is that the presence of the Frog brothers and the hypersexual musician really don’t further the story, or add to it in any way; Mayhem would be just as rad without those elements windows media player 12 free chip. But the story is just so damn good otherwise!

I’m also not terribly happy by May’s desire to work with the police, rather than outside of them, especially considering these times we live in. The legal system doesn’t take violence against women seriously as it is, and I can’t imagine it was any better in the ’80s. Their track record is even worse with women and girls of color; ditto: sex workers, those with disabilities, LGBTQ folks, etc. The occasional Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer aside, most rapists and abusers get away scot-free. Why should we think that Officer Boner will be any better, especially with all that victim blaming nonsense he pulled on Roxy?

On this note, I was downright incensed that Lyle was allowed to live … but I guess his ultimate punishment was even better. idk, maybe we can segue that scene into another entry in The Crows Have Eyes franchise? Kidding! But I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t already fancast Catherine O’Hara as Billie Brayburn.

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Book Review: Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power (2020)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

A slooooow burn that never quite sparks.

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley.)

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Margot learned long ago not to ask about her family: not her father, and certainly not her grandparents. So when a chance discovery gives her an address and a phone number, Margot grasps at the apparent lifeline. She flees Calhoun, and Jo’s cruel indifference, for the opportunity to start over with her grandmother Vera at Fairhaven, the Nielsen family farm shieldwall herunterladen.

Margot’s arrival in Phalene is, ahem, portentous at best. Within minutes of setting foot in the town square, Margot learns of a massive fire – at the Nielsen farm, no less.

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And there’s a body smack dab in the center of it. A corpse that wears Margot’s face.

With Tess’s help, Margot must get to the root of what’s rotten at Fairhaven – all while negotiating Vera’s own sickly sweet Southern brand of cruelty, and evading the Phalene police, who suspect Vera of arson and/or murder, and see Margot as their best chance of catching her. But the truth threatens to unravel Margot, and how could it not? Spoiler alert: things get pretty bonkers.

I really enjoyed Rory Power’s debut novel, Wilder Girls, and was hoping that she’s bring that same fierce feminist energy to Burn Our Bodies Down herunterladen. And, to be fair, she does. But Burn Our Bodies Down is a much slower burn that never quite sparked for me. The ending is inspired, but the buildup sapped most of the joy out of the discovery.

There’s a lot of creepy, gory weirdness to love here: Margot’s mother’s Bible, and the cryptic, frenzied diary entries scribbled in the margins instagram stories herunterladen app. The mysterious twin and doppelganger(s). The scorched apricot grove, and the ghastly fruit it produces. The sickly, misshapen corn. The spontaneous pregnancies (the ultimate in body horror, imho). The gruesome murder scene next door. Illicit farming practices. The association of women and nature in a way that feels like the inverse (or perversion?) of ecofeminism msn herunterladen kostenlos deutsch. But it takes sooooo long to get to the denouement, and until then you’re just left flailing, with no idea how everything clicks into place.

The climax comes around the 80% mark – which is pretty standard, now that I think about it. Maybe it just feels a lot longer because there’s so much repetition up to this point? Margot’s inner monologues about Jo and Vera and the importance/danger of family are germane to the story, to be sure; but the frequency and predictability just gets tedious after awhile app herunterladen windows 8.

Bottom line: I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it, either. It’s a great idea with a so-so execution that could definitely be redeemed with the right big- or little-screen adaptation. Until then, I’m eagerly awaiting Rory Power’s third book, In A Garden Burning Gold.

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Book Review: Everything Is an Emergency: An OCD Story in Words & Pictures by Jason Adam Katzenstein (2020)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

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four out of five stars

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Book Review: Primer by Jennifer Muro, Thomas Krajewski, & Gretel Lusky (2020)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

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four out of five stars

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Being a nosy almost-teenager, Ashley quickly discovers Yuka’s secret cache – and transforms into the superhero Primer (with a little costuming help from Luke) how can I download songs from youtube. But the army is keen to get its weapon back, and Yuka and Ashley’s good intentions have put them in the crosshairs of a rogue agent called Strack whatsapp über play store herunterladen. It’s up to Primer to protect her found family – but is this so-called “bad seed” up to the task? (Spoiler alert: Yes. Yes, she is. She is also adorable and sweet and almost makes me want to have kids of my own. Okay not really but you get my gist.)

Primer is a superhero story with heart and gumption and every gorram color in the rainbow. The storyline is maybe a little predictable, but delightful as heck. I love Ashley and Kitch and Yuka and Luke, and their relationships with one another.

The art – vibrant, arresting, and bursting with color – is really what takes Primer to the next level. Like, it’s jaw-dropping. Ashley, short and squat and oh-so-sure of herself, is crazy adorable, and her found family is pretty captivating too.

So many of Muro and Krajewski’s choices are inspired, from the limitless superhero combinations granted by the paints, right down to Luke’s passion and the namesake of his middle school. So much love all around.

I really hope this is the beginning of a new series at DC; I’m gonna be disappointed if we don’t get to see more of Ashley and her posse.

That said, don’t listen to Kitch, vegan lasagna is heckin’ delicious, okay.

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Book Review: Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks (2020)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

“It’s great to live free of the other sheep until you hear the wolves howl.”

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

JOURNAL ENTRY #9 – OCTOBER 8

Does she suspect what I’m trying to dismiss? The smell, the howls, the large “boulder” I’d seen on the road. Now this. I’m sure I’m just trying to come up with an explanation for something that doesn’t make any sense. That’s me. A place for everything and everything in its place. I’m just grasping on to what I’ve heard. And I haven’t heard much. I’m not into that stuff. I’m the practical one. I’ve never been interested in things that aren’t real.

To me, Greenloop was the Titanic, right down to the design flaws and the lack of lifeboats. They were extremely isolated, miles from the one public road which was miles from the nearest town. And, of course, that was the idea. With modern logistics and telecommunications, the world must have still felt very small hip hop alben kostenlos downloaden. But then Rainier cut those connections, and the world suddenly got very big.

Though it’s much smaller in scope than World War Z, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to describe Max Brooks’s Devolution as World War Z with Sasquatch (Sasquatches?) instead of aliens – and, oh yeah, a lava-spewing volcano setting the backdrop.

Like the former, Devolution is told through a variety of eyewitness accounts: primarily the journal of Kate Holland, one of the few (assumed) survivors of the titular “Rainier Sasquatch Massacre,” but also a mix of private and public interviews – including with Kate’s brother Frank, who was supposed to be living in Greenlop in her place – as well as government documents and, weirdly, one deathbed flashback (Hannah!). All are compiled into a book, published roughly thirteen months after THE INCIDENT.

Kate and her husband Dan – a failing/flailing tech bro with an ego as fragile as an eggshell – have been in Greenloop but a week when Mount Rainier erupts. Designed and implement by billionaire (one would assume) Tony Durant, Greenlop is a small, “high-end, high-tech eco-community” located in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Consisting of just six households, all situated in a ring around a common meeting house, Greenloop is the very definition of exclusive. Everything in the homes is “smart,” from the solar panels, biogas generators that turn poop into power, and battery units to store it all, down to the helipad for when an electric car ride into town just won’t do word 2016 kostenloser.

