Porcelain: A Memoir (Non-Fiction) ★★★☆ ½

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Title:        Porcelain: A Memoir
Series:     ——
Author:   Moby
Rating:    3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre:     Autobiography
Pages:     408
Format:  Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Moby, the music artist, looks back on his life from his late teens until the release of his album, Play, in 1999.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve enjoyed various songs by Moby, as I like the kind of music he puts out. I’m not his greatest fan, nor do I know all his albums or all his songs or anything like that. I’m a casual fan. At best. I knew that one of his songs was the end song for the movie Bourne Identity. I knew that he was a vegetarian [turns out he’s vegan] and I knew that he had, at some point, claimed to be a Christian.

Non-fiction is not the genre [notice how I lump it ALL together? That should tell you something] that I like to take long swims in. I prefer to let others have that privilege. But my recent read of Deadhouse Gates really left me needing something very different to get me back in the reading groove. This popped up at the library, I believe, so that is how I ended up reading it.

How do I review a book that is pretty much a journal? There is no plot. Moby goes all over the place even while keeping things very chronological. We might get introduced to Karen in one chapter and then he’s with Josephine in the next with no rhyme or reason. This was not an indepth, exhaustive look at Moby’s life. It touched on highlights that have apparently stood out to him up until 1999, when things started going his way?

3 things stood out to me. He had a very hard life growing up and overcame being the token poor boy where he lived. Relationally, he needs to grow up and make a commitment to one of the ladies and stop searching for “The One”. Love isn’t just a feeling and he chases the feelings, time after time after time. Finally, while he might call himself a Christian, I’d be forced to say he’s “spiritual”. He’s interested in “God” but it is apparent that while he’s read and even studied the Bible, he doesn’t think that the God of the Bible is the God he’s after. It is sad to see and he even acknowledges his gradual loss of Faith, but he never claims to have had Faith in Jesus Christ. So from my perspective, what has he really lost? A feeling.

This is definitely geared more towards those who are musicians themselves. When he starts talking about “the beatback interwoven with the attack high on his RGB-304” I have no phracking clue what he’s talking about, specifically. I can glean that he’s doing something musical with one of his instruments. In all honesty, that is enough, but it would have been nice to understand a little more sometimes. I felt like the dumb kid peeking through the window occasionally.

With all of that being said, I still enjoyed this read. I learned more about a guy whose music I like. I jumped the rut of SFF for a day and I learned that I am pretty damned satisfied with my life even if I’m not famous, making 100K a year or sleeping with pornstars. If Moby, whose real name is Richard Melville Hall, writes another memoir about later in his life, I’ll be reading it for sure.

★★★☆ ½

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Vet in a Spin (All Creatures Great and Small #6)

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Title: Vet in a Spin
Series: All Creatures Great and Small #6
Author: James Herriot
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Non-Fiction
Pages: 224
Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

James completes his pilot training and is all set to do his part in the RAF when a minor bit of surgery removes his A+ health rating and he loses his rating to fly. After kicking about, the RAF sends him back home to be a vet again.

Stories from his vet days are once again interspersed and make up the bulk of the book.

 

My Thoughts:

Another good edition of the Vet series. I really wish he’d done more about his actual time in the RAF though, as the little tidbits he doles out shows that he can tell much more than just animal stories.

The ending with him entering Darrowby, for the first time again, to start over and wondering if his vet skill have atrophied in the time he spent in RAF training is a good look at a young man who has done a lot but just isn’t sure.

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Vets Might Fly (All Creatures Great and Small #5)

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Title: Vets Might Fly

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Non-fiction

Pages: 240

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

Jim is training to be a pilot for the RAF during WWII and various people and circumstances bring back memories of his vet times in Darrowby. At the same time his wife is expecting their first baby and he relates several instances of him sneaking away from training to be with her.

 

My Thoughts:

This is a series that continues strong story telling but the sameness of the stories brings the rating down for each book. I think my rating would be higher if I read one of these a year instead of every 2 months.

I was hoping for more military training stories than I got. What I did get were all very compact and led right into a vet story. I think the most amusing story was about his son being born. Jim asked the nurse if he was “normal” because he was such an ugly little thing and asked if he could see another baby, “just to compare”. The nurse got upset, Jim was confused and I just grinned. Newborns ARE ugly but you’d think a vet would be used to that whole thing.

Vet in Harness (All Creatures Great and Small #4)

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Title: Vet in Harness

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Non-fiction

Pages: 258

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

More stories by James the Vet as he prepares to go to WWII. People and animal stories.

 

My Thoughts:

These are starting to get repetitive. Not that that is a bad thing, as I enjoy the stories. Just sometimes you expect a little more and you don’t get it. Good filler read though and easy on the mind.

 

Let Sleeping Vets Lie (All Creatures Great and Small #3)

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Title: Let Sleeping Vets Lie

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Non-fiction

Pages: 256

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

Jim continues his apprenticeship and we get a good number of character sketches. This time around it is definitely about the people and not even the funny stories.

