Monday, December 4, 2017

What I "learnt" from Floki (addendum)

Recently I posted about the character Floki from the TV show VIKINGS.  There was a time he told his lovely wife Helga that he did not want to be with her because she made him happy and he did not want to be happy.

 Why would a person not want to be happy?  For the VIKING character Floki he was busy being a Viking and being happy was not necessarily going to make him a better Viking. The Viking community was built on violence and rage and  generally not giving a f#&k about anything.  If Floki was happy it might not be as easy for him to go about his Viking duties that required worshipping the Viking gods and  setting up plans to foil the people Floki didn't care for.

Why would someone in the modern world today not want to be happy?  If someone is unhappy and becomes happy they may have to give up a large part of the muck they have been mucking around in that has become comfortable and a way of life for them.  If a person is happy there is no longer an excuse to keep participating in some of their favorite bad habits. People use their past pain as an excuse to not change to a better way of life.    

Sunday, October 22, 2017

What I "learnt" from Floki

Floki is a character in the History Channel television show VIKINGS.  His talents lie in designing and building the fast long boats the Vikings need to explore and conquer the world with.  He is tall, lanky, and pale and wears heaps of black eyeliner.  He has a wife named Helga that adores him and is good to him.

In spite of her love for him Floki pushes his wife Helga away from him by not coming home.  Helga is desperate for answers and goes to town to beseech Floki to return home with her.  Floki tells Helga he doesn't want to be around her because she makes him happy. Floki then tells Helga he does not want to be happy so he can't be around her. 

If someone happens to break up with you by using the "it's not you, it's me" theme you should believe them.  It is not that you were lacking in any way, it may just be that person, like Floki, just doesn't want to be happy.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

FOUNDATIONS OF DRAWING : A Practical Guide to Art History, tools, techniques, and Styles

Compiled and written by Al
Gury, FOUNDATIONS OF DRAWING:  A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles is entertaining as well as educational.  It is chock full of art history that is beautifully illustrated with gorgeous pictures in color.  I read the print version and I loved it!  The book is made of good solid materials and paper which makes the experience with it even more enjoyable. 

Gury fills this book with knowledge of Art History, the tools one may need to work with, and some background on different styles of drawing and how to achieve them.  It's a book that both young and old can relate to and it will inspire many people to continue learning and growing in their artistic endeavors. 

I received this book fro Blogging for Books via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I chose this book for review as I enjoy looking at art and I have some family members and friends who are very artistic.  It is a book that will be looked at over and over with new facts and new realizations noted at each use.

*image provided by publisher.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lisa McInerney's GLORIOUS HERESIES


People who enjoy the television show
SHAMELESS (UK) or SHAMELESS(US)  will like the novel GLORIOUS HERESIES. It also reminds me of the British Soaps such as CORONATION STREET and HOLLYOAKS.  The story is set in Ireland during the financial crash almost ten years ago.  McInerney exhibits extreme writing skills as she is able to combine the profane Irish street vernacular with some of the biggest and most beautiful words I have ever readGLORIOUS HERESIES was published in Ireland previously where it had won a very big award and is now being released in the USA.  It speaks to changing attitudes on giving birth and women's choice, different vices and crimes, and serves as an coming of age story.  It also speaks to how strong the Catholic Church and Christianity is in Ireland and so there are things considered heresies in the story.  What do people do when the economy is so bad as to leave them with only a series of not so good choices?

Ryan is fifteen and in the throes of first love while dealing with an abusive, alcoholic father.  This propels him to an early career dealing drugs.  Georgie is a young woman whose boyfriend turns her into a prostitute.  Maureen is a grandmother who kills an intruder to her home but is unable to go to the police as they may investigate her gangster son's business.  Some of the characters seem lovable while some of them come across as despicable. It's all an excellent study of human nature.

I read the book straight through in a little over a 24 hour time period on a holiday weekend.  I chose the book for review because I enjoy literature and media from Ireland and England.  I liked this story and will see about getting the sequel when it becomes available.  This book was provided to me free of charge via the publisher and Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

Book cover image provided by the publisher  via Blogging for Books.          
 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Terry McMillan's I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU

Georgia is a educated professional getting on in years who decides she has a good life but that it can be better. Also Georgia and her friends are hot messes.  She thinks a lot about her past college years and wonders if one of the men from her past is someone she should be with now.  Georgia was quite promiscuous at one time but that was fairly common in 1980's culture.

McMillan writes with a modern day profanity slang.  Her colorful style of writing can only be compared to her own and she is the author of WAITING TO EXHALE  and HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK.  Those were two very successful works for her as those two books were made into movies.  This book, I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU  has been on the bestseller lists and now has been released in paperback.  It will be interesting to see if it will be made into a movie as well. 

The character of Georgia seems somewhat self absorbed to me, but I suppose that makes for good drama.  I chose this book for review because I realized a family member had actually never read any black authors. I had read HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK years ago when it came out as well as watching the movie by the same name later on.  At the time my brother had bought me the book to read because he felt like I was reading too many religious books and that I need something secular to read.

In the book I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU the author makes fun of the singing group Celtic Women.  This irritated me as I felt the character of Georgia was educated enough to know that many folks enjoy Celtic Women as an ethnic type thing as they are from Ireland and sing popular songs and ballads.  

The ending of the book was a little slow to me after it was revealed who she would most likely end up with.  I did enjoy the book and read it in about three days. I received this book for review via the publisher and Blogging for Books who gave me a free copy of the paperback version in exchange for a review.  I will probably pass my copy of the book on to someone else to read.

*cover image provided via the publisher an Blogging for Books.

Monday, March 27, 2017

THE MOTH PRESENTS: ALL THESE WONDERS

If you are looking for something new and different to read try THE MOTH PRESENTS:  ALL THESE WONDERS.  There are around forty-five personal stories in this book told by people from all walks of life. These stories are so good I will go back over some of them again to make sure I didn't miss something.  Etched on the cover it says TRUE STORIES ABOUT FACING THE UNKNOWN.  And indeed that is what they are! These stories were first told out loud onstage at Moth events across the country.  Now the best stories have been compiled into this book with as little changed as possible from the spoken words of the tellers on stage. If I were to state it glibly I would say it is a CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL  sort of thing that meets "Ted Talks".   There is a forward written by popular author Neil Gaiman so that tells you he is a fan of THE MOTH.

Some of the stories are told by semi-famous and famous people but others are not.  In one story a former child soldier from Africa tells of adapting to adoption and high school life in the United States.  In another story a scientist works through miraculous steps on a project to view the planet Pluto up close.  There are stories included in the book told by a concentration camp survivor, a refugee, and other immigrants.  The title of ALL THESE WONDERS is taken from one of the stories in the book. 

I don't agree with some of what is expressed in every single story but all the stories are informative and interesting. It is a book you will want to keep but also share with others. It is edited by Catherine Burns and published by Crown Archetype.

I selected this book for review because it sounded like a great book.  I enjoyed reading it because it was entertaining as well as full of details to learn and ponder. It made me think about what my own Moth stories might be.


* cover photo provided by the publisher and Blogging for Books. 
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.