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review 2017-01-09 05:09
Good Behavior
Good Behavior - Blake Crouch

By: Blake Crouch 

Letty Dobesh Books #1-3

ISBN: 9781503940499

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer 

Publication Date: 11/15/2016

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: 5 Stars + + +

Top Books of 2016

 

Blake Crouch returns from Wayward Pines and Dark Matter (2016) with his latest smashing hit, GOOD BEHAVIOR The book, audio, TV series- (The Letty Dobesh Chronicles): EPIC! Brilliantly crafted.

Extraordinary from book, audio, to TV on-screen, Landing on my Top Books of 2016, and best 2016 book to screen. The collaboration between Blake Crouch and Chad Hodge is a “match made in heaven.”

Yes, I am enjoying the ride. Please do not let it stop!

Ongoing: “I am the best me I can be!” (Letty)

In the series, Letty is fresh out of prison, (meth-addicted) when she overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man's wife. When she sets out to derail the job, she puts herself in the crosshairs of a killer, entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship, and so much more.

This sexy hitman man Javier may be her path and key to redemption. That is if she does not screw it up.

Javier is sensitive and caring. He has pain in his life and his past. Leading him to his path as a hitman. They have a love/hate relationship. He lives on the outskirts of society due to an event from his childhood (we discover in the TV series).

A constant pull between them as well as their own individual lives. They have a connection and this makes them want to be better. They are perfect for one another. They rescue each other and find a home in one another.

Forgive me here, since I have watched the TV series (Season one Episodes 1-9, read the book, and listened to the audio (twice). You could say, I LOVE GOOD BEHAVIOR, so using this review as a combo review of all three.

I first listened to the audiobook narrated by Julia Whelan and the author, Blake Crouch. (Exceptional).

Directly afterward, quickly immersed in Amazon Prime (TNT) TV Good Behavior. Purchased the entire season. Taking the fantastic information provided by Blake in the audiobook and applied to how the 3 novellas were transformed to on-screen.

This is a “Must” to read the book and learn all the backstory. The backstage, inside scoop of how the author created these characters, and his collaboration with Chad Hodge for the television show. Quite intriguing. (Dying for a Season 2)….please, please!

In between, while getting caught up with the TV episodes, anxiously awaiting the weekly next episode, was “granted my wish” for a digital copy of the book, Good Behavior via NetGalley. Was so excited, with “Christmas coming early”, began diving into the book, and once again, read it in one sitting. I bookmarked so many pages.

Letty Dobesh is troubled, flawed, beautiful, striking, smart, inventive, charismatic, self-destructive, a chameleon. She crosses between good and bad. A constant struggle. She is authentic. Real. Even though in (Episode 9) not happy with her attitude and kicking Javier to the curb with her betrayal. (Let’s hope she can turn her mistakes around once again). I was dying with this one. Javier is good for her.

Don't score. Don't kill.

We follow Letty on a journey as she attempts to discover who she really is, and wants more than anything to make peace with that woman, even if she does not fit “inside the box” society has drawn for her. She wants to be a good mother, a daughter, and a friend; to make up for her past mistakes and misdeeds. Every time she tries, she gets knocked down.

Crouch is pitch perfect with his character development of both Letty and Javier. I like the transition from the book to the screen.

The book:
• The Pain of Others
• Sunset Key
• Grab

After each of these novellas the author adds some insightful commentary about the work, the show, images, and other additional content from the journey, he has taken with Letty. No, I would not dare skip over these parts. I love it!

With the book, it is like a backstage pass, with a peak at the inside operations. The reader becomes invested in the characters, the story, and a fan for life. Letty is flawed, irresistible, broken, lovely and brave. She wants desperately to get her son back. She keeps running into obstacles and pulled in by her addictions to stealing and the high. She is so good at being bad!

I wanted to hold off writing my review until the last TV episode Season One; however, being it was on my Top Books for 2016 List my fellow GRs friends wanted to know my thoughts. Yes, I loved it!

Letty Raines is a thief and con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision, from implosion. Michelle Dockery is amazing. Juan Diego Botto (Javier) is sexy and to die for; each episode, I love him even more. Currently I am in HIS corner.

