My last recaps were of Grey, which -- if you hadn't heard -- had the fantastically original idea of retelling the whole first book of the 50 Shades trilogy, but from Christian's point of view. And in theory, getting inside of the head of a 27 year old self-made billionaire orphan crack baby with Mommy … Continue reading All Men Are Sociopaths: Chapter 1 of “The Mister”
Well. My resolution to go easy on EL James didn't even make it to the first page. Because The Mister opens with one of the laziest prologue chapters I've ever read, and it immediately brought me right back to all of my least favorite things about 50 Shades -- Christian's tortured, poverty-stricken childhood flashbacks. For the … Continue reading Webster’s Dictionary Defines Heavy-Handed As…: “Prologue” of The Mister
In the years since I wrote my Grey recaps, I had a slight change of heart where EL James was concerned. Not because I suddenly felt that hers' was a work of staggering genius, but rather that it is curious that the two most hated works of fiction in the last 10-ish years were Twilight … Continue reading Fine, Let’s Do This: Recapping EL James’s “The Mister”
Whether you caught all seven (slightly rushed) episodes of the BBC’s recent detective show, or read the original books by JK Rowling (The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm), you may feel stuck finding something similar that scratches a similar itch until the show returns sometime next year. What made Strike a more enjoyable piece of detective … Continue reading Finished BBC’s Strike? Here’s what to read next
I'm catching up on all of the reading I've done so far this year, so I wanted to do a quick series of monthly recaps with my most-recommended books. Let's start, as one does, with January: 1. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Haruki Murakami's autobiographical reflections on his life as a … Continue reading Top 3 Books for January 2017
I originally bought Gary's 43-page book(? essay? novella?) out of a desire to hear the other side of the argument on feminism. Nobody should be stuck in an echo chamber, right? Particularly if that argument comes in longer format than the average Reddit post or blog article where, theoretically, the author would have spent more time … Continue reading Review: We should all be equalists by Gary Snow
Bit of a sensational headline, but for those of you who are watching, 1: I do want to discuss spoilers so — SPOILER WARNING — but 2: I more want to discuss why this is being heralded as some kind of instant classic when it’s... not very good? Subjective opinions are just that, but apart … Continue reading Anyone else watching Westworld through a lens of miserable apathy?