Posts Tagged ‘ Movies ’

Two Must-Read Books

I always love to read books that are amazing first off, but are also destined to be huge. That way when everyone’s clamoring for the next hot book I’ve already read it and can talk about it. If you’re going to read any YA books this October, here are two that I think are excellent. They are well-written, fresh, and made me want to read them in one sitting – which doesn’t happen very often!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” Talk about starting a book with a compelling hook! But hooks must be backed with great characters, twists and turns, and a satisfying ending and Stiefvater delivers on all accounts. While there is one primary protagonist, Blue, daughter of a psychic with skills of her own, there are a whole plethora of interesting characters that Stiefvater manages to use to pull the plot along giving each one a unique personality without overshadowing the plot. And when Blue gets pulled into a world of mystery with the boy she’s prophesied to either kill or love, havoc breaks loose. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time!

 

 

  Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Orphans Mal and Alina have grown up practically their entire lives together. Together they are traveling with the King’s army when they are forced to cross the Shadow Fold, a black slash across their beloved country filled with monsters that feed in the darkness. When Mal is attacked Alina calls upon a power she never knew she had to save him. Her power brings her to the attention of the Darkling, handsome leader of the Grisha, a skilled and magic-filled group trained to serve alongside the King’s army. But will her power be used to good or evil? This is a brilliant book that has already been optioned for a movie with the producer of the Harry Potter movies at its helm. I can’t wait!

 

If you have any books you’ve absolutely loved recently I’d love to hear about them too. Happy reading! 😀

Writing Playlist

I recently read a couple of interviews with authors in the latest Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market where the authors create playlists for the books that they are writing/have written. I thought that was a really interesting idea, one that I’d never considered doing myself. I know creating book trailers for new novels is becoming popular and that music often ties into those videos, but to build a playlist? That was a new one.

It got me thinking about the songs I would match up to not only the book I’m working on, but to other favorites as well. My running playlist is filled with upbeat songs with fast tempos that keep me energized throughout my runs. If that makes me feel excited with adrenaline pumping, then how perfect would those songs be for my book?! It would be akin to matching the perfect song to any given scene in say the Twilight movies or Harry Potter or Pump Fiction. Very different scenes, very different songs.

So what would your book playlist look like? Do you think or create playlists for your books now?

Happy writing! 🙂

This is Halloween

  I love Halloween. It’s fun to see all the costumes, watch scary movies that aren’t really scary (ie. Nightmare Before Christmas), and eat candy until I feel sick. Ahh, the joys.

This year, I’ll be working on Halloween, but am a little bummed because I still haven’t thought of a good costume. Stink. One problem is that I don’t really want to spend any money, so that definitely limits my options. So if you have any good – and cheap – ideas let me know! On the plus side I’m totally decking out the house this year. I picked up some cardboard boxes that I’ve cut and painted as gravestones, sketched some scenes from Nightmare Before Christmas to hang and got a few nick-knacks from a craft store. Now all I have to do is string some lights, get my Halloween playlist set, fill my crockpot cauldron with mulled apple cider, and fill my pumpkin bowls with candy. Should be spooktacular! Oh and I’m trying to decide what to watch: Nightmare before Christmas, American Werewolf in London, Hocus Pocus, or The Walking Dead. Decisions, decisions…

I’m planning on having a huge pumpkin carving party (okay, maybe it’ll just be me, my girlfriend and my dog, but still…) this Friday to kick off the Halloweekend, so I have to get planning on what elaborate design I want to carve. Hmmm…

The Tale of One Bad Rat

Last night my girlfriend and I went to the movies to see the much anticipated Green Lantern. Our cable company has special promotions that allow it’s users to see movies for free on Tuesdays. As a result we’ve been able to see a lot of really great movies, especially big screen blockbusters like Green Lantern, without breaking the bank.

We had gotten to the theatre early anticipating great crowds because Green Lantern had just been released the previous Friday. We stood in the lobby chatting while they finished cleaning up from the previous showing and admired the old house feel of the theatre. It’s one of our favorites with a chandelier in the entrance and candelabras down the lone hallway. There are only three showing rooms and a tiny concession stand in the lobby. Small and adorable and old and perfect in every way….well, almost every way.

