- Book #48 & 49
- August 2nd, 2008
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!