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Thursday, August 18, 2016

DVD Review: 11.22.63

On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated. What if you could go back and change the past? This time travel thrill ride is based on a Stephen King book. This is one of the few cases where I have watched the show without reading the book, so I cannot compare the two.
     What if you found a way to go back into time? What if you thought changing one thing could make the world better? What if you made decisions and the outcome surprised you?
    This series is well made. James Franco does a great job, and normally I am not a fan of him.  This is a great Stephen King production. While you are watching look for hints of King's other hits (RedRum on the book depository wall). The storyline moves at a brisk pace and held my interest throughout. Although some parts were far from realistic, they were very well done.
     The ending fit perfectly. The actors all did a wonderful job stepping into their character's shoes. This one will stay with you for a while. It will also make you realize that everything happens for a reason, and as King reiterates several times "the past doesn't want to change".

Book Review: I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Normally, this type of unique, creepy, intriguing tale, would totally be my cup of tea. Sadly, this one did not live up to the hype. The execution was off. The car scenes made me want to pull out my hair, and kept me very close to not finishing the book. The storyline was very unnerving, and that kept me from giving up. The disjointed characters did not come to a convincing conclusion. For me this one was a disappointment.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Movie Review: Midnight Special

I have been wanting to watch this one for a while. I was impressed! The movie was well done. What if your child had super powers? What would you do to protect him? What would you do to keep him safe? What if the worlds of cults and aliens combined into one movie? They do in this one. A great combination of sci-fi, suspense, action, and intrigue. The kids liked it too. The hubby is hard to please and said this one was good. Check it out! I got it at Redbox!!

Book Review: The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

I checked out that cover and the description and thought "WOW", this one is right up my alley. Never mind the fact that I loved McKay's previous offerings. BUT, I was sadly disappointed. I did not find the book so bad that I couldn't finish it, but it did have some problems. Cate is just not a great main character. None of the side characters are fleshed out enough to care about. The story moves too slowly. Some parts of the story were interesting, but the parts that dragged outweighed the good ones. This should have been a five star read for me, but it just was not what I was expecting.

*Special Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah

Sadly, this is one of the worst I have read in a long time. The story wants you to believe that some people don't exist, or they do, depends on who you are. Also if someone tries to convince you that you are entirely someone else, then have your friends join in and help you invent a story of how you are the person they think, knowing that you are really not! Does this all make sense? Of course it does not and that is why this story is not good.
This does not live up to Sophie Hannah's back catalog. I had a hard time finishing, but even reading the final page did not help me to like or care about the story. The whole thing was too bizarre for words, and not in a good way! Bizarre can be excellent, but this one was terrible!