Stinque Book Club

The Tragedy of Unencumbered Joy

Hop on Two Pops.Title: “I Am a Bunny”

Authors: Ole Risom and Richard Scarry

Rank: 94

Blurb: “In the spring, he picks flowers, and in the summer, watches the frogs in the pond. In the fall, he sees the animals getting ready for winter. And when winter comes, he watches the snow falling from the sky… then curls up in his hollow tree to dream about Spring.”

Review: “The reader sees an adorable little bunny dressed in red overalls, leaping into the air, trying to catch one of the two-dozen beautifully rendered butterflies.”

Customers Also Bought: “The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers”

Footnote: It was the Strangers who taught Bunny that red overalls were kinda gay, and chasing butterflies was for sissies. Only years later, when the Wise Owls declared that the Strangers could go fuck themselves, did Bunny realize an important truth: Elaborate metaphors go off the rails really, really fast.

I Am a Bunny [Amazon]

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Downfall for Kids!

And your little schnauzer, too.Title: “Hitler’s Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World’s Most Notorious Dictator”

Author: Bill O’Reilly

Rank: 83

Blurb: “Facing defeat, Adolf Hitler flees to a secret bunker with his new wife, Eva Braun, and his beloved dog, Blondi.”

Wait. What. Blondi? “Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s historical thriller Killing Patton, this book will have young readers — and grown-ups too — hooked on history.”

Review: “The title is a little misleading as this book covers General Patton more than it does Hitler.”

Bonus Batshit Review: “If as I suspect O’Reilly is telling us that Hitler and Eva Braun died in a bunker, then this is just propaganda. Bill O’Reilly is nothing more than a disinformation specialist. Many new books have come out in the last five years proving that Hitler and Braun made it to Argentina in a submarine. There are written documents and photographs. He lived his life out there in South America. The US GOVT knew all about it and could not do anything. The Nazis brought great wealth with them and Argentina welcomed them. This book should be discontinued. Go read the real histories you will find here at Amazon Books.”

Customers Also Bought: “The O’Reilly Factor for Kids”

Footnote: Learning that Hitler had a beloved dog certainly helps humanize the guy.

Hitler’s Last Days [Amazon]

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GoT Milked

Winter Sale is Coming.Title: “The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones”

Authors: George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson

Rank: 89

Blurb: “In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org — perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.”

Review: “This is not Book 6 in the series, nor should it be seen as a substitute for it. It’s also not the Silmarillion. That is, it’s not a detailed and exhaustive narrative on what has come before Books 1-5. It’s a coffee table book with gorgeous artwork and some tidbits of information on the world of Westeros, most of which will be posted in various wiki entries for free within 60 days.”

Customers Also Bought: “Monopoly: Game of Thrones Collector’s Edition Board Game”, “Game of Thrones: House Sigil Coaster Set”, “Game of Thrones: Stark Direwolf”, “Funko POP Game of Thrones: White Walker Vinyl Figure”, “Game of Thrones Hand of King Pin”, “Allntrends Women’s V Shirt Mother Of Dragons”, and “A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook”

Footnote: We hear that Roast Shireen is delicious.

The World of Ice & Fire [Amazon]

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It’s Not Easy Being Gringo

Oaf Wiedersehen.Title: “Adios, America”

Author: Ann Coulter

Rank: 16

Blurb: “If we cave to the Democrats’ scheme to bring in 30 million new liberal voters, we lose on everything else, too, from the economy to social issues to foreign policy to constitutionalism, to the very identity of our nation.”

Review: “Who made this decision, that Whites cannot have a country for themselves?”

Customers Also Bought: “‘Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry': The hoax of black victimization and those who enable it”

Footnote: Whatever happened to the Republicans’ scheme to bring in 30 million new social-conservative voters?

Adios, America [Amazon]

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Smells Like Geek Spirit

Elongated Man.Title: “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future”

Author: Ashlee Vancen

Rank: 47

Blurb: “Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk’s world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.”

Review: “There are three books that a true geek should read at least once… Actually, I am not a true geek so I just made that up.”

Customers Also Bought: “Sam Walton: Made In America”

Footnote: The Musk Cult runs strong in Geekdom, but merging with PayPal and then flipping it to eBay isn’t the kind of Not-Founder’s Story that inspires us, and for $71,070, your hip electric car damn well better work. Get back to us when you’ve done something that actually changes our life.

Elon Musk [Amazon]

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Misconstruction

Tinkerpreneur, Tailorpreneur, Soldierpreneur, Spypreneur.Title: “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs”

Author: Michelle Malkin

Rank: 48

Blurb: “In July 2012, President Obama infamously proclaimed: ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ Malkin wholeheartedly disagrees.”

Review: “Just purchased this for my grandsons summer reading list. I supplement their schooling with homeschooling especially in the summer. While polecats / political bureaucrats are working to tear boys and men down I want to fuel them with positive examples to encourage them and help build their character.”

Customers Also Bought: “EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots: A Story of Survival (Volume 1)”

Footnote: We live in a post-context world, so there’s no point explaining what Obama actually said. Instead we applaud Malkin for coining one of the most awkward marketing terms we’ve heard in awhile.

Who Built That [Amazon]

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Everyone Can Hear You Scream

Not Samizdat.Title: “The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech”

Author: Kirsten Powers

Rank: 36

Blurb: “Lifelong liberal Kirsten Powers blasts the Left’s forced march towards conformity in an exposé of the illiberal war on free speech. No longer champions of tolerance and free speech, the ‘illiberal Left’ now viciously attacks and silences anyone with alternative points of view. Powers asks, ‘What ever happened to free speech in America?'”

Review: “Miss Powers is a USA Today contributor and a Fox News contributor. These are both centrist mass outlets.”

Customers Also Bought: “Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey” by Carly Fiorina

Footnote: We’re not aware of The Left using the power of government to silence bureaucratic and scientific discussion of climate change, nor are we aware of The Left limiting school instruction of sex education to abstinence, nor are we are of The Left calling in SWAT teams on outspoken feminist videogame developers, nor are we aware of The Left preventing putative liberals from profitably pandering to idiots via multiple national media outlets, but hey, we haven’t been paying exhaustive attention.

The Silencing [Amazon]

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