angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
Book more than 100 years old: 12 Years a Slave (1853) by Solomon Northup

  • You can read it here. It's on Librivox, but I didn't like that dudes voice for this.


Book with a Love Triangle: East of Eden (1952) by John Steinbeck

  • Not as love triangle-y (Cal/Abra/Aron) as I thought it would be. I made this assumption based on the Kazan movie, which I saw forever ago. I guess there was sort of a love triange between Cathy, Adam and Charles.

  • Right off the bat, he's gives us racism (against Native Americans). I was like, gawd John, couldn't wait until I was more invested in the book?

  • Then he also says that women become prostitutes because they're lazy. Whatever John.

  • I really liked Cathy, even though she was sort of written in a sexist way sometimes. Gillian Flynn said something about the need for more female psychopaths in fiction, Jennifer Lawrence is supposed to play Cathy in an upcoming movie. Jo Van Fleet and Jane Seymour have played her in the past.

  • "Goddamn the string beans!"

  • What's up with all the boob description, John? Describing teenage Abra as "well breasted", wtf?

  • The Steinbeck home is lovely.


Mystery/Thriller: The Blue Last (2001) by Martha Grimes

  • It's the 17th book in a series, but I don't think it matters

  • Carole-anne? What a disgusting name.

  • The bookstore sounds lovely. lovelyloveloylfjdfhdkhfdj

  • I liked this book (although the chapters about the paintings were kind of bleh), but the ending was too abrupt. I understand a cliffhanger, but this one made me think my copy of the book was messed up. I have the 18th book, so hopefully that clears some things up.


Short Stories: by Vladimir Nabokov

  • Still reading this, there are over 60 stories. I probably should have picked a different one. It's fine though, I'll read 2 stories after finishing a book. I should be done by the summer.

  • WTF happened in "Wingstroke"? Was it really an angel or a flying Russian Yeti? Whaaaaaaaat.


I'd hate to add more to my 50 Shades tag, but Roxane Gay wrote this article back when she read the books. It's really good and probably wouldn't make the women who defend the series feel bad.

Nevermore

Feb. 17th, 2015 06:34 pm
angelicmobster8: (Horst)

  • OMG, ravens mimicking human speech! I assumed they would be squawky like parrots. I was wrong. Could you imagine hearing that come from a tree while you're walking down a lonely, foggy street?

  • Newly released book personality quiz? I got Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman.

  • Hahahahaha. At least some women in the Bible got to decapitate some people though.

  • Really good.

  • So friggin' cute. "No need to cry", I did anyway.

  • An article about how some characters in books don't make it into the movies. It's so strange, because I totally remember seeing Winky crying in her stained pink dress all drunk on butterbeer.

angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
by Marya Gates

It's strange saying an Adrian Lyne movie is less misogynistic, but maybe just watch 9 1/2 Weeks instead. Pretty much the same plot, but Elizabeth is a way better character than Ana. I understand the appeal of John Gray more than the appeal of Christian Grey. It's all 80's like. (Spoilers) When she leaves him, it's kind of sad, but it's what is best for her. And you know she isn't going back.
angelicmobster8: (Cherries)

  1. Gilbert Gottfried reads 50 Shades of Grey, omg

  2. The Yellow Wallpaper, also listened to it on Librivox

  3. Johnny Cash - Chicken in Black

  4. Have to see some more Bollywood movies. Like Dil Se.

angelicmobster8: (Shoe)
Book with Bad Reviews: 50 Shades Freed

  1. finally done

  2. My inner demon swallows Ana's inner goddess whole


No category: Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume

  1. Wish I would have read Judy Blume books when I was younger. The first one I read was Summer Sisters in 2009, which was okay because it was meant for adults. But I didn't get to read her YA and MG books when I was 10-16 or whatever.

  2. Did they really have "listener group"s for music classes? That's so mean!


Book by an author you love but haven't read before: How to (Un)cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block

  1. her poetry is a lot darker than her fiction


Written by a woman: O, Canada by Jan Morris

  1. She really loves the word grandiloquent. Or grandiloquence.

  2. Ragged Ass Road, Yellowknife


Book by someone under 30: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

  1. Was a lot easier to read than I expected, and funny. I can see how a lot of YA writers would be inspired by it. Perhaps the fact that it's so easy to read, is one of the reasons why old men like to shit on it. If it doesn't take you weeks to read, it isn't literature to them.

  2. Wish she would have given The Negro a name though. Bill, there, is that so hard.

  3. kerb? titbits?