Though they have tried their best to isolate themselves from the hustle and bustle of city life, Greenloop’s residents are still very much dependent on the outside world for their continued existence. Tony brags that “every citizen of Greenloop generates between two and four service jobs for their fellow Americans” – which would seem to contradict the community’s sustainability, no? But I digress. A mix of white-collar professionals – CPAs, psychologists, philosophy professors, and computer programmers – the residents all rely on high-speed, fiber optic internet: to telecommute, communicate with their loved ones, and order groceries. While the houses do generate their own power, food is another matter: aside from the odd fruit tree or herb-growing window box, most of their provisions are ordered online and air-dropped by drones.

So when the nearby, long-dormant Mount Rainier finally erupts, Greenloop’s selling point becomes its downfall. Lahars overtake the one road out of Greenloop, and the cell phones and internet go soon after, thus severing Greenloop’s contact with the outside world herunterladen. But their situation quickly goes from bad to worse, since the humans are not the only ones facing a harsh winter coupled with a food shortage. The eruption, it seems, has sent all the nonhumans fleeing down the mountain, right into Greenloop’s path: including some belonging to a species never seen before. Creatures of myth and legend and not a few cheesy B movies.

Spoiler alert: these guys are no Harry Henderson. More like the murderous chimps Jane Goodall observed hunting in the Gombe rain forests.

Devolution is totally bonkers, in the best way possible. There’s so much going on here, much of it (intentionally or not) entirely too plausible and close to home in the time of COVID-19. There’s the obvious: being trapped and isolated in your house all winter, nary a fresh tomato or bottle of Kahlua to be borrowed, begged, or stolen. But Brooks goes a little further, concocting this “perfect storm” of factors that conspire to devastate Greenloop – including a slash in government funding that wiped out the early warning system and stymied rescue efforts, as well as food riots in Seattle and a sniper on the I-90 that bumped survivors down on the priority list mp3 download youtube for free german. Greenloop’s residents are adrift, lost, forgotten:

Someone just had to go for help. There simply wasn’t any other choice. Why? Why are we always looking for someone else to save us instead of trying to save ourselves?

Watching 45 fight with state governors over PPE gear and ventilators really drives the feelings of isolation and desolation home. Part of me feels like this book couldn’t have been released at a more horrifyingly serendipitous time. And that’s what good horror does, right? Taps into the fear that’s already lurking beneath the surface.

Then there’s the misplaced idealism and general white upper class privilege of Greenloop. Maybe it’s eco-friendly, in some ways (is trucking in fresh fruits and veggies for eleven people really environmentally friendly? really? why no victory gardens, Tony?), but very few people can actually live like this; it isn’t practical, or affordable poker herunterladen. Yet they are totes the change they want to see in the world (eyeroll).

There’s also the cult of personality surrounding Tony, the mansplaining and hepeating which, coupled with the man’s utter uselessness in an emergency situation, makes this feel like a thinly veiled stab at Elon Musk. Again, I am so here for it! (BPAP machines are not ventilators, my dude. Why are you even.)

While I think we’re supposed to care about how the siege affects Kate and Dan’s relationship, I was much more interested in Mostar. In sharp contrast to her softer and more coddled counterparts, Mostar is badass: a survivor with zero fucks to give. A survivor of the Croat–Bosniak War and May 1993 shelling of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the young artist assumed the city’s name as a way of making sense of a tragedy.

GROSS: … And so you’ve taken on the name of your city as a form of public remembrance.

MOSTAR: Well, I know to some it sounds like … what did Jerry Seinfeld call “Sting”? “A prance-about-stage name”? [Chuckles.] But the inspiration came from Elie Wiesel, when he said, “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” That is what my life, this new life I’ve been given, is about herunterladen. That is why I became an artist. […]

GROSS: And you feel that discussing tragic events in their barest form runs the risk of repelling people?

MOSTAR: Not always, but far too often. We can’t just mourn the deaths, we also have to celebrate the lives. We need Anne Frank’s diary, but we also need her smile on the cover. That is why I decided to become an artist, when I had that inspiring moment.

When the Sasquatch start invading Greenloop, Mostar doesn’t employ any of the mental acrobatics that seem so popular with her neighbors. From jump street, she’s hiding out in her garage, using her artistic talents to fashion weapons: spears, javelins, spikes, flamethrowers. But that’s not all: she rallies “Katie” to start a garden in her garage, teaches them how to trap and skin animals, and gives Dan the kick in the ass he needs. This diminutive, gray-haired grandmotherly artiste proves to be Greenloop’s (would-be) saving grace.

Mostar simply doesn’t have the (white, Western, upper-class) luxury of ignoring the problem, of refusing to see and name the danger in the world apple watch zifferblätter herunterladen.

Yugoslavia, another country I’d read about in school. A war in the ’90s? I would have been about those kids’ age. I didn’t exactly follow current events back then. The ’90s were O.J. and Britney.

Even at Penn, I only took intro to poli-sci and all I remember is the term “ethnic cleansing.” And Professor Tongun, from Sudan, “Like a tree in the forest, America doesn’t hear foreign suffering.”

Shelling. Snipers. Siege fries. Mostar.

It’s a thing of wonder, and also unimaginable despair.

That said, the story’s not without a few hitches; for example, while Brooks generally does a good job explaining why Greenloop is so ill prepared for anything more serious than a paper cut, am I really to believe that there’s not a single hammer to be found? Like, I’m hardly what you’d call a skilled do-it-yourselfer, but even I own somewhere around six hammers, if only for picture-hanging purposes.

Bobbi and Vincent the vegans really ticked me off too. Even though we later learn that they’re vegan for dietary reasons (to beat Vincent’s cancer, now in remission), they get all bent out of shape when Mostar injures a mountain lion that was mere seconds away from devouring a child herunterladen. And of course everyone freaks out when Mostar suggests establishing a defensive perimeter around the village to scare off the Sasquatch. Say what now? I’ve been vegetarian/vegan for more than half my 41 years – for ethical/animal rights reasons – and, while I’d never delight in killing or injuring a sentient creature, you do what you gotta for survival.

Of course, this all could have been part of the group’s mental health strategy of “deny, deny, deny.” What wasn’t was Kate’s classification of the Boothes as ‘the good kind of vegans’ – that is, vegans who don’t make her feel bad or uncomfortable or conflicted about her own choices, just through their very existence.

They also weren’t judgy about those of us who aren’t vegan. Does that sound judgy from me? You know what I’m talking about: all the vegans in Venice, especially the new ones. The way they’d look at Dan’s leather shoes or my silk blouse or how one of them called a fish tank a prison. Seriously, we were at someone’s house for a party and this guy totally went off on them about their koi pond herunterladen google playstore. “How’d you like it if you were imprisoned in a tiny air bubble at the bottom of the ocean!” The Boothes weren’t like that. They were so nice.

