A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

 

While A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss appears to be a children’s book about a boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. It is more than that. For adults it has a political feel to it that is very much based on things that are in the news.

There is a bug who runs the yard, and looks like someone who is in the news a lot right now. All of the creatures gather together to find out why he is in charge and what they can do about it.

While the art work if very kid friendly, adults who read this book will definitely recognize some of the characters in here as people who are in the news. There is not a lot to say about this book without giving  the plot way, but it is well worth borrowing from the library to read.

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As the Crow Flies

As the Crow Flies

As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman is one of my library finds. I was happy to find it. This is a graphic novel about a young girl and her adventures at an all girl sleep-away camp, they are going to a Christian feminist holy site. I know sounds like an oxymoron but it fits in with the story.

Charlie is the only non-white person on this trip, and as the story is told about how the site was founded and set up the reader and Charlie begin to realize that women of color are left out of the narrative. It is obvious that they are in the town, they are just ignored. Charlie and her new friend Sydney bond over the wrongs that they see in this story.

Now, I have to tell you about the art work. It is gorgeous, there are places where the art alone tells the story of the hike into the mountains.  That alone makes this book worth picking up.

 

Meddling Kids

Meddling Kids

OMG you all if you loved Scooby Doo you have to read Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. It is like reading a Scooby Doo adventure if they found out the monsters are real.

There is a ghost, a dog, two girls, one guy and the monster. There is an escape from an asylum, a strange painted car, a mine, a haunted house, a nearly abandoned town, and dead things. Oh, and spells magic spells. Does that cover everything that is in an episode of Scooby Doo? I think so.

Now because of well, copyright laws and all of that there are some differences. The dog is not a Great Dane but a weimaramer. The kids don’t have the same names as in the show, but it is easy to figure out who they are to represent.

This book made me laugh and creeped me out at the same time. There is a romance in the book and I am not going to tell you who it is between but lets say it lays a rumor to rest.

QUOTES

“Because the orderlies said it’s wrong to play with the catatonics.”

“It was like playing demolitionists but without the years of study or the civil liability.”

“The straw that breaks the camel’s back always looks light enough, until it lands.”

 

Scourged

Scourged Iron Druid Chronicles Book 9

Scourged is the last of the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. This is a series that I wish I could have erased from my mind so that I can go back and read it all over again. While I love Atticus it turns out that he is not my favorite character. I love Oberon, he is fun and a joy in all of the books. My favorite character turns out to be a crotchety old druid who goes by the name of Owen.

If Owen were real I would hunt him down just to buy him a beer and talk. I would listen to him more than anything.

This is the last in a series of nine books and there is just to much to cover. I should say that there are also short stories, and Oberon has his own books. So, it is not an end per-say but it is, as Mr. Hearne is now working on other books and characters. Ones that I cannot wait to meet.

QUOTES

“Extinctions are sad, lonesome exits by the last few specimens, often silent and always tragic. And they’er still happening. “

Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter The True Story of the Manson Murders

I live within driving distance of the prison where Manson was held and not knowing much about him decided to listen to Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosoi. I got this as an audio book to listen on my commute and from the first words I was captivated. Not by what was happening in the book, but the way it was read. It was like listening to Jack Webb from Dragnet read the book.

A bit about Jack Webb, he thought that American TV viewers wanted to see realism on TV and with the help of the LA police department started Dragnet. The first TV show to place police in a positive light.   He then went on to work on Emergency! about one of the first paramedic units in the US. But I digress.

Of course I knew who Manson was and what he had done, so I don’t think that there are many spoilers to tell. I did have some thoughts when listening to this book, and the one that has stuck with me is about time. I know what Manson did was horrible, and horrendous. However, I cannot help but wonder if the murders happened today would they make the news like they did back in 1969. With what is happening in the world today would he have been a blurb at the bottom of the web site, or would he have made headlines. I think he would have been a blurb.

While the book went described  the killings and who is convicted of what it was written from the point of view of the prosecuting attorney so it was very much sterile. It was as Jack Webb’s character in Dragnet would say “just the facts.” It was still fascinating.

Everything Matters

Everything Matters

 

I am not sure where this book goes. I liked the first part of Everything Matters by Ron Currie, but not the last part.

Let me start by saying that this book was picked by one of the members of my book club. He reads for the philosophy of what can be found in a book, and always picked things that had leanings more to the philosophical then a story or information. This book was big on philosophy and if that is your thing you will love it. It however is not my thing and I kept waiting for the book to get to the point, or to have some sort of meaning.

So I know there was a plot, and I know there was a story line to the book, and I did like when the author stuck to that, but when he went all out there and involved the voice or voices in the main characters head it was a little out there for me, and I like magical realism in books.

This book is also one where you have to sit down and focus on what is happening, it is not one that can be skimmed thorough and put aside. I don’t think that I would ever pick this one up again to read, if I did I would have to be in another state of mind or existence. But I think that is the point of the book, I am not sure.

QUOTES

“Simply bear in mind that most every choice will have consequences, and in this instance those consequences would likely be quite grave.”

The Reader

Where to start with this one. I read it because it came to me as book mail, I do know that The Reader by Bernhard Schlink was made into a movie. I have never seen the movie, and I don’t think that I ever will.

I know that this book was award winning and popular. I honestly don’t know why.  The blurb about the book says ” a torrid affair between an young man and an older woman”. When I read that she was in her 30’s and he was 15 my brain screamed at me about child abuse, I did not see this as a coming of age. I saw this as a book about a woman who got away with abusing and manipulating a young boy. If I think about it and my son at that age I would have hunted her down, and I would have been the one on trial.

This book was not for me, and because of my feelings about the abuse of Michael I will not be posting a picture or a link to this book.