Obsidian Blue

Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!

Reading progress update: I've read 43%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James


Guess what, telling a woman or man that if you agree to being a submissive means they are allowed to do anything sexually they want to you and you can't say no is rape. Christian Grey should be the patron saint of MRAs everywhere. This book is how they wish all women acted. 


Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

This mofo just sent her a definition of what submissive means. Cause how dare she not be jumping for joy at his insane list. I still can't believe she's agreeing to exercise. Apparently the hygiene requirements doesn't bug her. Also she can't look into his eyes and touch him? Boy bye. 



Reading progress update: I've read 35%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

Back to it. 



Reading progress update: I've read 35%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

Primal scream.


Grey signed off an email saying "Laters baby" and my soul died a bit. It died. I felt it. 


I'm taking a break. 


Reading progress update: I've read 34%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

If someone gave me a contract with the words anal fisting I would have been out the door. This book is absurd. The dialogue is also painful as hell.


And we get slight backstory on Christian which reads as that he was raped due to his mother's friend forcing him into a submissive relationship. This book is a mess.


The sex scenes are terrible too. I still don't even know if Ana was good to have sex with Christian since he announces he will take care of her virginity after she tells him she's a virgin. 


Also I have heard of zero dominant/submissive relationships where you were told what to eat, when you had to workout, and oh your personal hygiene. And Ana tries to throw up token resistant by trying to not eat which Lord. This book is awful. 


Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

Dear women everywhere. If you ever meet a man who incorrectly calls himself a dominant who then wants you to sign an agreement that you must always comply with his stalkerish ass at all times while having sex, run. 


I am now drinking an Irish coffee. 


So after Ana gets a bit slut shame with her best friend,she passes out dancing with Christian. Cause you know what you should do, dance with someone who is intoxicated after they have already thrown up. 


And now Christian is telling Ana that he can't help being attracted to her. Whatever dude. You're 26 and I still don't get your business and how you're wealthy. And he's supposedly been with 15 women before Ana in a submissive/dominant relationship and she's all well that's not too many. I guess she only gets judgemental when it's one of her friends. 


And there is no dominant/submissive relationship that has a freaking rule you have to live with the person. The whole thing with Christian is that he's obsessive and stalking someone. He knows that Ana is a virgin so it makes no sense why he would even push a relationship with her when he's said enough times he doesn't think she is prepared for what he wants. 


Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

So this is Twilight fan fiction and it's making me miss those books more. And I disliked those books. A lot. The car almost hitting Ana is directly taken from Twilight with Edward and what's her face.


And now this book has hit absurd level 5. Christian Grey warns Ana away from him cause reasons. I guess James couldn't just stick the whole vampire thing in here so it's left unsaid and also dumb. But he sends her first editions with a quote about danger and I rolled my eyes. I'm shocked he didn't send her a copy of Atlas Shrugged. 


Also Ana's snobbery about only reading classics and specifically British literature says all you need to know about the character.


After finishing her final exams she's off celebrating with her friends and Jose who doesn't take no for an answer kisses and grabs her hair. So he sucks too. But what gets me is Ana calls Grey and acts like a drunken idiot. And he somehow broke every known speed limit and got to her in like ten minutes to ride to her rescue. 


Reading progress update: I've read 9%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

I don't think I can do this without alcohol and it's 10:46 in the morning.


On Chapter 4. Well we have Christian stalking Ana and acting possessive due to two guy friends of her daring to like her. Also it makes no sense based on Ana's personality why Christian even likes her. There's no sexual tension. This is boring as anything. 


Some BS photo shoot has happened and Ana almost got hit by a car cause she's a moron. 


Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

This fool (Grey) has stalked her at work. Also I forgot to include that Ana during her interview asked him was he gay?! Who does that?? Also so what if he was gay? Also who asks that? Bah. 


Dear Jose run from Ana. 


Also the flow is awful. The book just doesn't do a great job of setting up background and just info dumps things and moves along. 


Reading progress update: I've read 3%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

The amount of notes I have for chapter one are numerous.


The first chapter is terrible.


Ana acts like an ass in an interview with Christian Grey. She goes to interview him to help put her roommate who is sick with the flu. She doesn't even explain to him this til the interview is almost over. She acts like a jerk and decides he has to be control freak. She also smirks. 


The writing is a mess due to the fact that sometimes James writes Ana as knowing something (ie the Grey building) that she couldn't know without seeing it first. James is not careful in the writing tenses she is using at any given time which is what is making me confused. 


Also, random words are bolded here and there and it's throwing off my reading. 



More of a 3.5 Star Read Honestly

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg

The problem most of the time is the book is better than the movie. In this case, I found the movie to be better than the book.


I think the fact that book jumped around a lot made it a bit hard to follow. And the ending was definitely bittersweet with so many characters who had lived with each other for decades who ended up moving on when their little town started to die. I guess this book made me a bit homesick and sad, since I see my hometown going the same way. It's slowly dying and eventually I think in a generation it will be almost a ghost town. 


"Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" begins with a woman named Evelyn who on a weekly basis just forced to visit her mother in law at the retirement home the older woman now lives. She ends up sitting next to an elderly woman named Ninny Threadgood who proceeds to tell her stories about her family and friends that lived in Whistle Stop, Alabama. 


At first Evelyn feels annoyed this woman has latched onto her, but she soon starts to live for the weekly stories of Idgie, Buddy, Ruth, Stump, Big George, Sipsey, Dottie Weems, and others.  


I think that Evelyn and even Ninny were developed a lot. Others in the story I wish we could follow up with more. We just got quick vignettes with them. For example, Big George's kids popped in and out of the story, I would even say so did Ruth and Idgie. I would honestly say the character after Evelyn and Ninny I felt was developed very well was Dottie Weems. We are only introduced to her by way of weekly bulletins about Whistle Stop, but her humor and love for the town was great. 


I will say that the main reason why I just couldn't give this book higher than four stars was the fact that I thought that Flagg kind of took the easy way out not really describing the relationship between Idgie and Ruth. I'm assuming that they were both lesbians or at least that's how the book portrayed them. And that fact that everybody in the small town of Alabama in the 1930s was fine with Idgie and Ruth living together and Ruth's son Stump being called her son I thought was a bit of a reach. I can't see people being okay, but the fact that just called Idgie "wild" which I'm assuming was code for being gay was also weird to me. That's the only part of the book that felt kind of false to me. But then I also feel sad because I don't think the movie really showed her as being gay just as liking to wear men's clothes. So like I said I'm just kind of of two minds of how those two characters were shown. I just wish we had gotten more scenes between them.  


Flagg does also touch upon the racism of the south in 1930s and the late 1980s.  I did think she slowly shows that for some people even for some of the so called good characters they still had prejudices towards African Americans. For example, Evelyn realizing that she was just raised to be just scared of black men and when she finally went to the church and got to hang out with more African Americans felt at home I did not find uplifting, but sad. I do think the way that the book just portrayed African Americans in a couple of places did make me cringe. 


The writing was really good. Flagg can tell a story. The flow got off in the middle. The book just jumps from subject to subject before finally hitting it's stride again.


Whistle Stop as I said above reminded me a lot of my hometown and a lot of dying towns in the US. 


The ending as I said was bittersweet though I was a bit confused by it. We get to see what happened to one character and I'm surprised they were at another location far from Alabama.


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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg

I liked this. I think that I definitely preferred the movie though. This jumped around a lot, but was easy to follow. The book had a very sad ending at least to me. The people in this small town ended up scattered due to the railroads shutting down. And some of the characters who did the best they could, felt like in the end maybe they did t really get a great ending. I enjoyed Dottie Weems weekly going on about the town a lot. Wish I could have gotten a better sense for some of the characters that we were introduced to in the book 


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Reading progress update: I've read 64%.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg

Hmm book feels a bit draggy. Most of it has been notices a character in the book writes about Whistle Stop with very little dialogue.


Reading progress update: I've read 47%.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg

Still enjoying though it be nice to get the story told in a linear fashion. Also not a big fan of authors writing African American characters dialogue in a barely coherent speech. Feels like I'm reading Gone With the Wind again at times.


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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson

I did enjoy this but don't know what else to say about it. My background is not science, but I definitely enjoyed reading the author's comments about astrophysics. And I did get sad a fee times he brings up people arguing against science and instead only wanting to believe everything in the Bible. 


Mr. deGrasse Tyson takes us point by point through astrophysics. You get to read about Einstein's theory of relatively, gravity, discussions of dark matter, the periodic table of elements, etc. 



There were definitely some comments here and there that I loved. 


"We do not simply live in this universe. The universe lives within us."


"When I track the orbits of asteroids, comets, and planets, each one a pirouetting dancer in a cosmic ballet, choreographed by the forces of gravity, sometimes I forget that too many people act in wanton disregard for the delicate interplay of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land, with consequences that our children and our children’s children will witness and pay for with their health and well-being. And sometimes I forget that powerful people rarely do all they can to help those who cannot help themselves."


At some key points deGrasse Tyson's humor shines through and I wish he had let more of it come through this book. 


There is a helpful index at the end if the book you can use to look up things you may be curious about. Something tells me he did t expect people to read it in one sitting. 


I think that if the book included pictures that would have helped break things up. I can't complain too much though since it was such a short read. I wish I had just borrowed this from the library since I completed it at around 78 percent though. 



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Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg

The narrative structure isn't bothering me. We go back from the 1930s to the 1980s. It does feel like you are just listening to someone tell you a long story. I will say I'm surprised at the fact that one of the characters lesbianism was not looked on with hatred in the 30s in Alabama. That part doesn't feel realistic. I have watched the movie, but the movie is definitely a completely different animal than this book.


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