Scrappy Little Nobody

Anna Kendrick

Kendrick's short memoirs are entertaining but never particularly revealing (unless you're surprised to learn that a twentysomething has taken some recreational drugs).
The best parts are about her early days as a child actor breaking into Broadway and the sacrifices her family made to get that to happen.
I would have been disappointed by this book if I had paid full price for it. At a discount it was worth it.

Rating: B-



Coffee At Luke's

Jennifer Crusie

This book collects a very unimpressive selection of essays about the TV show The Gilmore Girls.
I could not, in good conscience, recommend it to someone who is not utterly obsessed with the show.
I may be a little obsessed myself. After all I bought all seven seasons on DVD, the soundtrack CD, this rubbish ebook and I've read countless message board posts and reams of fan fiction.
Actually, having written that down, it appears that I'm definitely obsessed with the Gilmore Girls.
So rather than spend any more time talking about "Coffee At Luke's", I'm going to follow the book rating with an essay on the show. It's a long one.

Rating: C-

A rather lengthy essay follows...



The Hell Of It All

Charlie Brooker

The Hell of it All by Charlie BrookerThis is the third volume of Brooker's collected Guardian columns.
I'm very much a fan of his sense of humour and I thoroughly enjoy his work.
I was already familiar with about a quarter of the book as I'd read the columns as they appeared on The Guardian's website.
A couple of the pieces in this book are among the best things he's ever written, and yet, it also has some of the bleakest which can be disquieting among his firework displays of invective.
I'm happy to recommend this (and Brooker's other collections, particularly if you come from a vaguely lefty, media obsessed and net savvy background.

Rating: A-



The Book of Basketball

Bill Simmons

Huge, revealing book about the game of professional basketball, it's stars and teams.

Rating: A



My Boring-Ass Life

Kevin Smith

my boring ass lifeSimultaneously mundane and explicit, this book is for the most part quite entertaining.
Smith seems an affable enough bloke, who is quite aware of just how much of a role luck plays in his career.
The fact remains that the two (seemingly) most interesting stories are tantalizingly referred to and are not discussed any further.
I'd recommend it if you like Smith, his movies, or can find a copy as cheap as mine was!

Rating: B



You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing

John Scalzi

Blog entries about writing and the writing business

Rating: C


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Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded

John Scalzi

This is an entertaining collection of posts from the past ten years of Scalzi's blog the Whatever.

Rating: B+

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The Salmon of Doubt

Douglas Adams

The Salmon of DoubtThis posthumous cash in contains random articles, essays, speeches and letters written by Adams before he died as well as a hitchhiker's based short story and the chunk of a Dirk Gently book that never was that gives this volume a title.
No single part of this book is worth buying it for, but as a whole it is a nice reminder of who Douglas Adams was, what he stood for and the work he was capable of.
I bought this book not long after it made paperback for less than half price in a supermarket. I don't know I would have bothered if it wasn't so cheap. That I only just got round to reading it speaks volumes as far as I'm concerned.
My recommendation, unless you're a Hitchhiker's nut, is that you don't buy this for less than a bargain price.

Rating: C