  4. It actually did take me longer to read than it should have. I had a library copy, read 5 chapters, went to bed. Woke up with bed bug bites. Found the bed bug and sprayed my bed with insecticide, washed my bedding, slept on the couch for two nights. The first night I slept in my bed again was so nerve-wracking. I think it was just that one bug. I brought the book back to the library in a plastic bag. A librarian from another branch called me asking why it was in the bag. They sent it to her like that, that's so fucking rude. You think librarians would be more considerate of other librarians. Anyway, it shook me up, don't feel like explaining.

Spoilers: Esther almost bleeds to death after sex and takes it so well. She's all "ah, whatevs"


Book from your childhood: Matilda by Roald Dahl

  1. Fave of his so far

  2. We read this in grade four, but I really only remembered one part. The margerine bit. My teacher made a big deal of how poor people buy margerine rather than butter. We only bought margerine, so I felt bad about it.

  3. I watched a lot of r-rated movies when I was little, but none of them messed me up as much as the cake scene from the movie. I watched it recently, still effective.

  4. Feel sorry for the 10 year olds or whatnot who read it and are like "I'm gonna read the books that Matilda read". They must have been really disappointed.

Books from Matilda (bold means I have it but haven't read it):

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

  • Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

  • Gone to Earth by Mary Webb

  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling

  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  • The Good Companions by J. B. Priestley

  • Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  • Ivanhoe by Walter Scott

  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

  • Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie

angelicmobster8: (Singer)
These three books were set in Seattle or the writer (and illustrator) is from there.

Banned Book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney

  • so good


Book a Friend Recommended: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

  1. is really good, but the Annika plot really bothered me for a lot of it. The end made it a little better, but I think it probably wouldn't sway the opinions of apologists. Hope that wasn't too spoilery. Also didn't like the Lolita reference, but I doubt Enzo has read the book.

  2. "Grandparents are convinced they're better parents than their kids, whose lives they've already fucked up"


Book with bad reviews: Fifty Shades Freed by EL James

  1. Not actually finished it, but, ugh. It's hard to get through one chapter a day sometimes. But sometimes it's so much fun writing stuff in the margins.

  2. Again, I hate that I have more to write about this book, than the others.

  3. "I know this part of your body better than you do" - Christian about Ana's vulva. Unfortunately true.

  4. There were some cute parts, like the camera bit. But I now realize, that that's what it's like with abusive relationships. You might ask a woman why she stays with her abuser, and she might reply "he's really sweet sometimes". I can't believe I didn't notice that earlier.

  5. Zoolander reference. Also one fore The X-Files, which I started watching recently. That third episode, whoa.

  6. It would be funny if Ana got a yeast infection.

  7. Ew, he makes Ms. Jones clean the butt plugs!

  8. I like that Ana knows more about guns, she should use one... nevermind.

  9. First occurances of.. you know, stuff:


  • controlling assholeness - page 7

  • inner goddess - page 8, but there has been more use of her "subconscious" (page 33), my inner demon has been really bored

  • hang in that way - page 8

  • laters, baby - page 10

  • audi - page 16

  • some woman blushes at the asshole - page 17

  • first erection - page 23

  • Kate described as tenacious - page 80

Ugh
angelicmobster8: (Schmee)
Fifty Shades Darker (finished)

  1. I imagined the sex scene being filmed to this and cannot see it as a R-rated scene. It must be NC-17 and in slow motion.

  2. So true of Ana

  3. Ana reads Rebecca. There are a lot of similiarities. I loved that book. One chapter made me cry.

  4. Too much "Laters baby"!

  5. I had a lot of fun "annotating" it. I even created a character. Whenever Ana mentioned her inner goddess (quite often), I would write about my inner demon. "My inner demon spins its head around 360 degrees", "my inner demon vomits blood", etc. I even made drawings. I even added colour to some of them. I hope whoever gets these books from the Good Will I will be donating them to, will enjoy my notes.

  6. Mac and cheese is not nursery food, Ana, you snob!

  7. It gets very victim blamey often.

  8. Butt drawer

  9. It's kind of annoying that they always have to listen to songs that have something to do with the situation (though, there are songs I want to look up). Can't they have some random shit? Can't Christian listen to some polka or something?

  10. Dr. Flynn probably shouldn't be talking to Ana. He should have made a referral to a couples counselor or something.

  11. Dr. Flynn, obsessed with the phrase "breast-beating"

  12. Why does Christian have to have a good singing voice? Can't he have a couple of quirks that make him less perfect at everything?

  13. Anal virgin

  14. Do people really open and close their mouths like fish when they are shocked?


Motown Encyclopedia

  1. Maybe I'm not the type of person who can sit down and read an encyclopedia. So I'm skimming.

  2. It's sad about Florence Ballard.

  3. John Carpenter has an entry, because the Christine soundtrack was released by Motown.


Eat Pray Love

  1. "... the same African men...", NO! Not the same African men. Some bits of this book make me angry too.