 

My Thoughts:

This book was just as fun as the previous two. However, this time around it felt more like a deeper look into what made up the people of the village that Jim worked in. Some were funny, some were rather sad [the young couple that failed at farming because of a disease that killed all their cows was the toughest] and some just “were”.

Also, Jim finally gets up the courage to make Helen his. Took him long enough 🙂

It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet (All Creatures Great and Small #2)

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Title: It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Autobiography

Pages: 290

Format: Scan

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Year 2 of Jim’s Adventuring in Vet’ing.

 

My Thoughts:

I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the previous book. I think that is mostly because the novelty had worn itself out in book one.

Other than that, this was just as solid. Good character sketches, interesting descriptions of happy and sad times. This time around we also get some of the social interactions that Jim has; even if only to get completely plastered, fall down a hill with a drunk woman and then meet the girl he wants to impress.

I am glad I am reading these.

If Only They Could Talk ( All Creatures Great and Small #1) 4.5 Stars

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Title: If Only They Could Talk

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Autobiography

Pages: 205

Format: Scan

 

Synopsis:

Jim has just graduated from Vet school in England, at a time when the tractor is literally putting the horse out to pasture.

Thankfully, he gets a post as an assistant in a small rural town and these memoirs are the various adventures, funny and sad, that he has with the animals and the owners.

 

My Thoughts:

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Herriot’s writing style is laid back and calm and I was swept along with each story. Even in the midst of some of the sad stories, Herriot’s ability to keep it light made it easier to deal with.

At the same time, the funny stories didn’t have me roaring with laughter, but they had me laughing out loud and nodding when human nature shown through, the same then as it is now.

He doesn’t shy away from describing some of the very nasty and gross things that a vet had to deal with. And he doesn’t shy away from describing how he felt at 2am, after getting back from one call, grabbing all of 15min of sleep and then having another come in. The descriptions feel genuine. Not all shiny, not all crap.

I also connected with his love of his job. On the good days and the bad.

On a book’ish side of things, I didn’t realize that this was re-released, or re-titled or something, as All Creatures Great and Small. I guess it isn’t just indies who can screw their fanbase over.

Joker One

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Donovan Campbell
Ebook, 313 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Non-fiction

While this book was well written, and correct, I didn’t enjoy it like others because of the genre [non-fiction].

If you like military non-fiction, then I suspect you’ll like this book. Snapshots of a military tour from the Lt’s point of view. He is in the middle between the grunts and the High Command. Not a nice place to be.

The Story of My Experiments With Truth

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Mahatma Gandhi
Autobiography
Dtb, UNFINISHED
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

 

I simply gave up around page 300.

I didn’t know much about Gandhi except that he was a pacifist and helped free India. So I wanted to find out more about him. What better way than to read the man’s own words about his life? So I went in with vim and vigor, ready to learn.

I got bogged down in details that didn’t mean anything to me [he wrote about current Indian authority figures like I might toss off a comment about Britney Spears].

He routinely came across as a complete prick, ie, he would almost scold the reader to do, or not do, some particular line of action simply because he, Gandhi, recommended it.[this is/was a time period thing. I’ve read several other pieces of non-fiction by like people from that time and it is just how they write. Still pisses me off though]. He also had no problems denying people the same benefits that he had had[college, job opportunities, etc] if the alternative was an “experiential” growing thing-ie, he denied formal education to his children because he thought they would be better off simply “knowing” people and how life worked.

He routinely acted like an authority on a subject that he had an interest in, based upon 1 or 2 instances-ie, he decries doctors, and then goes on to talk about a plague that he helped deal with and how he used some alternative medicine [doctors and him were both ineffective in that case]. It was not a case of “I found X to work for me and if you feel like it, you can try it”, it really came across more as “I like X, you should use X too. It might work, it might not, but it is better than anything else”.

False humility? This one I’m not sure of to be honest. He comes across as very humble in many instances, but there are flashes of extreme arrogance or ignoring certain facts that made me really wonder just how much his writing hid. Given, we all self-deceive to one degree or another [and in most cases, it isn’t purposeful, we humans are simply blind to our own faults], but for a self-professed “seeker of truth” to say some of the things he did, it did not jive with humility.
But that is the kind of thing you cannot accurately judge unless you’ve met the person.

His wife. His poor, poor, wife. I don’t know if she should be considered a saint for putting up with Gandhi, or what. Abandoned for months or years at a time while he pursues social equality in South Africa [for Indians], constantly told that material possessions are meaningless, that sex has no part in love, and in a nutshell, told that anything she wants must be subsumed to the greater good of the Indian Cause.

And that is the main reason I stopped reading. Gandhi seems to advocate the collective over the individual. And he was a prick and wicked boring. Now I am completely disillusioned with him.

I predict it will be years before I attempt another autobiography of anyone after this.