Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Book in Review: The End is Now

The End is Now By: Rob Stennett
Fiction: religion, humor 329 pages
Book Count: 36

The small town of Goodland Kansas has been chosen to be the test market for the rapture and a small boy is the end times prophet. This is the premise of this unusual book. Its part comedy and part drama, written for Christian readers but not preachy, so over all and odd combination of a story. Up to the end the story keeps you guessing what will happen, also keep reading after the 1st "The End", there will be more.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Book in Review: The Meowmorphosis

The Meowmorphosis By: Franz Kafka & Coleridge Cook
Non-fiction, classics, humour 206 page
Book Count: 35

First, I would like to say that I was for more cats in classic lit, a decade ago. This book is another quirk classics book that combines classic lit. with fun changes. In this one instead of becoming a cockroach, Gregor Samsa wakes up to find that he has become a cat. He has the body of a very large cat, enjoys only foods that cats like, meows and likes cat type things, but part of him is still a man. This gets him in trouble with the other large number of men turned into cats in Prague. Besides the catness this is much like the original book and as such is a bit more depressing then other books remade. Like other books in the series there are Discussion Questions at the end. This ones varies between deep, humorous and just stupid.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

An Audiobook in Review: Lamb

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal By: Christopher Moore
Fiction: historic, humor
Book Count: 34

What better book to talk about on this year's date of the end of the world? This is, as the title suggests, the story of Jesus's life (called Joshua in the book) as told by his best friend, Levi called Biff. As anyone who have read other books by this author can guess, this is not meant to be realistic and would be a bit offensive if you read it as such. (Biff is constantly hitting on Mary [Jesus's mother as well as Magdala], one disciple is crazy, one flamingly gay, one smells of dogs, and there is nothing like preforming miracles on a caffeine high [Biff invents the cappuccino.]) The main part of the story goes over the time in Jesus's life that the gospels skip over (childhood, early adult). During this time they deal with accidental miracles, learning to be stone workers, because as Biff points its a desert; no trees, lots of rocks, and then search for the 3 wise men, learning all they can from them.

12 CD's 15 Hrs.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Book in Review: Curves Rule and Flat is Fabulous

Curves Rule and Flat is Fabulous By: Mauceri & Rubin
Non-fiction: fashion 129 pages
Book Count: 33

This book goes over what to look for in different clothing items based off of differnt body types that you may have. It is good about listing many different shapes the can be combined together, such as having large (or small) breasts, legs, butt, hips, and belly.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Book in Review: Forever Cool

Forever Cool By: Sherrie Mathieson
Non-Fiction, fashion 235
Book Count: 32

This is a book that shows a fashion for a type of thing (i.e. formal dress, work out clothes, suits etc) that is "Never Cool" and then a "Forever Cool" version of it with info on why one is a bad outfit and one is good. It is mainly a useful book for learning what works and doesn't, but it suffers from only having one author. It is quite clear that she looks good in bright/true reds, oranges, bright green and browns. She insists that if you are past a certain age/weight you can't wear, pink, purple, teal, burgundy or any pastels (except hot pink in preppy styles and if you are a guy) excluding the burgundy these are all colors that most people who can wear oranges and bright reds don't look good in. She does do some talking about coloring, but it doesn't fix with any theory of it that I have ever read. If you look good in the same colors as the author then the only problem is that I have never heard any other modern fashion person say "pleated slacks are always a good bet" even if you have a small waist & athletic thighs, as they make you look fat.

A Book in Review: What you wear can change your life

What you wear can change your life By: Trinny Woodall & Susannah Constantine
Non-fiction: fashion, 263 pages
Book Count: 31

This book was written by the host of the British version of "What Not to Wear". As such it has a lot of advice much like the TV show, but it is in an easy to find format and also includes things that they don't get into on the show like what all the differnt types of makeup do, how to pose for pictures to camoflage flaws, and how to store your things to make it easier to put together outfits. There were some issues with the fact that this was written in England, but most of the products named were brands that are also here and there was enought info given about many of them that you could find an equlivent product.

Friday, May 06, 2011

A Book in Review:Mistress of the Art of Death

Mistress of the Art of Death By: Ariana Franklin
Fiction: Mystery, History 384 pages
Book Count: 30

This book is what the TV show "Bones" would be like if it took place in 1177 England. The main character, Adelia, is a female doctor who is good with reading a body to see what killed them. She with a close Jewish male friend and her Muslin eunic are sent to England to find out who is killing the kids of a town. The townsfolk believe that it is the local Jewish population that killed the children as the story was that the first kid killed was crucified on Good Friday and found right in front of the land of one of the most prominent Jews in town. However, others were killed after the town's Jewish population were all locked in the local castle for their safety. The investigators religions (or lack of in the case of Adelia) cause the investigation to be even harder, as the town is full of mistrust for people "different" then them. And once they think one thing is solved a new problem happens. All and all a very interesting read with many unexpected twist and turns.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Note to Self: Fashions of a Decade The 1920's

Fashions of a Decade The 1920's By: Jacqueline Herald
Non-fiction: history, fashion 59 pages
Book Count: 29

A good mix of pictures and descriptions.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Note to Self: Atomic Bodyslams to Whiskey Zippers

Atomic Bodyslams to Whiskey Zippers: Cocktails for the 21st Century By: Adam Rocke
Non-fiction, food/cooking, 190 pages
Book Count: 28

This is a rather poorly researched book. It lists ales as a type of lager, arranges drinks by how powerful he thinks it is (although not by alcohol amounts), doesn't know why some drinks are shaken and some stirred, has a recipe for soda being "Very similar to COLA, without the color or sugar," has other ones that have the wrong alcohol in it (and in well known ones that everyone agrees on the ingredients to) and has useless hangover cures listed as "Sure-Fire Hangover Remedies". There are a number of easy, good looking recipes in here, but without knowing their names it is hard to find and there are also a number of ones that even he says are gross in the book itself. I am glad that the 50 cents that I spent on the book also went to help my local library, after reading this.