valerie_z: (River object)
( Dec. 11th, 2008 06:32 pm)
I just read World War Z by Max Brooks. Thumbs up. There will be a movie, right?

Of course, now I can't sleep ever again.
valerie_z: (Elitist intellectual liberal witch)
( Aug. 11th, 2008 06:07 pm)
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. This book scared the crap out of me. And it wasn't that it was filled with zombies or anything. It just had that scare-the-crap-out-of-you tone. Very suspenseful, with a good ending.
valerie_z: (Quinn journal)
( Jun. 11th, 2008 03:54 pm)
I read The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar and I didn't especially like it. It wasn't horrible or anything, but the plot danced around for most of the book without going anywhere. There were interesting characters and some humor, but I wanted to like it more than I could. It just didn't get there.

Now I'm onto Chuck Palahniuk's new book. I'm still reading that Oscar Wilde biography too.
valerie_z: (Magneto God works too slowly)
( Jun. 8th, 2008 12:07 pm)
Recently I read And then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. It's an office comedy written in the style of Catch-22. At some points I was like, "We get it! You like Catch-22!" but overall it was a fun, light read. After I read it I wrote to the author via MySpace and he responded.

Lately I want to read all comedy by living writers, so if anyone has any recommendations, I'd love to hear them. Thanks.
valerie_z: (Rosencrantz boats by jess79)
( Jul. 7th, 2006 07:32 pm)
The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry. I read this on audiobook during my recent car trips. It was way better than The Liar but it wasn't as good as Making History, so I'm wondering if maybe Stephen Fry had to write two or three mediocre novels before he could start producing good ones.

Favorite quotes:

"Your Uncle Michael, on the other hand, has a large nature."
"And an even larger bank balance."
This was not worthy of a reply. It was true that I valued Michael's friendship highly, and Rebecca's not a wit, but I liked to think there was more to it than money. But then, I liked to think the world venerated poets and one day wars would end and television personalities be wiped out by a fatal virus. Between what I liked to think, and the cold state of things, fell one hell of a shadow.

"The point is, you can't start a poem with wanting to write about some capital-letter idea like Purity or Love or Beauty. A poem is made of real words, real things. You start with the base, physical world and your own base, physical self. If some meaning or beauty comes out of it, then that is, I suppose, the wonder of art."

In conclusion, read Making History and hope that Stephen Fry's next book follows the pattern of being better than his last book.
valerie_z: (Brian Coffee)
( Jun. 22nd, 2006 12:21 pm)
Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier.

This is the guy from The Dog Whisperer. If you've seen every episode of The Dog Whisperer, some of it might be repetitive. But if you've only seen a few episodes and you're interested in finding out more, the book would make a great source.

Watching the show actually helped us a lot with training Abby, so I'd recommend both the book and the television show.

One of my favorite parts of the book (paraphrased) was when Cesar was talking about how, when people buy a dog to replace a dog that's passed away, the new dog often absorbs their emotional issues. But because dogs live in the moment all the time, when they die, they have probably had a fuller life than you will.

The best part was how, a few times in the book, Cesar compared training a dog with the way his wife trained him. I'm hoping Illusion Millan writes a book titled "The Husband Whisperer".


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