Not that Kate needs any help in this regard (emphasis mine):

I can’t see death. You know that. I’ve told you about that time in New York when I couldn’t walk through Chinatown with all the ducks hanging in the windows. I told you about how I can’t even eat at any of those restaurants with the lobsters in the tank because it feels like death row. I told you about when Dan and I went out to Catalina for Valentine’s Day and I got seasick down below because our spot on deck had this dead fly crusted to the railing with one of its wings flapping in the wind. I know it’s hypocritical. I eat fish and chicken. I wear leather and silk. I enjoy all the benefits of killing without ever having to do it myself. I know all this but I just can’t. I can’t see death.

Projecting much, Kate? (Kudos to Brooks if he created this juxtaposition on purpose, though I doubt that most readers will pick up what he’s putting down.)

Devolution works on so many levels: social critique, stealth learning through entertainment, cultural mirror – and, yes, visceral horror songs for ultrastar deluxe for free. I could practically taste the stench of the Sasquatch when Kate describes their musk. This is good stuff, and at the very least took my mind off the real-life horror show transpiring outside my door, if only for a few hours.

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Book Review: Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson & Leila del Duca (2020)

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

A fresh reimagining of Wonder Woman’s origin story.

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley chaos on the net. Trigger warning for violence against women and children, including street harassment, human trafficking, and allusions to rape.)

Princess Diana’s sixteenth Born Day party is well underway when the barrier guarding Themyscira from the human world ruptures, allowing several rafts filled with scared refugees ashore. In keeping with the Five Mothers’ decree, Queen Hippolyta is content to care for those who make it to shore, nursing them to health, only to send them back into the world they fled – after administering a forgetting serum, of course story von instagram herunterladen. But further Amazonian intervention is prohibited until the mysterious “Great Evil of the Universe” returns.

So when a raft packed with men, women, and children threatens to capsize at sea, Diana rushes to their aid. Though she’s still coming into her powers, this Changeling-Amazon is plenty strong enough to pull the raft to Themyscira … that is, if the barrier didn’t do such an excellent job of shielding it from the outside world, which is where Diana now finds herself egg clock.

Along with her comrades, Diana eventually winds up in an immigration camp in Greece, where her ability to speak literally every language makes her an emissary of sorts. She quickly catches the eyes of Steve and Trevor Chang (side note: I love love love the recasting of Steve Trevor as a gay couple!), who use their UN connections to get Diana a U.S where can I download tubemate. student visa and temporary housing in NYC.

Diana becomes fast friends with her pseudo guardian, Henke, but Henke’s granddaughter Raissa proves harder to win over. Diana loves helping Raissa in her volunteer work – providing free lunches to kids during the summer months, and tending to the community’s green spaces – even if it introduces her to some of the harsher realities of life in the human world: street harassment, homelessness, corporate greed, human trafficking, and sexual violence gratis herunterladen von youtube. When one of her young friends goes missing, it’s time for Diana to break out the lasso of truth and get to superheroing.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love DC’s YA imprint, because it makes a nice entry point for relative newbies like myself. But Wonder Woman is a bit of an exception, both for me and as a whole: I’m already familiar with some of DC’s Wonder Woman titles (most notably the New 52), and she’s such a huge part of popular culture, that I don’t think you can help but have some passing knowledge of her mythos herunterladen. That’s not to say I don’t love and adore Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – just for slightly different reasons.

For starters, there’s the storytelling; it’s lovely and urgent and exactly what you’d expect from Laurie Halse Anderson. In keeping with the progressive bent of DC’s YA titles, Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed gives Wonder Woman’s origin story a fresh spin that incorporates a number of pressing contemporary social issues herunterladen. Chief among them is the plight of immigrants and refugees, a group that includes Wonder Woman herself. Cut off from her homeland, unable to return, Diana is a young woman without a country or family…at least not one that exists in this world. She’s special, sure, but also one of millions: just one face in the huddled masses. Absent her warrior tribe, Diana must learn how best to harness her powers to help lift up others herunterladen.

The theme of alienation also hangs heavy: as the only child born on Themyscira, Diana isn’t like her Amazon sisters. She’s (comparatively) weak, frail, and prone to mood swings and inexplicable crying fits. Her body frequently betrays her. She’s a (shudder) teenager – on an island filled with ageless, immortal warrior women. The indignity of it all musikvideo downloaden! But if she feels like she doesn’t quite fit in on Themyscira, Diana is truly out of her element in Greece and NYC, where capitalism is a death cult that reigns supreme.

I really enjoyed watching Diana Prince adapt to her new life, making friends, mastering parkour, and beating on street harassers. Raissa and Henke are interesting characters as well, but mostly take a backseat to a young Wonder Woman (as does almost everyone, or so one must assume) herunterladen.

The ending is a little improbable, in that the two big bad plotlines converge so neatly, and yet. Maybe it’s no so outlandish after all. The one percenters have all but become cartoon villains these days.

The artwork is lovely, and I especially loved those scenes set on Themyscira. (Hippolyta & Co., living the dream. Although the scene where she kicked a refugee in the face was unexpectedly harsh and dark. I wonder if we’ll get some backstory there?)

And the final pages, where Diana and her new family celebrate Henke’s boyfriend’s naturalization? TEARS.

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Book Review: Hey Little Rockabye: A Lullaby for Pet Adoption by Buffy Sainte-Marie & Ben Hodson (2020)

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

After seeing all the human-canine BFF packs chilling at the park, the adorable, unnamed star of this story decides that she wants a dog friend, too herunterladen. But not just any dog: a rescue pup, from the animal shelter and everything.

After nights spent dreaming of dogs and cats and guinea pigs and rabbits, and a massive ad campaign that threatens to bury the family’s refrigerator, her parents oblige spiele mit geld kostenlos herunterladen. Our hero gets her pup – and saves a life, to boot.

Written by singer-songwriter, composer, musician, educator, activist, and Indigenous Canadian-American Buffy Sainte-Marie, and illustrated by the talented Ben Hodson, Hey Little Rockabye: A Lullaby for Pet Adoption just oozes charm (in the best way possible) amazon produktbilder herunterladen. The illustrations are lovely, and their beauty only blooms brighter when coupled with Sainte-Marie’s compassionate message.

The narrative is pretty simple – the only text is comprised of a lullaby that Sainte-Marie sings to all of her adopted family members – but it’s sweet, to the point, and nicely tailored to the intended age group of 3-7 years bluetooth treiber kostenlos herunterladen.

I would have liked to have seen a note on animal rescue/adoption at the end; something to the tune of “6.5 million companion animals enter U.S herunterladen. animal shelters every year, 1.5 million of whom are euthanized. Adopt, don’t shop!” (Source herunterladen.) That said, I was lucky enough to read an early digital copy that still had forthcoming front and back matter, so fingers crossed.

