Monday, July 24, 2017

Stellar Catchphrase Forever

Waste of Space by Gina Damico

Favorite Quotes/Lines:

“Meanwhile, the middle of the New Mexican desert is witnessing an altogether different type of erection.”

“According to the laws of astrophysics, everyone has to shut the hell up.”


“Emily Dickinson says that hope is the thing with feathers. But I think hope is the thing with a doorway.”

“Catchphrase forever!”

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This book took a little bit to sync with me but when it did, I couldn’t stop reading, it just kind of draws you into its orbit.  Gina Damico’s books are a must read for me because they are often bizarre but brilliant in a uniquely unexpected way.

The setup and style of the book reminded me a lot of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (another awesome book that takes a look at tropes/satirizes the reality TV shows and politics of the world.)  

Throughout the book you know something really big/really bad happened. You just don’t know what exactly. This book very entertainingly shows you how they all got to this point and how this crazy reality stunt idea imploded. I know it’s a satire of reality shows/culture but parts of it do feel pretty darn believable especially in the world we live in today. I mean just look at the memes and catchphrases like “catchphrase forever” something like that could totally happen.  

These ten contestants check off all the reality show cliche boxes and are a blast to read about. The whole casting process is insane I mean just look at Matt and Kaoru and how everyone is cast one way or another. Nico and Bacardi are my favorite personality wise and because of how the book ends.

Their adventures aboard the Laika ship make for really great reality TV. Plus you will be kept guessing about what’s real and what exactly is happening. Just when you think nothing Science Fiction-y is going to happen then WAM you’re in for quite the intriguing surprise.

The ending is stupendous and will make you wonder what would happen to these characters and their futures.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Question of the Day - What Book Have You Finished Recently and Would Highly Recommend?

Gina Damico’s books are a must read for me because they are often bizarre but brilliant in a uniquely unexpected way. This book is no different, it took me a little bit to get into but I really loved where it went and it's plethora of quirky characters.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Comics Time - Check These Out

I’ve been reading a bunch of comics lately, here are some really great ones that you should read ASAP.

This comic has a crazy premise but it really works. Seeing all the Looney Toons characters personified as humans = some really dark noir intrigue. Plus Elmer Fudd has never been more terrifying.

I love Iceman from the movies and even that really old I think super nintendo or nintendo game based off of the X-Men. This comic throws you into the current world of the X-Men and Bobby trying to find out exactly who he wants to be.

Justice League and Power Rangers, it really shouldn’t work as well as it does. I truly loved it though. The art is great and the story works well too. If you watched Power Rangers and like the Justice League too then you should definitely check this out.

If you saw the new Wonder Woman movie then you should definitely check out this comic. The stories are so well done and show just how well rounded this character can be.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines: Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children)

“This, you see, is the true danger of children: they are ambushes, each and every one of them.”

“It can be easy, in the end, to forget that children are people, and that people will do what people will do, the consequences be damned.”

“Every choice feeds every choice that comes after, whether we want those choices or no.)”

“There are moments that change everything, and once things have been changed, they do not change back.”

“The best beauty was the sort that took some seeking.”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review - Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

Quote that explains the series really well:

“...Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world. Other adventures must be committed to before they have even properly begun. How else will they know the worthy from the unworthy, if they do not require a certain amount of effort on the part of the ones who would undertake them? Some adventures are cruel, because it is the only way they know to be kind.”

5 out of 5 gnomes

Dark/Gothic story telling at its finest. What an awesome prequel. It was great to learn more about Jack and Jill's story especially after reading the first book. They spent a lot of time in a very different kind of world then what most the people who went through doors did.

This book lets you dig into more of their psychology and why they become who they do. They’re identical twins who never really had a chance to be who they wanted to be. Then they go to a dark fantastical world and are divided on two very different paths. Both paths are intriguing to read about too.

Lyrical writing and a tense setting equal a story that's hard to leave behind. Putting all the pieces together of their story fleshes out the characters well and I know I wouldn’t be adverse to having another story about them just to see what happens after the events of the first book now that I know more about them both.

I continue to adore the door mythology and all the laws behind them. This story shows that home and belonging can be extremely different depending on who you are. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series (I don’t think I’ve ever preordered anything so fast.) Check out this series ASAP.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sentence Sneak Peek - Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

Sentence Sneak Peek:

The first sentence from each chapter of Down Among the Sticks and Bones, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

PEOPLE WHO KNEW Chester and Serena Wolcott socially would have placed money on the idea that the couple would never choose to have children.”

THE WOLCOTTS LIVED in a house at the top of a hill in the middle of a fashionable neighborhood where every house looked alike.”

AGE SIX WAS KINDERGARTEN, where Jacqueline learned that little girls who wore frilly dresses every day were goody-goodies, not to be trusted, and Jillian learned that little girls who wore pants and ran around with the boys were weirdos and worse.”

JILLIAN AND JACQUELINE ran through the flowers like wild things— and in that moment, that brief and shining moment, with their parents far away and unaware of what their daughters were doing, with no one who dwelt in the Moors yet aware of their existence, they were wild things, free to do whatever they wanted, and what they wanted to do was run.”

THE MAN LED THEM through the silent town beyond the wall.”

JACK AND JILL were tucked away in the same round tower room, in two small beds shaped like teardrops, with their heads at the widest point and their feet pointed toward the tapering end.

DR. BLEAK LIVED OUTSIDE the castle, outside the village; outside the seemingly safe bulk of the wall.”

IT WOULD BECOME QUICKLY dull, recounting every moment, every hour the two girls spent, one in the castle and one in the windmill, one in riches and one in artfully mended rags: it would become quickly dull, and so it shall not be our focus, for we are not here for dullness, are we?”

THE INN OWNED by Alexis’s parents was small and cozy and reasonably clean, as such things went.”


SHE SHOULD BE HERE by now,” said Jack, putting aside the bone saw she had been carefully sharpening.”

SEE THEM NOW, two girls— almost women, but still not quite, not quite— running hand in hand across the vast and unforgiving moor.”

DESCENDING THE STAIRS as a twelve-year-old had been tiring but achievable: the work of hours, the amusement of an afternoon.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review - When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

My Favorite Quotes/Lines:

“Strange things were happening in the pit of his stomach. Fun things.”

“Even his eyebrows looked embarrassed, somehow. Dimple felt a little bad for him. But not that bad, because he was the one who’d said it.”

“And then, once you’d been together awhile, bam. The gauzy lust-curtain fell away and you realized you’d married an alligator with bad breath.”

“The realization was alarming. Concerning. And not altogether unwelcome.”
“...but all he felt was this warm, almost gooey feeling in his chest. Like his heart was wrapped in microwaved Nutella.”

4 out of 5 gnomes

Dimple & Rishi is a pretty darn adorable book.  

When they first meet, they couldn't be any more different. Dimple is about as nontraditional as she can get and Rishi is all about tradition. Both characters are well written and will make you feel for them.

It gives you a look at tradition versus new and whether arranged marriage could work for them. There are some great characters and chemistry abounds.

The banter between Dimple and Rishi is very well done. It's a fun read for the most part as you get to know them and see their relationship grow. They slowly well as cliche as it sounds they find themselves.

The story gives a great look at culture and identity and the ending especially feels like a Rom Com movie. It's the kind of book that will just make you smile while reading it.