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Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis Review

Glamorama

When purchasing Glamorama, I was mainly attracted by online reviews mentioning the book being one of the best novels set in the 1990’s. Being a child born in the 90’s, I was excited to read something relatable and nostalgic. The title of the book seemed to hint drama and perhaps that subject involving glamorous people. I thought, I live in Los Angeles, why not give it a chance. I honestly had no idea what I was really in for when attempting to read this book, but nonetheless I forced myself to read it.

Main Character

The main character of this book had nice character development. When Victor was first introduced, I immediately knew he was going to be over the top and slightly annoying. What I didn’t know was that the entire book was going to be based around a male character! I personally don’t ever read books with a male main character because I usually don’t find interest in them and am unable to relate. However, as the book went on, Victor’s ego began to deflate and it allowed me to connect more with him.

Majority of the women that are involved with Victor through out this book are completely aware he is a tool bag but continuously allow him into their lives. How cliché of a fiction drama novel is that?  The answer is pretty freakin’ cliché.

What I Did & Didn’t Like

Whenever I’m reading a book,  the way an author illustrates a story through words is extremely important to me. I found that when I was attempting to physically read the book, Ellis was constantly listing things. It annoyed me. Name dropping brands to get the point across of a 90’s glamour filled drama, I definitely expect. However, the amount of times Ellis listed celebrities was too much.
h. It seemed as if he was just trying to fill up space with celebrities names in my opinion.

One thing I did enjoy about Ellis’ writing was the left turn the book took. I had no idea this was going to turn into horrifying and morbid story. In drama, I expect something to evoke emotion but this type was completely unexpected. There were aspects of the story, I kept telling myself wow didn’t see that one coming. I think not being able to predict what’s going to happen is what makes a good book. Regardless of not knowing what was going to happen, I had no motivation to continue reading this book due to it just being incredibly boring.

Final Thoughts

I’m not sure if the story was just not for me. I’m not sure if the characters weren’t developed enough in order for me to grow attached. This book overall just was boring to read. There was nothing that screamed 90’s to me besides the relevancy of the brands and celebrities Ellis listed throughout the book. Ellis did write in a way that allowed me to sympathize for the main character at times, but I wasn’t attached to Victor ever.

The book has way too many sex scenes also in my opinion. I don’t understand why there was so many sex scenes! As if the sexual aspect of the book was to make it more interesting or entertaining. I have no idea. This was probably one of the worst books I’ve read in a while, but I’m happy I at least finished it through audible. I don’t recommend this book to anyone. The story is boring and pointless.  However, I am blogging about it so I don’t forget I’ve read it and to warn you to stay away!

 

whiskey words & a shovel – r.h. Sin

Hello. Hi.

Welcome back book worms! Here we are again with another poetry book. Imagine me voicing that last sentence with a tone of sarcasm accompanied by a nonchalant eye-roll. The reason I’m rolling my eyes is because there are so many of these poetry books floating around now, it’s weird! I read a bunch of poetry books as a teen and thought they were all the rage back then. However, there wasn’t that many to choose from when I began having an interest in poetry..

Writing Art

Back in early 2000’s, the style of poetry books seemed more unique in my opinion. I could easily finish an entire series because I was overjoyed with the storyline. The narrative made me want to keep reading. The poetry books were cooler in a sense of style. The words were displayed upside down, spaced apart, bolded, written across the page, and more. How the words were being displayed was the art form. The presentation often persuaded the reader to analyze the meaning behind the word being emphasized. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy the old teen poetry books more. I’m a word junkie.

Also, not every poetry book was about the same subject back then either. The books followed more of a traditional style writing by having a narrative. I brushed up on this issue in my recent review of “Neon Soul” by Alexandra Elle. Now, I feel as if Milk & Honey has paved the way into a new style of  “teen novel” poetry books. We are now seeing two dimensional & minimal looking illustrations in almost every teen poetry book. It’s not bad to have the illustrations, it’s bad that I can spot the influence. If I can tell that an author had inspiration from Milk & Honey to write a similar book of their own, I’m not going to read it.

Poetry Book Rant

Honestly, I feel like I’ve been reading the same book repetitively because of the style and subject almost being identical within 3-4 different books. The author usually writes about experiencing love or heartbreak through poetry and it’s nothing new or impressive. Maybe I’m jaded but one thing that really ticks me off is the lack of narrative. These new age authors skip from poem to poem without any direction. I don’t feel as if there is closure when I’m done reading their books. I feel as if I’ve read their experience in life, but not an actual story that’s complete.

Anyway, Ellen Hopkins was one of my favorite poetry book authors as a teen. Shout out to Ellen! You go girl! Her writing style had a huge influence on my own poetry writing. Although, I wasn’t inspired enough to jump up and write a book that was exactly the same as her that year, but ya know to each his own!

