It is a darkly humorous look at the way our "better living through psychopharmacology" society is going. Gregory layers a set of parables (which don't quite make sense until the last quarter of the book), Lyda's search for the source of Numinous, and the full story about what happened at the afterparty that changed her life - killed her wife, took her child from her, and destroyed her fledgling business, into a complex narrative that is a joy to read.
This book could be good. An anthropological look at the history of domestic cats. I could work with that. But this author is a moron. He doesn't know enough to keep his house cat indoors and get them fixed. I've never met a cat who isn't content to live indoors once fixed and provided with a steady diet of fresh food and water. And I've met a lot of cats. And a lot of people who care for cats.
And the anthropology, ostensibly Bradshaw's area of expertise... he drones on like an abhorred college professor. I can just see him standing in front of a huge lecture hall boring his students to sleep - the ones who bother to attend anyway. He didn't even try to imbue his subject matter with some of the liveliness of cats.
If you really want to know how to care for your cats sensibly and keep them (and the humans in the house) happy, check out http://www.wayofcats.com/blog/. I have been reading Pam's advice for years and it is the best and most comprehensive guide for cats I've ever read (Pam doesn't pay me to say that, I really believe it).
I enjoyed this book, but it has two major flaws. First, I finished it, put it down on the table and then realized I had no idea who the titular blonde was supposed to be. From my recollection, there is only one female blonde in the whole book, who didn't strike me as particularly sword-edged. Second, and more importantly (because publishers often change the title of books they publish, so the first thing might not have anything to do with Bledsoe at all), there's a lot of story that involves denigrating, abusing, raping and killing women. There's also some killing of men, but the men in the story aren't degraded by the act of killing them in the way the women are. And the main character, Eddie, feels bad about it, but never seems capable of intervening. Even in the situations where his intervention wouldn't cost him much. However, given the world Bledsoe has created, it seems ... natural, for lack of a better word, that women are treated so harshly. If I remember my history (and I rarely do, except for broad strokes), the sort of almost European medieval world that Eddie inhabits, is rough on women - even royal or religious women.
Eddie's relationships feel genuine, as do his emotions, and I can believe his anguish over his past (which is evident very early on). He may just be the kind of lucky guy who's in the right place at the right time, as he insists, but I am going to choose to believe that he's self-deprecating.
All in all, a decent first novel. And enough of a fantasy that fantasy fans should enjoy it, and enough of a mystery that mystery fans should enjoy it if they don't mind a little fantasy.
For some reason, little girls with big dreams are a common subject matter in manga. Twin Spica is no exception. Asumi is going to space school, and nothing, not even her own anxiety is going to stop her. With the help of her "imaginary" friend Lion-san, Asumi embarks on a quest to see the stars up close. A good beginning.
Like a Punk zine for food. Really, really good. I wish there were more like it.