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review 2018-04-03 01:01
****SPOILERS******A Wrinkle in Time - The Movie ***********SPOILERS

Ye be warned, there be much spoilers about the newly released A Wrinkle in Time movie, directed by Ava Duvray.


So I took the kids to the movie, ready to see Ms. Duvray's vision of this book. I was awed by the visual aspect, but the movie's emotional arcs were what I was most impressed with. Everything else I will talk about after the page break.

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review 2018-04-02 23:47
The Finest Hours (YA adaption) by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman
The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue - Michael J. Tougias,Casey Sherman

I watched the Disney movie based on the adult book back in January 2017. It was great (read: Chris Pine and Eric Bana provided eye-candy) and one of the special features of the DVD was the screenwriters interviewing survivors/witnesses and showing stuff from the museum. I had made a point of wanting to read the book, so when the 2018 PS challenge came out and the first prompt was "book that was made into a movie you've already seen" I knew which book I would read for it. 


Here's the deal - I don't care about boats, nor do I care to read endless paragraphs of boats structure, size, etc. If you do, read the adult book; I went with the YA adaption of the book so I could get to the actual story faster and not read mind-numbingly pages of boat details. The problem was that it was written for more the MG crowd than YA; the writing at times seem choppy and I couldn't really connect with the people in the story; I felt the movie was better in getting the audience to care about the rescuers and those on the oil tankers. There was also too many people, especially the ones on the oil tankers, profiled - it was hard to keep them separate in my head while reading.


Still it is a decent story for those MG readers that want to know about an important event in the ever-evolving history of disaster management.

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review 2016-10-30 15:34
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Deborah Moggach
Better than the movie!
At times I felt it was so different too. I love how it was interpreted, but I do love the flow
of the story more when reading it.
I actually had to forget what I had seen. The characters they chose for the film seemed
quite different than the book. While some I could connect the dots, others it was hard, so I just let it go and read. I'm glad I did too. I found the book so much more rich in Indian culture. It made me want to go and stay at the Marigold Hotel myself, or even the Hotel Balmoral. I just want to be there.
The story, or rather one specific character, is more racist than I remember in the movie.
'Only a different color skin could get his mojo working. Women like these knew how to 
satisfy a man, it was their culture'. Say what?! My mouth hung open for that one. But I'm
glad it didn't put me off or stop me from reading. Those shocking moments, or character 
flaws, kind of make the story more real. It's sad, but there is some really racist people out
All in all, if you haven't seen the films or read the book, I suggest starting with the story.
So good. So very good.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/the-best-exotic-marigold-hotel-by.html
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review 2016-10-21 00:00
Inferno: Robert Langdon Book 4- Film tie-in
Inferno: Robert Langdon Book 4- Film tie... Inferno: Robert Langdon Book 4- Film tie-in - Dan Brown Wow! What a twist in the tale!
Actually, it wasn't - you could see it coming from miles away.
Other than that, a decent chase around Florence as Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital with amnesia to find people trying to track him down.
Helped by a doctor they go from place to place looking for clues to see why he is wanted so badly.

Brown likes chapter breaks to build up the suspense (over 100 in this book), but as the next chapter inevitably just follows on from the previous cliff hanger moment it doesn't really do anything.

Good read for the commute to/from work when you don't want anything too taxing.
There are some good plots within plots, and it's written in a way that keeps you guessing who is involved. May not work so well on a second reading when some of the surprises will lose their impact.
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review 2016-10-09 20:45
Holocaust (RosettaBooks into Film Book 28) - Gerald Green I know that this series was ground breaking in showing the Holocaust in its brutality. Therefore, the book is more important then my review indicates. Reading this book today, I have to wonder, why the women seemed to be blamed for so much in this book. The Nazi is pushed into serving Heydrich by his wife, the Jewish family stays because the wife wants to. When the women are not to blame, they are for the most part weaker than the men - crying and sobbing over the men more than once. I know that the purpose is to show as much as the Holocaust experience as possible, I just wish the female characters had been a bit more varied. The strong women are not given as much space (and one strong woman is blamed for her family staying), and one woman is only mentioned in passing. The book limits the roles of women to supporters of their husbands (and getting raped to save their husbands) to victims of sexual violence. That's it. I wanted more. Still the writing has vigor and is engrossing.
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