  2. Ice Cream of the Crispy Saint

  3. Deutsche vita

  4. I do like the paragraphs about her fascination with Italian though

  5. This is pretty.

  6. Cream puffs.

Need to make some good selections at the library.
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
Finished The Handmaids Tale

  1. Like I said, I loved it.

  2. It didn't really mention what happened to people of color. I imagine the Marthas are WOCs. Or maybe there are still POC and that includes the Econowives.

  3. "Seed in early Gilead"


Started Eat Pray Love

  • I know I know, but I need something easy breezy to read right now.


Got this in the mail

  1. Goodreads win

  2. a book about Motown written by a British white guy, I dunno

  3. It's going to take a while


Fifty Shades Darker

  1. Bitch-troll

  2. I actually liked the movie 9 and 1/2 Weeks, too bad the series couldn't be more like that.

  3. They've only been together for 5 weeks! Ack!

  4. She has worn that blue shirt too many times, does it even get clean?

  5. Ugh, he bitches at her for harmlessly flirting with Taylor. He's like Ray to her, Christian is a cockstain.

  6. Christian says that lovers don't need safewords!? Fuck you, yes they do!

  7. If Ana had went on the NYC trip and her boss tried to rape her, it would have been so victim blamey. I think I would have burned the book.

  8. Christian called Ana and then hung up! That is so childish, that is something Harpy does. Why aren't they using their blackberries for emailing, WTF?

  9. I read "His breathing eases" as "his breathing ceases" and was happy for a moment. I wrote it in my notes as "His breading eases". Christian eases up on breadmaking.

  10. In my annotations, when Ana mentioned her inner goddess doing something (can't remember), I wrote "my inner demon rolls its eyes". It was the one before her inner goddess put a rose in her mouth and did a tango.

angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
The Handmaid's Tale

  1. "Purple and smeared with yogurt", well it's good that I don't like yogurt anyway

  2. I know that Margaret Atwood is a funny woman, but I didn't expect the book to be so humourous. Since most of the sci-fi that I've read has been from the fifties or before, wasn't expecting references to Scrabble and Weight Watchers. I love this book.

  3. Pen envy

  4. It was clever of her to put the butter chapter before the ceremony chapter. It never explains whether or not lubrication is used during the ceremony, so I was all "uuuuugh".

  5. I really love that Offreds relationship with Moira is so detailed.

  6. I haven't seen the movie, but I'm guessing that it doesn't have the humour that the book does. I was a little wary of reading the book, knowing that it would be bleak. It is, but the funny moments help and make the narrator more believable. We do sometimes think funny things when horrible things are happening to us. It's like a coping mechanism.


Fifty Shades Darker

  1. Ana says that Christian is so "refined and sophisticated", but he says "Laters, baby" in like every chapter!

  2. Christian is a Sheryl Crow fan.

  3. Dr. Flynn and Dr. Greene are both so unprofessional!

  4. So rude of Elena to be making threats. Ana can't hurt Christian as much as he's hurting her. Even if she got a restraining order, he'd still be after her. Of course she wouldn't do that, because she's so in love with his dick.

  5. Anas speech to Elena was pretty good though, I wish she would get like that with Christian.

  6. Christians all like "You shouldn't hang out with Jose because he tried to take advantage of you" but wont hear it when Ana calls Elena a child molester.

  7. Ana's low self esteem is really annoying. I've got low self esteem, but I would never be that self-deprecating when a billion people are all like "OMG YOU SO PRETTY". That said, a person shouldn't get all their self esteem from other people calling them pretty. I'm trying to be more vain, it's better than hating myself.

  8. Taylors security team includes a Ryan and a Reynolds, lol.

  9. Christians all like "You have to trust me and TELL ME EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE" and then is "I don't want to talk about my fucked upness". Trusting someone isn't just about telling them EVERYTHING and vise versa, it's about letting them have privacy and knowing they will tell you when they are ready. They don't owe you their innermost thoughts.

  10. Getting really tired of Christians use of the phrase "crack whore".

angelicmobster8: (Johnny Christ)
The Handmaids Tale:

  1. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

  2. Conjealed oyster spit

  3. I really like this book


Fifty Shades Darker:

  1. OMG, it pisses me off so much that he bought the company she works for.

  2. Maybe I'm not into erotica. I don't need a sex scene in every single chapter. I want them to deal with their shit!

  3. "I will not be sidetracked by sex" - Yeah, whatever Ana.

