Kingdom of Odd

Be free, be kind, be bold or at least try to be.

August Wrap-up

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So, I was both more successful and less successful at my reading goals for August then I would have liked.

I was more successful because I did read quite a few books that were not on my list, including Preacher: Until The Ends of the Earth, An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, The Ocean At the End of the Lane, and The Princess and Curdie (review pending).

I was less successful because I still have one act of King Henry IV to finish, I only got through the first half of Crime and Punishment before I had to give my poor head a rest and I completely forgot I was trying to finish Don Quixote this month.

I did finish Madame Bovary (review pending) and The Princess and the Goblin.

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane ***

Unfortunately this book reminded me too much of Coraline for me to really enjoy it, although I would venture to say this one is the better of the two. It had a bit more of a grown up feel to it and I liked how the fantastical elements related more closely to traditional myths. I also liked how Gaimen and the main character are almost the same person, but not quite. Overall a good respite from the other book I am currently reading, Crime and Punishment, and an interesting book to compare to another recent read The Princess and the Goblin.

September TBR

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September TBR

Play: Oresteia

1001: The Island of Dr Moreau and The Pit and the Pendulum

Favorite Author: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

An Elegy for Amelia Johnson

An Elegy for Amelia Johnson **

Pretty typical art style for the genre of indie biographical (esque) graphic novels. The themes the story deals with are really interesting and there are certainly a lot of interesting moments. Unfortunately the story feels a bit choppy at times and the story overall is kind of clunky. The characters are not extremely likable. I can see how the creators were trying to make the characters well rounded and developed, but they unfortunately miss the mark.

Preacher: Until The End Of The Earth

Preacher Volume 2: Until The End of the World ***

So I finally got around to reading this much hyped series and I have to say it wasn’t quite as offensive as I was expecting. On the one hand there is violence, lots of blood and torture, not to mention the crazy religious fanatics – none of which are things I particularly enjoy. On the other hand the relationship between Tulip and Jessi is made all the sweeter by the fact that it is surrounded by so much pain, the book was well written, and the supernatural element seems to be going in an interesting direction.

I think I’ll probably pick up the next couple of volumes to see how things develop.

ok, more silly then pretty, but I thought the texture and prospective rendered it kind of cool. Still stuck in the oh so boring rut of taking pictures of every flower I see. I’ll need it to get me through the long dark cold winter. Spring porn, oh yeah.

ok, more silly then pretty, but I thought the texture and prospective rendered it kind of cool. Still stuck in the oh so boring rut of taking pictures of every flower I see. I’ll need it to get me through the long dark cold winter. Spring porn, oh yeah.

And now suddenly it’s all hot and trendy not to follow your passion!!! What about being balanced? And thinking for yourself? I am taking a sensational stand at the middle ground here. Neither is always right or always wrong. Just don’t be a coward or a sheep. Be free!

I am simply in love with this music video. Seriously. I apologize for ignoring you Nicki Minaj, you are now one of my favorite female performer that gets played on the none indie radio. Yeah.

I love how she owns her sexuality. I love how silly she gets. I love how celebratory it is. I love how it’s helping me clarify the difference between female sexuality and sexualizing females - an issue I’ve been grappling a lot with of late.

*****

Just a silly little sketch inspired by one of my trail photos. Be happy and explore!

Just a silly little sketch inspired by one of my trail photos. Be happy and explore!