The life and times of a girl gone mild.

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Ok, everyone who has 20 bucks and uses iTunes, go directly to the tv store and buy the first season of Mad Men. It's fucking brilliant.
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Book #48 & 49
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Book #48: Are Men Necessary? by Maureen Dowd. This book was...interesting. It had some major flaws, and I think it would have worked better if it was labeled as a book of separate essays. Basically, Ms. Dowd set out to discuss the nature of the feminist movement, especially how it has arrived to its state today. And, as the title suggests, she asked whether or not men were truly necessary in our world.

You would think with a question like that, there would be some sort of common thread tying the whole book together. Really though, there wasn't much of anything, except feminism, keeping the book cohesive. Lots of tangents going on, and a weird comparison of Saudi Arabian burkas and Barbie. What was really interesting however, to me anyway, was the last chapter, and her addressing some of my many issues with Hilary Clinton as President. While written prior to the whole campaign, I think it was very eye opening as to what went wrong with her candidacy (well, that and Obama being the type of Democrat that people happened to be wanting).

If you're a very hardcore feminist, then this book might be for you. I'm not, so I found some of her arguments tired and ill-supported, given the fact that she's a journalist and could do the necessary research. There are some really good points in this book, and I think the way she approached some of the major defeats for feminism in the last 20 years or so was well written.

Book #49: Even Vampires Get the Blues by Katie Macalister. Ok, so remember when I said this woman was a horrible author? I'm not prepared to take it back (she's better than Stephanie Meyer), but I now have a new bone to pick with her: what the fuck is up with her titling? Seriously, that title up there? It has nothing to do with the plot line. At all. Granted, the main vampire is a bit...personality devoid, but that doesn't mean he has "the blues". There is no shade wearing, no black suits with tiny ties, no singing about them, nada. He just happens to not have a soul. No biggie.

Also, why does everyone have to be/become a vampire? She's like Russel T. Davies and being gay (everyone is just a little bit!). It becomes overkill when you have all of the characters become one, even when they're already fucking "Otherworld" beings. Elf? Become a vampire. Charmer? Become a vampire. Fairy? Become a vampire. It doesn't work!

But still, this book was infinitely better than the last few I tried of hers. I actually completed and sort of liked it!



Ok, favorite lj readers of mine, I'm reading book #50 right now (I solemnly swear it is not vampire related). Should I stop posting after this? Go for 100? (It is now August, so I'm not entirely sure how feasibe 100 books is going to be, but I can damn well try.) Let me know!
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Book #46 & 47
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Book #46: Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (And Hate to Love) About TV by Tara Ariano & Sarah D. Bunting. If you love tv and have never been to TWoP (as we in the know call it), then what the hell have you been waiting for? Firstly, it's the best moderated forums I have ever been on. Seriously, they have really kick ass mods and standards for posting. You will get kicked off for writing lyk ThIs !!!11111. Secondly, the people who write the recaps of the shows are funny and brilliant. Thirdly, a lot of television insiders post there. Fourthly, the spoilers are separated from the regular posts, so if you are a spoiler whore, you can easily do it there, but if you're not, you don't have to worry about being spoiled. It's just a really well maintained website and the forums rock.

So what does that have to do with this book? Well, two of the founders are the authors, for one. And it really is a nice little compendium of television facts, with a lot of hilarious writings. It's organized like an encyclopedia, and while I wish there was a bit more, it is nicely organized and funny to read.


Book #47: Sex, Lies, and Vampires by Katie Macalister. First off, hippie lady gave me a bunch of books by this author and this is the only one I've managed to finish. This lady has some serious transition and plot writing issues.

Now, on to the book, itself. The main character is kind of ditzy, but not in an annoying way. She actually manages to save the day and fully evolve as a character! Shocking, I know, but it's apparently very rare in this particular author's work. Basically, this girl is a charmer (not a witch, but sort of) who becomes a Beloved of a vampire who's clan hates him. Fun stuff happens involving a twin vampire brother, a son, and a big bad demon.
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Book #45
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. This is my book. You know, that one book that you will never, ever part with, and have read a million times? This is mine. I read it once a year (hopefully, sometimes it's two years), and every time, it has a different meaning to me.

The first time I read it, it was opening my mind to adult literature. I read it right after 1984 (what can I say, I love me a good dystopia) and it made me just grab any book I could get my hands on. Then, with the Bush administration, it was my feminist book; a "what not to do" manual, if you will. Now, it's a cautionary tale on how women can sell each other out very easily.

It's just a fabulous book. I love it, always will love it, and I give it to as many people as possible to read.
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Video that turned into a rant....
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You know what's awesome? Not drinking for 6 months and then having a drink. Seriously, so buzzed right now. Off of a freaking Smirnoff.

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My favorite Golden Girl has died. R.I.P Estelle Getty.


Also, is it just me, or is 2008 shaping up to be YEAR OF CELEBRITY DOOM? Watch your back, all you older and/or drug addicted celebrities!

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Movie #6 on the AFI list: Gone With the Wind. 3 hours and 55 minutes long. And yet? Waaaayyyy better than The Godfather. I mean, you had Scarlett, who was just a straight up 'ho and sexy Rhett, who wanted nothing more than for her to shut up and him to sex her up a bit. Maybe get a kid or two out of the deal. Then there was Ashley and his fucking saint of a wife, who by the end of the movie, made me wonder about her sanity. Seriously, Civil War or no, you do not stay with the woman who is pining after your man after she 1.)sees you get married to him, 2.)helps to birth your child, and 3.)is told like, 80 times, that he doesn't want her, will never be with her, and yet still goes after him. Scarlett is a HO. HOOOOOO.
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Book #44
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In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant. Um...hmmmm...I don't know how to even describe this one. Same author as The Birth of Venus, and sort of weird like The Birth of Venus, in that it's cast in the Renaissance but has such a modern ring to it.

This one is about Fiammatta, a courtesan, and her dwarf/pimp Bucuino, who flee Rome after it is sacked. They are destitute and land in Venice, where they restart her career. They take over her mother's house (her mother died some time before) and befriend a healer, known as La Draga. Annnnnndddd that's about all I can say without fully giving it away. Lots of sex, but no sex, if you know what I mean. Mentions of sex, but not near as much as say, The Other Boleyn Girl;a book and a ruby also play a big role, as does juggling.

It was tolerable, and kept me in the story pretty decently, but I don't know that I'll keep it.
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Hmmm
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I am perplexed at the idea of this: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/119486.html


On the one hand, I love the book and the soundtrack to the musical (having never seen it). On the other hand, unless it's incredibly well cast (Idina Menzel, PLEASE!), it could really bomb. On the other, other hand, I really want to see what the sets are going to be like! The possibilities....

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