Another comment on HIMYM

I'm sitting here watching another not-that-funny episode of How I Met Your Mother.  The only reason I'm commenting on it again is because Ralph Macchio is a guest star.  According to IMDb, The Karate Kid was born in 1961.  He's FIFTY-TWO years old!  Jason Siegel is 33.  Josh Radnor is 39.  Neil Patrick Harris is 40.  Ralph Macchio looks their age.  Seriously...he looks about 40 years old.  How is that possible?! 

For what it's worth, tonight's show had a pretty decent ending.  (I won't spoil it.)


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and ParkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. Just wow. I don't even know where to start. It's too easy to say this story is about two misfits who find each other and fall in love, because it's so much more than that. The story takes place in 1986 and Rainbow Rowell completely me took me back to that time, and those days that I was in high school in 1986 and had my first love. The story is sweet, charming, even heartbreaking...but so wonderful.  I definitely recommend this one.

Side note:  The story takes place in Omaha, Nebraska, which is where my whole family is from.  My sister & I never lived there, but we visit each summer to see everyone.  I had to laugh when Park took Eleanor to the Old Market.  Ms. Rowell writes: [Eleanor had] never been to the Old Market, which was practically the only place to go in Omaha.

So true!  Every year, my sister and I try to hit the Old Market as often as possible, and we always say that if we were to live in Omaha, that's where we'd have to live. 

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The Voice should have just stopped here.

First, I'm several episodes behind on The Voice and just saw this battle from April 15:


The show could end here with these two as co-winners. Wow. Best battle I've seen on this show. Fantastic!


The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter

The Financial Lives of the PoetsThe Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Aw man. Beautiful Ruins was the first Jess Walter book I read, and it was one of my favorite books of 2012. I really looked forward to reading another of his books, but was ultimately let down with The Financial Lives of the Poets. I give it 2.5 stars.

I still think Jess Walter is a great writer, but the main character in this story, Matt Prior, is an idiot who makes horrible decision after horrible decision. Horrible isn't even the right word...more like preposterous. The one thing I could never get with is that after losing his job as a newspaper reporter, he decides to start a website to dole out financial advice in poetic prose. See? Preposterous! That decision, plus the excessive spending habits of his wife, lead to the website failing and he and his wife falling into financial ruin. His life just gets worse from there based on more stupid decisions. It'd be one thing if Matt had any redeeming qualities, but he doesn't, so I found that I wasn't even rooting for him.

I'll give Mr. Walter another chance. I've seen some good reviews for some of his other books that will hopefully be more appealing.

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Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez

Divine MisfortuneDivine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A friend showed this book to me while we were browsing at the bookstore and when I read this small excerpt from the inside cover, I knew I was going to buy it:

"Maybe you should get a god"
"We have one."
"Oh really?" Janet raised an eyebrow. "Is he hot? Or is he even a he? Did you go the goddess route?"
"No, he's a he."
"Cool. So is he hot?"
"He's a raccoon."
"Like with the striped tail and the cute little paws?"
Teri nodded.
"Very retro."

A young couple, Phil & Teri, who are a little down on their luck, decide to find a god to help bring a little prosperity to their lives. They find Luka, aka Lucky, on an online deity matching site. They don't need to sacrifice any animals for him...all he asks is for a small cut of their fortune and that he stay at their house. My favorite character was a friend of Lucky's: Quetzalcoatl, who was nicknamed Quick.

This book reminded me a lot of Neil Gaiman's American Gods but it's not as dark, (though there are dark moments) and it's a fun and quick read. American Gods took a little more concentration.

This one kept me smiling throughout.

My version of the book also included an excerpt from another of A. Lee Martinez's books, Chasing the Moon. I'm hooked, and will be reading that one too at some point. Mr. Martinez has a new fan.

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