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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
So, I started reading Tom DeLonge’s Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares, and I didn’t like it. Then I read more, and I started to like it. Then I finished it, and didn’t like it again. I reviewed it for The A.V. Club. If you’d like the full version of why I didn’t, then did, then didn’t again, you can read it in full by clicking here.
I recently got the opportunity to review Tim & Eric’s Zone Theory for The A.V. Club. Had a lot of fun doing it, but it unfortunately came right in the middle of working on Daniel Bryan’s Yes! as well, so it was a little hectic getting things done. That said, I’m happy with the way it ultimately turned out, after some revisions. You can read the finished product by clicking here.
I recently had the opportunity to review Daniel Bryan’s memoir Yes! for The A.V. Club. As a longtime wrestling fan, I was looking forward to it, but it surprised me just how good it was. On top of that, I was really happy with the way the review turned out. You can read it by clicking here.