Monday, October 29, 2012

5 books I've requested thanks to their trailers

"Stop Instagramming your food and put it in your pie hole!"
- Jennifer Worick in Things I Want to Punch in the Face

Book trailers and I have an awesometastic love hate relationship. Basically, I love to hate them. Not because they're particularly bad, but more because in my (somewhat delusional) mind I have a *very* specific idea of what the characters look and sound like. And it doesn't ever seem to match up with their trailers. I know, drama queen, much? I think the problem is that I get so emotionally invested in long running series that I feel and behave like only I know what the characters could possibly be like. Obviously, I need to learn to trust the author a little more. Until that point, I'll avoid series fiction trailers, and stick with either one offs, or nonfiction. Like these! These? I have no previous knowledge of, and they actually look/sound FUNNY. And this week I need the funny. I give you: 5 books I've requested thanks to their trailers. Enjoy!

Do you watch book trailers? Do you LIKE them? Do you ever read the books they're about?

Siri & me : a love story / David Milgrim
A wryly whimsical account of the award-winning author's codependent "relationship" with the electronic female voice on his iPhone traces his excited countdown to the phone's release and his discovery that "Siri" is easier and more satisfying to talk with than human girls.

Review:
"Milgrim's protagonist comes across as an amiable doofus, too self-absorbed to notice the way his actions hurt other; the machines in his life in contrast demonstrate a humanity the humans seem bent on abandoning. Milgrim takes the stripped-down style used for his previous books (aimed at children) to tell a more grown-up fable." (Publisher's Weekly)

Tosca's comment: With my previous iPhone, I had named all of my Siri incarnations, and Mr8 and Mr2 and I have had the most uproarious fun trying to get her to find/do things which are, really, next to impossible with our NZ accents. Never, though, would I imagine anyone wanting to fall in love with her. Reminds me of a Boston Legal episode where Jerry's ex-girlfriend fell in love with an alarm clock.

Goodnight iPad : a parody for the next generation / by Ann Droyd
Modern life is abuzz. There are huge LCD WiFi HD TVs and Facebook requests and thumbs tapping texts and new viral clips of cats doing flips. Wouldn't it be nice to say goodnight to all that? Like the rest of us who cannot resist just a few more scrolls and clicks, you may find yourself ready for bed while still clinging to your electronics long after dark. This book, which is made of paper, is a reminder for the child in all of us to power down at the end of the day. This hilarious parody not only pokes loving fun at the bygone quiet of the original classic, but also at our modern plugged-in lives. It will make you laugh, and it will also help you put yourself and your machines to sleep. Don't worry, though. Your gadgets will be waiting for you, fully charged, in the morning. By 'Ann Droyd' (get it? Get it??) who is, actually, David Milgrim.

Review:
"Milgrim mimes the original with perfect pitch, capturing us at our most technology- dependent (there's even "a viral clip of a cat doing flips"). Parents who bought Go the F*ck to Sleep might invest in this for future reference." (Publisher's Weekly)

Tosca's comment: I'm technologically dependent and wholly unrepentant about it, so a parody? I'm all over that.

Things I want to punch in the face / Jennifer Worick
A humor book inspired by the blog of the same name, Things I Want to Punch in the Face means: 1) a humorous way to convey annoyance or frustration over those little things in life that bug; 2) petty peeves warranting a tongue-in-cheek lashing but involving no physical retribution, 3) an expression made wildly popular by the blog, Things I Want to Punch in the Face. Synonyms: chap your hide, get your goat, rub the wrong way. Antonyms: make out with, love so much you should marry it, float your boat, blow your skirt up.

Tosca's comment: Come on! Who could walk past a book with that title?!

Sorry please thank you / Charles Yu
Drawing from both pop culture and science, Charles Yu is an observer of contemporary society, and in Sorry please thank you he fills his stories with equal parts humor and insight into the human condition. A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a coworker out on a date. A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves, and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape, but does he have what it takes to be a hero? A company outsources grief for profit, its slogan: Don't feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you.

Review:
"Yu's bold, playful voice evokes a computer-era Donald Barthelme, but his stylistic journey into the vast universe that is the human mind is refreshingly distinctive." (Booklist)

Tosca's comment: One quote in particular made me want to borrow this book: "...up to 85% of life is made up of crappy parts. What if you could live a life without crappy parts?"

Puppyhood: Life-size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old / Nicole J. Smith
Puppyhood showcases adorable puppies in life-size photographs taken at six weeks old. The book itself is oversize at 13 by 11 inches, allowing enough space to bring each of these little ones to life. Twenty-five breeds are captured in engaging photographs, showing all the details that make puppies so irresistible, from their pink bellies to their tiny teeth, soft ears, and oversize paws. The book features the most popular breeds, including the French bulldog, Labrador, golden retriever, and Parson Russell Terrier. Puppyhood is a unique gift book for dog lovers everywhere. Praise for Puppyhood: "So sweet it'll cause cavities, this delightful marshmallow of a coffee table book compiles 100 shots of pure and mixed-breed puppies at actual life size of six weeks of age sleeping, curiously studying the camera, playing, and resting."

Review:
"There is absolutely no information on the characteristics of the dogs or even breeds featured here - there's barely any text at all and potential parents are left to find that on their own - but those with a soft spot for puppies will have an awful time putting this one down, as each dog seems cuter, softer and sweeter than the one before." (Publisher's Weekly)

Tosca's comment: BECAUSE PUPPIES, AWW! So, no, I'm not a cat person, or a dog person, or even a child person - but I can enjoy them in books.

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