Thursday, March 20, 2014
She then buys a house, once owned by the famous English actress Eve Noel, who made her favorite movies from the 1950's then disappeared. What happened to her, and will Sophie get to make the movies that she wants instead of being stuck in one genre?
A nice little read, no real surprises but enough name dropping and scene setting to keep me amused. 3/5
Sunday, March 16, 2014
I wasn't sure what to expect, I had soon all the Matthew McConaughey articles about how skinny he got for this role, and sometimes it was pretty brutal to look at. I guess you know the story, but if you don't it is about a Dallas electrician, who after a bit of rough living, ends up in the mid 80's being diagnosed with AIDs. After being refused AZT which is only available on trial at the time, he heads to Mexico to try and find an alternative. This alternative, seems to have better results, and so he illegally brings it back to Dallas and offers it to other patients.
It is a pretty warts and all movie, and is definitely one for the adults. An interesting story though, but I didn't walk away touched by it. I just kept thinking that Matthew must have been pretty keen for a sandwich once filming was over. 3/5
As well as visits to the mortuary, prison, hospice and crematoriums we get to learn about Normas upbringing, her previous career as a mental health nurse, and about the students she teaches and the impact she has on their lives.
As well as looking at death, she also encourages the students to participate in their community, giving back and helping others, and you have to admire Norma for sharing her wisdom with so many students and their families, for being available in so many difficult situations.
As well as investigating a notorious child murderers remains, she has to help out when a friends child is taken, which I guess is a mothers worst nightmare. Somehow though, even though I got the story I wasn't quite convinced by the whole goings on, I couldn't really picture it all in my head. Still, I eagerly await her next adventure.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
However, the fire is about to change their fortunes and Kate must find herself having to rely on the kindness of friends to survive.
I love a good historical novel that draws me into the cobblestoned streets, and I remember standing right where the Great fire started on London streets and wondering how much must have changed since those times. 4/5
I always like a good memoir, it gives you a few life lessons along the way and even though I am not married myself I can appreciate how awful this experience is for Catherine and laugh along with her at the absurd things she encounters. Realising that she has written his birthday incorrectly on the large rock used as a headstone did make me smile, as it is easier when you are grieving to make mistakes. Catherine started off as a blogger, and I do admire her writing skills as she managed to make me enjoy this story of her life.