Now that I’ve gotten my rage out about poetry books I have to say, excuse my eye-roll comment earlier about “whiskey words & a shovel”,  it had nothing to do with my actual review of the book. I actually liked this book despite it also fitting in with the new poetry book trends. Let’s get into the review, if you’re still down to hear my opinion. Lol!

The Review

(No Spoilers, just photos of quotes & a few opinions on writing)

If I had a friend who was healing from a bad break up, I’d recommend this book to them! I actually enjoyed the book! However, I’d only recommend this if they were at a point of healing where they may feel anger more than sadness. Everyone heals differently, but this book carries more anger than sadness. One aspect I enjoyed about this book is that the author often directly speaks to the reader. “No one taught you, to love you, and that’s your biggest problem”. Sin may be referring to ‘you’ as his self in certain contexts, as if he’s talking to himself but its interchangeable with the reader.  I find that in his poetry to be unique. Also, Sin may or may not be a woman, but from his website I’m assuming he’s male. There are no photos of him besides his hands and to me it looks like he has man hands! I could be totally wrong though. If he is in fact a man, I feel as if the story is a completely different one and I’m going to re-read it. I read this in the voice of a woman, but going over it again I’m like wow that makes much more sense.

This book was published in 2017 and is easily associated to a younger generation. For example he uses social media terminology like hashtag in one of the poems. Not that it’s a bad thing, I’m just an old soul and hate connecting to present time in books. Using the term hash tag was a detail that stuck out to me as unappealing, but to each his own! There are also a lot of cliche moments that I’ve personally already seen. One of his poems is “watching you in museums is like witnessing art observing art”.  Can we even consider that a poem or original? I’m throwing shade for that one. How many times have you guys already seen that line on the internet? His writing isn’t all bad, as I said earlier I did throughly enjoy the book. It easily guides the reader from feeling sad to being mad to being hopeful and that’s honestly all I want to say about this book. I didn’t easily have a connection to the book at first, but as I continued reading and the anger in the poetry  is what stood out to me. I guess you’ll just have to read it, because I’m not going any further into details on this one!

Stephen Mackey Art

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Strange Daydreams

Stephen Mackey is one of my most recent and favorite art finds that everyone should know about! Well, maybe not everyone but those who have a heart for art definitely will appreciate this artist. His focus is primarily in oil paintings and they are absolutely breathtaking! Mackey’s paintings are the type of work that’ll easily cause a viewer to tilt their head out of curiosity in any art gallery. Imagery Mackey creates within his work can be characterized as dreamy, romantic, and full of fantasy at a distance. However, taking a closer look there’s something seemingly bizarre in the details of any of his works. The strange aspects give depth to the characters he paints and it will fill you with interest. It’s like witnessing a dream in reality while experiencing Mackey’s art.

Experience vs. Interpretation

We often can’t understand why we dream the things we do.  After the experience of a dream, we crave to know the reason behind it. Most of the time there’s never a legitimate explanation and we’re just left wondering. Mackey’s paintings give that familiar feeling of uncertainty after a dream. There’s something we’re not entirely understanding while observing but regardless it may be beautiful or terrifying.  This is what I found to be extraordinary about Stephen Mackey’s paintings. Art is about perception and when it’s easy on the eyes but lacks depth, it’s hard for me to associate. Stephen Mackey is an artist I consider to be a rare find because he made me feel something…

 

Until next time,

Raven

 

Be sure to check out his website for more images & info.

http://stephenmackey.com/

 

The GashlyCrumb Tinies – Edward Gorey Book Review

Commentary

If you’ve browsed through any of my social media or just happened to connect my blog name to my extreme interest in death and not just sleepiness, congrats! Anything that’s related to death, I’m particularly into. It’s something that I don’t know why it attracts me or interests me and I’ve always held onto things related to it tightly. However, if you find my interest perturbing or sort of sick this coffee table book is definitely not for you. There isn’t necessarily a story for this book.. so I can’t exactly spoil anything. However, I can share my infatuation I now have for “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” and Edward Gorey.

Being Attracted by a Book

While browsing around Amazon, I found this book cover calling my name. The image of a seemingly friendly grim reaper whose holding an umbrella over children seemed as if it would fit with my interests. I’ve never read anything by Edward Gorey, but even his last name intrigues me. The writer’s last name is Gorey! He has GORE in his last name for Christ sakes! Okay, I had to look it up and yes that’s his real last name! His last name is perfectly suited for this book and it was hard for me to believe. Upon verifying the authenticity  of his last name, I discovered that Gorey passed away at age 75 in early 2000. This deeply saddens me and I’ve only read one of his books.  If anything, my sadness should give you a hint at how much I adored The Gashlycrumb Tinies.

The Review..

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