Saturday, October 31, 2015

New Quotables - Bobby Singer and Edgar Allan Poe

Happy Halloween! Just in time for our dreadful celebrations, two new Quotables paintings, a Mentor and a Creative.

First up, from the speculative fiction show, Supernatural, the feisty mentor of the Winchester boys, Bobby Singer. The old monster hunter, played by Jim Beaver, is a favorite on the show.


To get prints, visit the Tangerine Octopus Studio. Or maybe you'd like the original!

And then there's Edgar, one of the fathers of modern horror.


Click here for prints. Or here to bring home the original painting.

Which one do you like better?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New Quotable - Doc Brown

Introducing the newest Quotable Mentor, Doc Brown from Back to the Future.

Robert Zemeckis' adventure films starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd recently had an explosion in popularity again, as we reached October 21, 2015, the date in the films labeled as The Future.  See here the piece I made to celebrate this auspicious day. We're in the future!


Would you like a print? Visit the Tangerine Octopus Studio
Or you can buy the original!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Reviews - Sept 2015 - You're Never Weird on the Internet, Never Said, Heart-Shaped Box, The Imaginary

I didn't read any books in July and August. Seriously. Weird huh? I've decided it was a symptom.

Here is what I read in September.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day

So Felicia Day came to Changing Hands in Tempe in August. My girls, who are avid Supernatural fans, begged me to attend the event. Even though it was a school night. Even though we didn't have extra money to buy books. Even though I had to drive an hour to get there. I said yes. What kind of writer tells her kids that they can't attend an author signing, especially when they reeeeeaaaally want to go? Seriously.

So we went. The store was HOT. I mean, a hundred degrees hot. There was no difference in the temperature between being outside (in Phoenix, in August) and being inside and the line was EXTREMELY long. But the girls were enthusiastic. And Felicia was delightful. She was patient, kind, and glamorous. Calista almost hyperventilated.

PLUS Felicia's book is also delightful. It's charming and funny and brutally honest and I think the perfect read for anyone who finds themselves a square peg in a round hole.

Warnings on: language, etc.


The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold

Calista recommended this book, and while it took me a while to get around to it, I must say that I'm glad I read it. The Imaginary follows the adventures of Rudger, an imaginary friend who gets separated from his human and finds himself hunted by someone who eats imaginary friends.

This is a wonderfully creepy book for middle-grade readers, with lovely illustrations by Emily Gravett. I particularly love the end papers.

Appropriate for readers of all ages.








Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams

Carol's newest book. She read part of it at WIFYR and it made me cry. Told in the alternating POVs of twin sisters, it gets to the heart of why one has had drastic changes in her physical appearance in a very short amount of time, and why no one knows the reason. Written in verse from one POV and standard prose from the other. It's a quick read, about anxiety, relationships, and the sometimes toxic power of secrets.

It's a good book. Sisters. Love. Finding our way back to each other. I hope Carol keeps giving us true human stories in her accessible teen voice for years to come.

Warnings on: mature themes, but no questionable material.






Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

I first discovered Joe Hill when I ran across his collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts. (I looked for a link to my review of this book, only to realize I haven't reviewed it yet.) I loved 20th Century Ghosts so much that I knew I would try a few of his novels. If you don't know about Joe Hill, he is Stephen King's son. He began his writing career under the shortened version of his name (Joseph Hillstrom King) because he wanted to succeed based on the merits of his writing. I admire that.

Heart-Shaped Box is Hill's debut novel. It's told from the perspective of Jude Coyne, a retired rock star who inadvertently purchases a ghost online. Jude finds out that this ghost is holding a grudge, and that it won't stop following him until Jude is dead. What follows is a harrowing race against time as he and his girlfriend try to escape their inevitable demise.

This is an atmospheric read. I had to make sure my closet door was closed when I read it late at night. It has a few missteps, as any debut novel does, but horror fans will like it.