Get it if: you’re a vegan parent who’s desperate to find some truly animal-friendly picture books for your child; if your family is thinking about welcoming a furry family member into the fold (this could make a sweet memento for the youngest members); if you want to instill a sense of compassion and respect for nonhumans in the kids you know and love online fotos downloaden.

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Book Review: Superman Smashes The Klan by Gene Luen Yang & Gurihiru (2020)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

The Hero We Need

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley herunterladen. Obvious trigger warning for racist violence.)

The year is 1946, and the Lee family – mom, dad, Roberta, and Tommy – has just moved from Chinatown to Metropolis, so that Mr gimp nederlands. Lee can begin a new job as Chief Bacteriologist of the Health Department. Gregarious and handsome, Tommy fits right in, easily slipping into the spot of star pitcher at the Unity House diamond diaries saga kostenlos herunterladen. An aspiring journalist with a stomach made of jelly,* Roberta – birth name Lan-Shin – is immediately homesick for Chinatown, where she didn’t feel like such a “weirdo” facebook messenger videos.

And then her family is targeted by the local chapter of the Clan of the Fiery Red Cross, which lights a cross on the Lee’s front lawn and attempts to fire bomb their house herunterladen. The Allies may have won World War II, and Superman literally just crushed the Nazi supersoldier Atom Man, but racism is still alive and thriving – and firmly entrenched in Metropolis’s social institutions herunterladen.

Luckily, the Lees live right across the street from cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (who is obviously and adorably smitten with Roberta), and Superman and Lois Lane are pursuing the case, each in their own ways zoom hintergrund video herunterladen.

I’ve really been enjoying DC’s YA imprint, but Superman Smashes The Klan takes things to the next level. Based on a sixteen-part radio show that aired in 1946 called “The Clan of the Fiery Cross”**, the story expertly dovetails Roberta’s journey with that of her idol, Superman herunterladen. At this point in his story, Clark Kent is thirty-something and has only been superheroing for ten years. As a kid growing up in Smallville, his differences were a source of shame: they marked him as different, a freak, nonhuman herunterladen. Demonic, even. And so he learned to suppress and ignore his powers. It wasn’t until a circus tent that he, the Kents, and Lana Lang were sitting under caught fire that Clark used his super strength for good lexware quicksteuer herunterladen. After that, Mrs. Kent sewed Clark his iconic red cape and Superman was born.

Yet, even as Superman, Clark hides pieces of himself: he has super strength and super speed, yes, but he runs along phone lines rather than flying, because defying gravity would give him away as not entirely of this world. And his ruse works, a little too well: the story’s big bad, a grand Scorpion of the Klan, proudly claims Superman as the best of what the white race has to offer; irrefutable evidence of white superiority.

An honest-to-goodness alien from another world, created by two first-generation Jewish immigrants, Superman has always functioned as a stand-in for marginalized groups: refugees and immigrants of various races, religions, and ethnicities (depending on which group is currently being scapegoated). Superman is as American as apple pie and AK-47s, and he’s a legit alien. Yang masterfully underscores this aspect of Superman’s identity by enmeshing his story with Roberta’s. Both of these “weirdos” learn to embrace their differences, because it’s what makes them – and, indeed, the world – so damn special.

Yang’s story is also deeply steeped in history, in ways I wouldn’t have fully appreciated without reading his essay “Superman and Me” (it appears in pieces in the single issues, and as a whole in the TP). I especially loved the showdown between the scorpion and grand wizard, as the two clashed over the Clan’s true purpose.

This piece, in particular, seems especially relevant today.

* Roberta’s “gurgly stomach” is a mood.

** “To avoid getting sued by an organization that was legally recognized in several states, the show’s writers created a stand-in organization called The Clan of the Fiery Cross,” Yang explains in “Superman and Me.”

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Book Review: The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel by Michael Moreci, Sas Milledge & Phil Hester (2020)

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet, in the YA DC ‘verse nikon coolpix images.

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

DC’s new line of YA and middle-grade graphic novels provide an excellent entry point into the publisher’s extensive catalog, and The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel is no exception elster steuerbescheid downloaden. I love comic books, but mostly stick to newer series/those based on other media I already love (think: Pretty Deadly / Firefly), since DC and Marvel’s decades-long history can be intimidating how to download how to follow on netflix. (Where to start!?) Luckily, these are standalone stories that don’t require a whole lot of knowledge about the characters going in.

Here, Dick Grayson – the Robin to Bruce Wayne’s Batman – is a teenager living in modern day America formel 1 manager kostenlos downloaden. In keeping with the character’s original backstory, Dick comes from a family of acrobats; along with his parents, the Flying Graysons spend their summers traveling and performing with Haly’s Circus veoh video download for free. Unlike the original incarnation, his parents are not mowed down by the mafia.

Rather, Dick is feeling somewhat alienated: bored by days that seem to blend into one another; unchallenged by the Flying Graysons’ predictable routine; and longing for a “normal” childhood herunterladen. As if that’s not enough, the very fate of the circus rests on the Graysons’ (admittedly well-toned) shoulders: the circus is hemorrhaging customers, most notably to The Lost Carnival, a decadent affair that somewhat mysteriously threw down its stakes right across the way from Haly’s, seemingly overnight free music waiting loop free download.

As tensions rise between the competing groups of carnies, Dick finds himself caught in the middle, torn between his family and the enthralling Luciana mails download iphone. Unlike his BFF Willow’s magic, Luciana’s powers seem to be the real (read: supernatural) deal: when her uncle calls forth menacing, Swamp Thing-like creatures, it’s up to Luciana to prevent them from escaping spiderman spiele kostenlos herunterladen. The deeper Dick and Willow dive into the world of The Lost Carnival, the more bizarre things get. Can teenage love really conquer all? (Spoiler alert: No film download app. No, it can’t.)

This is a really fun and surprisingly sweet story that’s an intoxicating blend of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Romeo and Juliet, and the DC ‘verse, with a YA spin. Even though the plot proved somewhat predictable, it’s still a fun ride. Dick is interesting enough, but it’s the supporting characters that really captured my imagination: Luciana, Willow, Quinn, and the employees at The Lost Carnival. And the carnival itself, naturally, which is all kind of magical and mystifying.

I devoured an ARC, so I’m not entirely sure what the finished art will look like – but what I saw was lovely indeed. The colors mostly alternate between a moody blue and glitzy gold-ish, occasionally coming together for that extra pop. Dick is a cutie, and the rep here is great. (You’ve got to love that there are not one, but two families of POC magicians.)

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Book Review: Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky (2020)

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

“Our end will bring our beginning to light.”

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley sonos app mac. Trigger warning for child abuse.)

When I reminisce about the pieces of art I’ve left behind over the years, I get pensive. I could have taken them, but I chose to leave them behind, in places we lived, in art rooms at different schools youtube videos downloaden android kostenlos. Never signed, but as an artistic Honey Was Here trail.

If we were living in a different time, she’d be the first of us weirds to be tried as a witch music from youtube download legal android. Birdie would be next, for failure to cooperate with the magistrates. And then me, because with my sisters persecuted I would straight up lose my mind windows update herunterladen abbrechen.

