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text 2017-09-21 15:06
Reading progress update: I've read 107 out of 387 pages.
The Sinner: A Novel (TV Tie-In) - Petra Hammesfahr,John Brownjohn

Cora just wants to confess and face the penalty, but has to deal with the fact that the police are not going to rest until they have a sense of the why of it all. meanwhile, flashbacks continue to lay out Cora's earlier, tumultuous life. in a way, I can almost see, in the general sense, why someone trampled down like Cora would snap on a beach one day--but still, her specific reason for sudden violence is still not clear. plus, she's trying to put the police off with lies.

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text 2017-09-21 00:50
Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 387 pages.
The Sinner: A Novel (TV Tie-In) - Petra Hammesfahr,John Brownjohn

well, I give The Sinner credit for one thing...I don't think, in all my years, I've read a book with an opening quite like this. unique. 

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text 2017-09-20 15:12
Reading progress update: I've read 26 out of 387 pages.
The Sinner: A Novel (TV Tie-In) - Petra Hammesfahr,John Brownjohn

hoo-boy!--the first 10 minutes of the TV-show version must indeed be surreal, and then wicked. I'm hooked like a trout on this.


so, I'll bury myself in this, and then probably either Dodgers or Stalking Horse, and then finally back to the Dalglish Fantasy series--Book 3, A Dance of Mirrors. after that, I have to get to my one Nonfiction pick of the month, where I'll either finish the Martin Edwards book and count that as my choice, or if I'm not inclined that way I have a few Espionage-related choices lying around. should be a fun end-of-September, and then I have to figure out how Horrory October is meant to be for me. 


for now, bring on The Sinner! (someone has already sinned...big-time; and I'm sensing a backstory of sin...).

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-24 23:45
Comparing the Book and the TV Series


Almost always, a bestselling book will have its alter ego --- either a play, a movie, or a TV series. Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is one among them. I've read the book and I've seen the 2015 BBC One TV series on iFlix. Listed below are my observations on the striking differences between the book and the TV series.


1. Indian vs. Soldier

The original 1939 novel is about ten people of different professions and social status who received an unusual invitation from a certain millionaire named U.N. Owen. The invitation requires them to stay for a week in a private island called Indian Island. When they arrived there, they found it amusing to find the nursery rhyme, Ten Little Indians, hanging on their rooms and ten little figurines on the dining table.

The miniseries tried its best to stick to the original plot and divided the story into three episodes. However, in the TV version, the nursery rhyme became Ten Little Soldiers, and the island is called Soldier Island.


2. The relationship between Vera Claythorne and Phillip Lombard

In the book, it was only implied that there is some sort of attraction between Vera and Phillip. But in the miniseries, the sexual tension between the two culminated in a sexual affair.


3. Ghost appearances?

I don’t remember ghost appearances in the novel but I do know that each character tried to reminisce their crimes they committed either with a dream or flashbacks. However, in the miniseries, Vera Claythorne had seen some ghost apparitions of Cyril, the boy that drowned under her care. It haunted her and it gave an eerie feel to the miniseries and made it more thrilling.


4. The ending

In the novel, the murders remained unsolved until a letter reached Scotland Yard. In the miniseries, no one from Scotland Yard appeared.


The miniseries was able to provide the essential details of the novel and it gave the book a fresh look. My original blogs on these two are also found in my website


Source: issabacsa.com/and-then-there-were-none-miniseries
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review 2017-05-27 02:28
Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West by David Fisher, Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West - David Fisher,Bill O'Reilly



Author: Bill O'Reilly

Title: The Real West

Series: Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies

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How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west's most famous stagecoach robbers?

Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West?

All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.
Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative,

Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation's rich history.






I wasn't as impressed by this book as I thought I would be.

The accumulation of persons written about and the information that was included wasn't really anything new that isn't already known.

Ignoring the misspelling and other errors it just wasn't that big a deal. Granted I've always been a fan of history figures I think I was just expecting something else when I got this book.

Legends and Lies was recommended to me by a friend and it was good just wasn't great and didn't include any new information I hadn't already seen written by other authors. 

If you haven't already read about this history or these historical figures before this will be a really great read but for those that have there isn't a whole lot of fresh information or perspective to discover.




Until next time book lovers...



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