Warnings on: language, violence, sexual situations, disturbing imagery.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Best Movies Streaming on Netflix Right Now - September 2015

Okay, you know the deal. I don't write these posts for the big  movies that happen to be streaming on Netflix. I write these posts for the ones people might not know about. For the indie films, the foreign films, the classic films we never thought would show up on Netflix, and the ones you may never have heard of. If you've seen my lists before, you know what types of things I like. And if you liked the previous lists, you'll like this. If you're new to my movie lists, check out the old ones.


This is by no means an exhaustive list. It has three limitations:
1. Things I've seen.
2. Things I noticed were on Netflix
3. Things that I like.

Here's the best stuff streaming on Netflix RIGHT NOW:

Housebound (NR - New Zealand)
When a young woman is convicted and placed
under house arrest with her strange family,
she begins to suspect her house is haunted.
In the vein of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
and Cabin in the Woods.


Amelie (R - French)
Quirky and romantic, this cute little comedy
stole my heart.
In French with subtitles.



The Babadook (NR - International)
This horror metaphor for depression 
is mesmerizing. The tension is slow burn,
taut, and perfect. VERY creepy.



Bernie (PG-13)
Dark dramedy featuring Jack Black
in one of my favorite roles: a do-gooder
mortician who let's the town's wealthiest
widow get the best of him.



Cake (R)
O.M.G. you guys. I can't say enough about Cake.
Jennifer Aniston is brilliant.
So so good. So so sad.



Frequencies (NR - British)
Alternate-universe sci-fi romance:
how far you get in life is dependent on
your frequency. Higher frequency = more luck.


Hamlet (2000 - R)
Okay, I know it's not great. But if you haven't seen it, 
you should. Bill Murray? Ethan Hawke?
Hamlet delivering his soliloquy in the ACTION
section of a video-rental store? Classic.

The Double (R)
Based on a Dostoyevsky novella, this black comedy
is a dystopian mind bender. Beautifully shot and laced
with absurdity and melancholy. Jesse Eisenberg is great.
If Terry Gilliam's Brazil is an acid trip at Woodstock,
The Double is shooting heroin in a dirty alley in the rain. Alone.


Hector and the Search for Happiness (R - British)
Dramedy concerning a psychiatrist who decides to
take a trip around the world to research happiness.
Didn't get great reviews overall, but I love Simon Pegg,
and I loved the heart of this film. 
Sometimes critics just need to let it go and smile.


Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13)
Wes Anderson. I just love some Wes Anderson.
And Moonrise Kingdom does NOT disappoint.
It has been described as an eccentric,
pubescent love story. YES.
Watch this before it gets pulled.


Nightcrawler (R)
This film is chilling -- Jake Gyllenhaal oozing 
around with that hungry coyote look in his eyes.
WOW. One of the most under-appreciated films
of the year.


Primer (PG-13)
I have told people to watch Primer. Those of you
who know me have probably heard me mention it
more than once. Contemporary sci-fi about two 
software designers who accidentally invent
time travel in their garage. And it's not a comedy!


Rescue Dawn (PG-13)
Based on a true story, this film follows several
POWs during the Vietnam War who organize
an escape from their prison camp.



Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R)
When the MC's wife leaves him, he sets out on
a quest to find the one that got away (not his wife), 
hoping to reconnect before an impending 
disaster destroys the Earth. On the way, he makes 
an unexpected friend.


The Sixth Sense (PG-13)
Shyamalan's debut. 
And it's streaming.
Right now.
On Netflix.


The One I Love (R)
An unexpectedly creepy and cerebral romantic comedy.


Zathura (PG)
Another board-game-sucks-you-into-an-insane-
fantasy-world film, Zathura is sweet, hilarious,
 and imaginative.
And directed by John Favreau.



To Kill A Mockingbird (NR)
How long has it been since you've seen this film?
Too long.


Hot Fuzz (R - British)
Did you know Hot Fuzz was on Netflix?
Now you do.


Hugo (PG)
A beautiful film about the advent of film.
As seen through the eyes of adorable
Asa Butterfield when he was a wee lad.
ps. This film is gorgeous.


The Hurt Locker (R)
This film put Jeremy Renner on the map for me.
It's painful and sad and timely and you'll never
forget it.


Consider this a public service announcement. 
Now you know that The Big Lebowski is on Netflix.


