Love Turns Men Into Idiots (The Taming of the Shrew – A Book Review)

The Taming of the Shrew
Author: William Shakespeare
Published: 1593

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Rated T for high angsty tension driven romance in poetic form.

 

I burn

I pine

I perish

One of the most famous and controversial comedies written by Shakespeare that primarily follows Kate and Petruchio. He tries to ‘tame’ her with his charm, but of course she isn’t falling for it. However, if he succeeds, then Bianca, Kate’s younger sister, can have a suitor, too, and with quite a few at her feet she is desperate. Bringing forth the emotional ride that can be true love is this incredible play about these sisters who will meet their matches. You know the story probably better by the popular 90’s movie 10 Things I Hate About You. Trying to win the affection of the most rebellious and smart women has never been more complicated, funny, or relatable than this.

 

Boy meets girl. Girl hates boy. Boy accepts the challenge. LOL. This really is a fun play to read and is probably one of the most accurate representations of how it can be to find true love. You don’t always fall in love right away and you don’t always get along. You don’t always get together in the most conventional way. It’s rocky! And not only does this comedy show how it can be comical and realistic, but it does the same in relation to parents and children and just how overbearing parents can be.

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Have I mentioned I’m a fan of Shakespeare’s work? Yes? Well, here I am saying it again. He’s pretty great. I’m a fan of his plays more than anything else and specifically A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, I will say this, nothing be more beautiful than the poem Kat read at the end of 10 Things I Hate About You. If you’ve never watched this movie then you need to ASAP.

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Overall

Classic style and fun prose. I really enjoyed reading this one. Shakespeare has a way with insults and sarcasm that I think can never be beaten. He has withstood the test of time for a reason! Definitely a keeper.

 

Quotables:

“Asses are made to bear, and so are you.” (Kate, p. 53)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Don’t Call Me Angel  by Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus.

 

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Not Today Satan (Good Omens – A Book Review)

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Author: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Published: 1990

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Rated M for mix-ups, misunderstandings, but no misleadings on when the apocalypse begins.

 

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner…

According to the accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, a witch, the world is going to end. The Antichrist has turned eleven and will be coming into his powers, which will end the world. The armies of Good and Evil are gearing of up for the ultimate battle that’s a part of the Divine Plan, but it turns out that a temperamental angel and a demon that’s gone native aren’t for this grand plan.

That, and they’ve misplaced the Antichrist, which is a slight problem…or is it?

 

If you’ve read my other reviews on Neil Gaiman then you know just how much I LOVE his books. A total geek-out and this is no different. The man has yet to let me down. I’m always entertained and thrilled and the comedy mixed with wisdom is so splendid. An angel and a demon that don’t want the apocalypse and four kids plus an ex-hellhound along with a witch and a witchfinder trying to stop it? Yes, please!

First off, apparently the earth and I share a birthday! According to Good Omens anyway. I officially vote it way better than any celebrity I’m sharing with, except Carrie Fisher. She’s bomb and my favorite princess aside from Nani of Lilo & Stich. And yes, I totally believe she’s a princess. Fight me. LOL.

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Also, I really loved this apocalypse. It wasn’t dreary or depressing. And I couldn’t stop laughing about the mention not needing any demon’s help for their lives to suck because they do it all on their own. I guarantee that even though this is a tad spoiler-y, you’ll still laugh really hard. Because it’s true!

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A Demon. An Angel. A witchfinder. A witch. An Antichrist. Some satanic nuns. And many more. The characters are incredible and beyond dimensional. With wide emotional and comical range, they were both fantastical and realistic. Not at all boring. My favorites were obviously Aziraphale and Crowley. Their friendship is the beauty of when opposites attract. It’s also the beauty of when you tell yourself and them that you’ll never be friends and inevitably end up so. So many feels and comedy with those two.

The story primarily focuses on the characters and the timeframe more than place. I still liked the attention to detail on London and the small town of Tadfield. Simple and quaint is exactly how I imagined it. Aziraphale’s bookstore had to be my favorite setting because, well duh, I love books!

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The extras and side notes that came with the book made it even better. While I can’t give any away, they’re definitely funny and give great backstory, much like in history books. They add so much fun and I like it when authors give the reader extra goodies. Not once did I ever feel like this was drawn out. I know books, even the best ones, can have those moments but I didn’t get that at all. Non-stop entertaining.

 

On the show…
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So, after reading the book, I went right to work watching the show and it did not let me down. From the narrations to the cast and crew outdoing themselves for 6 episodes with some outrageous and epic drama, I was in love. There have been questions about a second season and honestly, I’m with Gaiman. This is a nice one season show. I don’t think it absolutely needs more. However, I do need more American Gods. LOL.