Sixteen-year-old Honey Juniper and her two younger sisters – Birdie and Blue, collectively known at Elkwood High as “the weird sisters” – are preppers herunterladen. Along with a handful of other families, they live on a secret compound in the backwoods of Washington State. Dieter Ackerman’s acolytes hide in plain sight: bartering and selling homemade goods in the small town of Elkwood, attending nearby Elkwood High School, pretending to live in the mobile home park they use for extra storage brennprogramm kostenlos downloaden vollversion.

Though the Juniper sisters have moved five times in ten years, it’s starting to look like the Nest might be their final home…at least, until Dieter’s increasingly risky and erratic behavior, coupled with Alice Juniper’s social climbing, proves to be their undoing spd schrift herunterladen.

I expected to enjoy Last Girls so much more than I did. I mean, doomsday preppers! Badass sisters with pouty lips and wild hairdos! Forbidden love/lust adobe acrobat 10 kostenlosen! Sick presidential burns! Cultish stuff galore! A freaking peregrine falcon! Alas, it was not meant to be.

I think my main gripe is that there’s just too much going on here bahn app ticket herunterladen. A story about three sisters caught in a doomed doomsday prepper group (lol, see what I did there?) is interesting enough on its own. The culture of paranoia would make for a rather gripping psychological thriller; throw in some teenage hormones a la Remy and Honey, and you’ve got yourself one rousing tale jam labels download. But on top of a prepper cult engaged in some sketchy terrorist activities and maybe under investigation by the authorities, we also have a triple kidnapping and some random psychic shit thrown in to make things extra weird, I guess.

To be fair, Blue’s prophecies are obvious throwbacks to Shakespeare’s witches – as are the sisters, collectively – as well as Cassandra of Greek mythology. Even so, it’s all just too much.

I also felt like many of the characters, including Honey and her sisters, could have been fleshed out more. The Juniper sisters feel more like a collection of quirks and eccentricities than honest-to-goodness people. And the secondary characters? Ugh. Caricatures, mostly: Magda is the jealous scorned wife; Annalise, the power-hungry second child; Dieter, the erratic messiah. Even Alice Juniper is elusive at best, and it’s her actions that set this whole story in motion.

There’s an exhilarating seed of a story here that sadly never fully blooms. I’m sure Blue would have something especially prescient to say here.

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Cookbook Review: Vegan Mac and Cheese – More than 50 Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food by Robin Robertson (2019)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Healthy, From-Scratch Versions of Your Favorite Vegan Junk Food

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

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Along with pizza, mac & cheese is one of my favorite, go-to, if you were stuck on a deserted island and could only eat one food for the rest of your life, vegan foodstuffs. Unlike pizza, though, there are precious few cookbooks devoted entirely to its delicious cheesy goodness.

If you’re thinking, well duh, how many ways are there to make macaroni and cheese, then clearly you don’t read my blog netflix to. (Spoiler alert: there are currently twenty-two posts tagged “macaroni and cheese,” representing a small fraction of the recipes I have sampled and/or created, ranging from the classic Creamy Mac & Cheese with Daiya to the less traditional Mac & Pepperjack Pizza.)

So you can imagine my excitement when I got a whiff of Robin Robertson’s latest cookbook, Vegan Mac and Cheese – More than 50 Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food.

My anticipation was tempered a bit once I finally had the book in my hungry little hands: all of the recipes tip toward the health food end of the scale videos aus facebook herunterladen iphone. Not that I have a problem with healthy vegan food, but you gotta live a little, you know? Throw a few unabashedly junky recipes in there to liven things up, or else let us know right in the title that this isn’t ONE OF THOSE kinds of cookbooks. Anything else feels like a total Bad Place kind of move.

The recipes I tried were a bit of a mixed bag, ranging from “pretty yummy” to “more trouble than it’s worth” (full rundown below) euro truck simulator 2 erweiterung kostenlos downloaden. The cheese sauces utilize a variety of “bases” (if you can call them that; perhaps “key ingredients” is more accurate?), ranging from cashews to tofu to carrots and potatoes. With few exceptions, the ingredients are pretty common and easy to find in American grocery stores. (Pro tip: if a recipe calls for miso and you don’t feel like buying an entire container just for a teaspoon, tahini is an okay substitute.) The recipes are pretty straightforward and easy to follow, and not terribly labor intensive (though some do create an undogly amount of dishes) pdf nicht herunterladen nur öffnen.

There’s a nice variety of dishes here; the recipes are grouped under five subheadings, including “Basic Vegan Mac & Cheese,” “Global Cheesy Macs,” “Mac and Veggies,” “Meaty Macs,” and “Fun with Mac & Cheese” (which isn’t so much new recipes as some interesting ideas of how to repurpose leftovers, like making mac omelets, waffles, and cheese balls). I can honestly say, as a self-proclaimed expert whose life goal is to try every vegan mac & cheese recipe ever published in any major cookbook, there are some inspired and singular recipes in here – as well as some that are merely “meh” (even accounting for my strong preference for junk food mac & cheese) kostenlose radiosender herunterladen.

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Roasted Butternut Mac Uncheese

This is the first recipe in the “Mac and Veggies” section, and for good reason – it’s forking amazing. The cheese sauce is a mix of roasted butternut squash (yum!) and soaked raw cashews. It doesn’t taste much like melted Daiya or Follow Your Heart cheese (few-to-none of the recipes in this book do), and that’s okay blinkist titel herunterladen! It’s its own thing.

Pro tip: if you don’t have any soy milk on hand (thanks, Corona virus), water works just fine too. Throw a few extra cashews into the mix to compensate.

Bonus points if you roast the squash seeds and use them as a garnish. (The recipe calls for pumpkin seeds, which seems … kind of silly?)

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Cashew Cheesy Mac

Another winner apps herunterladen ios! Roasted red peppers lend this dish both a distinct taste, and its eye-popping, boxed mac & cheese, neon orange color.

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Blushing Baked Ziti

This is where things started to spiral for me (metaphorically, not literally, though – good eye! – I did swap out the ziti for fusilli). Despite my initial skepticism, I decided to give this casserole a whirl, mostly because I had a brick of tofu with a close expiration date herunterladen. At first blush (lol), it reminded me of spaghetti pie: just with a differently shaped macaroni, and more layers (read: steps). Rather than the classic configuration of pasta-tofu-red sauce-optional shredded cheese, it goes red sauce-pasta-red sauce-tofu-pasta-red sauce-tofu.

So many layers libreoffice kostenlos windows 10! So much long division! So much work! So much mess everywhere! All for a dish that just left me wishing I’d made spaghetti pie instead (insert sad face here).

Honestly, this recipe is way more complicated than it needs to be, and I don’t think the many (so many!) extra layers do anything for it wieviel filme kann ich bei netflixen. If anything, I felt like the ricotta tofu didn’t bake as thoroughly, and with the sauce and pasta in such close proximity, you may as well just mix them from jump street.

