Thursday, December 08, 2016
I was intrigued by the story all the way through not sure in what direction it would go. Parts of it left me unsettled, I don'the want to give the plot away there are plenty of reviews that will tell you more about the underlying story. 4/5
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
I don'the know why I enjoy these books so much, there is seldom any big aha moments in the books. I think though that I enjoy a good read about families and maybe there is a sense of clarity that comes from that moment when you know that death approaches, although in reality it is coming for us all. 4/5
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Written in mostly chronological order it is a series of stories about his life. With mainly dysfunctional parents I enjoyed his stories and he came across as an interesting likable guy who learned some pretty good life lessons from the people he met. 4/5
Monday, December 05, 2016
I had read Graham Norton autobiography and enjoyed his writing so took a chance on his novel. Holding is a novel about a quiet Irish village, the local sole policeman who finally gets some excitement when bones are found at a local farm. Two of the local women are considered suspects and as the investigation progresses we learn about their history. I did enjoy the story, a slow and steady slice of rural life. 3/5
Monday, November 28, 2016
Although I didn't come away learning anything too profound, I liked the tone of the book that made it like listening to a good friend talk and it didn't get too grim and uncomfortable. Certainly it is a topic we should all be talking about with our families and friends. 4/5
Saturday, November 26, 2016
I didn't know much about Allied other than it stared Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. I have tried to resist reading too many reviews about some movies. It is a nice element of surprise to go in feel like the story is fresh, sometimes the previews give the whole plot away. It is a romantic thriller set in the second world war, and my bestie and I quite enjoyed it. The story itself was quite simplistic and I liked that it just got into it straight away with minimal back story. I felt there was something special in the way the story was directed, keeping the two main characters the focus, without the distraction of too many extra characters.
I am going to give it a 3.5/5.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
In 1940 Solonge is beginning to find out secrets about her family and everything is changing as she begins to feel the rustling of war approaching. As the story swung between both characters I thought the author used this technique well, moving the story on. It did feel a bit rushed at the end, with just a few chapters to move the story to the end. 4/5
Monday, November 21, 2016
In this one Rebecca, and her boyfriend and young brother Martin are trying to deal with mother Sophies deteriorating mental health and are being tormented by an evil woman that only appears when the lights go out. Chasing, screaming and blood ensues.
It was ok as far as that kind of thing goes, just not my kind of deal. Now the things that keep me awake are the thought of having to stay in the same job another 20 years, worrying about the bills and the thought of affording retirement.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
I was thinking about alien movies from the 90s and 2000s, when a whole group of studly men or one kickass woman could save the world in the last 10 minutes after vaporizing the meteor/comet or alien with a big cannon/laser/gun while the world first chewed their fingernails then cheered.
In this movie the world sees the arrival of a group of UFOs. Amy Adams plays Louise a linguist who is bought in to help interpret what the message is and how the world will react. I feel like I can't really write any more without giving the story away and it is all on Wikipedia anyway if you feel the need. For me, I am enjoying not reading too many reviews before I see a movie, and even some previews give it all away.
I did like this movie, it was quite cerebral in it's story without being boring and felt like an original story that felt fresh and avoided the usual cliches. 4/5