Book Talk: Holy Cow – A Modern-Day Dairy Tale by David Duchovny

Hey guys!
Today I want to review a book given to me by a very dear friend. It’s Holy Cow by David Duchovny. So let’s see how good this actor is at writing!

Holy Cow by David Duchovny (Cover from Goodreads)

Holy Cow by David Duchovny (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
The cow Elsie is on a mission. After she found out how people really treat meat, she decided to go the only place where cows are safe: India. But she’s not alone. Elsie is accompanied by two friends: the pig Shalom who wants to live in Israel and the turkey Tom who’s on his was to Turkey…

 

The Rating:
First of all, I read this book in German and I have the distinct feeling that it’s much better in English (as it is so often the case). Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this novel. David Duchovny (who as it turns out was about to get his Doctor in Literature in Yale before he started acting) wrote a witty and funny first book that I honestly hadn’t seen coming. The story is weird but yet adorable. The fact that it’s told by Elsie herself is refreshing. Holy Cow delivers an important message: animals have feelings to, you should think about what you eat. However, how the message was presented was a bit of a letdown. As I’ve said before, the book might be funnier in English (translations often ruin some of the fun) but many of the jokes were very flat and much too silly for my taste. The story would still have been funny if the tone had been a bit more serious! Especially the constant pop-culture references that felt more than forced began to be annoying after some time. In general, I thought that Duchovny had some nice ideas but the whole thing was a bit shallow. The book itself isn’t too long and several times I had wished for something a bit deeper. Continue reading

X-Files Season 11 – A Review

Hey Guys!
The 11th season of the cult-show X-Files ended recently, so it’s time to have a closer look!

 

The Plot:
I’ll keep it short. The “My Struggle” story arc continues this season with 3 more episodes and we find out a bit more about Scully’s son. Apart from that we have the regular (more or less) standalone episodes dealing with various mysterious cases!

 

The Rating:
A confession: I only joined the X-Files bandwagon two years ago when the new season came out and still haven’t had time to catch up with the other 9 season and the movie.
However, the last season was pretty great, so I was excited to see it being continued!
First of all: I love the wide range of topics covered in this season. There is an episode dealing with witchcraft or one that critically looks at technical innovation. Continue reading

The X-Files – 6 Thoughts on the new Season!

In 2016 a huge gift was made to all The X-Files fans. The show returned for another season!
While I wouldn’t consider myself a fan – in fact I haven’t seen a single episode of the original series – I was pretty excited about the show returning. Here are my thoughts on it!

 

Thought #1:
The very first season of this show aired before I was even born so I pretty much missed the entire thing. But when I started watching season 10 I was hooked from the very first episode on. Although it is pretty weird at times there are many interesting ideas and the entire show is very well made. I know I’ll end up binge-watching the other nine seasons!

Thought #2:
After watching about half of the season I came to a conclusion: The X-Files is basically Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction in better resolution. Don’t get me wrong, this is a compliment. I used to love that show when I was a kid! Continue reading

Chillin’ on the Couch with my Remote: Californication

The man, the myth, the legend. This show brought us the one and only Mr. Hank Moody.  He’s a writer with a whole pile of problems. This show spans over 7 season and 84 episode (I’ve seen 3 seasons so far so this is what the review will be about).

 

(The trailer is kind of crappy, the show is actually much better than depicted here)

 

The Plot:

The writer Hank Moody deals (or better fails with dealing) with several problems: His former girlfriend Karen whom he still loves is about to get married. His daughter struggles with her teenage years and he has trouble coping with his role as a parent. On top of that Hank banged just about every woman in L.A. instead of writing something in a long time. Continue reading