Fwiw, the nut parm (made with ray almonds and nutritional yeast) is seriously amazing. I am putting it on all the things now.

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Free Mac

Last and sadly least (SO SAD!), we have the Free Mac. The sauce is mix of onions, carrots, and potatoes boiled in a vegetable broth, then run through a blender to create a mock cheesy sauce. I actually don’t think this would be bad if not for the broth: with three cups of the stuff, this mac & cheese ends up tasting a lot like vegetable soup. Not bad, necessarily, but disconcerting: you have a dish that looks like one thing (macaroni and cheese) but tastes like another (veggie soup).

My suggestion: use water in place of broth, in whole or part, and add extra spices to taste.

This is the rare macaroni and cheese dish that improves as leftovers: once the sauce has had a chance to soak into the pasta, the taste of veggie soup isn’t quite so overwhelming. It’s also really good mixed with a mildly flavored couscous in a 1:1 ratio. (I like preparing it on the stovetop with a little vegan chicken broth, carrots, and corn.)

So there you have it: two A recipes, two C minuses. Not my most glowing cookbook review. Blame the sky-high expectations that accompany any mention of vegan mac-n-cheese.

BUT, if you’re half the vegan mac & cheese fan I am, you probably want to take Vegan Mac and Cheese for a spin anyway. There are some neat ideas in here, and I can’t wait to try the Cheesy Mac Muffins (but probably using my own junk food mac & cheese concoction; there’s no beating Daiya, mkay).

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Book Review: Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo & Lilian Klepakowsky (2020)

Friday, April 24th, 2020

The artwork is marvelous, but the story *just* misses the mark imovie download mac free german.

three out of five stars

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Mindy’s struggled with disordered eating since she was a kid, including binge eating following by purging. She has painfully low self-esteem and body dysmorphia, which holds her back in life: from making friends, dating, trying to achieve her goals, and making the most of her one wild and precious life herunterladen.

Until, one late night/early morning, Mindy happens upon a weird, hippy dippy, New Agey candy bar at her local bodega, and picks it up on a whim surveymonkey umfrage herunterladen. “Eat and Love Yourself,” it entreats her. With each bite, Mindy is transported, ghost-like, to a memory from her childhood. In each scene, her “food issues” command a large presence download images from dropbox.

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I wanted to love Eat, and Love Yourself – I cannot tell you how much herunterladen! – but I just feel like there’s a piece missing. The story ends abruptly, at a point that literally had me protesting, “Wait, that was it!?” I can’t even say that the ending is hopeful, since it feels incomplete: has Mindy made peace with her body? I’m not 100% sold.

Plus there’s this really odd multiple-Mindys sequence in the very first pages that I thought would be explained (or at least referenced!) at end, but no such luck. I guess we’re just to take it as a (day)dream sequence? Personally, I find my original interpretation – Mindy starts some radical body acceptance movement, becoming an overnight sensation, and so everyone starts copying her unique style – much more satisfying.

That said, that artwork is gorgeous – as in comma, drop dead. Mindy is freaking adorable, with her bopping teal ponytail and geekalicious oversized owl glasses. I just wanted to give her a smushy hug and then borrow her combat boots indefinitely.

There’s a lot in the story that did hit home with me, especially all the underhanded comments from mom and dad that gradually eroded Mindy’s self-esteem.

Eat, and Love Yourself is a welcome contribution to the literature on eating disorders, self-esteem, and the beauty industrial complex, but it could have been so much more. I mean, magical chocolate bars! What a great idea!

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Book Review: We Are All His Creatures: Tales of P. T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman by Deborah Noyes (2020)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

This could have been spectacular.

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley.)

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The subtitle of We Are All His Creatures: Tales of P. T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman is a bit misleading, as the eleven loosely connected short stories gathered in these pages are only marginally about PT Barnum. Rather, Noyes concerns herself with the people trapped in Barnum’s orbit, and imagines how his actions might have affected them.

Naturally, this is a pretty complicated subject: while Barnum arguably created gainful (and even profitable) means of employment for disabled folks who, in some cases, were considered “burdens” on their families, his exhibits leaned into racist, sexist, and albeist tropes, thus perpetuating the bigotry that drove many of Barnum’s performers into his arms. Though he was an outspoken abolitionist later in life, Barnum quite literally built his career on the back of Joice Heth, an elderly African-American slave who Barnum purchased and exhibited as “the 161-year-old nursing mammy of George Washington.” He even exploited Heth in death, offering her body up for a public, for-pay autopsy to “prove” her age and authenticity how to download league of legends.

Given this, I expected that Noyes would elevate the voices of the performers who both prospered and suffered under Barnum’s thumb. Instead, there’s a mix of perspectives here: while some stories are told from the POV of performers (or their friends and family), the majority of the narrators – 6/11 – are Barnum’s female family members. The stories cross a nearly fifty-year time span and often occur at crucial (and tragic) moments in Barnum’s timeline:

The Mermaid (1842)
Caroline, the eldest of the Barnum girls, is itching to see her father’s newest acquisition: the Feejee mermaid, being displayed several floors above the family’s living quarters in the American Museum. Since daddy has precious little time for her, she’s determined to take matters into her own hands.

The Mysterious Arm (1842)
Young Charlie Stratton, who will eventually come to be known as General Tom Thumb, has just been recruited by PT Barnum wie kann ich ein video von youtube herunterladen. As he stays at the Museum, training for his upcoming European tour, Charlie befriends the Barnum sisters – including baby Frances and her older sister Helen.

Returning a Bloom to Its Bud (1845)
Charity Barnum, long-suffering wife of PT Barnum, pregnant with her fourth child and grieving the loss of her third, reflects on her life as she sets sail for the States after eight months spent touring Europe with her husband and his performers.

Beside Myself (1851)
When young Josephine agreed to tour the county with her childhood friend Jenny Lind, aka the “Swedish Nightingale,” she had no idea that it would mean losing herself – or the man that she loves herunterladen.

We Will Always Be Sisters (1852)
Helen, now a young woman living on her father’s estate in Connecticut (Iranistan), is haunted by the ghost of her baby sister Frances – and by her older sister Caroline’s upcoming nuptials.

The Fairy Wedding (1863)
Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, inadvertently finds that his visit to the White House is set to coincide with the visit of Charles Stratton and Lavinia Warren Stratton, as part of their three-year “honeymoon” tour, stopping in DC at Mary Todd’s request. Angry with his parents’ insistence that he not take up arms against the Confederacy, and still grieving the loss of his younger brother Willie, Robert’s disgust with the affair forces him to confront his relationship with his parents, as well as his own humanity (or lack thereof) wie kann man minecraft kostenlos herunterladen auf pc.

An Extraordinary Specimen of Magnified Humanity (1865)
It’s just another day for Anna Swan, a giantess from Nova Scotia who left her job as a teacher to join Barnum’s troupe: brunch with her friend Lavinia Warren Stratton, a lecture or two, and bedtime. And then a fire ravages the American Museum, killing most of Barnum’s nonhuman menagerie, nearly trapping Anna in its flames, and displacing them all.

