My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s December 2017 Wrap Up

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell (★★★★★)

The Disaster Artist is the unbelievably true story behind the making of The Room, the so-called worst movie ever made. Written by actor Greg Sestero — who plays The Room‘s Mark — the novel details his tumultuous friendship with the man, the myth, the enigma: Tommy Wiseau. With on-set tales that range from hilarious, to baffling, to downright awkward, this is a must-read for anyone who has ever seen the cult phenomenon that is The Room.

The Walking Dead Vol. 29: Lines We Cross by Robert Kirkman (★★★★)

An uneven and pretty slow arc, the 29th volume of The Walking Dead comic suffers slightly from a few snoretastic issues. Thankfully, a brand-new character named the Princess arrives to shake things up. To make matters better, the entire collection ends with a huge emotional bang 74 issues and five years in the making. Promise.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand (★★★)

Sometimes you just need a dumb, mindless read, and The Afterlife of Holly Chase is exactly that. This young adult tale inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol follows former socialite and failed Scrooge Holly Chase, a ghost who is now being punished for her sins in life by the workers at Project Scrooge, who force her to become the Ghost of Christmas Past. Nonsensical and predictable, I had so much fun reading this stupid book.

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We Didn’t Know We Needed This Donald Trump, ‘Game of Thrones’ Crossover … Until Now

Donald Trump Westeros Winter is Trumping

If Donald Trump has his way, he will be the ruler of Westeros — at least according to this YouTube crossover!

It’s the parody we never knew we needed but always secretly wanted.

Titled Winter is Trumping, the well-executed video (which you can watch in all its glory below) imagines what would happen if Donald Trump was gallivanting around the seven kingdoms being Donald Trump.

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Time Travel Done Oh So Right: Cassie-la Campaigns for “Taft 2012” by Jason Heller

Taft 2012 by Jason Heller (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Genre: Science fiction, politics, humor, satire, he might be a walrus/some other aquatic animal
Rating: 4.56 out of 5 stars

Summary: In a time when the political landscape is a war zone, former president William Howard Taft inexplicably arrives in the 21st century to change politics for the better. Armed with a conservative viewpoint and a desire to return to simpler times, Taft finds himself the unwitting leader of the Taft Party as he struggles to understand a new generation and make the best of his second chance. This election: vote Taft.

The current political situation is indeed a mess, as evidenced by a petition I and my fellow Bibliomantics recently signed asking for a woman to be included in a committee on birth control coverage. I most often rail against the Republican party, for obvious reasons (pro-life, no tax hikes on the rich, anti-gay marriage, etc) but Heller make his inclusion of a return to original Republican values seem like a pretty damn good option for our country. The party was much different than the bigoted, money fueled machine it is today- remember, Lincoln was Republican.

This is where William Howard Taft comes in. He is so different from what we currently know of the Republican party that in modern America, he becomes his own party: the Taft party, with a focus on conservative ideals. You can take a lesson from the values of Taft, Governor Chris Christie. You should be ashamed of yourself. You’re not my governor.

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