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Links – The A.V. Club: The Humorless Ladies of Border Control review

I have been a fan of Franz Nicolay’s work as a musician for awhile now. I was excited when I got the assignment to read his book “The Humorless Ladies of Border Patrol” for The A.V. Club. And I am happy to report now that it’s good, especially if you’re interested at all in the changing dynamics and history of Eastern Europe, as well as the counterculture perspective on it. The only thing I wish it had a little more of is Nicolay’s personality, because when he really lets it shine, the book is at its best. Full review can be found Continue reading

Links – The A.V. Club: The best books of 2016 so far

The A.V. Club put together a “The best books of 2016 so far” thing, and the site was kind enough to let me contribute to it. Know going in that I probably left off your favorite book of the year (or the only book you started reading this year). I do that sometimes. Instead of considering your opinions, I just went ahead and added that wonderful Bob’s Burgers Burger Book with which I had so much fun, the Dave Eggers books I just got done reading/reviewing and then a memoir by Amber Tozer that I didn’t have a chance to Continue reading

Links – The A.V. Club: Review of Dave Eggers’ “Heroes of the Frontier”

It’s been awhile since I have had an opportunity to review some literary fiction, usually skewing more toward the realm of memoirs and other nonfiction. But The A.V. Club gave me the opportunity to review Dave Eggers’ latest, Heroes of the Frontier. I found it to be a delightful read and more than a little complex. I had a fun time trying to break it down, both in a general review, as well as a new feature called The Last Page, which delves specifically into the last chapters of the book, so, you know, spoiler warning!

Links: A.V. Club review of Neil Gaiman’s The View from the Cheap Seats

I recently reviewed Neil Gaiman’s The View from the Cheap Seats, a collection of selected nonfiction, for The A.V. Club. While I like the work a lot, the essays are previously published, and I’m not quite sure the book does a good enough job of justifying itself beyond collecting them in one place. But I explain in more detail here.

Link: A.V. Club review of NOFX’s Hepatitis Bathtub book

We’ll file this under things that probably won’t make my mother proud. I recently reviewed the NOFX memoir The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories for The A.V. Club. It turns out it’s more oral history than a comprehensive NOFX autobiography, but that’s just fine, as far as I’m concerned. Fans should like the backstage stories feel the book has, though it occasionally fails to live up to its potential. You can read the review in full by clicking here.

Links: The A.V. Club – Bob’s Burgers Burger Book Review

I’ve been working on this one for a little while for The A.V. Club. The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book was above and beyond the usual book review, as it required (in my thinking) actually making some of the recipes to see how easy it was to follow, how difficult the recipes might be, and how the finished products looked and tasted. All in all, it was a lot of fun to write, and I think the review turned out well. You can check it out by clicking here.

Links: The A.V. Club – Gift Guide for Procrastinators

The A.V. Club put together a pretty cool “gift guide for procrastinators” and allowed me to contribute four items to it this year. Some good stuff on there, such as a Walking Dead pop-up book and Daniel Bryan’s Yes! For the rest, you can read the full list by clicking here.

Links: A.V. Club – Ten Billion Tomorrows Book Review

A few days late here, but my review went up Monday for Ten Billion Tomorrows at The A.V. Club. It’s an interesting book with an author who is passionate about the subject matter, but it still has a tendency to get dense. Though, the pop culture makes for a good hook and the science is at times fascinating. To read the full review, click here.