The Tropic of Cancer

The Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller


Genre: Fiction/Banned Book

The cancer of time is eating us away.

This has been on my list for quite some time. Just because nothing gets better than BANNED BOOK, right?
This is a somewhat autobiographical account of the years that Miller spent in Paris trying to be a writer. I guess. It was heavily dense prose about the cancer that is society and the stain that is humanity and overall, how much of a whore Paris is. It was vulgar to the point of being cringe worthy and a bit racey for the time. I can see why it was banned. XD 

Overall, not a bad read unless your easily offended. In that case, avoid it like the clap. It was beautifully distasteful and was a invigorating look into the cesspool of society.


The Blind Side

The Blind Side by Micheal Lewis


Genre: Biography-ish

People note outcomes, and reason backwards from them.

I saw the movie a few years back and enjoyed it, even though I don’t like football. It was uplifting. I saw the book in the ‘grab and go’ selection and decided to give it a whirl. 

This is an autobiographical account of Micheal Oher, football player for the Baltimore Ravens. He started out as nothing but a big black kid born on the wrong sode of the street and how fate interviened and made him into one of the most sought after rookies in High school. 

He ended up getting found by the Tuhoy’s, and given the life that anyone deserves. And in the process begins to learn and adapt and overcome the obstacles placed before him.

Since I don’t much like football, the historical bits kind of rolled right on through and I tended to skip over them. 

Overall, a good read and a happy ending. 🙂


The Bell Jar 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


Genre: Fiction

I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing meant losing all the rest, and as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black…

This was my first venture into Plath. Who both lived and died tragically. I have come to understand why young girls start wearing black, extra thick eyeliner, and flock to graveyards while quoting Plath poems. 

This is a beautifully tragic book. Esther Greenwood has it all. The scholarship. The college. The internship in illustrious New York. The grades. And yet, it isn’t enough. She begins to spiral down into the deepest, darkest hole and loses herself in her madness. It is a perfect replica of depression, anxiety, and hitting rock bottom. 

This one did leave off in a happy moment, with Esther set to leave the asylum. So we’ll leave it at that. It is rumored to be autobiographical as Sylvia refused to have it published in the US for fear of her family. A year after she had it published in England, she commited suicide by sticking her head in an oven. Ending her promising life. 

I do recommend this book but know that it is a hard book filled with hard truths.

I wanted to tell her that if only something were wrong with my body it would be fine, I would rather have anything wrong with my body than something wrong with my head, but the idea seemed so involved and werisome that I didn’t say anything. 


The Soul of an Octopus 

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery 


Genre: Non-fiction/Memior

Unless people know about and see these animals, there will be no stewardship for octopuses in the wild. So knowing they are going to accredited institutions, where they are going to be loved, where people will see the animal in all its glory-that’s good and it makes me happy.

This was a non fiction book based on one naturalists experience studying octopods. I picked it up because I love octopods and the cover looked interesting. 

In this book, she discusses the personalities and quirks of several octopods who call the Boston Aquarium (?) their home. She learns that they do have thoughts and can figure things out and each octopus had different traits. 

Octopods are beautiful creatures. One of my favorite parts was when she went to the Seattle Aquarium and was audience to “Blind Date with an Octupus”, an event where aquarium staff allow the octopods to mate before releasing them into the PNW waters. 
Blind Date With an Octupus 2014

I recommend this one, especially if you like learning things. 🙂
*Note on the text: The proper pronoun for an Octopus is OCTOPODS not ‘octopi’ as previously reasoned. You can not add Latin suffixes to non Latin words and the word ‘octopus’ I’d actually Greek in orgin. 


The Martian 

The Martian by Andy Weir


Genre: Scifi

As with most if life’s problems, this one can be solved with a box of pure radiation.

I was prompted to read this by my roommate Meredith and her husband. I found it at the library this week and decided to give it a go. 

I typically don’t read alot of hardcore space scifi. Mostly because it scares me. Because Aliens. And being alone. But this book was filled with science and DIY while tearing apart million dollar NASA equipment. And had a very good sense of humor. Mark Watney finds himself stranded on Mars after his crew leaves him behind because they thought he was dead. Not their fault. He is posed with little things like starvation, lack of communication, water issues and keeping things running. With a degree in Botany, he learns to despise potatoes and solve mechanical problems on the fly while his overall goal is: DON’T DIE.

This book was decently paced, filled with real viable science, and highly readable for the just starting to read scifi crew. It was very realistic and could totally happen. It’s like a worst case scenario simulation where everything that can go wrong, will, and that’s just the laws of the universe. I loved Mark’s sense or humor, ingenuity, and overall fix it attitude. 

This book was readable and hard to put down. Even if Scifi isn’t your thing, I recommend it.

Part of it may be what I represent: progress, science, and the interplanetary future we’ve dreamed of for centuries. But really they did it because every human being has a basic instinct to help each other.


The Brothers Cabal 

The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L Howard  (#4)


Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

‘Life is an adventure. Well, mine is. Your’s too.’

‘Not by choice…If the knowledge I seek was readily available, and if society wasn’t so protective of its corpses, few of the travails I needs must undergo would be at all nessesary.’

This is probably going to be my series of the year. HANDS DOWN. THIS SERIES I’D FANTASTIC. GO READ THE NECROMANCER RIGHT FLIPPING NOW.

In the 4th installment, we have Johannes’ thrice dead vampire brother Horst (who we last saw at the end of The Necromancer burning up in the sun) caring for a very ill Johannes. While bedridden, Horst tells an amazing tale filled with zombies, werebadgers, conapiracies, Annie Okley type heroines, and enemies back from the grave. And he enlists Johannes help to save the world (again) which Johannes hadn’t meant to do prior. 

This book was FANTASTIC. I adore Horst and all his fabulousness as a vampire. He’s humourous, fantastic, charasmatic, and you can’t help but love him. And Johannes you can’t help but lovingly hate him. Since getting his soul back, he has started to develop a bit of a concious. And the brotherly relationship was highly developed in this one. 

(Fantastic fan art)

Go read this series! It’s amazing and lighthearted with a dark sense of humor!

One is often judged by the quality of one’s enemies. 


The Everything Box 

The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey 


Genre: Scifi 

What I want to leave you with is a thought: with all the wonders of the world at your disposal, the one thing you shouldn’t be is boring.

I picked this one up because it looked interesting. Turns out its a favorite author of Meridiths and she’s currently reading it too. 

This one reminded me of a knock off of Good Omens by Pratchett/Gaiman. It was a witty satire about the apocalypse. In which an angel loses the Pandora of boxes meant to destroy the world. Fast forward to modern times where con man Coop gets hired to steal the box. Adventure ensues of apocalyptic proportions. 

This wasn’t a bad book. It was really witty, satirical, made me laugh upon occassion, and that was the first half of the book. Then it wouldn’t end. And got repetitive and I dreaded reading it and it took longer than it should have. 

I do recommend it, especially if end of the world satire is your thing. 🙂