The Bearded Lady’s Son (1868)
Sixteen-year-old Jack is the illegitimate son of a bearded lady who just landed a spot in Barnum’s roster wix bild herunterladen. Trouble is, they’ve got to keep his existence a secret – Barnum can’t risk any whiff of impropriety in a show that struggles to avoid the margins. So Jack spends his days sketching the animals in Barnum’s menagerie…animals who, once again, are about to stoke the (literal) fire of Barnum’s vanity.

It’s Not Humbug If You Believe It (1869)
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All Elephants Are Tragic (1889)
As the family gathers at the Barnum property in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to witness the demolition of the Waveport cottage to make way for the Marina house – Barnum’s gift to his second, much-younger wife Nancy – the newest, arguably most vilified member of the Barnums reflects on her fifteen years with PT Barnum, his daughters, and their children.

What Makes You Think We Want You Here? (1891)
Told from the perspective of Barnie – really named Helen after her mother, and then renamed by Barnum once he became estranged from Helen the elder – the Barnums have gathered at the deathbed of the family’s larger-than-life patriarch: to say goodbye, and to reminisce.

While the writing is skilled enough, and some of the stories engaging (the recurring theme of fire is especially compelling), the overall result just fell flat for me spiele erneut herunterladen. I feel like this is something I should have enjoyed, thoroughly, and yet…and yet. With few exceptions, it’s weirdly boring and lacking in emotion.

I was disappointed that Noyes didn’t focus exclusively on the performers, even though not all of their narratives proved all that memorable.

Centering the women in Barnum’s life might also have worked out well, but mostly it felt like the stories didn’t go much of anywhere app spiele kostenlos downloaden android.

Honestly, I think the most eloquent writing manifests in Noyes’s narratives surrounding the nonhuman exhibits who suffered and died agonizing deaths in the multiple fires that destroyed Barnum’s museums over the years. For example, in “An Extraordinary Specimen of Magnified Humanity” Anna Swan bears witness to the deaths of countless animals – snakes, cats, moneys – even as she fights to overcome her shock-induced paralysis and save herself:

She sailed and swayed over the sea of hats in the street, yet another audience, a uniform mass applauding with joy, it seemed, such joy — as much because some kind soul had released the birds from the aviary upstairs, and almost as one they burst from a corresponding window, a wheeling, feathered blur: parrots, cockatoos, mockingbirds, hummingbirds, vultures, and eagles, even the great, stiff, clumsy condor. The crowd in the street seemed to sway with them as they flapped free, and for the instant Anna floated on air as her rescue crew paused to take in the sight, and for the merest instant she felt it, too, swaying there, the beauty of the moment office mac.

Also heart wrenching is the tale of Jumbo the elephant, purchased from the London Zoo to tour in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, who sacrificed himself in a railway collision to save the life of a young calf. For his heroics, his corpse is dismembered and put on display by Barnum, exploited as a commodity even in death as “the Double Jumbo.” (Talk about a callback!) In “All Elephants Are Tragic,” second wife and “interloper” Nancy Fish considers her husband’s oh so brief mourning period and his shameful treatment of a “friend”:

As another of her husband’s British “acquisitions,” Nancy identified with Jumbo. […]

A year after the loss of Jumbo, the circus’s Winter Quarters in Bridgeport, the biggest animal training ground in the world, was leveled by fire, killing most of the animals. All Nancy remembered of that night was that poor Gracie the elephant had tried to swim to safety … making it all the way to the lighthouse before she sank under the waves. All elephants were tragic, it seemed to Nancy, captives stolen from their homes and made to perform against their wild natures.

THIS. This is the content I came here for. Immerse me in a chapter written from the perspective of one of Barnum’s nonhuman performers, the most long-suffering of them all. The fishes and monkeys forcibly joined to make the Feejee Mermaid (posthumously, obvs) perhaps, or the white whales boiled to death in their tank. Maybe Helen’s cranky old cat, banished to the Museum by Charity, never to be seen again.

Give me an act of nonhuman rebellion, or a whisper of feminist solidarity between h. sapiens and the furred and feathered creatures: for we are all their (read: the capitalist patriarchy’s) creatures.

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Book Review: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (2020)

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Diagnosis: Murder

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley sky go windows. Trigger warning for misogyny and violence against women, including sexual assault.)

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About a year after Jiwon’s birth, Jiyoung started exhibiting strange symptoms: she would “become” other people. Always women, always known to her, both living and dead: for example, her own mother, Oh Misook, or Cha Seungyeon, a mutual college friend of both Jiyoung and Daehyun who died in childbirth starcraft vollversion download kostenlos. Alarmed, Daehyun sought the help of a psychiatrist; Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is presented as the doctor’s case study of Jiyoung.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is basically a laundry list of the misogynist slights that Korean women – and especially Korean mothers – are subjected to, both historically and in contemporary society filme legal kostenlosen. (Ditto: women who dare to live and breathe and exist in any patriarchal society. As someone born and raised in the United States, I found roughly 97.8% of Jiyoung’s experiences easily translatable across cultures.) Even as I explain the plot this way, it seems like Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 should make for a fairly tedious read; and yet, it’s anything but lustige videoclips kostenlos downloaden.

As Jiyoung’s psychiatrist traces a path through her early childhood, high school and university years, marriage, and motherhood, we’re forced to bear witness as a young girl’s spirit is beaten down, degraded, and eroded – just like her mother’s and grandmother’s before her – while, as outsiders looking in, we are powerless to stop it browser firefox kostenlos download. We are watching a murder: psychological, emotional, psychic, spiritual. A death by a million cuts: some tiny, others not so much. Intergenerational trauma galore.

There are the “smaller” microaggressions, such as how the boys are always allowed to go first: served the first (and best) portions of food at home, or permitted to do their presentations first at school. Then there’s the bigger stuff: gender discrimination in hiring and pay; limited career opportunities and pink collar jobs; sex-selective abortion; the indoctrination into rape culture, starting in elementary school; sexual harassment and assault; the pressure to have children; and the simultaneous idolization and vilification of stay-at-home moms.

When Jiyoung finally “snaps,” you’ll wonder why it took so long. Her adoption of other personas isn’t the disease, but rather a symptom: of a society that dismisses, denigrates, devalues, and outright hates women. Only by becoming other women can she challenge the status quo. They function as Jiyoung’s protectors, when Jiyoung is barred from protecting herself. (Sometimes.)

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The coup de grace is the psychiatrist’s personal notes at the end, wherein he recounts his own wife’s struggles, thus positioning himself as the rare male beast, better suited to understanding Jiyoung’s predicament than most. Mansplaining meets “not all men,” while completely and utterly failing to help either beleaguered woman. It’s enough to make you wonder why Jiyoung didn’t opt for a female psychiatrist … but only if you missed the entire point of the book.