Man on Wire (PG-13)
Exploring Philippe Petit's high-wire walk between
the Twin Towers in 1974, this is a fascinating documentary.
If you're planning on seeing Robert Zemeckis' new film The Walk,
starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, watch this first.


Oh, and those of you who haven't watched Daredevil?
WHY HAVEN'T YOU WATCHED DAREDEVIL?
This is the best thing Marvel has done. Hands down.
Go. Watch. Now.

Let me know if you watch any of these, what you think, what you recommend.
Thanks for reading. Have fun watching. Until next time.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

New Quotables: Gandalf and Mr. Miyagi

Here are the new Quotables. I've decided to break up this run into two groups: Mentors and Creators. So these are both Mentors. And the creators so far are Neil and Ray. To the creators I'm going to add Walt Disney, Tim Burton, Jim Henson, Stan Lee, Isaac Asimov. 


Gandalf the Grey
For prints click here.

Mr. Miyagi
For prints click here.

Any suggestions on who to add to the Quotables list?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Series: Quotables

So for those of you who haven't been watching the Instagram account (@treadingwords), I have started a new series. They're called the Quotables, and they sprang out of a GISHWHES item. One of the items was to create a beautiful tribute to Leonard Nimoy. Now, being me, I couldn't just film my kid do an interpretive dance wearing pointy ears. I had to make something special. So I decided to make a painting of Nimoy as his most famous character, Spock, and inscribe the painting with quotes from both Nimoy and Spock. Here's how it turned out:


I got a nice response to the piece, and I thought maybe someday I would make more. Then all of a sudden, it was Ray Bradbury's birthday, so I decided to make one for him as well.


It then occurred to me that these might make a good series. I had already made two pieces of art featuring personalities that I considered to be creative and spiritual mentors, so I decided to carry on with that theme. I decided to make them all related to speculative fiction. Of course, Obi-Wan had to be next.


And in my estimation, directly after Ray comes Neil Gaiman:


Each piece is 16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas. The first three I did the quotes in ink, but they'll be entirely paint from now on.

So now the series is growing... has grown, into two separate beasts. I was calling it my Quotables: Mentors series, but I am dividing it now between Mentors and Creators. So the one series will feature film/show mentors (ones that are meaningful to me, but I will consider suggestions), and the other will feature creators (again, creators that have had an impact on me).

For now, the mentors and creators will spring from speculative fiction, that is, characters who appear in shows/films with a fantastic element (sci-fi, fantasy, or what I would consider urban myth), or creators who have had a hand in shaping the speculative fiction genre. After these first two series, I will move on to heroes, villains, and companions. There are countless sources to mine for characters, so these will keep me busy for a while.

If you would like prints, visit the Etsy store here. More will be added weekly. Also, the original paintings will be for available for sale.

I finished the portrait part of a new mentor a few hours ago, so I will be adding the quotes later today. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for chances to win prints of the finished pieces.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Apocalyptic Nursery Rhymes - Now Available on Etsy!


Get excited! Have you had a visit to the TangerineOctopus Etsy shop lately?


That's where you can find illustrations, fan art, and original series works, like the Quotables and now the APOCALYPTIC NURSERY RHYMES!

Remember those? All starting with Little Boy Blue:


You know you love them. And they're terrible. Awful. In very poor taste. And you are so wrong. So wrong for loving them. So wrong you're right.

Now you can show off your wrong twisted love by bringing home prints of your favorite children's poetry or subvert your friends by giving them as gifts. You can find the rhymes in various print sizes: 5x7, 8x10, and 11x14 inches. Click here to visit the shop and collect them all now!

Tell your friends!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Book Reviews - The Underneath, Charlotte's Rose, Bird by Bird and more

Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams

This is a sweet coming-of-age story written by one of my favorite authors. I mean, she's a great writer, but out of all the authors I personally know, I really love this gal. Personally. She's lovely and kind and generous and just an all-around peach.

Signed, Skye Harper is about 15yo (14yo? I can't remember) Winston, whose mother took off years ago to find her fortune in Hollywood, leaving Winston in the care of her grandmother. When they get a letter from Skye Harper (Mom, AKA Judith Fletcher), Winston and Nanny drive across the country in a stolen motor home with a one-legged rooster, a dog named Thelma, and an unexpected stowaway. Winston learns a lot about family and love and learning to trust.

This book is full of unforgettable characters and the settings just breathe. I could see it easily as a movie. Much more easily than I see Paper Towns.

It's a lovely, feel-good book. As Carol said, "This is a happy book. There's a little bit of murder in here, but not a lot. It's the happiest thing I've written."


All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

Historical YA fic, All The Truth That's In Me follows the story of Judith, who disappeared from her town (set in a somewhat vague Puritan time period) and reappeared two years later, unable to speak and subsequently ostracized by her entire community.

This book is told in 2nd person POV. This is very strange and takes a while to get used to. Also, the MC has some idiosyncrasies that were difficult for me to get on board with, but in the end, I am always glad to come across a story about a girl struggling to find her voice and speak her truth.








Charlotte's Rose by A. E. Cannon

So Ann Cannon is another one of my favorite authors. She is brilliant and sweet and I love her fashion sense.

Charlotte's Rose is the story of a 12yo girl who volunteers to carry a newborn baby across the plains after the baby's mother dies in childbirth.

I don't actually read a lot of LDS fiction, in spite of the fact that I'm LDS. I have a few reasons for this, none of which I will discuss here. But knowing the quality of Cannon's writing and how freaking funny she is, I knew it would be okay.

This book is wonderful. It's well written, tender, thoroughly researched, and most of all, funny. This book is very very funny. I was laughing throughout. But there were also some very heavy moments dealing with grief, loss, and hardship. I think this type of emotional balance is very important in a book like this. It would be very easy for the narrative to get weighed down with the difficulties, both physical and psychological, that the characters face. Injecting the narrative with humor is the perfect way to create an enjoyable and memorable way to tell such stories. There is always a danger of melodrama with dramatic subjects, and Charlotte's Rose never gets bogged down that way.

Cannon also has beautiful prose. There were some lines that just sang. And the MC's snarky tween voice was spot on.

You won't find very many LDS fic recommendations from me, but this is one of them. And it wouldn't just be good for LDS kids, I think it would appeal to a wide range of readers, especially those with an interest in history.

Appropriate for all readers.



Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

I finished reading this when I was in Yellowstone. I don't have anything really to say about it other than it was completely magical to read this surrounded by the majesty that location. I'm not being sarcastic.

If you are a writer, and you haven't yet, you need to read this book.









The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

I don't know where I've been that I haven't read this book yet, but when I was at WIFYR, people kept mentioning it.

This book is amazing. The prose is gorgeous. The story is compelling, about the transformative powers of both love and hate. The drawings, by one of my favorite illustrators, David Small, are perfect.

I don't think I could describe it any better than the Goodreads blurb, so here it is.

There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.

A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the Underneath...as long as they stay in the Underneath.
Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten's one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. For everyone who loves Sounder, Shiloh, and The Yearling, for everyone who loves the haunting beauty of writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O'Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love — and its opposite, hate — the fragility of happiness and the importance of making good on your promises.
Highly recommended.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

What We Learn From Pixar's Inside Out

 Pixar/Disney

I saw Pixar's new film, Inside Out today. I approached the film with a bit of trepidation. Here's why: for me, the last few Pixar films have been. . . meh. Which is sad, because for a while Pixar ruled the animation scene using landmark artistry and story with feature films unforgettable in their originality, like Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Wall.E. But now sequel after sequel churning from the Disney juggernaut, and I'm sorry, Brave just didn't do it for me. (Yes, Merida's hair is amazing. Yes, she's not a skinny little waif, yay. But LOOKS AREN'T ENOUGH. I need story I can chew on. And I just didn't believe Merida would bring A BEAR into this castle full of bear killers. I mean, isn't our heroine enough of an independent thinker to say, "Wait here, Mom," while she goes in, gets the tapestry and brings it back out? Gah.)

Sorry about that. My rant was showing.

Inside Out felt like a return to those enchanting times, when Pixar presented creations that seemed distilled from raw laughter, genius, and passion.

I was spellbound by Inside Out. Pete Docter (director, Up, Monsters, Inc.) and his team have created something that feels completely original and yet familiar.

The film follows Riley and her five basic emotions (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust), as she moves with her parents from Minnesota to California, and the emotional upheaval the move causes.

The world-building of Riley's mind (the main setting for the film), is stunning. While we are shown how memories are made, cared for, and organized into short-term, long-term, and core memories, along with places such as the subconscious, the Train of Thought, Imaginationland, and a brilliant little place that processes abstract thought, we don't feel like we're being shown this world. There isn't a sense of, "Okay audience, this is this and that is that and pay attention here, this is important." As the story and characters grow, their interaction with the setting feels organic and compelling.

And what a setting it is. Basically, memories (those glowing balls in the trailer) are made moment to moment at Headquarters and then transferred during sleep to Long-Term Memory. Core memories, related to very strong emotions during formative years, are the foundation for pieces of personality (in the film, they are physical islands) that are linked to headquarters. Riley's personality islands include Family, Friendship, and Hockey. And all of the islands come from the happy core memories. Joy is mostly in charge, and she likes it that way. After all, Riley's parents call her their happy girl.

After the move to San Francisco, Sadness (played by Phyllis Smith) creates a new core memory, much to the dismay of Joy (Amy Poehler). And then Joy and Sadness are accidentally whisked away from Headquarters and deposited in Long-Term Memory, along with the core memories. They must find their way back, through the circuitous maze that is Riley's mind, while Fear, Anger, and Disgust attempt to run things during their absence.

Pete Docter does a fine job of balancing the narrative between two different storylines. Joy and Sadness must get back to Headquarters. Riley is struggling with this move. As Docter moves back and forth, we are imbued with a sense of urgency. We care about Riley, and we know she's not going to be okay until Joy and Sadness are back where they belong. We care about Joy and Sadness because they care about Riley. It's a delicate juggling act, and Docter employs each to give weight and immediacy to the other. Riley's personality structure begins to crumble, as the loss of her friends, favorite pastime, and familiar environment bring her life into disarray. There is a moment where we realize that Riley is in danger of going completely numb, because Joy refuses to let Sadness take the wheel. Her mantra, "We can fix this!" becomes the thing that holds Riley back.

In the end, Joy realizes that all of the emotions are necessary for Riley's emotional health.

So what do we learn from Inside Out? This is actually my favorite aspect of the film. The rich setting, lovable characters, interesting story, and stunning originality all serve to bring us this great little nugget. Ready?

It's okay to be sad.

No, really. That's it. It's that simple. Yes, psychiatrists and intellectuals and critics and everyone can get into complex explanations of the human mind and what Inside Out gets right and what it just has fun with and we can talk about what we're taught in modern society and how some of us are trying to challenge that, but really, it all comes down to this:

It's okay to be sad.

Alright, I'll talk a LITTLE about it. It's okay to feel your feelings. You don't always have to be happy to be loved and worthwhile to people. You are a complex being comprised of a wealth of emotions, and you're allowed to feel all of them. Sadness, anger, and fear aren't negative emotions, just as joy isn't a positive emotion. They just are what they are, and feeling them isn't good or bad. It just is. Now, you may feel "good" or "bad" depending on what emotions you're going through, but processing through them with another human being, as Riley finally does in Inside Out, will help you to a place of deeper understanding with yourself and others, as well as helping you move on.

This is Pixar's greatest lesson yet, I think. And I'm sooooo happy that they went there. If you would like to talk at more length about this with me, because believe me, I can wax philosophic on this topic, feel free to comment and we'll hash it out.

Thank you Pixar, for going there. You're making us think again, and that to me, is magical.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

May Book Reviews - We Were Liars, Inexcusable, Sold, Grasshopper Jungle





This month's books were selected as part of a homework assignment for WIFYR, which I will post about at a later date. I was asked to read four MG or YA novels as prep for class. To read as a writer. I chose E. Lockhart's We Were Liars, Chris Lynch's Inexcusable, Patricia McCormick's Sold, and Andrew Smith's Grasshopper Jungle. I am also making a study of the unreliable narrator, so some of my choices were based on that.



We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I had heard that We Were Liars is a great example in modern YA lit of this particular literary device. In order to avoid spoiley, spoiley spoilers, I will not post an in-depth review here. If you have any interest in delicious prose (which I do), YA lit, unreliable narrators, and a bit of mystery, pick up We Were Liars. I know some people are really bothered by some of the formatting in the book.

People --
sometimes,
line breaks are used
for emphasis.
Get
over
it.

I loved Lockhart's prose. Her lyrical and metaphorical expression were beautiful to me. I had fun with the character development, and the depiction of parents and family dynamics. There was one part, toward the end, that felt a little redundant to me, but if you would like to discuss it, please PM or email me, because I don't want to give anything away. Seriously. Overall, I found this to be a stunning book. It also has a built-in second read.

Highly recommended.

Warnings on: language, sexual situations.



Inexcusable by Chris Lynch

I read that this book was written as a response to Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and that it's recommended as a companion to Anderson's book.

I didn't like this book. It came across to me as an apologist work, doing a great job of perpetuating rape culture, and portraying the MC as an imbecile who had no idea he had committed sexual assault. Guess what? Most rapes are premeditated. And this point is just one of my issues with this novel.

If you like, I can talk more about this in private. I'll just be moving on now.

Not recommended.

Warnings on: language, sexual situations, sexual assault.



Sold by Patricia McCormick

This novel gives us the story of Lakshmi, a 13yo Nepalese girl sold into prostitution by her stepfather. It follows her through a beautiful introduction to her village and her family life, her journey to the big city and arrival at "Happiness House," her abuse and eventual decision resulting in her escape. And yes, she does escape, or at least, her escape is implicitly understood -- on the very last page.

This book is beautifully written, with spare and efficient prose. The line breaks create an almost dreamlike quality, and the lyricism of McCormick's voice captures Lakshmi's experience with the deft touch required to tell a story like this. The writing is understated, a perfect vehicle for such a heavy subject.

I highly recommend Sold. It is an important book.




Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This. Book. Is. Insane.

Part sci-fi, part family history, part adolescent metaphor, part dark comedy, this book is a well-balanced mix of violent, twisted, hilarious, and thoughtful. It follows MC 16yo Austin Szerba and his best friend Robbie Brees, as they unwittingly bring about the end of the world through the introduction of six-foot-tall praying mantises to their hometown of Ealing, Iowa.

Smith said that he wrote this book with no thought of publication. This is undoubtedly why this book is so insane. Because Smith didn't have any voices of reason in the back of his head telling him to stop writing something so crazy. We should all be so blessed to write with such abandon.

It is impossible to explain the genius and complexity of this book in a paragraph, so I will just use a few quotes from Grasshopper Jungle out of context to give you a little taste.

Stupid people should never read books.

History provides a compelling argument that every scientist who tinkers around with unstoppable s*** needs a reliable flamethrower.

You must be crazy, after all, if a bird loves you.

Coffee is a girl who never tells a boy no.

We killed this big hairy thing and that big hairy thing. And that was our day. You know what I mean.

History does show that boys who dance are far more likely to pass along their genes than boys who don't.

They were both so beautiful, and their sound, as we said them to each other above the music, made our chests fill up with something electric and buzzing, like love and magic.

History is full of decapitations, and Iowa is no exception.

This book comes from Andrew Smith, through me, to you highly recommended.

Warnings on: everything. Lots of everything.



Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

This wasn't part of my homework, but I just reread this book every once in a while to remind myself of what I want to write. Carol tells us: Read what you want to write.

I want to write crazy books that change people. Fight Club is one of my favorite books of all time and I think Chuck Palahniuk is a genius. I don't reread a lot of books, but I do come back to this one. Often.

Also, unreliable narrator FTW.

Here's my original review of Fight Club, which I wrote back in 2011.

Warnings on: language, violence, sexual situations. Pretty much everything.

OKAY, which of these books have you read? What did you think? Let me know in the comments and happy reading!