  4. I am "annotating" my copy with things like "UGH OH MY GODDDDDDDDD"

  5. The use of "subconcious" is back, so are elongated nipples.

  6. Carrick?

  7. I miss Kate.

I get the Persephone Biannually. I would love to have some of the books, but couldn't afford it. I do have The Home-Maker, but not one of their copies. This edition has a short story called "Mrs. Miller" by Karin Hellstedt. It's about a mental institution and was first published in 1952. About a decade later, Karin went to her own mental institution and died there in the 80's. She was known as the queen of the ward.
angelicmobster8: (Horst)
Finally reading the first 72 pages of The Tale of the Body Thief. My first copy was missing them... It's taking me longer than it should.

  1. Lestat is computer savvy

  2. "Lest their radiance mesmerize and entrance at random" - about his eyes and why he has to wear sunglasses

  3. "Sometimes I become spellbound in the middle of Walmart" - about modern life

  4. "How could anyone ever trust Cary Grant, I wondered -- a man who looked as though he were made entirely of wood?" - about the movie Suspicion (1941)

  5. The old woman was very interesting.

  6. The Thing on the Doorstep by HP Lovecraft

My main book is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I have seven of her books, this is the first one I'm reading. But I already love her from interviews. Unfortunately, I haven't had much time to focus on it. Here are things that The Forest of Hands and Teeth has in common with it:

  1. Set in the future

  2. Main character has to give up dreams to be a babymaker

  3. Aunts/Sisters

  4. Guards/Guardians

  5. Rugs made of braided rags

Fifty Shades Darker by EL James. Agh. I know I shouldn't take them seriously, but fuck it.

  1. I thought that Ana would have a couple of chapters without Christian, but they get back together within the first fucking chapter! And he's horrible and controlling right from the start!

  2. Ana's "inner goddess" has returned, but her subconcious has not. Maybe James figured out she should have been using conscience instead.

  3. I don't think James has a knack for American English. Some of the things Ana and Christian say or think seem off.

  4. Why can't Ana have one platonic relationship with a dude? Ugh.

  5. Christian says some poetic shit one minute and then "Laters, baby" the next.

  6. It is kind of painful to read Christian making her feel like shit for forgetting the safe word.

  7. I wrote down "Patrick Bateman" in my notes, but can't remember what I wanted to write.

  8. Ella Fitzgerald - This Thing Called Love

  9. "Put the chicken in the fridge". I have Silence of the Lambs on my mind, so it's more like "IT PUTS THE CHICKEN IN THE FRIDGE!"

I hate that FSD gets the most notes. Actually, I think it's difficult for me to say anything about books I like. That's why some of the books in my October list weren't mentioned anywhere else, even though I loved them.
angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)

  1. I feel bad for not liking Cat Power music more. Her voice is lovely and the songs are good, I just can't get into it. But I really love this.

  2. I got 8/10 on this literary villains quiz. Though I admit, I had to guess a bit.

  3. This is so true. I haven't told anyone this, but I had "Barbie Girl" stuck in my head while I was trying to kill myself, that one time. I don't think anyone I know would find it as funny as I do.

  4. Women who would end Christian Grey. The Marina Abramovic one is my fave. Catherine Robbe-Grillet would too.

  5. I love rocks/crystals that look like futuristic cityscapes or something. Set to this song.

  6. Here's another lovely crystal formation.

  7. This playlist.

angelicmobster8: (Rose)
A few days ago, but didn't feel like writing this:

1. I originally thought that the book would take course over years or at least months. But it was just a few weeks. So maybe Ana shouldn't have pressed him for information on his shitty childhood so early. Not that he is exempt from his behavior of course.

2. I don't know if people make drinking games for books, but this would be perfect for that. You'd get really drunk fast, so it would have to be sips for everytime one of these showed up:

  • elongate (in regards to nipples)

  • anything having to do with blushing

  • Kates tenacity

  • subconsious (shouldn't it be conscience though?)

  • inner goddess

  • "down there"

  • when Ana describes how his pants hang off his hips in "that way"

  • a ton more

3. This is hilarious

4. I hope the bit where "Toxic" shows up on Christians iPod is in the movie. Same with the IHOP bit.

5. Speaking of which, maybe they should have just made the movie NC-17. It is based on erotica after all. I don't know.

6. Christian doesn't want to taste blood? Doesn't he know he's based on a vampire?

7. Why is he so immature about being considered gay?

Anyway, the ending was almost like 9 1/2 Weeks in that bittersweet she-realizes-he's-no-good-for-her and it's-almost-uplifting kind of way. But then she's all "What have I done?!" Or maybe that makes sense. Then she could have ate ice-cream and drink champagne with Kate and moved on. But no, there are sequels.'Cuz she messed up her birth control.
This is a really interesting Vanity Fair article
angelicmobster8: (WTF?)
I was going to read these books one after another, but it's slow going. Also, I don't want my LJ to be all FSOG all the time.

