Friday, October 6, 2023

read: Being Henry: The Fonz . . . and Beyond by Henry Winkler ★★★★

Being Henry: The Fonz . . . and BeyondBeing Henry: The Fonz . . . and Beyond by Henry Winkler
My rating: ★★★★
I remember Henry Winkler as Fonzie. I remember Henry as a competent actor trying to grow beyond Fonzie, with mixed success. I've recently learned more about Henry as he's discussed his dyslexia and promoted his books and was finally recognized for his acting chops in Barry. Now with this book, I feel like I not only know about Henry. But I kind of know him in a more personal way.

This autobiography comes across as very personal. Henry might leave a few things out. Probably because he's so nice and doesn't want to hurt any feelings. But he still lets us get very close and see some of his pain and struggles over the years. We also see his great support network of colleagues and family (other than his parents). And we see him grow and succeed and find the joy in life. His story is worth reading.

I knocked off a star for a bit of repetitiveness and a tendency to keep things a bit briefer than I wanted. Henry has hobnobbed with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. I don't expect him to get down and dirty about them. But I would have liked him to expand on more of those stories.

Disclosure: Thank you to Netgalley and Celadon Books for providing a free copy of this book for review.

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Thursday, October 5, 2023

read: System Collapse by Martha Wells ★★★★

System Collapse (The Murderbot Diaries, #7)System Collapse by Martha Wells

I've been consuming these as fast as they come out. But it's not fast enough. A full three years of my real time has transpired since I read Network Effect. And much has happened in those years. On the other hand, almost no time has transpired for Murderbot, since this story picks up immediately after the events of the previous novel. And Murderbot is not in a good place. Why? The current story will reveal this. But since I didn't reread the previous story before jumping into this one, my mind was spinning trying to recall the previous events and make the current events make sense.

Then I gave up and simply enjoyed the ride. The story unfolds at the usual fast pace and is still filled with quick humor and Murderbot's sweet, innocent, logical feelings for its human clients. It's fun to tag along as it evaluates and compensates for the various tactical situations, always trying for the least destructive outcome.

I wound up enjoying this story as much as the earlier ones. I have a feeling the story in the next novel in the series might again be closely tied to this one. I will definitely carve out the time to read and enjoy all three sequentially.

Disclosure: Thank you to Netgalley and Tordotcom for providing a free copy of this book for review.

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