Book Review: Born With Teeth

I have been using the heck out of our local library lately and whizzing through books, so I thought it would be nice to start writing book reviews.

But, before I go on with the review, a quick note on my scoring system: it’s a little bit different than Goodreads’, so if you follow me there, please take those ratings with a grain of salt.

I don’t like the five star method for rating books because it stagnates my score of them. With this system, if I like a book, it gets 4 stars. If I thought a book was OK, it gets 3 stars. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that’s gotten less than three stars.

With only five stars, it doesn’t allow for nuance. I may have liked a book slightly more or less, but it still ended up with four stars. If I really liked a book, it got five stars, but it may have been a little less than OMG, BEST BOOK EVER.

I prefer to rate my books on a 10-point scale, so that’s what you’ll get here.

Also, I will probably go back and review the books I’ve read in the future. I like to give an ultimate rating far after I’ve finished a book based on how often I’ve pondered its characters, story and ending. There are few that make the cut to get read again because of this. To Kill a Mockingbird is a good example as are Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, The Shell Seekers and the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series–to name a few.

Any-hoo on to the review:

I grew up watching Star Trek: Voyager, and if you’ve followed me on any of my social media channels, you will know I’m a huge Trekkie.

When I heard Kate Mulgrew (aka, Captain Janeway of the Starship Voyager) wrote a memoir, I put it on my list of to-be read.

I have to say, it wasn’t what I expected.

First of all, I was at first a little saddened that she didn’t reach the Star Trek portion of her life until quite near the end. I selfishly expected the book to be mostly about that period in her life, but it was obviously not the most important–rightly so.

I knew she began her career with Ryan’s Hope, but didn’t know about her theatre career or that she was in anything else besides Star Trek and Orange is the New Black. I could have looked this information up online, but didn’t ever do it for some reason.

These expectations didn’t hold me back, though. I loved every second of Mulgrew’s narrative that read like a novel. Perhaps a little arrogant here and there, who the hell cares? As another reviewer rightly pointed out, an actor or playwright who happened to be a man wouldn’t have held back on the arrogance. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear a woman talk about incredible romances, searing loss and insatiable love for the art of acting without holding back.

The poetry of the passages in this book were astounding. Mulgrew paints a picture the reader can dive right into. Each page in this book is full of drama, dripping with nostalgia or poetically dreamy, it’s no wonder she was convinced to write a memoir.

Even though the book wasn’t what I was expecting, I was pleasantly surprised and wish Mulgrew would write a novel to add to her clearly already prolific repertoire. I heard she has decided to write a second memoir (please, more Star Trek stories!!) and I will be the first in line to buy it–especially if she goes on tour and I get to meet her.


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