Once the showing room had been cleared of the debris left by its previous patrons, we filed into the dimly lit room and took our seats. The room is not large with about eight to ten large reclining chairs in each row. My girlfriend was sitting in an aisle seat and I sat next to her. We were chatting about our days when my girlfriend stopped speaking and got this look on her face. I can only compare her expression to sheer horror. I thought a man in a hockey mask had someone snuck over the rows of tall chairs and was now directly behind me waiting to pounce. Finally, she found her voice and with a shaky finger pointing behind me she said, “A rat!” I whirled around, not wanting to be attacked by a rat either and was just in time to see a large rodent bottom with a thick rodent tail shimmy under the seats in front of us and disappear. Of course we were in shock having never shared our movie experience with someone of the small, furry persuasion before. After we yammered on with gesticulating hands and high-pitched sounds that tried to form words, my girlfriend ran to tell the movie theatre staff. I meanwhile tucked my feet up underneath me and peered into the gloom trying to see if the little miscreant would make a return appearance. When she came back, I asked what they had said. Would they come in and announce the movie would not be shown? Would they give her free popcorn for saving the day and letting them know? “They said – ‘okay,'” she told me. “Okay?” I asked. “That’s it?” “That’s it,” she said.

Now we were faced with the dilemma of should we stay or should we go. Stay and the room gets darker and a large fuzzy creature could crawl across our flip-flop clad feet, go and miss out on a blockbuster we’ve been wanting to see. In the end we decided to prop our legs on our seats, stay and pray that people sat between us and where we last saw the rodent, just in case it decided to venture out for more popcorn.

What a movie adventure! 🙂

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Swing by and see what’s new!

I’ve been on a big graphic novel kick lately. Probably because of all the big superhero movies being released this summer. I’ve already seen Thor (loved it!) and am hoping to see X-Men: First Class this week. Green Lantern and Captain America are making their debuts in the coming months as well, so I’ve got my box of Junior Mints ready to go!

  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dust to Dust by Chris Roberson – While the illustrations and story were okay, I didn’t realize this was a later installment of an earlier graphic novel of the same title. It’s based on the book by Philip K. Dick which also was the inspiration for the movie Blade Runner. I like the concept of the graphic novel – robots who are built to serve man and subsequently turn against their creators – but since this was a later volume in the series, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I’m definitely going to find the first volume though!

 

 

  Gotham Central by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker – Sure Batman fights crime in Gotham City, a place filled with the most heinous villains around, but what about the fine policeman, detectives and other law enforcement agents who spend their days serving in the line of duty? This graphic novel takes a new perspective on the dark world that is Batman’s territory. And the gritty illustrations are a perfect match to the edgy plot.

 

 

 

  Green Lantern: Secret Origins by Geoff Johns – I always like to bone up on my superhero facts before the release of the movie. That way I can spew very fascinating facts to my less-than-impressed girlfriend. It’s sad, I know. Anyway, I really liked this graphic novel not so much for its unique story and illustrations (although both were done well), but because it gave a great background on how Green Lantern got to be the Green Lantern and the drama surrounding his creation. It made for a nice abridged version of a much longer saga.

 

 

  Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs – I posted yesterday about what kind of books I like to bring with me to the beach and Reichs is at the top of the list. Fast-paced, edgy thrillers that I can speed through in a day. Perfect for lounging in the sun! I’ve never been disappointed by mysteries that the protagonist, Temperance Brennan, finds herself in or the ongoing romantic and personal relationships that surround her and this book is no different.

 

 

 

Happy reading! 😀

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Bridesmaids

  It’s not very often that a movie comes along that combines strong female power with well choreographed hilarity. While seeing a female version of The Hangover may not be for everyone it certainly is getting a lot of excited buzz. I haven’t been this excited to see a movie in a long time. Too often any comedies with great female characters are peripheral to their primary goal – finding a man to complete them.

While I think relationships are an important part of life, there’s so much more to a person than their mate. Bridesmaids seems like its more about the journey than the destination despite it being centered around a wedding. I’m hoping that the popularity of this movie will encourage more movies of the same.

Already my friends are organizing ladies’ nights with their girlfriends to go see the movie and I plan on doing the same. 🙂 I can’t wait!!

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TV, Books and Movies, oh my!

I received some comments from my last BLOG POST in response to my discovery of Kathy Reichs and her amazing mystery series. Her novels center around Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, and are wonderful! The TV show Bones is based on these books (although I think they resemble more of Reichs than they do her novels as she too is a forensic anthropologist). I love, love the show and although I’m hesitant to mesh books with the TV shows or movies they spawned I decided to pick up Reichs series. I’m so glad I did as the books are wonderful and Reichs is an amazing writer. The books, however, do not mirror the TV show or vice versa and if I were looking for an exact replica of my favorite cast of fictional TV characters I would have been disappointed. I’m thrilled that both the books and the show are so riveting and similar but different that I am able to enjoy the world of Reich twice!

And I started wondering, have you ever read a book and loved the TV show or movie it was based on just as much? Or did you feel let down? Have you ever seen a TV show or movie first and then read the book it was based on? Did alter your opinion of either?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!