The Good, the Bad, and the Zombie

Now I want that title to be a real movie, but it’s just a collection of book reviews. We’ll start off with the good:

Night of Many Dreams, by Gail Tsukiyama

This book is about a family living in Hong Kong during World War II. They end up escaping to Macao for the duration of the war, and when they move back the two daughters take divergent paths their parents aren’t happy with. I enjoyed the book, and it was well written. Reading the food descriptions gave me constant cravings for Asian food, which was hard to endure. The plot follows the two daughters over their lives, but toward the end it seemed as though the author was running out of space to write. A few things happened very suddenly, which weren’t bad, but didn’t seem very fleshed out. On the Clever Chick Scale this gets a “I’ll give it to my friends to read, and not ask for it back”.

Now the BAD: Shopaholic takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella

I know the Shopaholic series is very popular. I know this because I see them on the clearance shelves at my local half price books constantly (Oh, Burn!!), so I eventually decided to grab one and check it out. I want my dollar back.

I think the author hates the main character. Every word in the book is written to show how idiotic she is. The main character, Becky, is supposed to be earning a living giving people financial advice on a TV show, but she knows jack-squat about anything financial. She gets bills and hides them under her roommate’s bed, she’s constantly asking her bank to raise her credit limit, and she daydreams about fashion constantly. In the previous book, she had gotten into loads of credit card debt, but eventually paid it off. In this book, she’s startled to learn that she owes money on her credit cards again because she “paid them all of ages ago”. She’s completely oblivious to the fact that she has gone shopping since then, using the same cards.

She decides to buy a $90 pair of shoes rather than putting it away for retirement, because what good would $90 do her when she’s old? This chick doesn’t understand the basic tenants of compound interest or credit cards, and she’s supposedly giving financial advice? This is the kind of irresponsible thinking that got us into the financial crisis to begin with. Rationalizing ways to waste money is simply enabling people that need a dose of reality. I got about halfway through the book, and I couldn’t take it any more. This book completely disgusts me, and insults my profession. On the Clever Chick Scale this gets a “Steer Clear of this Crap! And I will judge you harshly if you tell me you love this book”.

The last is a graphic novel called iZombie Volume 1: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson, illustrated by Michael Allred

This was given to me by Black of Two Tokens when I visited recently. The main character is a zombie who works as a grave digger, and lives in normal society without anyone knowing. Her friends are a ghost and a werewolf. During the story, they run into another zombie who promises to teach the main character how to survive and maintain her mental functions. They also come across some monster hunters and a group of vampires. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I liked this a lot. The artwork is great, as is the story concept. On the Clever Chick Scale it gets a “I can’t wait to read the rest of the story”.


June 5, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Book Reviews.


  1. Black replied:

    Wow! I can’t believe you liked iZombie! I like the break down at the end, but the rest of it seemed to drag

    • thatcleverchick replied:

      I read that forever ago, but I remember it being cool. It had great artwork the whole way through, and it was a fast read. I don’t read many comics or graphic novels, so maybe I don’t have the same standards for them you do.

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