Dy's Take

May 15, 2012

Farscape Forever! Sex, Drugs and Killer Muppets by Glenn Yeffeth (editor)

Filed under: Essays,Humor & Satire,NonFiction,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 23:29


This collection had some gems that stuck with me.. and a lot of tedious reads that didn’t. I started it in 2008 and it floated around the house for 4 years being read here and there til I finally resolved to finish it. Which I have done. Holding on to it for the moment due to the occasional gem (the fictional disciplinary report for John Crichton upon his return to Earth is pretty much worth the purchase price all by itself).


June 22, 2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Filed under: Book Club,NonFiction — Dy @ 19:55



October 19, 2010

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

Filed under: audiobook,NonFiction,Skip It — Dy @ 12:26


Okay, technically I didn’t finish this book.

Still, I listened to it. Until I got to the end where the poor reader was just reading a list of ‘acceptable’ vegan grocery items, then reading recipes aloud. I freely admit I skipped that part.

I grabbed this without checking the promo copy thinking it was a lightweight chicklit read. It’s an aggressive, proselytizing, foul-mouthed and self-righteous diet book.

I can sum up this whole book for you and save you having to listen to the offensive (and I cuss like a sailor) piece of #$%^&*.

Quit smoking & drinking, sweat more, buy organic and become a vegan if you want to be a,”Skinny Bitch.”

The most interesting part about this book was the  conspiracy theory raving in the middle complete with background details about corruption in agribusiness and the government agencies that are supposed to regulate it that were offered in each chapter and elaborated on in the chapter titled, “Have No Faith.”

However, there are two sides to every issue and I would rather have been presented with both and credited with enough intelligence to make up my own mind. Also, since it was audio, there were no footnotes to back up the arguments made. They probably made better reading.

More importantly, this book made me uncomfortable. Calling women (this is a total chick book) fat, lazy, and gross is not the way to win over your readers. And the profanity. Really, ladies?  I very literally cuss like a sailor and I found your unnecessarily crude language offensive. How much more so it must be to those with more genteel tongues.

Here the profanity was used for shock value, which worked, but not in the way the authors intended. At least, not on me.

Skip it folks. In fact, skip all the diet books and use what you learned in high school biology along with a little common sense and you’ll be a lot better off.


PS – would love to know the author’s credentials. Who in their right mind recommends FASTING as a healthy way to lose weight for crying out loud?!

October 13, 2009

Teaser Tuesday – Farscape Forever!

Filed under: NonFiction,Sci-Fi,Teaser Tuesdays — Dy @ 07:14


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Tease?

“While you may have enjoyed the party, a First Contact should never constitute knocking up representatives of a Royal Family, even if you were absent during the marriage consummation. And still, this was not enough for you.”

p. 91, Farscape Forever!: Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets edited by Glenn Yaffeth

October 9, 2008

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Filed under: Humor & Satire,Memoir,NonFiction — Dy @ 23:13

( 82 )

I don’t like memoirs.  Really.

I loved this book, though.  It made me cry, dadnabbit, but it was worth it.  I don’t know why I liked it so much, I think because he put so many things that are simple and commonsense out there in an entertaining and humorous way.  I feel like I can’t do it justice, but am glad I read it.

March 5, 2008

A Lifetime of Secrets by Frank Warren

Filed under: NonFiction — Dy @ 11:20


I love PostSecret.  It combines catharsis for those who participate with the voyeuristic thrill of hiding behind the curtain in a confessional booth – all those secrets, but no way to tell who they belong to.

It’s also great for writing inspiration.  Stuck?  Find a postcard, write the backstory.  There’s loads to choose from.

This was a library copy, but the latter reason alone I will probably, eventually, buy all the postsecret books.

October 12, 2007

Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig

Filed under: Book Club,Memoir,NonFiction — Dy @ 15:29

Candy made me do it. The things I do for book club, I swear. This is a memoir, a really, really boring memoir.

I don’t even have a category for this. I refuse to make one, too, since I’m only ever going to read these things when someone makes me 😉

November 29, 2006

The Home Front: An Oral History of the War Years in America, 1941-1945 by Archie Satterfield

Filed under: NonFiction — Dy @ 19:30

I cannot recommend this enough. History tends to be very dry and sanitized by the people who write it. Generally the only good, juicy, HUMAN parts that survive are personal stories (journals, private letters).

The entire book is filled with first person accounts of life in the US during WWII. Sure, everyone has seen the Rosie the Riveter poster, but the stories in this book talk about real life during that time period. People live in tents, they travel for the first time, they have sex, they divorce. My parents were pariahs in the Catholic church for being divorced in the 70s – I’d had no clue that there was such a rash of divorces after WWII.

The book is chock full of the kind of information that never makes it into the history textbooks — the parts that make it interesting.

November 2, 2006

We’re in This War, Too: World War II Letters from American Women in Uniform

Filed under: NonFiction — Dy @ 19:16

by Judy Barrett Litoff (Editor), David C. Smith (Editor)

July 31, 2006

Mother Was a Gunner’s Mate: WWII in the WAVES by Josette Dermody Wingo

Filed under: ChickLit,NonFiction — Dy @ 19:38

I enjoyed this, but probably because my grandmother was a WAVE and I really wanted to get a look into the mindset of these girls in a world at war.  They were so much funnier, innocent yet wordly, so much more than history books and Rosie the Riveter posters indicate.

Had some slow spots, narratively speakling, but it’s nonfic, so you kind of expect it.

February 16, 2005

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

Filed under: Books,NonFiction — Dy @ 08:37

Nowhere near as interesting as the flap copy and Amazon made it sound. No, really. I kinda liked it for the interesting notes about the history of the OED, but a scintillating read it was not. My book group felt the same.

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