What Happened to Marilyn by Alexander Rigby

This book was sent to me from the author for review. The publisher is Maple Lane Books & you can buy the book on amazon. It’s currently free for kindleunlimited!

Marilyn Monroe wakes up inside the rust-colored brick walls of an extravagant mansion in Savannah, and is informed that it’s the year 2062. The young man whtmwho tells her this is Jeremiah Gold, whom Marilyn met just days ago in California, a century earlier. He quickly explains how he traveled back to 1962 in the time machine he invented, to save her from the death that would have otherwise overtaken her. At first Marilyn is unable to comprehend the truth, but as Jeremiah discovers that the news of her legendary demise is still mysteriously in place, she decides to align her trust in him. In time, the brazen blonde emerges out into the southern city, taking caution so that none of the citizens of Savannah recognize her. Marilyn knows it’s dangerous, but she can’t quench the urge she has to explore this futuristic world, regardless of the warnings Jeremiah gives her. What Happened to Marilyn is a time-bending novel that gives one of the most famous women in the world a shot at redemption. As she struggles to deal with her identity and her unfulfilled dreams, Marilyn wonders if she should stay with Jeremiah, or return to the past that will never let her go.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

There will continue to be less posts until I’m done with my senior thesis, but for definite weekly posts by me (and daily posts by others) head over to https://thebookishpeople.wordpress.com! I have two posts pre-planned for this week though, this first one is extremely exciting for me.

There are often quizzes or questionnaires that ask, “Which book would you love to see turned into a movie?”

I always say Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

A lot of avid readers dread their favorites hitting the big screen, film industries & clueless casting directors will inevitably screw it up! But it’s been done right a number of times. Most of the time the subpar books lead to phenomenal films. This book is not by any means subpar, but I believe it would make a crazy good movie.

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a really long time. It’s unbelievable that it was a debut novel. I originally read it in 2013, but even then, I was late to the party. Seriously, don’t even finish this review. Just go read it.

It takes place in the near future, 2044. Real life sucks even more than usual & the main character, Wade Watts, lives in a trailer park full of trailers that get stacked on top of one another because everything is trash & the environment sucks. He has a shitty aunt, no friends, a pretty poor & boring life. His escape? Videogames. Duh. But these videogames are so advanced in virtual reality, players might as well live there, and Wade basically does. The virtual world OASIS has everyday people, people even go to work & school there, but it also has a ton of gamers devoted to solving the puzzles & clues left by James Halliday, creator of the world. It’s the ultimate Easter Egg hunt. The clues are pop-culture references & the prize is “massive power & fortune.” But like every big reward, as Wade, or Parzival as he’s referred to in the virtual world, gets closer to achieving this one, more & more people want it. From the corrupt Sixers to other dedicated gamers. Continue reading

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

This was not a Sonic Youth memoir. It’s a Kim Gordon memoir. A fact that plenty of many have debated on Goodreads. There seems to be some sort of divide among the two-star & three-star raters. Some rather Kim focus on the Sonic Youth years, while others complained she wasn’t delving enough into her childhood & Manhattan art scene years. Some complained she was being too harsh on people like Lana Del Ray or Billy Corgan, even accusing her of name-dropping. Others said she wasn’t being hard enough. Well, I liked her honesty. When those are the people you meet, you’re going to have to name-drop to comment otherwise there wouldn’t be any social interaction in her life. I think it’s way more rock for a celebrity to be honest about how they feel about other celebrities than to not comment, or worse, sugarcoat their dislike. That’s what being a real sell out is. In my opinion, she was honest, but tasteful. The worst thing she does is call Billy Corgan a cry-baby (although, be honest, we can all totally see it). & yes that’s worse than saying Lana Del Ray should “off herself” because that was a direct, sarcastic comment at Lana’s desire to die young.

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April Book Haul

Happy Easter! These are some books that I bought with my own damn hard earned money came in a basket this morning!

Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow

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This brilliant new novel by an American master, the author of Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, and The March, takes us on a radical trip into the mind of a man who, more than once in his life, has been an inadvertent agent of disaster.
 
Speaking from an unknown place and to an unknown interlocutor, Andrew is thinking, Andrew is talking, Andrew is telling the story of his life, his loves, and the tragedies that have led him to this place and point in time. And as he confesses, peeling back the layers of his strange story, we are led to question what we know about truth and memory, brain and mind, personality and fate, about one another and ourselves

I got this one from my internship. It’d been marked on my too-read list for a little while so I was excited when it came in. This will probably be one of the ones I read first.

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Tartt has only produced three works & has become somewhat of an infamous literary icon over the years. I’ve heard about her through stuff I’ve read about Brett Easton Ellis (she went to school with him & was a part of a sort of literary brat pack, even dedicated the book in part to him), but never read any of her books until now.

This book has been around since the early nineties, before I was even born. It is favored by many, many people.Tartt describes the book as “like a water pipe with weak spots, & it’ll kind of explode in different places. But it’s very controlled.” I first heard about it when scrolling through a list of top books people should read in their twenties, or before they graduate college, or something. It hit another little surge of popularity when Tartt’s newest book was released, The Goldfinch. In fact, one of the characters (my favorite) even makes a quick two line appearance in her latest novel, which of course I ordered a copy of before I even finished this one. Continue reading