I'm going to do this in list form from now on.

1. Ana has never had a crush on anyone before. I think that is so her crush on Christian will be extra intense. This is unnecessary. She could have had a few minor crushes or whatever and still be extra googly eyed about Christian.

2. Ana has never masturbated before. This is to make her first orgasm with Christian more intense. Again, this is absurd. She could have at least tried it out a few times, and maybe didn't get into it because she was embarrassed or not patient enough with herself or something. Or, she could have been jillin' off every single day, but it would still be extra intense with Christian. You know why? Because it's an fucking intense situation they've got going on!

3. In their email when they are discussing the bogus contract and she points out the "no masturbation" line? She's all "you know I don't do that". Ugh, bitch, you haven't even tried. All the times she was alone and all "oh he makes me so wet, I can't sleep", you think she would have tried then. Is EL James against (physical) self-exploration?

4. Christian owns this multi-million dollar company and seems pretty involved. He probably built it from the ground up without help from his rich parents. He's all serious about exercising and goes to a bunch of charity events. He's only 27. Where the fuck did he get the time to have 15 submissive partners? She should have made him 30 at least.

I think there are only 5 chapters left. I'll space the books out by 2 books, so I don't have to write these entries all of the fucking time.

Poor Wanda

Sep. 15th, 2014 05:14 pm
angelicmobster8: (Cherries)
Selling Wanda would have been a good experience for Ana, just sayin'.

I feel like these books could have been better. Like I said, she should have did more research and wrote a few more drafts. I'm not saying they would have been masterpieces, it's porn for fucksakes (fucksake?), but better. There are times when Ana is narrating and I think "That was actually on point, EL James should have explored it more".

I don't really read erotica, so I'm not trying to act like a big know-it-all. These are just my observations. I used to read Hermione/Snape fic, omg. There was a novel length one that wasn't on Ashwinder, that I really loved. I think this was it, though it wasn't on fanfiction.net when I read it.

Once I found this wonderful woman who did hilarious Buffy and Angel erotica. A couple were Buffy/Snyder, they blew my teenage mind.

I never could get into male/male fic, though I understand why so many girls do (lack of good female characters, make male characters less intimidating, they just find it hot, etc). I guess teen me needed cunnilingus in her porn. I don't know.

Anyway, the book could have been less ugh. I guess you could say this about most media though.
angelicmobster8: (Horst)
I've got a lot of feelings about Fifty Shades of Grey. First, it don't think these books should be taken too seriously. It's supposed to be a bit trashy, like Peyton's Place. That being said, I think a little more thought should have went into it. Like the author should have researched BDSM more thoroughly, her editors should have been more strict, etc.

I'm not an expert on BDSM, but I'm pretty sure that certain things are unacceptable in a sub/dom relationship. It's not the sex bits that bother me really, but all of the shit Christian puts her through, being controlling and having these mood swings. There's a difference between a sub/dom relationship and an abusive relationship.

These books started out as Twilight fan fiction (and it's very obvious), so I make a lot of comparisons. Even though Twilight is meant for young adults (though widely read by adults) and this is meant for adults (probably read by many teens). The former is vampire romance, the latter is "BDSM" erotica.

I actually think Ana is a tiny bit better than Bella. In that she actually seems to care about people outside of her love interest. Bella was a horrible friend. I also kind of like the Kate character. The Jose character seems a downright racist portrayal at times. I wonder why she chose to make him Hispanic. We totally know he's the Jacob equivalent.

I've realized that I don't actually hate the book, I wouldn't bother spending time on it. Sometimes I think it's funny (on purpose and sometimes not on purpose). Sometimes it makes me feel uncomfortable and wonder how so many women were titillated by it, given that Christian is too much of an asshole to be sexy (imo). I have a shitload of thoughts on this, and will get to them later.
angelicmobster8: (WTF?)
I thought Fifty Shades of Grey would be a laugh like Twilight, but it's actually kind of painful to read. I've never given a book the finger in my life before.
angelicmobster8: (Schmee)
Just saw this on tumblr. It's funny, because my sisters friend gave me a bag of her books to look through before they were donated. It included the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, right under them was a bible. I've decided to read them, to see what the fuss is. I haven't heard much good about them. The Twilight series had a couple of redeeming qualities. I also like when women write what they want to write and make a ton of money off of it.

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