 

Overall

A memorable book with great lines and funny characters that really hit home with some truth. Colorful and lively. Not a dull moment and definitely going up on my favorites shelf. A must, absolutely, no excuses read.

 

Quotables:

“That’s how it goes, you think you’re on top of the world, and suddenly they spring Armageddon on you.” (Crowley, p/ 24)

“Evil in in general does not sleep, and therefore doesn’t see why anyone else should.” (p. 42)

“It is said that the devil has all the best tunes. This is broadly true. But Heaven has the best choreography.” (p.103)

“What I’ve always wondered is why they call ‘em UFOs when they know they’re flying saucers. I mean, they’re Identified Flying Objects then.” (Brian, p. 188)

“Just remember I’ll have known that, deep down inside, you were just enough of a bastard to be worth liking.” (Aziraphale to Crowley, p. 441)

 

On a side note…

I just finished Stranger Things and I don’t know about you guys, but that ending left me devastated and emotional. I didn’t cry, but my heart basically detached itself, saying, “Nope. I can’t believe you tortured me like that, you asshole. I’m out.”.

If you’ve never watched the Netflix show, but love apocalypse, paranormal, kill your emotions with a lot of feels then watch it! It’s incredible. The 80s. Scary monsters. Kids with an endless supply of badassery. And those coming of age feels.

#StrangerThings

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P. S. Song today? It’s The End of the World by R. E. M.

 

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Tis Fetch! (Much Ado About Mean Girls – A Book Review)

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls
Author: Ian Doescher
Published: 2019

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Rated F for how totally fetch it is to see Shakespeare take on teenage cliques and their desperation to feel

 

On Wednesdays we array ourselves in pink!

Can you imagine it? The iconic and often quoted movie written by Tina Fey brought to you in the stylings of Bard of Avon AKA Shakespeare. There can’t be a better mash-up than this!

Return to North Shore High School and experience the complicated navigation of the high school hierarchy and teenage girlhood. Cady Heron goes from homeschool to public school and from outcast to popular plastic and all the way down the tree to social pariah. A plastic world is turned Elizabethan making the hit movie even more hilarious with its free-flowing rhymes that would make even Kevin G jealous. How fetch!

 

I received this book in a giveaway from Goodreads. I didn’t even know I won until it landed on my doorstep! Nonetheless, I was very excited to read it.

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I am not ashamed to say that I totally love Mean Girls. See, I’m a huge lover of horror movies, Sci-Fi, and Paranormal/Fantasy. The chick-flick and teen-dream romance are a rare occasion, but I have my guilty pleasures.

What else do I love? SHAKESPEARE!! And Doescher was the genius to put these two things together! I can’t express how hard I’ve geeked out about this. This book follows the movie perfectly and gives it so much more comedy. For those that love Shakespeare as much as I do, you can basically add this to his list of comedies. It reminded me much of the hilarity that Much Ado About Nothing has, which I guess is the point LOL. The parallels to the play are unbelievable, yet so are the differences.

I laughed so hard I cried, especially during Kevin G’s rap at the Christmas talent show and Gretchen’s rage-filled speech about Caesar? Oh, maaan. I really do hope the cast reads this book.

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The classic style of play-script was fantastic. It made this a quick read, but I didn’t care. I was blown away with how Doescher kept to the style of Shakespeare’s. And the illustrations! So epic and wonderful! Not only did they help shape scenes, but they added to the comedy of the stories, keeping the Elizabethan times.

 

Overall

I cannot think of a bad thing to say about this book. It’s gold and I would definitely go to see this if it was ever put on Broadway and I hope one day it is. And while this is on the technical side of a remake, it’s also super original. All in all? Fetch happened, guys. It actually happened.

 

Quotables:

“An thou dost ever speak to me again,

A painful kick unto thine ass I’ll grant.” (Kristen to Cady, p. 19)

 

“One time, my very visage—even mine!—

Did have the privilege to feel her punch.

‘Twas wonderful beyond my wildest dreams.” (Stud. 7, p. 29)

 

“Thou churlish, common-kissing pox-mark’d strumper!” (Jason, p. 32)

 

“Nay, Gretchen, “fetch” shall never catch,

Stop hosting an event no one attends.

It shall not hap—the zeitgeist thou art not.

