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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
there.
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
Important
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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review 2016-05-04 21:35
Men. Am I right or am I right.
X-Files: Trust No One - Keith R.A. DeCandido,Brian Keene,Heather Graham,Max Allan Collins,Gini Koch,Peter Clines,Tim Lebbon,Gayle Lynds,Jonathan Maberry,Kevin J. Anderson

Random thoughts I had while listening to this book:

 

 

1. I like her voice. Not so much his.

 

2. When was this story set again? I don't remember smart phones in the 1990's. Oh, it's contemporary...

 

3. That was it?

 

4. You know what, dear author, some of us watched the show because of Scully. Some of us tolerated Mulder because she tolerated him.

 

5. I have no memory of what happened half an hour ago, which is to say I've forgotten how this story started.

 

6. Audible Sales are dangerous.

 

7. I can't remember Scully being this...passive-irrelevant-helpless in the show. Either my memory is playing tricks on me or Man, they really don't know how to write women.

 

8. HA! Of course I already hate one of the two women authors in this anthology. *sobs*

 

9. Holy fucking Islamphobic implosion! There wasn't any need for that shit here.

 

10. Man, they really don't know how to write a woman.

 

11. This first person voice story from Scully's point of view was, naturally, written by a man.

 

12. I started out resenting the male narrator but he's doing his part carrying me through to the end of this book.

 

13. Is this a man's idea of ending the anthology on a romantic titillating note?

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text 2016-05-03 13:12
King of the Watery Deep by Timothy Deal
X-Files: Trust No One - Keith R.A. DeCandido,Brian Keene,Heather Graham,Max Allan Collins,Gini Koch,Peter Clines,Tim Lebbon,Gayle Lynds,Jonathan Maberry,Kevin J. Anderson

How about FUCK NO.

 

 

I'm done with anthologies. Done I say.

 

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