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Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

Posted by Caitie F on January 18, 2015

Title: Texts from Jane Eyre20695981
Author: Mallory Ortberg
Hardcover: 226 pages
Pub Date: Nov 4, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield.

Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.

Mini-Review:

This book is a lot of fun and is laugh of loud funny. As long as you have read the source material (or at least know it). It is so creative and fun. My personal favorites were probably Jane Eyre and Gone with the Wind, but all of them are good.

My one wish is that it would have been longer. When each entry was over, I always hoped there was more.

It is the kind of book you need to own, so when you have read the books that are referenced that would didn’t know before, you can appreciate Ortberg’s brilliance.

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The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde

Posted by Caitie F on October 6, 2014

Title: The Eye of Zoltar
Author: Jasper Fforde
Hardcover: 416 pages
Pub Date: Oct 7, 2014
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Although she’s an orphan in indentured servitude, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is pretty good at her job of managing the unpredictable crew at Kazam Mystical Arts Management. She already solved the Dragon Problem, avoided mass destruction by Quarkbeast, and helped save magic in the Ununited Kingdoms. Yet even Jennifer may be defeated when the long-absent Mighty Shandar makes an astonishing appearance and commands her to find the Eye of Zoltar—proclaiming that if she fails, he will eliminate the only two dragons left on earth.

How can a teenage non-magician outdo the greatest sorcerer the world has ever known? But failure is unacceptable, so Jennifer must set off for the mysterious Cadir Idris in the deadly Cambrian Empire—a destination with a fatality index of fifty percent. With the odds against them, will Jennifer and her traveling companions ever return to the Kingdom of Snodd?

Review:

This series continues to be one of my favorites. I always worry that a great series will go downhill, especially when it starts as well as this one did!

Jennifer Strange continues to be a fantastic character. She is smart, funny, and adventurous. She looks at the world differently than most other people. She cares about all of those around her and always thinks of others.

My second favorite character in this book was the princess who has to deal with being…not a princess for a little while. She starts off as such a spoiled little brat, which is really fun to read. Sure, she is annoying, but understanding how ridiculous she is just makes her funny! She is also really smart when it comes to very specific areas.It is nice that she isn’t a complete stereotype.

This book had a lot of action and imagination in it. I don’t know how Fforde thinks of so many of the beast and rules of the world, but they are all great. If you want to flex your imagination a little, you need to read this series.

My one complaint is a couple of the side characters felt a little flat. I get that part of it was just who they are, but I would have liked to see a little more.

This continues to be one of my favorite series and I will be so excited to read the next book!

Have you read any of Fforde’s books?

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Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

Posted by Caitie F on July 2, 2014

Title: Gods Behaving Badlygods
Author: Marie Phillips
Hardcover: 293 pages
Pub Date: Dec 10, 2007
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse–and none too happy about it. And they’ve had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees–a favorite pastime of Apollo’s–is sapping their vital reserves of strength.

Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?

Review:

If you would love to see what the Greek gods of the Percy Jackson books would look like if they were in an adult book, look no further. They were manipulative in that middle grade series, but that is nothing compared to how they act in this book and it is fantastic.

Can you blame them? They are gods no one believes in anymore and their power is dwindling, so when they use what is left, they make it count. Sure, mostly it is vengeance (the book starts with Apollo turning a woman into a tree because she doesn’t want to sleep with him), but everything in mythology shows that is what they would be like. It may not be right, but it is entertaining!

The humans in the story, Alice and Neil are great as well. They are just good people trying to make their way in the world who get caught up with these gods. Their goodness makes it a lot more interesting, especially when they have to try to be epic heroes. I especially love Neil and his reactions to the gods.

This is overall a really fun book to read. If you want something a little more light-hearted and quick, this would be an excellent choice.

 

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Posted by Caitie F on March 25, 2014

Title: Hyperbole and a Half17571564
Author: Allie Brosh
Paperback:: 384
Pub Date: Oct 29, 2013
Publisher: Touchstone
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Pictures

Words

Stories about things that happened to me

Stories about things that happened to other people because of me

Eight billion dollars*

Stories about dogs

The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness

 

Review:

I never read Allie Brosh’s blog, but I was familiar with her art, I have seen the clean all the things image in that form and many others. I went into this book knowing not very much.

And I loved it. It was funny. It was smart. It was a little heart-breaking.

It has an insightful look at depression. Of course it isn’t how everyone experiences depressions, but it showed how it can affect a person. These serious chapters made the book. Otherwise, it would have just been a silly book of stories about her dog. Instead, it is one of the best books of the year.

There are a lot of really funny stories about her dog. There were times I had tears streaming down my cheeks from laughing so hard.

Everyone older teenager and adult should read this book.

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Lost in Bermooda by Mike Litwin

Posted by Caitie F on March 1, 2014

Title: Lost in Bermooda18378840
Author: Mike Litwin
Hardcover: 144 pages
Pub Date: March 1, 2014
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

Bermooda is a tropical island that is undiscovered by the outside world and is primarily populated by walking, talking cows of human intelligence. The cows came to the island hundreds of years agao by a ship carrying livestock that wrecked upon the shoals around the southern tip of the island.

They have since formed their own quaint, mootpian tropical island society. Life is good on Bermooda, and the residents are mostly content to be unknowing of and unknown to the world beyond their horizons. Bermooda has no “outsiders,” and most prefer to keep it that way.

That is, until Chuck ventures into the boneyard alone and discovers a young human boy who has been washed up unconscious on the sandbar! The young boy’s name is Dakota and doesn’t seem as scary as Chuck thought humans should be. Chuck decides to “cow-mouflage” Dakota to pass as a bovine in town.

Dakota and Chuck become fast friends, but trouble is brewing and Dakota’s true identity is at risk of being discovered.

Review:

This book just shows that a silly, fun book can be absolutely perfect for what it is.

I has so much fun reading this young middle grade novel. It had so much silliness to is with words like “cow-mouflage” and the image of what humans are (we have claws!).

It also has a sweet message about being different as Chuck doesn’t have too many friends before finding Dakota. It has some about families and helping each other out.

Mostly it is a fun adventure that kids will love. There is so much to imagine together. It can be read aloud or independently, either way the whole family can join in the fun.

 

Go get this for the kid in your life!

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