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Mockingjay (Library Binding) by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay (Library Binding)

amanda.sledz, November 8, 2011

I'm stunned by the number of positive reviews listed here. While "The Hunger Games" is probably the best young adult book I've ever read, and the follow-up "Catching Fire" is equally amazing, what Suzanne Collins does to her final book in the series is tragic. I haven't been so disappointed in a series since George R. R. Martin destroyed the Song of Fire and Ice series with "A Feast For Crows." The protagonist (Katniss) transforms from an inspirational, dedicated warrior to a sniveling crybaby, perpetually discovering the happenings of the outside world courtesy of spoon feeding from a number of characters I've intentionally forgotten. The comic relief/light romance of her relationship with Peeta is destroyed in favor of fostering heavy-handed anti-war propaganda that's downright boring. Like a lot of readers, I've chosen to pretend the final book in these series doesn't exist, and I've warned folks who fell in love with the first two books that number three might feel like a harsh let down. Perhaps Suzanne Collins was rushed to finish, in order to capitalize on the growing word-of-mouth success of "The Hunger Games." Either way, this is an unfortunate ending to an otherwise awesome series.
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Taz the Temporary Autonomous Zone 2ND Edition by Hakim Bey
Taz the Temporary Autonomous Zone 2ND Edition

amanda.sledz, November 5, 2011

My first encounter with Hakim Bey was prior to official publication, when the essay "Chaos" was making speedy rounds across the primitive internet. More than one friend printed off these essays and handed them to me with a wide-eyed hysteria, promising that I needed to read them, that they rewired with the same unexpected a-ha as "Cosmic Trigger" by Robert Anton Wilson. To this day, Temporary Autonomous Zone is my most borrowed and stolen book, with every word poised to fry your untended mind-meat into a bloody steak capable of walking out of your head and turning back into cow.
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David Bowie: Starman by Paul Trynka
David Bowie: Starman

amanda.sledz, October 18, 2011

After reading this book, it occurred to me that when I read a biography, my intent is to learn something new about the subject - not just in terms of the activities that occupied his or her life, but what motivates the subject, and what events and ideas have informed this motivation. "Starman" seems to be more of a scientific paper, that began with the hypothesis that David Bowie is simply a collage musician, harvesting images and ideas from his peers, then strategically arranging them with the advice of those he exploits. If Trynka found any information contrary to this hypothesis, he chose not to include it. This book reads like a timeline, offers little to no information about how Bowie's mind actually works or what inspires him, and skims and skips over some of the most interesting parts of his life. It's apparent that Trynka had little to no access to Bowie himself, and therefore had to rely on a mishmash of short-term girlfriends and long-term enemies when cobbling together this bloated book.
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