Book Review: The Blondes: A Novel, Emily Schultz (2015)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

“Wow!” is right!

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for violence, forced pregnancy, and allusions to rape. This review contains minor spoilers, which are clearly marked.)

If you survive, the world you grow up in will be one that has experienced intense panic and distrust, violence and hysteria – though that’s a loaded word. I don’t think I would have used it before this past year. But now? All of us living with a disease that affects only girls and women? Hysteria is so bang on.

Authorities are now able to track the progression of symptoms, which are indeed similar to rabies. The public is advised to be wary – and here the prompter went into a list of symptoms – of women with raised voices, acting violently…

Lumbering, limping, exhibiting imbalance…

Flailing or throwing any object…

Grimacing, displaying a downturned expression…

“We’re not allowed to have downturned expressions?” the girl beside me muttered. “I mean,” she said a bit louder but still to me, “what if we’re just worried? In a bad mood? PMS?”

Several heads turned to look at her. It must have made her nervous because she ran her hand back through her hair. She was pale as an elephant’s tusk. […]

As I finished my sandwich, it occurred to me that the news captions on TV had all been directed at men. There was nothing about the symptoms women should look for in themselves.

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The White Man’s Burden (A Book Review)

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

The White Man’s Burden: Great book review or The Greatest Book Review ™?

Read on, and be your own decider person…

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Let Stephen impregnate you with his mind.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Though I’ve reviewed a few animal themed books for http://www.easyvegan.info, my AR/enviro blog, I’ve only sporadically posted book reviews over here. Now that I’m really into audiobooks – hey, what better to help work through the mind-numbing boredom of rote web editing? – I’m flying through my library. That, and a sudden influx of to-be-read-and-reviewed books via Library Thing and teh internets, and methinks I’m going to be drowning in reviews soon. What better place to post them than here?

I’ll start off with I Am America (And So Can You), by Dr. Stephen Colbert, DFA. Since the writer’s strike is still going strong, I’ve yet to watch a new episode of The Colbert Report in ’08. Luckily, the audio version of I Am America has helped to ease the pain somewhat. In all seriousness (and in direct contrast to my review), I do own both the hardcover and audio versions of I Am America, and the audio book is way better than the print version. Don’t get me wrong; the book is quite amusing, but Colbert’s reading gives it an extra pop that’s lacking in the book. It’s just like The Colbert Report, only without the visuals. Four stars for the hardcover, five for the audio book.

If you like the review, hop on over to Amazon.com and/or Library Thing and give me a thumbs up.

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Ralphie likes his Truth hot and hard.

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