Christian, Jacob, Estelle ( a piece of work), Rob and the other supporting characters only add to the intense drama. What a riot! In the meantime, I am now just finishing the 9th episode, and let me say, starting at episode 5, I fell totally in LOVE. A turning point, from five on.

Letty and Javier are intimately connected on so many levels, and ultimately become each other’s saviors. Both emotionally-- two souls which are perfect for one another.

At the opening of the 5th episode, when Letty opens with, “you came.” Javier replies, “you called.”

OMG, that look between the two of them, was the best since Jerry McGuire’s "You had me at 'hello," and Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook, "I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you every day for a year. It wasn't over… it still isn't over."

A modern SEXY twist of The Notebook and Bonnie and Clyde. Letty can rock a wig. I think she needs to have her own line. I would definitely buy one.

Season One: (TV)
• So You’re Not an English Teacher (Good opening-Statesville, NC caption) even though filmed in Wilmington; Letty is rocking the red bob wig—love the Grove Park Inn) book mention, even though not filmed here. She has the southern accent down as well as the blonde bangs.
• Only the Best for Mrs. Diaz
• From Terrible Me
• Your Mama Had a Hard Night (Letty-Sad but moving)
• Beautiful Things Deserve Beautiful Things (Hilarious!)** My favorite. Loved the short blonde wig and the St. John’s knit ensemble—Classy!
• We Pretend We’re Stuck (Loved the tie in with Jacob)- Emotional
• The Ballad of Little Santino (Javier-Sad but moving) Fantastic look at his character’s past.
• It Still Fits Bitch – A fun episode featuring Letty’s mom and Jacob. Tables are turned.
• For You, I’d Go with Strawberry – Did not like the turn this one took. Please get Letty back on track with Javier. Bad, bad girl. Sure, there is a plan here.

Waiting anxiously for the next episode . . .. in suspense.

Letty and Javier: Sexy, dangerous, thrilling, and flawed. With their tough exterior, we see their hearts, their desires, and love of family. The pull- of right and wrong. A fitting title for a struggle between right and wrong. Good and evil. From danger, intrigue, style, humor, emotion, heart, sex appeal, well-developed characters and an edge of your seat plot. All the ingredients for a HIT! Superb acting and pitch-perfect writing.

OK, Crouch fans and everyone else, BUY—the book, GOOD BEHAVIOR and watch the series! A show stopper. Hats off - A job well-done. Hopefully, we will see Season Two. I am hooked! Fingers crossed. 5 Stars +

Now that I have sold you on the book, and the author, I want to add a side personal note: I am a native of Statesville, NC, as is the author, Blake Crouch.  Read More on my Blog @  JDCMustReadBooks

A very special thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for granting my wish with a review copy.

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/11/26/Good-Behavior
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text 2016-07-04 01:42
TV show: Atelier

I started watching Atelier the other day, a Japanese show developed for Netflix. It feels like watching a live action adaptation of a jousei manga, but I've checked, and I think it's actually an original series.

 

Never has there been a show with so much lingerie and so few dudes around to comment on it and ogle ladies wearing it. That said, the two episodes I've seen have had some odd moments. And lots of cheesy moments. And moments when Mayuko would probably have been fired in the real world. (Or possibly arrested. I'm amazed that model wasn't more creeped out.)

 

But so far it's a weird cheesiness that's mostly working for me. I giggled at the over-the-top heartwarmingness of a young mother's life being changed by a really good bra.

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text 2016-06-30 22:10
Five favorites in June

I found this on a Swedish blog and I thought I'd do it here too.

 

1. DVD:s and streaming tv series and movies.  (For instance old comedies, Doctor Who and Howl's Moving Castle.)

 

2. Books (but since when are books not my favorites)

 

3. Cute baby clothes (and other things related to babies).

 

4. Nice people (I'm not used to that).

 

5. I guess I'll have to pick chocolate here, but I haven't had that much of that, because I need to lose weight.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-05-31 22:53
Orphan Black Season 1

 

 

It's official. I'm diving in.

 

 I have been wanting to watch this show for some time now.  I watch a few booktubers (book reviewers on YouTube).  I watched Polandanabooks go to comic con and she was raving about how much she loved Orphan Black. So I decided to look up the show and I was instantly pulled in.  I couldn't wait to start the show because I love all things Sci-Fi.  However, I'm not starting it until now because I have a bad obsession with Netflix and all the shows on it.  There is so much to watch that I haven't gotten to it until now.  

