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video 2018-04-10 17:08

Who read these books? Or at least the first book? Meg by Steve Alten.





To someone who is unaware of the source for this movie, it might come across as cheesy or a Jaws copycat, because I mean, it is based on a killer shark. I'm sure the author was inspired by Jaws, or maybe not, who knows. It's not a complete copy and the story is its own. We're all inspired by things.


Heck, the movie and books might be cheesy! Who cares? There is nothing wrong with a good cheesy book or movie. In fact, I really love old cheesy books and movies I used to consume from the 80s, 90s & early 00s. (I will even read current published books others might consider cheesy if I'm in that sort of mood.)


When I read Meg, I had no idea it was part of a series. There might have only been the one book when I read it. This was back in 2000, give or take a year. Meg was published in 1997. So I was around 14-17 when I read it. All I remember is that I liked the book and that it is about a shark.


The author went back and updated the first book, adding content and taking away content so that the story would flow better with the prologue and the rest of the series. I think new facts might have come to light, so he changed things in his books.


You know what this means, right? I have to go back and reread the updated version of Meg and the rest of the series before the movie comes out! (At the very least read the first couple books.)


The movie has been in the works since 1997, and hopefully the release date of August 10th 2018 sticks.

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text 2017-12-23 17:12
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Festivus: 5 most disappointing books in 2017
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
The Interestings: A Novel - Meg Wolitzer
Jaws - Peter Benchley
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin
The Big Four - Agatha Christie

The year is almost over, so it is time for my worst reads of 2017.


The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett:


Just reading this book must have made me drunk, because I don´t remember a whole lot of the plot. Some things I do remember, though. The amount of beverages in this book is insane. Nick is a douche, an ass and an alcoholic (whose favorite drink is the one he is drinking at breakfast). Nora is good at pouring drinks and carrying them over to her husband. One of the suspects is a real lunatic. Oh, but I loved the dog. Asta was the best thing about this book.




The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer:


I still think this book is completely mistitled. "The Uninterestings" would have been a better fitting title. I learned from this book, that the biggest and most insufferable Mary Sue character is the one, who is loved by everyone. And I´m so glad that I don´t belong to the upperclass. Because in my opinion, based purely on this novel, they suck.




Jaws by Peter Bletchley:


Secretly I´m still cheering the shark on to eat all these horrible characters. But I get why the shark is hesistant about doing it. Even a shark has its standards and he doesn´t want to have a stomach ache (these people can´t be easily digestable).




Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin:


The beginning was so good, the main character wonderfully independent and headstrong and then she ... fell in looooovvvveeeee. No, just no.




The Big Four by Agatha Christie:


There aren´t enough words to explain, how ridiculously bad this book is. The members of the secret criminal organization are freaking idiots and Poirot is horrible, especially towards Hastings. I would say this is Agatha Christie at its worst, but I have the slight suspicion that another one of her novels might be even worse. We had a fun buddy read for this one, though. And I just can´t resist, sorry:




Tasks for Festivus: Post your personal list of 3 Festivus Miracles –OR– post a picture of your Festivus pole (NOTHING pornographic, please!), –OR– Perform the Airing of Grievances: name 5 books you’ve read this year that have disappointed you - tell us in tongue-lashing detail why and how they failed to live up to expectations.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-12 22:44
Jaws by Peter Benchley
Jaws - Peter Benchley

**There is one spoiler below regarding a character death. It is marked with a spoiler tag**


There were a few things that I found highly unnecessary. I know this is written in a time period much different from today, but some of the outdated stuff in this did bother me a little bit.

Also the thing between two characters (you know what I mean) made me think "what was the point?" It just felt out of nowhere and what kind of people do things like that? Maybe I'm just too innocent in my thinking that most people are good deep down. However for these two characters, I did not like them at all.

The whole thing with Larry and his partners also made me go back and forth between if I liked him or not, but in the end, I just felt sorry for him, though I can't say I like him. Sure it was a crappy move what his so called partners made him do, but I don't know... I think I feel more for his poor wife.

Also the scene with the mother really broke me. In that moment, I did feel a little bad for Brody, he was trying to do the right thing from the start and the woman was in too much shock to even want to listen. I completely understand why though. 

She just lost her little boy and was in shock!

(spoiler show)

Some people say it is dry and boring or so I've been told, but I wouldn't say that at all. I did like the book a whole lot and I think I would have loved it even more had a couple things been changed. Like the whole thing I mentioned above and some random characters/scenes that had no point to the plot.


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text 2017-11-09 03:47
Annotating Books & Jaws by Peter Benchley
Jaws - Peter Benchley

I've started to annotate my second book. Is it telling that this book was also written in 1974 like "Let's Play At The Adams" and I'm already have some issues with it? The book I am reading is Jaws by Peter Benchley. The only difference is though some things are angering me, I am enjoying the book.


***Spoilers for some cases of racism and homophobia in the book***


There was talk about something happening in the 50s, 60 and 70s. I can only assume the current story takes place in the 70s, but it reads earlier than that or am I just really "white privileged" because this book has brought up race several time in 77 pages. Like why bring race into it?


I know, because of the times this is set in this is how the people think of "the blacks" That is how they are referred as and of course they do the jobs of gardening, bartending, butlers, and maids. Also there was a black man who raped 7 rich white ladies, but when they put it in the paper, they would only say molested to save face for the small little town, and the women would never testify against the man out of shame? Shame in general or because he was black? (This wasn't in detail, just a case the cop remembered)


Also there was a homosexual slur on page 11, using the F word, which I hate. You know the one I mean. See, I know the author is trying to stay true to the time, but it still bothers me and I have to wonder if he goes around using the F word and calling black people "the blacks". Other than these things, I am enjoying annotating the book. So far the first movie is true to the book (minus all the racism ..etc)

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review 2017-05-12 21:48
Jaws - Peter Benchley

I guess there must be something wrong with the book when the reader is rooting for the shark instead of the characters. I have to admit I was secretly hoping that the shark would eat all of the characters at some point in the story, because the shark is awesome and the most intelligent being in the novel. Much to my chagrin, however, there isn´t enough of the shark in the novel.

Instead there is small town drama, the despicable wife of chief Brody, gag-inducing dialogues about rape-fantasies and a weird mafia-subplot, which didn´t add anything to the overall storyline.


So eventhough it has been a fastpaced and actionpacked read, the story in itself left me utterly dissatisfied.


Square: Water Works

Earned money: $3.00



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