(by the vintage cottage)
I was actually very, very late in watching Gilmore Girls. I discovered it in the summer of 2008 where I watched reruns all summer and fell in love with it. It definitely was refreshing to find a TV show that didn’t portray young mothers as mindless, unintelligent children that will go on to live on benefits for the rest of their lives and their children will become drug addicts who will join gangs and kill you in your neighbourhood. Gilmore Girls is definitely a huge step above that snobbery and classism and actually, I think it’s hugely liberating.
Wow! That’s a cute little fact. I would love to live somewhere like Stars Hollow. I think that’s why I have a slight obsession with Maine. Communities in places like Kennebunkport look exactly like real-life Stars Hollows. So beautiful, peaceful and welcoming (aside from George Bush…).
Definitely check out the book if you’re a huge fan :) It’s worth it!
(by Robert Burdock)
Review: The Gilmore Girls Companion by A. S. Berman (non-fiction)
From 2000 to its final episode in 2007, Gilmore Girls raised the bar for television writing, redefined the dramatic comedy, and cultivated a dedicated fan base not seen since the heights of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, unlike Buffy, little has been published about what went on behind-the-scenes of Gilmore Girl. Until now. The Gilmore Girls Companion provides the first detailed account of the creation of this groundbreaking series, based on dozens of exclusive interviews with the actors and behind-the-camera talent who brought Stars Hollow to life. Read more…
When I first found out about The Gilmore Girls Companion, elation quickly turned to devastation when I realised that it couldn’t yet be bought in the United Kingdom. Four long months later, I received it as a birthday gift and eagerly began reading about a world I knew well and loved dearly.
Although unauthorised, The Gilmore Girls Companion should not be perceived as a money-making scheme created to exploit the Gilmore Girls’ large fanbase, but a well thought out project headed by A.S. Berman. The book is clearly written by a passionate fan and is detailed, well researched and informative. Berman must be the most knowledgeable person on the TV show on Earth, aside from the creators.
The book begins with the story of how Gilmore Girls came to be and then goes into amazing detail about every episode in every season. It features memorable moments, “Behind the Scenes”, character sketches, “Kirk of all Trades” (a humorous section about Kirk’s many vocations), quotes, phrases, interviews, photographs, cast biographies and much more - the book is nearly 500 pages long. I quickly realised that this was not meant to be a book that you read through like a novel, but one you dip in to now and again. I am happily going through it season by season as I re-watch (for the fifth time, in case you’re wondering) my coveted Gilmore Girls boxsets. I’ve learned so many new things about the show already and I’m only half way through the book.
If I had one complaint, it’d be that I’m not sure what all the headings of each section are meant to represent, such as “Ginchy!”, “Notes” (often quotes), and “Amen, Sister Friend” (ditto). Otherwise, it’s perfect.
Gilmore Girls was an extremely underrated, intelligent, literary teen show that should be watched by all book lovers. This companion is a must-have for all Gilmore Girls fans! There are previews of some of the pages here.
My Rating: 4/5
Review: The Restorer by Amanda Stevens (paranormal, thriller, mystery)
My name is Amelia Gray. I’m a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I’ve always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe.
It started with the discovery of a young woman’s brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I’ve been hired to restore. Read more…
What better way to start off an early English summer than by reading a ghostly adult thriller. No? That’s what I thought, but the novel quickly draws you in to its captivating story. Think: Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps #1) by R.L. Stine for adults. I had originally thought that this would be a young adult paranormal novel, as that’s what it is shelved as on Goodreads, but it became clear early on that it was a mistake. This lead me to completely suspend my judgement about the book and take it more seriously as I had no idea what to expect; I’ve only ever read one other adult ghost story, Her Fearful Symmetry, in my life. I think that this lead to the novel being much more believable to me because I felt I didn’t have to worry about werewolves or people with magical powers appearing out of nowhere.
The novel begins with our protagonist already long acquainted with her ability to see ghosts: “I was nine when I first saw my first ghost”. Amelia was self-assured and confident even as a child and is instantly a likeable character. Her bizarre father constantly reminds her of the rules:
1. Never acknowledge the dead. Don’t look at them, don’t speak to them, don’t let them sense your fear.
2. Never stray too far from hallowed ground.
3. Keep your distance from those who are haunted. If they seek you out, turn away from them, for they constitute a terrible threat and cannot be trusted.
4. Never, ever tempt fate.
I found The Restorer to be a good mix of ghost story and murder mystery that constantly kept me guessing. There were incidents of “Oh I know where this is going” and then I’d be completely wrong. The novel is full of complex characters; you’ll want to know each of their stories, but is also exceptionally spooky. Even though I was sitting in 80 degree heat, I’d feel chills. I also found the novel to be educational as it mentions many little details about cemetery restoration, symbols and history, which is actually very fascinating.
I’m giving this novel a 3.5/5 because even though I really did enjoy it, I found it to be slow paced at first but then the ending was quite rushed. Even so, it was still an extremely creepy, engrossing novel and I’m definitely interested in reading the free, short prequel, The Abandoned, next.
This book was obtained as an eGalley from the publisher.
My Rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads Average Rating: 4/5
Note: There is a slightly more detailed, spoilery review on Goodreads.
27 / 50 books read for 50 Book Challenge #3.
(by Corinna A. Carlson)
“We Are The Friction” is a book of illustration and short fiction created by 12 pairs of international writers and illustrators, brought out Sing Statistics, an Edinburgh-based independent press.
(by *December Sun)