Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Book review - How to Make Friends with the Dark

Title: How to Make Friends with the Dark
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Genre: realistic fiction
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a bit of a mixed bag

Summary (provided by publisher): Here is what happens when your mother dies.
It's the brightest day of summer and it's dark outside. It's dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.
That's how it feels for Tiger. It's always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger's mother dies. And now it's Tiger, alone.
Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

My opinion: At first I figured I knew exactly where this book was headed. Sudden, unexpected grief and a life you don't know how to live. Some of the plot elements are exactly what you would expect. But in many ways Glasgow pushes her plot much further than other writers. Tiger, as the novel's title implies, embraces darkness. Her life is entirely out of control and she's fully disconnected from everything she's ever known. As such, she makes drastic decisions with long term consequences. In that way, this is a realistic plot. It's also uncomfortable and difficult to engage with. So I would exercise caution before recommending to the average reader.

More information: How to Make Friends with the Dark releases April 9.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

What am I reading today?

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Total read in March thus far: 57

Monday, March 25, 2019

Custom Judoon

I've wanted to make a Judoon figure for a while now and I finally found the right action figure to use for the body.

It wasn't too hard to trim the fins off of the shoulders of the figure and whittle down the head to expose the neck joint. The rhino had some natural seems in it's neck that were near perfect cutting lines. Once glued in place, the rhino's head even rotates.

The Judoon's suit is pretty simple, so painting was a quick job.

He is going to look great on my shelf with my custom Cyberman.


What am I reading today?

Belly Up by Eva Darrows

Total read in March thus far: 56

Sunday, March 24, 2019

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Friday, March 22, 2019

What am I reading today?

Yasmina and the Potato Eaters by Wauter Mannaert

Total read in March thus far: 50