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Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block
Pretty Dead

Kirsten, April 17, 2010

This book was a confusing muddle, and like much of Block's other recent work, it feels unfinished. Block seems to have gotten really lazy about using characters' clothes and their brand names as shortcut characterization. She's always used clothing in an almost fetishistic way (or in an out-and-out magical way, as in "Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys"), but the way she used brand name clothing in this novel just felt lazy.

There are portions of the novel that I really enjoyed; I liked the vignettes describing how Char and William were present for some of the greatest disasters in recent history, and the feeling that doom followed them. But most of the novel just didn't make that much sense. [close]
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The Planets by Dava Sobel
The Planets

Kirsten, January 2, 2007

This was really disappointing. I was excited to read something that gives a good summary of what we know about the planets in the solar system, since I haven't read about them in any organized way since I was a pretty young kid. Unfortunately, this is just sort of ill-conceived; Sobel makes use of some annoying conceits to impart information (the most annoying being the chapter on Mars, which is told from the viewpoint of a meteorite!) and really doesn't go in-depth at all.
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Kirsten, December 23, 2006

I'm honestly not a huge Frank Miller fan; I don't really like the boxy way he tends to draw human figures, and I have some... philosophical issues with Sin City. BUT, it's impossible to deny his impact on the industry, particularly in the case of The Dark Knight Returns. This and Alan Moore's The Watchmen basically revamped (and some say ruined) the costumed superhero. With this book, as well, Miller firmly establishes comic books as being "for grown ups," if only due to the violence therein. I still feel some ambivalence toward Miller's work, but this is an undeniably powerful portrayal of Batman.
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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
I Am Legend

Kirsten, August 18, 2006

This volume is actually comprised of Matheson's short novel I am Legend, as well as several of his short stories. I would actually probably give I am Legend 4.5 or even 5 stars, but the short stories were less inspiring.
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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle

Kirsten, August 18, 2006

Cassandra Mortmain, who lives in what remains of a crumbling castle with her eccentric family, starts a journal to record her daily life and hone her writing skills. Her family is completely destitute because her father, who is a writer, has suffered from writer's block for years and spends his time doing crossword puzzles and reading mysteries. When Cassandra's sister, Rose, desperately announces that she would marry rich just to avoid living in poverty any longer, everyone pretty much takes it as a joke -- until the new American owner of the estate where the castle is situated appears. With the appearance of Simon and Neil Cotton, everything changes for the Mortmains, and Cassandra records it all in her journal.

Oh wow, I loved this to bits! It may have helped that at the same time I was reading this, I came across one of my old journals from when I was about the same age as the narrator, which had the effect of totally reminding me of how Important everything was then. Smith captures the voice of a very bright but inexperienced teenage girl perfectly. This is set in the 1930's, but I would highly recommend it to people who like Jane Austen.
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