Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy , YouTuber / October 14, 2017

Title: Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality Author: Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal Published: 2017 Genre: Comedy/Autobiography Length: 267   Rhett & Link are a comedy duo known for their YouTube series Good Mythical Morning. If you have never watched Rhett & Link, I highly suggest that you get to know them through their internet content before reading their book. The book will make a lot more sense and feel more personal if you already consider yourself to be a Mythical Beast (fan). Otherwise, things will get weird pretty fast. Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality is designed as a field-guide to living a “mythical” life. Rhett and Link explain their definition of mythicality in the beginning of the book and then illustrate these qualities with stories from their lives. Fans will enjoy the autobiographical nature of the book and that many of the stories are being told for the first time. The book itself is very nicely designed with bright colors and lots of graphics and pictures throughout the book. The hardback version (currently there is no paperback) has a nice heft to it and is filled with a lot of unique content like a small board game, pages that offer tips…

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost): Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy , YouTuber / October 31, 2016

Title: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) Author: Felicia Day Published: 2015 Genre: Autobiography, Comedy, YouTuber Pages: 304 (paperback) You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day, the actress and YouTube pioneer, is an autobiographical account that centers around comedy even in the face of some serious topics. For those who are not familiar with the informally dubbed “Queen of the Internet,” click these links to visit her Geek & Sundry and Felicia Day channels. Felicia Day’s first book is a funny, honest, and relatable account of growing up as a nerd (I empathized immediately) and building success from the very qualities that the “cool” (and ultimately foolish) kids once mocked. Felicia Day’s propensity for video games, books, and general geek culture is a central theme in her autobiography that allows her to immediately connect with her target audience. A great deal of her childhood (and homeschool curriculum, it would seem) was spent obsessing over PC games such as the classic Ultima. Felicia Day generally credits her homeschooling and corresponding lack of socialization as major reasons that she is “weird,” and she provides plenty of evidence! True to form, she presents several chapters about her childhood that include snapshots of her super secret diary and epic tales of playing way too much Math Blaster that sufficiently demonstrate…

John Adams: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , History / October 10, 2016

John Adams by David McCullough follows the life and times of the second, and commonly forgotten, president of the United States.  It always struck me as bizarre that everyone tends to know about Washington and Jefferson, but that John Adams is generally only appreciated by history nerds like myself. Clearly, the man is no Millard Fillmore, but he does deserve more recognition than he often receives. McCullough’s writing style is fantastic.  The book, which is ample in length, seems to flow in such a way that I could easily read for long stretches at a time.  McCullough’s research is exemplary, and his insights into Adams’ character successfully humanize his subject.  McCullough does not fawn over Adams the way many biographers tend to do with their subjects.  He provides criticism where appropriate, but his overall tone is certainly positive. Without mentioning every incident in John Adams’ life, all of which make for engaging reading, one of the most fascinating incidents involves his legal defense of the perpetrators of the “Boston Massacre.”  Additionally, his role as a diplomat during the American Revolution is at times unintentionally humorous as he tries to come to terms with the French and watches Benjamin Franklin become an automatic…

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy / October 10, 2016

Before I begin this review, it is important to point out that I am an aficionado of terrible movies.  I do not mean movies that are so mediocre that they are boring.  What I mean is that I love watching movies that are so poorly conceived and executed that they prove to be memorable and hilarious.  It is not nearly as good when a movie tries to be terrible on purpose, however.  The greatest sort of bad movie is one where the director honestly believes that he is crafting a cinematic masterpiece.  Some notable examples of this type of film are Troll 2 (Nilbog milk, anyone?) and Manos: The Hands of Fate.  However,The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made is Greg Sestero’s reflection regarding the ultimate cult classic: The Room. Greg Sestero played the enigmatically named “Mark” in The Room, but the one man who everyone will always connect to the film is Tommy Wiseau.  Since Wiseau funded, directed, wrote, and starred in The Room, the bulk of the book revolves around Sestero’s friendship with Wiseau.  Greg Sestero first meets Tommy Wiseau in an acting class and from that point on is caught up in the doomed production that consumes the next several years of his life….