Month: February 2014

Book Review: Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty in the Underworld

Book Review: Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty in the Underworld

Twelfth in the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series and revolving around Kitty, a werewolf radio talk show host. My Take Normally, I enjoy the Kitty stories. Vaughn makes them fun and informative. This one? Not so much. It caught the informative bit as Vaughn delves into various Underworld myths, but how it related to the story was weak. It seemed more of stretch than anything else. The basic premise of the story was good, but its execution bit the big one. I can’t believe Kitty didn’t play to her strengths of talking to people. Of being intelligent. There were areas which were ignored which could have been played up for the drama of it. Other areas that were played up that made no sense. I mean, WTF? It’s a silver mine, and there are no beds or cots for the shapeshifters? Why not? What was the point? That the shapeshifters were merely cannon fodder? Then play that up. No blankets? A camp toilet?? They can haul in all those batteries, coolers, lamps, and the laptop, but they can’t haul in any comforts? They want to convince her, so wouldn’t the usual sort of ploy include a few comforts?? Do they […]

Posted February 28, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: David Rakoff’s Don’t Get Too Comfortable : The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never- Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems

Book Review: David Rakoff’s Don’t Get Too Comfortable : The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never- Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems

A series of 15 essays on the excess in our culture. My Take It’s well worth reading for Rakoff’s use of words as he has a beautiful way of writing whether he’s dishing or dashing his topic or himself. In general, he dishes himself, which I suspect is part of what attracts his fans. Each essay addresses a variety of issues as Rakoff leapfrogs from negative to positive and back again. History, politics, environment, consumerism, the shallowness and depth of the individual. And Rakoff. And he makes it work. I can’t agree with the book description as I don’t find it “bitingly funny” nor is he “mercilessly skewering”. Then again, maybe I’m simply more vicious…*shrugs shoulders*… In this particular book, his essays are the result of his field trips into trying on different roles or simply investigating. There’s his short stint as a cabana boy in Miami, exploring life after death and the possibilities of plastic surgery in others, the outrageous excesses of the Concorde with the contrasting down-home qualities of Hooter Air, making fun of our obsession with beautiful food and contrasting it with snobbish superiority over people in homeless shelters, his praise for Steve Brill’s naturalist forays into […]

Posted February 23, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments