Bestiality is a running gag: "There's nothing wrong with fucking a male sheep, because if I did find something wrong with it, that would mean I was insensitive to the needs of the gay sheep community…"...It's hard not to feel revulsion for everything while reading this book – certainly the human body, sex, thought, animals, and life itself.
For dedicated movie buffs, a handful of choice remarks on the personal habits of stars provides respite from tedious details...Ultimately, the book is a charmed and mostly charming tribute to off-screen lives during a period many may regard as Hollywood's finest.
In this latest crisis, waves of wild magic are flowing from Rachel’s ley-line, causing charms to misfire, often with devastating results...A great ride in and of itself, rather than simply a buildup to the finale, which is sure to be whiz-bang.
The good news, mathematically speaking, is that the stories are pretty much 100% brilliant...Since the stories are also, as always, extremely funny, Moore has come to enjoy the unusual distinction of being just about the darkest light writer around.
But One More Thing is unfortunately padded with way too many things. While several of the shorter sketches are charmingly whimsical, few have the impact of either flash fiction or the aphoristic, often Zen-koan-like...The result is a collection that would have been much stronger with many fewer things.
...it is full of loose ends—a reconciliation with his brother, the attempt to fake a recording from 1932—that the author never ties together, perhaps since Jimmy’s is not the sort of tidy life. Whatever its novelistic flaws, the rock criticism and pop-culture insights are sharp throughout.
...its final moments of transcendence come in a deeply moving and uniquely Shteyngartian journey back to Russia. Traveling alongside his long-suffering parents, Igor/Gary closes a circle or two. And he allows his father to speak a few final words about an emotion born from many generations of suffering: guilt.
Every time that "mysterious" giraffe - dubbed Kevin by Lulu - was mentioned, my eyes glazed over. It was an absurd distraction from the plot.
A stocking stuffer for die-hard Burgundians or a gag gift to bring to Wes Mantooth’s holiday party, but nothing more than that.
...what's particularly enjoyable about her story is the rhapsodic way that she beautifully describes that bygone world.
Readers looking for nuance will not find it here, but there are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades, making this the kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever.
Wasson, a visiting professor of film at Wesleyan University, explains Fosse’s achievement in prose that apparently is meant to summon the spirit of a Fosse show.
According to an interview with Danny Baker, Lewisohn anticipates the next tome will be along in five or six years – just enough time, at a push, to digest this momentous first volume.
There are cliches aplenty, and awkward sentences such as "My words hung in the air without reply and eventually evaporated." There is also some nickel-and-dime psychology: Johnny's mother "was indifferent and lacked emotion."....there is something distasteful about this self-aggrandizing rehashing.
The difficulties of a well-heeled widow just don’t tap the wells of indulgence that the younger Bridget mined.
If not the last word on Norman Mailer (what could be?), this book is likely to be the standard biography for this generation.
Sharp dialogue, terrific pacing, physical hijinks, slapstick, a couple to root for, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers — it's no surprise that The Rosie Project is bound for the big screen. But read it first.
Fans of Parks and Recreation and Offerman’s brand of deadpan humor are sure to gorge themselves on the healthy portion he provides.
As a book about a cinematic comedy of errors, “The Disaster Artist” is much better than the mess of a movie it describes.
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.