recent book reviews

In my recent book review for Hiramatsu Tadashi Animation Gashuu (Tadashi Hiramatsu Animation Art Book), I said that I would do another post focusing on the Yuri!!! on Ice content from that publication, so here we go!  This book is a collection of illustrations by Tadashi Hiramatsu, an artist who has done work for many titles, including character designs and animation direction for Yuri!!! on Ice.  Out of the 232 pages, 14 of them are devoted to pictures for the beloved skating anime.  If you’re looking for specific characters, please note that most of the images are of Yuri, Victor, or Yurio.  The only picture that has any of the other male skaters is the image shown above. It’s a nice group pic, however Leo, Emil, and Georgi are not in it, which means they don’t appear in this book. There aren’t any pictures of the ladies from this show, either (there are plenty of images of female characters from other anime, though).  As for Makkachin, the cute doggie appears on the book’s cover, but not on any of the pages inside.

Hopefully there’ll be another art book someday which shows more of the characters, but at any rate the pics that do appear in this book are still very nice, ranging from production sketches to full color promotional art.  Check out this great sketch of Yuri and Victor from episode 2:

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Recently Read: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

This book was torturous.

Like seriously. Just emotionally devastating from page one. At the very surface level it is about 4 college friends and their lives after moving to New York but what this book is actually about is trauma, friendship, recovery, and the ability or inability to move on with your life after unspeakable horror. Nature versus nurture. Whether or not people actually can change or if their fates are sealed from the very beginning.

I have really mixed feelings about this book. I’m confused because by the first 30 pages I knew it would be one of the best I read all year and by the first 100 I truly felt that it will be one of the best books I read in my life. It is compelling but maybe not enjoyable? Demanding and yet not satisfying. It can be emotionally manipulative and overdone and yet a simple and astonishing story with metaphor about front porch lights and summer honey had me closing the book and wiping away tears. 

Yanagihara is an incredibly storyteller. She has emerged as a truly fantastic new(ish) voice in contemporary literature and I don’t think this is the last we will hear from her. Her timing was phenomenal throughout most of this book - the way she slipped in pieces of this horrifying story was masterful and just indicative of a true understanding of craft. She is a force to be reckoned with and so is this book. 

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Relationship status: Single

Favorite color: Blue

Lipstick or chapstick: Chapstick; I can’t wear lipstick for the life of me. I’ll get it everywhere.

Last song you listened to: IU’s Good Day

Last movie you watched: Annabelle

Top 3 characters: Howl, Christina Yang, Penelope Garcia

Top 3 ships: Sope, Namjin, Vminkook

Books you are currently reading: I haven’t read in a while. I still have 3 Jane Austen books, Candide by Voltaire, and few other ones waiting for me on top of fics. The only books I’ve opened recently are nursing review books >.<

Top 5 musicals: Oooh…I’m not too well versed on musicals. So I’m just gonna list 5 that I’ve watched and enjoyed (and I think are considered musicals?): Rent, Anything Goes , Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and Sweeney Todd

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(As always, you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to :) )

Bookmas Series: 18th December 2016
A review by my grandmother Helen Moore.

Life after Life - kate Atkinson

Rating: 9/10

This book covers life from 1910 - 1967 which encompasses living during both World wars. It is an extremely unusual book and is an ingenious idea for a novel that I really enjoyed it once I understood the story line and is about the possibility of being able to live your life more than once.

The novel is about a girl and her family during 1910-1967 and shows the families lives as they continue through the book. However, the girl Ursula dies and relives her life more than once and in many different ways; some lives are happier and more successful than others. Her various deaths are varied and sometimes unexpected and the narrative jumps from one life to another as you progress through the book.

It is a very clever but complex story that I would recommend it to anyone who likes something a bit quirky and different!

Recent Readings: Quickie Book Reviews

Lately I’ve been reading up a storm. If you’re looking for a new book, here’s a review of what I’ve read so far in 2014 (listed in order of preference):

Me Before You: Loved this book so much. It’s the kind of story that makes you want to go out and live your life to the fullest. Louisa, a 28 year old who has lived a relatively sheltered life becomes a caregiver for 30-something Will who once was a successful and active man and after a terrible road accident is left a wheel-chair bound quadriplegic. The two have very little in common and come together to teach each other important life lessons. Seriously, read this immediately.

The Glass Castle: Another recent favorite, this is a memoir of a woman who grew up with an unstable and sometimes homeless family. The author is now successful and living in NYC while her parents remain homeless. Really interesting look at her life and her parent’s choices.

Fangirl: A really fun read that took me about two days to get through. Cath and her twin sister are huge fans of a Harry Potter type series and this story takes us through their lives adjusting to college (boys, friends, etc) and leaving their fan fiction world behind.

Eleanor & Park: Same author as Fangirl yet I didn’t love it quite as much, but still a good read. The story of two misfits from different walks of life falling in love on their bus rides to school.

Orange is the New Black: I loved the Netflix show so I was intrigued to hear the real story of Piper’s year in a women’s prison. Since it’s the actual story it isn’t nearly as dramatic as the tv show (I’d recommend reading the book before watching the show) so it took me a while to get into this but I found this insider look at the prison system and how it’s failing America really interesting (and upsetting).

Dark Places: From the same author as Gone Girl (a personal favorite), this is the story of a girl trying to figure out the mystery behind who killed her entire family, 20 years later. It is a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat type mystery and Flynn is an excellent author but be warned, this book is super dark so while I found it hard to put down, I wouldn’t say that I loved it.

Now it’s time for a new book, have you read anything recently that you loved?

There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
—  A Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
What Archaeologists Really Think About Ancient Aliens, Lost Colonies, And Fingerprints Of The Gods

It’s no secret that far more people watch TV shows like the History Channel’s ‘Ancient Aliens’ than attend lectures by professional archaeologists and historians.  Millions of people tune in to watch TV series and docu-dramas with a questionable grip on facts about the past.  The stories spun by producers and writers may have some basis in truth, but they’re largely stories — they’re compelling stories, though, and they’re aimed at a general audience the way that most academic output isn’t.

People are also reading books about ancient aliens and other forms of pseudoarchaeology, according to archaeologist Donald Holly. He starts a recent open-access book review section in the journal American Antiquity by asking archaeologists to entertain the idea of pseudoarchaeology — just for a little bit — so that we can create better teachable moments, whether we’re talking to students or to anyone interested in our jobs.  People who read these books are not ignorant or obstinate, he points out, but rather undecided about alternative archaeological explanations and clearly interested in understanding the past. Read more.

I didn’t get to stop missing her. Ever. It was the thing that my life had handed me, and no matter how heavy it was, I was never going to be able to set it down. But that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to be okay. Or even happy. I couldn’t imagine it yet exactly, but maybe a day would come when the hole inside me wouldn’t ache quite so badly and I could think about her, and remember, and it would be all right. That day felt light-years away, but right at this moment I was standing on a tower in the middle of Tuscany and the sunrise was so beautiful that it hurt.

And that was something.

—  Jenna Evans Welch