I had been up since 3am yesterday because after Dump returned to the White House from the hospital and promptly took his mask off, I was just livid and it wouldn't let me sleep. And then the pictures of him going around without a mask, and then making that "don't worry" video... Yeah, let's just … Continue reading I had to rein in my anger at Dump yesterday after the incomparable Beau reminded me of something…
My Copy: 9780867196016 (image from bn.com) This one's a bit tricky to describe, as it's the last of the series. It's satisfying in one way and has so much in it that it probably could've made enough material for two more books. It's not some super-thick volume, it's just a lot that's tackled in these … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780867195996 (image from bn.com) This volume has a darker tone to it than some others, and that's even after all the death we've read about so far, and the challenges Gen and the other children have faced. Gen and Ryuta are trying hard to keep their families going (adopted and otherwise). I love … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 8: Merchants of Death, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9781935429067 (image from bn.com) Oh how the heavens shake...or certainly the Earth is around Tokyo now. Akira is alive, awake, and in charge of the Great Tokyo Empire (whatever that is). At least, that's what his supporters and worshipers believe. Tetsuo is his loyal right-hand, determined to understand Akira more...even if it means … Continue reading Akira (volume 4), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9780679735250 (image from npr.org, link to recently published version) I blame my incessant watching of Apocalypse Now for making me read this book at this moment...though it wasn't a hard sell. I'd wanted to read it for some time, and I'm glad I did. Dispatches is kind of an experience, and a much … Continue reading Dispatches, by Michael Herr
And I don't mean movies about illness. I'm talking about those movies that are actually pretty good to watch when you're sick and can't move around much, and just want it on for noise or distraction. Since I suddenly got a bad cold or something about 24 hours ago and am half out of my … Continue reading My Top 5 “Flu Movies”
My Copy: 9780451167712 With the fantastic Academy Award-winning movie a pop-culture staple (that I'd seen at least a dozen times), I have to say I'm not terribly surprised that the book was just as good--if not better. I was afraid that reading this would lead me to skipping big chunks of it as scenes from the … Continue reading The Godfather, by Mario Puzo
I do my damnedest never to include spoilers, though I will reference some bits of the film to make my point regarding the book. So if you've seen it like half the world has, then you've already spoiled some of it for yourself (ha ha). Seriously, I will minimize the spoiler exposure for the rest of you, but that's the curse of reviewing a pop culture staple--it can't be helped.