Month: July 2016

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

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I’ve read at least 4 other works by David Sedaris, so I figured I would have the same reaction to this one. Even if I didn’t like the stories, at least the title was entertaining—and it was only $5 at Barnes and Noble!

My favorite stories of his usually involve his family. My favorite story out of this book was him telling about his colonoscopy experience. His father kept begging him to get one after he did—when Sedaris was only in his early 20’s—but Sedaris refused of course. It wasn’t until his sister got one that he decided he might try it. She described it as being the best thing she ever did and it was like being on a drug high essentially. The best part is when he gets done with the procedure and is moved to the “farting room.” I’ll leave that one to the imagination.

Some other topics covered are politics, visiting Asia, going to the dentist, losing his passport and visas, and a few fictional essays where he writes in first person POV. It’s been a few weeks since I finished the book, and I have the hardest time remembering things I’ve read if I don’t write anything down.

I admit this wasn’t my favorite of his works (“Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim”) but it wasn’t his worst either. I thought this one was quite a bit more political than the others. To be fair, it was published in 2013, the year Obama was reelected. Although I don’t agree with Sedaris religiously or politically, he writes in a way that is borderline offensive but comes off entertaining and hilarious. I wish I had as much funny material to write about as he does.

 

I give this book 3.5/5

 

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Me Before You

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I haven’t reviewed a movie since I started this blog and funny enough, one of them was The Theory of Everything, another disabled man-meets-perfect-soulmate romance (with a few more things found here.)

Let me start off by saying Sam Claflin played Finnick in The Hunger Games movies. There, got that off my chest. Some people don’t realize this. I’m all about movie trivia. So, if you thought he was sexy while trying to escape murderous monkeys and flesh-eating fog, he’s even sexier when he plays a quadriplegic. My husband just shakes his head at me.

I was totally going to go buy this book and read it before I saw the movie but let’s be honest, I have way too many books on my to-read list and I really wanted to see this tear-jerker movie. I forced my husband to not stare at me while I bawled my eyes out. I tend to not cry when he’s staring at me and smirking because he thinks I’m cute but I’d rather just cry as hard as I want to get completely involved in the lives of the characters who are obviously not real people. That’s what writers and readers do, right?

Without giving too much away, here’s a brief synopsis: woman needs job-gets job that no one else can stand taking care of an angry quadriplegic-said quad refuses to try to live in his new body because he misses his old life too much-girl befriends man-girl tries to help man find joy in life-girl and man fall in love–and

****SPOILERS AHEAD****

 

needle runs off the record–he commits assisted suicide ANYWAY! Why do good romance movies always end this way? Why does the man HAVE to die? I mean, couldn’t he just have decided that Clarke could make him happy and give him a new life? I understand him being stubborn about the whole thing, I’m pretty stubborn myself. But COME ON. The audience would have left the theater a whole lot happier. We all would have gone home with a nice warm fuzzy feeling instead of cold, dead-inside, mascara-running faces. This is why I need to read the book because there MUST be a reason this character had to die. The movie simply couldn’t explain everything in the book or it would be 8 hours long. I need to read the book to see if I’m happier with the outcome.

Has anyone actually read the book? Is it any different or am I doomed?

I give this movie a 4.5/5 only because of the ending.