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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

19 Jul

This fun weekly book meme was created by  J.Kaye’s Book Blog, but  Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books has taken over hosting duties. It’s a great way to not only keep track of what you are reading and have read, but to let others know of any great books coming up.

Read last week:
Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher – Hil.Ar.Ious! Here’s my review.

Currently reading:
The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness – The second in Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy. I’m actually enjoying this one much, much more than The Knife of Never Letting Go.

To Read:
Will this be the week that I not only read more than one book, but that I read what I say I’m going to read? Stay tuned to find out!

Promise by Kristie Cooke – I’m part of the blog tour for this one, so yeah, I better read it! Plus, it just looks soooooo good.

Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon –  This volume of poetry has been calling to me for weeks. ‘Bout time I answered it.

The Whisperers by John Connolly – This book isn’t YA or paranormal, which is good. Changing things up never hurt.

Review: Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion by Alan Goldsher

16 Jul

Simon and Schuster Canada, 2010

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT’S TIME TO REALLY MEET THE BEATLES.

For John Lennon, a young, idealistic zombie guitarist with dreams of global domination, Liverpool seems the ideal place to form a band that could take over the world. In an inspired act, Lennon kills and reanimates local rocker Paul McCartney, kicking off an unstoppable partnership. With the addition of newly zombified guitarist George Harrison and drummer/Seventh Level Ninja Lord Ringo Starr, the Beatles soon cut a swath of bloody good music and bloody violent mayhem across Europe, America, and the entire planet.

In this searing oral history, discover how the Fab Four climbed to the Toppermost of the Poppermost while stealing the hearts, ears, and brains of smitten teenage girls. Learn the tale behind a spiritual journey that resulted in the dismemberment of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Marvel at the seemingly indestructible quartet’s survival of a fierce attack by Eighth Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono. And find out how the boys escaped eternal death at the hands of England’s greatest zombie hunter, Mick Jagger.

Through all this, one mystery remains: Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four are zombies, and zombies live forever. . . .

From Simon and Schuster Canada website.

Word of warning: make sure that you don’t have to pee before you read ANY of this book. Why? Because it’s freaking hilarious! And I mean that. This was one of the funniest books I have read in a long, long time, if not ever.

As soon as I read the premise of Paul is Undead, I knew it was going to be funny. But I honestly didn’t expect it to be as funny as it was.  Told in a series of interview snippets, we get to hear from the Fab Four themselves and a whole slew of others, including Hunter S. Thompson and the Queen herself. Oh, and Jesus. Yes, folks, Jesus makes an appearance. And he curses.

One of the funniest characters for me was Mick Jagger, zombie hunter. The scenes where Mick is trying to take down The Beatles were over the top and just perfect.

I loved Goldsher’s sense of humour. I mean, there were times I was laughing but kinda felt icky about it, you know? Sort of like when you see an old lady slip on a piece of ice: you know you shouldn’t laugh, and maybe in the moment you don’t. But as soon as you are away from prying eyes? Yeah, you laugh your ass off.

I’m not a huge fan of The Beatles,(everybody gasp!) so I have no idea how accurate the book is as far as their rise to fame. The hubs is an uber fan and as I read the book and chatted with him about stuff, he knew what I was talking about so that’s a plus.  I am familiar enough with the band to know that Goldsher took traits that each is known for and either exaggerated them, or turned them upside down.  John Lennon has, hrm, a wee bit of an anger problem while Ringo,  a 7th level Ninja, still pretty much does what the others want.

Goldsher’s next book is also a mash-up, this time about FrankenElvis. Uh,huh, you heard right. If it’s half as funny as Paul is Undead, I know I’m going to love it. With all the literary mash-ups out there and the fact that the genre is getting pretty saturated, these celebrity mash-ups are coming at just the right time.

Paul is Undead was a right good read and I hope that others eat it up like I did.

*No celebrities or old ladies were hurt in the making of this review.

Thank ya Simon and Schuster Canada for the review copy. Thank ya very much.

Browse inside Paul is Undead.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

5 Jul

This fun weekly book meme was created by  J.Kaye’s Book Blog, but  Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books has taken over hosting duties. It’s a great way to not only keep track of what you are reading and have read, but to let others know of any great books coming up.

Read last week:
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater –  Okay, I HAD to read this as soon as it arrived. Amazing. Just as good as Shiver.

Currently reading:
Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher – Freaking hilarious!

To read:
Okay, here’s the thing: when I select which books I want to read I find that I never get those books read. So this is a list of books from which I will choose. Since I only read one book last week, my goal this week is to read three. It’s supposed to be fairly rainy, so the odds are good.

Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill – A friend wants to borrow this (I’m going to read it, Amy, I swear!) so I’m hoping to get to it this week.

Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson – Van Helsing as a teen. Kinda cool, eh?

If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous – This one has been on my review shelf for a while (bad, bad blogger!). It’ll be a change from the paranormal and YA binge I seem to be on.

Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon – I don’t read a lot of poetry, even though I write it. This volume of poems written by blacking out words from New York Times articles looks amazing. I’ll be hosting a giveaway once I read it.

The Whisperers by John Connolly – I loved Connolly’s The Reapers and thought it was so unique for the genre. Hoping this one lives up to my expectations.

Those are the books I’ll be picking from this week.

What are YOU reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

28 Jun

This fun weekly book meme was created by  J.Kaye’s Book Blog, but  Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books has taken over hosting duties. It’s a great way to not only keep track of what you are reading and have read, but to let others know of any great books coming up.

I haven’t posted one of these in a while and I’ve really missed it.

Read last week:
The Truth about Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen – My first Cohen book. I simply adored it. Beautifully written with wonderful characters. I will definitely be going back and reading her other books.

The Breakwater House by Pascale Quiviger – This was a different read for me. Stories within stories within stories. Sometimes confusing, but the language is so stunning it’s well worth it.

Currently reading:
The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty – The format of this YA gothic novel has made it a bit hard to get into, but I am starting to enjoy the story.

To Read:
Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher – This looks like a freaking hilarious read.
Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill – I think this YA book is going to be dramatic and delicious.

What are YOU reading this week?


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