The fad is bad; I’m mad and thou art sad.” (Regina to Gretchen, p. 84)

 

“Thou smellest like a baby prostitute,

Preparing for a night of many trysts.” (Janis to Cady, p.93)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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I Laugh in the Face of Tragedy! (Fool – A Book Review)

Fool
Author: Christopher Moore
Published: 2009

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We all know Shakespeare and have a love, whether it be a deep-way deep down-love, or one that, like me, is always on the surface and has you geeking out, then get ready. Christopher Moore brings his own insane rendition of King Lear. The obnoxious, hysterical, and wild tale is spun from the point of view of The Fool who follows the moronic King and his deceitful daughters. With his own side stories, not heard until now, join the raucous adventure of revenge, war, outrageous passions …and there’s a ghost. Isn’t that the way it is with Shakespeare, though? Like Nicholas Sparks loves to kill off a character, Shakespeare loves to have a bloody ghost.

How do I begin to talk about this book? Hmm…

I’ll start with Christopher himself. If you’ve read my review on The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove then you can skip this mini geek-out. I discovered this man during my freshman year of college during a time that my free reading was beginning to grow scarce because of my assignments, which then fully cut out after finals because of how much work I got loaded up with. I only got to rekindle that reading bug after graduation, but anyway. Besides the point. The cover art of Lust Lizard had me curious and when I opened it to a random page my eyes bulged at a cult of naked people worshiping a big-ass lizard. I had to read it. From that moment on I was hooked. The comedy he writes is extreme and insane and I can’t get enough. It’s out of this world and perfectly placed. It is neither raunchy nor corny.  It literally gets you to beg the question—Did that really just happen?

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This isn’t the ordinary recounting of a Shakespeare play. It’s not written in the same form, but from the POV of The Fool aka Pocket. Christopher Moore does keep up with defining certain terminology at the bottom of his pages much like what is found in the plays and has the cast list at the very beginning. So he doesn’t completely lose touch with the style of how plays are written. He melds it with his own. You also find yourself in flashbacks to when Pocket was a boy. I found those tidbits to be enlightening and a fun addition to the play.

Though, as a kind of warning: If you can’t handle language most foul then you might not be suited for this book. There is much fuckery.

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There is even a map of Scotland, Wales, and Fucking France (no really, that’s what it says on the map) that not only furthers the hilarity, but gives you a good layout of the scenery in which the book takes place.

I was reeling with laughter from the characters and their dialogue as well as the plot twists. While this play is a tragedy, it’s flipped around to be more than that. It shows that something so dark can be turned into something full of humor. And doing that with Pocket is well placed. He represents the whole idea of humor and to get an in depth look at this character and his POV of the world was delightful.

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I suggest this book for people who love comedy. It’s fun, hilarious, crazy, and I wasn’t able to put it down. I even got a copy for my mom. Everyone needs to laugh and Christopher Moore can make you laugh. And laughter is an important part of life if only to help us forget about our pathetic miseries. It’s one of a kind and I honestly believe you’ll find nothing like it anywhere else.

Quotables:

“Fuckstockings, truth is a surly shrew sometimes!” (Pocket, p. 84)

“You simple, sniveling old toss-beast. What did you expect to happen when you put the care of your half-rotted carcass in the talons of that carrion bird of a daughter? (I may have had some residual anger.)” (Pocket, p. 139)

“There’s always a bloody ghost.” (Laundress, p. 167)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Lovefool by The Cardigans.

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Giant Lizards Are Fun (A Book Review – The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove)

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Author: Christopher Moore
Published: 1999

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The people of Pine Cove, California start going wild when the local therapist, Valerie, takes her clients off of their medication and puts them on placebos after the death of one of her clients. To add to it, an ancient lizard off the coast moves in, causing all sorts of hilarious havoc, and he’s the size of, oh say, a double wide trailer. Hard to miss, yet nobody sees him. And then there’s Molly, the town celebrity and the town crazy. She’d done a couple of those warrior babe movies. Theophilus, the constable tries to get to the source of the strange happenings around town, such as the gas station blowing up, but it’s not easy when you have to worry about the town celebrity running around in her warrior babe costume and swinging a sword, yelling about the double-wide next door that ate that kid.

This book is a riot and a half of laughter and fun. A giant lizard, naked cult people and Molly the warrior babe. This work of fiction blows comedy right out of the water as does so many of Christopher Moore’s others works such as Fool and Serpent of Venice. With this book I am always thinking of the Murphy’s Law: if it can get worse, it will get worse, except in this case: if it can get funnier, it will get funnier. I never read funny until I picked up this book.

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Today’s song? Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days.