Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Catacombs 2016-2020

Books I've read from 2016-2020

  1. Batman, Vol.1: The Court of Owls
  2. Nineteen Eighty-Four
  3. Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadverdant Education of a Reluctant Chef
  4. Gwendy's Button Box
  5. The Magicians (The Magicians.1)
  6. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  7. The Time Machine
  8. The War of the Worlds
  9. The Invisible Man
  10. Irena's Children
  11. Coraline
  12. Wishful Drinking
  13. Cell
  14. Around the World in Eighty Days
  15. Odd and the Frost Giants
  16. Murder on the Orient Express
  17. The Snowman

  1. Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children.3)
  2. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  3. The Colorado Kid
  4. Penguin's Big Adventure
  5. Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales
  6. Penguin Says Please
  7. Hell's Aquarium (MEG.4)
  8. Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA
  9. The Secret (The Secret.1)
  10. The Jungle Book (Disney Boardbook)
  11. Guess How Much I Love You
  12. The Walking Dead: The March to War (#19)
  13. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events.1)
  14. The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events.2)
  15. The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events.3)
  16. A Monster Calls

Frosty the snowman, was a stabby murdery soul...

The Snowman
Jo Nesbø 

           I honestly have no idea how I feel about this novel. I both enjoyed and disliked it equally. I don’t know if it’s b/c of mediocre translation from Norwegian to English that is causing the duality disconnect, or what.  It’s cliche, cheesy, predictable, purposely (and quite obviously) misleading, weak to mediocre dialogue, and weak, and at times, confusing, character development.  I knew, or rather, suspected, who the killer was after their first introduction.  I said to myself, "Self, it’s this character.  It better not be, because seriously, how cliche and cheesy and predictable would that be?  But I bet it is".
          Having said that, it was, I don’t want to say compelling, ensnaring maybe? enough to keep me reading.  Indeed I spent late nights telling myself, "just one more page".  "One more chapter". 
I don’t know if it was b/c the story had me hooked, or that I just wanted it to be over, or b/c it was the last book on my 2017 boal.  Perhaps all of the above. 
          I picked this book up b/c of the movie coming out.  (I’ll wait for DVD)  This is the 7th book in the “Harry Hole” series.  I ain’t gonna lie, I giggled every single time I read the name, Harry Hole. I’m giggling right now. Detective, or is it Inspector?  Now I can’t remember. Let’s go with Inspector Harry Hole, **giggle**, is after a serial killer. He’s the only cop in Oslo that’s dealt with a serial killer.  They don't get many in Oslo.  Probably b/c it’s too friggen cold.  Ain’t nobody got time for.  The killer leaves a snowman at each victims house.  That’s not me being funny.  That’s the plot.  I was honestly hoping it was evil demon possessed snowmen doing the dirty deed, but sadly it was not.
         OK, I am simplifying it.  The killer seems to be targeting women with children.  Women who have been unfaithful in their marriages.  The aforementioned poor attempt to mislead the reader into believing it is this character, no this character, NO, this character!  Was a bit painful.  But somehow it still made me doubt myself and wonder if it really COULD be that character.  What annoyed me wasn't just the intentional misleading, but that the inspector was convinced each time it was the character we are being led to believe is the evil-doer.  Then after some revelation or incident, Inspector Hole suddenly says he had some reservations/doubts about whether the person he was just gunning for, was really the killer.  
         I know it seems I've nothing but negative things to say about the book, but honestly it wasn't horrible.  It was just, meh.  Entertaining enough to keep me interested and reading.  And there were some key scenes that could've been really 80's thriller movie cliche, but did a good job of avoiding.
         I can neither recommend nor not recommend this novel.  If you happen upon it, read it. If you don’t, it’s snow big deal.  Oh yeah, that just happened.  I regret nothing.

Happy Reading! Stay Booked!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

MacGyver Remake

Ok sexxy viewers, I have a new review to give you.  I know, sexxciting!  

TV Show Review: MacGyver (remake). 

           About a month ago I gave a joyous review of the new MacGyver show.  The woman and I watched the first ep and though we didn't think it was great, we thought it would be good enough to have as a regular Friday night show.  However, when Friday next rolled around we were less than enthusiastic about watching it.  I DVR'd it nonetheless.  The wifey said she wasn't really into it, so I decided to watch ep 2 while she was doing other things.  I honestly couldn't get into it.  The acting is a bit over the top and cheesy (yes, I'm aware of the 80's cheese factor from the original show).  The thing is, with the original show, the actors made it believable and exciting and fun.  What shenanigans was "Mac" going to get into??  And how will he get out of said shenanigans??  Agghh!  We believed he could use a paperclip, lamp, and foil, to make a helicopter.  😁  Seriously, though, we believed that Mac could make something out of nothing.  He didn't use weapons, he used ingenuity and intellect.  It was cool.  I think that premise is totally workable even in these modern times.  Especially in these modern times.  I just think the writing needs to improve and the actors need to loosen up a bit and have more fun with it, but at the same time make us believe that THEY believe the scenes/situations they are crafting, are possible.  Open our imagination and give us thrilling science & action!  Is the show salvageable?  I believe so.  It may just be suffering the freshman jitters.  Mayhap (yes, mayhap. I'm bringing it back) they'll work out the kinks in their sophomore outing (if they survive the first season & get renewed).  Unfortunately, for now, I have to revise my rating.  I don't recall what I gave it originally, but I am giving it 1 X out of XXX rating.

💙¡Stay Entertained! 🎬 ¡Happy Viewing!💙

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Author Elie Wiesel Passes Away 7.2.16

Very sad.  His novel, "Night", was amazing.  One of my all-time fave reads.  A story that shreds all emotions.  Def read it if you haven't.  RIP, Mr. Wiesel.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Books-to-Movies Changes: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I really hate when filmmakers make nonsensical changes when adapting books to film.  I understand that the movies will never compare to the book and some changes are required and even make sense.  It's the unnecessary changes that really irk me.  In case of this book-to-movie, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, they changed two characters' peculiarities.  Emma, a fiery (delicious pun intended), has a pyro peculiarity.   She's easily one of the best and strongest characters in the books.  Her role, and peculiarity, is crucial to the plot.  Olive, a supporting character whose peculiar is levitation (she has to wear lead shoes or she'll float away), is more of a timid and delicate, but brave character.  Her role is important, but not pivotal.  So why would Burton do a role reversal of the two?  It's infuriating.  And what really gets me is the author approving this kind of change.  It doesn't make any sense.  I was really excited to see this adaptation.  I loved the series and I love Burton, but this kind of shenanigans has dampened that excitement.  #brokenbookieheart #booklivesmatter

Thursday, April 21, 2016

R.I.P. Prince

I just couldn't be sadder by the news of Prince's passing.  I am a product of the 80's and Prince's music was a big part of youth.  RIP, purple one.  Doves are crying for sure.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Crayyyyy.  I've only made it through the first 3 in the series.  Lots of deaths.  Lots more to come from the looks of it.