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Book Review: That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story by Huda Fahmy (2020)

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

An inspired follow up to Yes, I’m Hot in This c c alarm level red 2 free download.

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

I adored cartoonist Huda Fahmy’s debut book, 2018’s Yes, I’m Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab kostenlose bilder zum herunterladen hintergrund. In it, she challenges and straight up slays the bald-faced bigotry and racist, sexist, and Islamophobic microaggressions hurled her way. (As a Muslim WOC living in Amurica, sadly there is little shortage of such.)

In many ways, That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story feels like a natural progression: her husband and BFF Gehad is a frequent character in her comics (as is his ubiquitous red shirt), and of course her readers are dying to know how those two crazy (read: delightfully nerdy!) kids got together word office 2007 kostenlosen.

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What came next was a chaperoned courtship (involving some of the funniest panels in the book; to wit: Huda’s mom eavesdropping on their Pokemon debate), meeting the ‘rents, setting a date, the kitab (signing of the marriage contract) and, finally, the walima whatsapp downloaden pc windows 10.

Like Yes, I’m Hot in This, That Can Be Arranged dispels a lot of misconceptions that non-Muslims might have about arranged marriages publisher kostenlosen deutsch. For example, while their courtship was governed my myriad rules, Huda and Gehad had he final say in whether to do the thing (again: arranged, not forced) panzer spiele demo kostenlos downloaden. I especially loved how she compared her own experiences to Jane Austen, giving many Western readers a reference point to relate.

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Book Review: Don’t Panic!: How to Manage Your Finances—and Financial Anxieties—During and After Coronavirus by Christine Ibbotson (2020)

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Not Terribly Helpful – or Reassuring

two out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

I hate to start a review – any review – on such a negative note, BUT. Let me just say that it’s incredibly difficult to take someone seriously when they spout dumbfuck shit like this.

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The last thing anyone wants is to have families become homeless.

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Just three days ago he was bragging about smashing models at a coronavirus briefing.

So, yeah video youtube online herunterladen. I understand that you’re trying to stay upbeat and positive so as to not further stoke the flames, but could we just dispense with the niceties for the foreseeable future? Pretending like politicians or bankers give a flying fuck about the homeless or working poor does nothing for your credibility, okay.

With that out of the way, I wish I could say that the advice offered in Don’t Panic!: How to Manage Your Finances—and Financial Anxieties—During and After Coronavirus proved helpful – especially given the foul mood it put me in – but alas, it’s kind of a mixed bag herunterladen.

My meager investments, inherited from my late husband*, have taken a beating in the last six weeks, and I was hoping for some advice on protecting (and growing) what I have left in a volatile market. While there are a few general suggestions for managing your portfolio (Ibbotson seems partial to real estate, and there’s a solid emphasis on reorganizing your debt while interest rates are low), very little seems specially tailored to the current situation herunterladen.

Rather than focusing exclusively on the unique situation unfolding even now, there’s a lot of general advice: on budgeting and saving money; planning for your retirement; and estate planning. It feels like she’s trying to cover way too much in so few pages – really, what amounts to a booklet – and so she doesn’t really do justice to any of the topics she addresses top 100 charts download kostenlos legal.

For example, the section on reducing costs is laughably brief; Ibbotson suggests cutting back on what we spend on our pets by not buying them expensive toys. Idk about you, but one of my biggest – and most unpredictable – monthly expenditures is vet bills. An easy way to save some money is by purchasing medications online (Chewy is my favorite, but Allivet is good too) or at human pharmacies; the markup at a veterinarian’s office is mind-boggling windows live movie makeren gratis. Additionally, you can often – but not always! – save a ton by opting for the human versions of OTC supplements. The Costco brand glucosamine/chondroitin costs me about $25 for a one-year supply – a fraction of what just one bag of glucosamine/chondroitin dog chews will run you. (Always have your vet review the ingredients, and double check that they haven’t changed when replenishing your supply!)

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Inhalers are expensive, y’all herunterladen! Months of searching, and the cheapest I’ve been able to source Lemmy’s Flovent inhaler in the US is $275. I found the exact same inhaler going for ~$500 on my old veterinarian’s online store.
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Returning to an earlier point, it’s probably unfair to expect a book to adequately address a crisis that’s still developing herunterladen something. By their very nature, books are usually static and not easily updated. To that end, I’d recommend finding one or two reliable investment sites and following them religiously. (You can find Ibbotson at Ask the Money Lady, askthemoneylady.ca.) Don’t Panic! just isn’t worth the $4.95 investment.

* Yeah, you read that right: inherited. When he set up the accounts, he neglected to add my name as a joint owner or even a beneficiary, so the assets had to go through his estate before I could claim them. Minus the 6% MO state law mandated I pay the lawyer that I was legally required to hire. Fun, right! Pro tip: always list a beneficiary (TOD) on your accounts, if possible.

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Book Review: Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in Three Panels by Lisa Brown (2020)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

A cheeky idea with mixed results herunterladen.

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in Three Panels is pretty much what it sounds like, with two (admittedly nitpicky) differences: 1) the comics are anywhere from one to six panels; and 2) some of these are not what you (if you are of the snobby literary persuasion) would call “classics.”

Yes, there are the usual suspects: Shakespeare and Poe; Don Quixote and Madame Bovary; To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice river flows in you mp3 kostenlos. But you’ll also find some more contemporary works (The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), as well as books not uncommonly derided as “lowbrow” or “pedestrian” (Carrie, Twilight).*

This is a really clever concept that’s rather hit-or-miss in execution excel testversion herunterladen. The collection’s success really hinges on its reader’s familiarity with the books being parodied and, c’mon, who – outside of an English lit major – has read so many of these old and stuffy books usenext chip? (Moby Dick, ugh.) Or, if you haven’t yet read some of these titles but plan to, the spoilers are all but guaranteed to ruin your life.

Still, there are some pretty fun comics here meine signal iduna app herunterladen. In no particular order, I loved the Bible, by a bunch of anonymous, long-dead dudes; “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson (“Let’s all get together and kill Mrs online games zumen. Hutchinson.”); The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (“You can love someone and still be racist.”); Charlotte’s Web by EB White (“WRITERS make the best of friends mediathek sendungen. And then they DIE.”); and, of course, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (“DON’T. EAT. MEAT.”). And Carrie = words to live by lol client herunterladen.

I really think Brown could’ve done better with both The Handmaid’s Tale and Lolita, though herunterladen. Reducing Atwood’s message to “IT IS HARD TO BE A WOMAN” seems pretty simplistic, even for this project; any distillation that doesn’t contain the word “patriarchy” or “theocracy” is way off the mark herunterladen. And the Lolita strip just feels icky. Like, it’s a story about a pedophile rapist; no need to romanticize it with phrases like “fire of my loins” and “sin of my soul.” This makes child rape seem, like, complicated and existential when it’s just more of the same misogyny we all know and hate. KISS.

* fwiw, I hope the scare quotes adequately telegraph my disgust. Stephen King is one of my auto-reads!

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