Look, I love mini reviews. I’ve done these for classics and other books when I had something to say, but I didn’t have a lot to say. It just works out well so I don’t ramble on like some idiot while trying to make some huge point about a book that doesn’t have a lot to talk about.
Today, I have three mini reviews for you all, two books and one podcast, so let’s get this shit going.
This book is basically billed as one of the funniest books ever because the two authors are funny as hell and write really absurd books at times (Pratchett did more than Gaiman). And, both of these authors, I’m okay with. I loved two books by Gaiman and the rest are okay. Pratchett? I’ve liked his books but never quite loved them. I don’t think his style is suited to mine.
And I buddy read this with a guy who absolutely adores this book. Sorry Michael.
The thing I loved most about this book was how their styles — which can be completely different yet eerily alike — melded together so well. You could read parts and think that one wrote it more than the other, but it never bothered me. They worked well as a team. Having written group things before — on this blog and for college — I know how hard it is to find a voice that doesn’t give it away that there are multiple authors. It takes a whole lot of skill, so I admire them for that.
I never got that attached to the characters. They were good fun, but they were okay. Just okay. Same with the plot. The plot was fun and all, but I also never got that attached to it. I think that the story got away from the both of them in the middle (something that happens with both authors at times) but the beginning and end were strong. The bits in the middle were rough for me.
This is a podcast that I decided to listen to at work. Lately, I’ve been wanting to listen to something folkloric and I’ve gone through all the episodes of Lore so there’s nothing.
And, this was okay?
Again, I loved the creator of this. Nicole Schmidt has such passion for folklore that it really shone through in the work. She loved telling the stories. And that’s what she does. She researches the hell out of different areas of folklore, picks stories that stood out to her, and tells them. She doesn’t try to trace their history or the outcomes of them or anything like that. It’s pure and simple oral history that was inspired by her grandfather’s love of folklore.
It covers British, Slavic, and Nordic folklore. And those areas are rich with folklore that are within our awareness even if we don’t know the actual myths.
Only, sadly, Nordic folklore has two episodes. And there haven’t really been any new episodes since 2017. So, it really cuts off abruptly for a listener when you’re starting a brand new topic and only a few episodes later the season is done.
I read this book way back in 2015. And the sequel just came out. So I needed to reread it so I was refreshed for the second book.
Good news! It was just as good as the first time around. I loved the characters and found myself very attached to them. The plot is so fast paced but you also get attached and interested in the characters without it feeling like too much is going on. When I read it, I found myself remembering bits and pieces of the story without fully remembering it, so it was like I was reading the book again for the first time.
The book, basically, follows the story of Chris Shane, a man who developed Haden’s syndrome. Haden’s syndrome is a disease that struck the world where everyone got sick. And some people died. Some recovered. And some became “locked in”. Aka their body is completely paralyzed but they’re completely conscious. They can communicate with the world by walking in a robot, also known as a threep.
Chris Shane is a famous Haden with an equally famous family in their own right. But, he goes into the FBI in the midst of cuts to funding for Haden research (aka getting people their bodies back). And he gets thrust into a conspiracy on his first day.
Again, it’s a thoughtful, fast-paced mystery that held up for me. I’m just thrilled that it didn’t suck.