 

 

Episode 1

 

 

 

Wow. My thoughts on the opening scene exactly. 

This show is AMAZING.  Exactly what I was looking for in a show.  A little more nudity than I was expecting but really good.  This show has you questing what it going on every single second.  Not to mention the episode is gripping and intense at all moments as well.  This show I can already tell knows exactly how to do a cliff hanger.  Ending the episode with having Sarah meet a clone and then for her to get snipped in the head and her speeding away! Wow. That GIF sums up this episode. I can't wait to continue you on and watch the next episode.  

Sarah is an enthralling character.  She sees a woman that looks exactly like herself die by jumping in front of a train.  Than she goes on to take over her identity only to figure out she is way in over her head. Tatiana is an excellent actress and does such a great job.  Than there is Sarah's friend who makes the show a little lighter and not so heavy.  He is her gay best friend and I thoroughly enjoy the character.

 

Episode 2

 

It just keeps getting better and better.  We find out there are even more clones out there and for some reason they all know about each other except for Sarah.  We also learn that someone out there is hunting down all the clones and killing them off.  This episode was a great episode for getting more answers but also more questions.  The acting skill alone from Tatiana makes this episode a master piece.  WIthout her this show would not be what it is.  I love how different all of the clones are.  We've just met Alison Hendrix who is a soccer mom, who couldn't be more different than Sarah.  Excited to dive into the next episode!

 

Episode 3

 

 

This show just keeps getting better and better. I am eating it all up and loving it.  Clones. More clones. Just when I thought there wasn't going to be anymore there is! I can't wait to find out some more answers.  Huge props to the screen writers of the show because each episode is just as fantastic. Most of the time it takes a few episodes to get a show rolling but not this one. Many shows also suffer from either having a strong episode arc and not seasonal or a strong season arc but not episodes. Take the shows The Flash and Arrow. Arrow tends to have better season arcs but some episodes are lacking. Whereas The Flash tends to have strong episodes but not that strong when it comes to a full season arc. Others may disagree but most shows tend to have some great episodes, a few okay ones, and a few that are just a mess. As of now this show has been all strong ones.  

 

Episode 4

 

Holy guacamole. Helena is one bat crazy lady. Once again phenomenal acting by Tatiana.  The fact that she can play that many drastically different characters and in one show is crazy!  She does it so well also. It's hard to believe that it is all coming from one actress. I am so happy to see Alison working together with Sarah and in a positive way. I am guessing that Sarah was the original clone. It is probably the reason why she can have children and the others can not.  

 

Episode 5

 

   

 

 

We're finally getting somewhere with Paul. I was wondering if he was just going to be a side piece but things are really picking up. All the men or significant others of the clones look really suspicious. Alison's husband looks really guilty and so does Paul. However, by the end of the episode we find out that maybe Paul doesn't really know whats going on. I really hope that Sarah and Paul end up working together and maybe become a couple; but, that may just be the fan girl in me who is always shipping characters together on TV shows.

 

Episode 6

 

 

My Paul and Sarah fire keeps getting fueled. Loved the moment between them in the room to the garage to the apartment at the end. Really hoping they end up as a couple.  I also had a feeling this new french girl in Cosima's life was bad news. I wonder where that one is going to go. I still can't believe how involved Paul is in this show. I wonder how big of a role he is going to play in this show.

 

Episode 7

 

YES! More intimate scenes between Sarah and Paul. Just what I was wanting and even better yet we got a kiss. Yes their characters have kissed before but not as Paul and Sarah but as Sarah imitating Beth. We also got numerous questions answered and I can't wait to find out more.

 

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url 2016-02-24 21:12
OT: How the X files changed television

X files

 

The finale of the six-part revival of The X-Files on US TV closes out another chapter in the paranormal adventures of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The long-running science fiction series has conditioned viewers to expect the unexpected.

 

Read more here.

 

Personally, I think the series lost some of its popularity when David Duchovny left. Also, I think most fans disliked the disappearance of Alex Krycek. Most of us loved him.

Source: www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160224-how-the-x-files-changed-television
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