By: Doree Shafrir
This book about startup tech companies in New York, reporting, and sexual harassment was a Book of the Month club pick from back in April. I liked the ideas in Startup but the story falls flat and if this is supposed to be a character piece- well, they don’t help much.
the unseen world
By: Liz Moore
Ada Sibelius is just a child when she begins to lose her brilliant father to Alzheimers. David’s been the figure that has loomed over her life. Her only teacher. She’s practically a co-worker in the computer lab he runs so this is a horrible blow to Ada that changes everything. Even more devastating is when people begin to question the truth of David’s identity long after he can give them any answers.
Directed By: Stephen Sommers
So the current Mummy had one personal benefit. It got me to finally go through the boxes of DVD’s I’d been keeping in my mothers garage (she’s happy to) to find my copy of the 1999 version. I enjoyed the hell out of this movie when it was released but haven’t watched it in years.
Honestly, it still stands up. I definitely enjoyed it more than the current version.
author: Bryony Gordon
It’s hard for me to review or write about books concerning mental health because it’s a topic that’s so personal for me. Especially books concerning OCD which Bryony Gordon has suffered from since she was twelve- years old. I almost always find something I relate to and understand even if it’s only one thing.
The Refrigerator Monologues
By: Catherynne M. Valente
A short book in which Valente gives six of comics most famous “fridged” women the chance to tell their tales from Dead Town. Fridging women is the practice of killing, maiming, raping, disabling and numerous other things your female characters for the progress of the male superhero.
Eliza and Her Monsters
By: Francesca Zappia
It’s a little odd to recognize a lot of your personality traits in a character, understand why they are doing things and they still get on your nerves. It’s also hard to want to like a book more than you did or to feel like you should like a book more than you did. Eliza suffers from anxiety (among other things) and is just trying to stay invisible through the end of school while writing the exceedingly popular web comic Monstrous Sea.
Everything shifts however when she meets a boy who may be Monstrous Sea’s biggest fan.
Defy the Stars
By: Claudia Gray
You can just bring me all the AI stories and I’ll eat them up. The AI in this Abel, the most advanced of his kind, was left behind during one war and alone for thirty-years only to be found when the next one starts up. Needless to say he’s not the same as he once was.
(Some vague Alien Covenant spoilers appear below. Because I had to ramble…)
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, etc.
Wonder Woman has been in my top three most anticipated movies of the year probably since the comic-con trailer dropped last summer. But as much as I loved her in Batman v. Superman I had been burned before with those Suicide Squad trailers. However my anticipation only went up after the reviews started coming in early this week.
Did they do her justice?
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
By: Jill Lepore
Not so much about Wonder Woman as an incredibly researched and detailed biography of her creator William Moulton Marston. With long and equally detailed looks into early feminism, the birth control movement, early psychology and even the psychology and censuring of both cinema and the comic book industry itself. As well as Marston’s relationship with his wife and live in lover.
Overall interesting although at times a bit of a chore to stick with. I have mixed feelings about the book probably because I have very mixed feelings about Marston. So I’m going to break it down into two parts. The Personal Life & Wonder Woman.
Since Memorial Day is pretty much the start to summer (and we’re already in the triple digits here) I thought I’d do a list of the Top 10 Books I Want to Read this Summer!
Most of which are fairly screaming Summer to me: