With nearly a year gone by since my last Bookmark Monday post (way to stick new habits, self), I thought I would share the freebies I brought back from DragonCon. Bookmarks are a great way to spread the word about yourself at a con, especially one for sci-fi & fantasy readers!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A dystopia where women are legally inferior to men & the formally educated are useful scapegoats that advance Earth’s territory as interpretors & bargainers. Native Tongue follows the various women of “The Lines” as they attempt to navigate a society that devalues them but still relies heavily on their fertility & their usefulness as housekeepers.
Originally published in the 80s, this book is definitely a sci-fi classic worth revisiting. Not only is the world-building captivating, many of the class & gender fears Haden Elgin outlines are still worryingly real. While the story is not as severe as something like The Handmaid’s Tale, there are plenty of unexpected dark & sad moments. For example, something as innocuous as a crush becomes a lesson in verbal humiliation & degradation. Definitely worth picking up if you come across it.
P.S.: This is totally associative, but the last scene of the book reminds me of the chorus to Matthew Good’s “Fated.”
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A coauthored memoir/tell-all about The Room & Sestero’s friendship w. Tommy Wiseau.
Look, Sunset Blvd is one of my favorite movies & I’ve absorbed other media like Party Down & You Must Remember This so I know that Hollywood is full of weird, ambitious people. But Disaster Artist seems to unwittingly showcase just how self-absorbed someone can become after working in “the business.” The story alternates between Sestero’s acting pursuits & his changing relationship with Wiseau as well as the actual filming of The Room.
The authors seem to want to have it both ways: readers get all the bizzaro anecdotes about shooting one of cinema’s worst movies & hears how oddly sympathetic Wiseau’s personal story is. This approach creates a tension where the radar cannot put the book down but will feel like a creepy voyeur. It is not a fun read. I feel like I’ve been privy to a public confession from someone who just wanted some company any way they could get it.
Everyone else is listening to Total Eclipse of the Heart today, but I’ve got another one for you. What about some amazingly anachronistic synth-driven ballad-hybridized music from Alan Parsons for a movie about a medieval knight & his lady & their true love?
That’s right, the soundtrack to the one & only LadyHawke! Enjoy it & wonder why you haven’t watched this crazy thing yet!
Get ready guys! This was the main reason I got my passport this summer. . .
Maybe it’s the coffin/The dirt on me. . .