REVIEW CATCH UP: Cabin Pressure [Complete Series]

Somehow I wrote this review towards the end of 2020, but never posted it so let’s have it now:

I’m going to start this review off by saying that Cabin Pressure was actually a radio show on the BBC and doesn’t technically count as an audiobook, but the entire series is listed as an audiobook on Goodreads and is also available in its entirety on Audible so I’m counting this as reading.

John Finnemore’s Cabin Pressure is a radio series following the misadventures of a small airline with an all-star cast of Stephanie Cole as Carolyn, Roger Allam as Douglas, Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin, and John Finnemore as Arthur. It even has Anthony Stewart Head as a guest star on several episodes as Herc and it’s, in a word for fans, brilliant.

I’ve listened to Cabin Pressure about a hundred times over the years and it always makes me laugh because of how silly it is (and yet “Zurich” always makes me cry). Given how upsetting the entire world is at the moment, I wanted a laugh and was so excited to see the complete series available on Audible. I downloaded it right away and have been listening to it over the last few days, especially when anxiety starts to seriously act up. It’s not a long series and I can definitely see myself having it on repeat when I go back to my day job (something I am not looking forward to at the moment given that it’s far too early to reopen non-essential businesses, but that’s another story).

The banter of the show is really what gets me every time. Douglas is so quick and witty, I aspire to his level of sarcasm one day. His back and forth with Martin (especially in the episodes where Martin just gets more and more annoyed) is always so funny, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve listened to this show, I always laugh. But it’s also really sweet. When bits tease out regarding Martin’s or Douglas’s personal lives outside of flying, it can get sad but they’re there for each other like best mates are, even if Douglas is always teasing Martin. They’re my favourite parts of the show, but Arthur’s cluelessness and Carolyn being just as sharp as Douglas are also wonderful.

In these times of unrest and upsetting news smacking you over the head every thirty seconds, I highly recommend this ridiculously pleasant and funny series. You won’t regret it.

MANGA MONDAY: The Ways of the Househusband #1

Thank you to NetGalley and VIZ Media for providing me with a review copy.

Oono Kousuke’s series The Ways of the Househusband is one that I’ve been hearing a lot about, and considering I don’t actually read much straight-up comedy manga, I figured I would give it a go once I saw the first volume on NetGalley.

Oh my gods, this series is hysterical.

It follows Tatsu, an ex-yakuza boss (and a fierce one at that), who has given up his life as a killer to be a househusband with his career-focused wife, Miku. Now, despite Tatsu’s hardest attempts, he is still terrifying to most of the people he interacts with, his disposition unintentionally threatening and intimidating as he is still really only accustomed to talking about everything as if he was still in the yakuza.

There is a story arc of sorts in this volume, but each chapter is essentially a stand-alone short about the mishaps Tatsu gets himself into (my favourite of which is him fighting with the Roomba and the cat). It was a fast read and I can’t stress how hilarious this manga is. Tatsu is gorgeous and Miku is adorable, and I look forward to seeing how Tatsu’s old underling gets more involved in things.

I will definitely be picking up this series because I want more Tatsu in my life.

MANGA MONDAY: Saint Young Men

For today’s #MangaMonday I chose a re-released old classic that is so full of joy, you can’t help but smile while reading it.

Saint Young Men by Nakamura Hikaru is the story of Jesus and Buddha as roommates in Tokyo while they take a vacation from their godly duties to explore Earth. Each chapter is a snippet of the adventures they go on together and the hilarious mishaps two gods find themselves getting into while trying to function as regular humans.

I remember loving this series in high school because I thought the concept alone was hilarious. I saw snippets of the anime and laughed when I heard about the trailer for a live action film just a year or two ago. For anyone concerned about the religious content, I am not a religious person in the least but I can respect those who are and I feel Nakamura was sure to be respectful when putting out this series. The jokes are hilarious but never distasteful, even when addressing the Crucifixion or Buddha’s death.

This manga is definitely a feel-good, slice-of-life comedy that makes the perfect read for this time of year when keeping upbeat can be difficult. If you’re looking for a bit of fun with wonderful artwork and a loveable character duo, I highly recommend picking up the newest edition of Saint Young Men.

REVIEW: Herding Cats

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I love cats and I love Sarah Anderson, so a book by Sarah Anderson titled Herding Cats? Yes please.

Like, come on, who isn’t like this?

I read through this book in about 45 minutes, but that’s not really a surprise since it’s a book of Sarah’s stand alone comics of being an adult, dealing with stress and anxiety, and – most importantly – cats. The only way I can think to describe the comics is #relatable and all of them made me smile and/or laugh out loud (seriously, I got weird looks in Starbucks over my snort-laughing over “buff cat”). Who doesn’t love dumb comics about dumb art that’s hilarious? It’s like reading my internal monologue in comic format and I just had so much fun reading it.


What surprised me was that the last dozen pages or so were about being an artist and the importance of believing in yourself. Andersen talks about always practicing and working at what you love and how it’s alright to hate your old artwork. “It just means you’re getting better,” she writes, which is a great way to think about past work. It really made me think differently about the things I have written that I was so proud of in the moment but hate to pieces now.

I really needed this book today and am really happy I was able to get my hands on it. I also look forward to essentially re-creating several of these comics in real life when I adopt my new cat.

35924705Author: Sarah Andersen
March 27th 2018
Andrews McMeel Publishing