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review 2016-12-26 22:41
#CBR8 Book 124: Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame - Mara Wilson

I wasn't initially going to get this book. While I've seen Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, possibly the two films that Mara Wilson is most famous for, I haven't really watched any of the others she was a child star in, nor do I follow her Twitter or writing career as an adult. It just didn't seem like this would be all that interesting to me. Nonetheless, this book got a lot of positive write-ups from people with good taste, including Patrick Rothfuss and Wil Wheaton (himself a child star once upon a time) and several of my Goodreads friends. I do like an entertaining audio book, so I changed my mind and used a credit on it. Now I'm glad I did. 

 

As with a lot of celebrity autobiographies, Ms. Wilson reads the book herself, and she has a very wry and self-deprecating way of telling the stories about herself. As she reveals later in the book that one of the things she does for a living now is storytelling, it should come as no surprise that this is a well-told book. The book is an anthology of observations, many dealing with Ms. Wilson's childhood, not just as a child actress, but also dealing with her anxiety and OCD, the death of her mother and how and why she made the choice to give up acting when she became a teenager. There's an open letter to Matilda, the character she is most famous for, and there are stories about her college years and her writing as an adult. The chapter dealing with her mother's death and how it feels growing up without a mother, even though she seems to have a lovely stepmother; the one where she talks about determining the fairly severe levels of her OCD, not to mention the one where she talks about Robin Williams and learning about his death were probably the ones that affected me the most.

 

The reason this book doesn't quite get one of my highest rating is that it really is quite short. I was surprised at how quickly it was finished, and some of the stories are just not all that interesting and felt a bit like filler. This book was written before Ms. Wilson came out openly as bisexual, and as others have already pointed out in their reviews, I suspect some of the chapters would may have been written a bit differently if this was public knowledge. It's a good book, and Wilson is a witty story teller. While not on the same level as Craig Ferguson's or Amy Poehler's books, it was stil a good read.

 

Judging a book by its cover: It's a fairly simple cover, and shows Mara Wilson as she is probably most well-known and recognised. As a little girl, from her role as Matilda. I suspect most people don't know what Wilson looks like as an adult (I had to do a Google image search), so putting one of her most iconic images on the cover of a book that deals with her life as a child star, and has several chapters dealing with Matilda, it seems like good marketing strategy. I know she says in the book that she hates being called cute, but she really was.

Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/12/cbr8-book-124-where-am-i-now-true.html
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review 2016-07-28 21:58
Star Trek Movie Tie-In (Star Trek: The Original Series) - Alan Dean Foster

So I have been a long time warming up to the reboot, I will be honest. I didn't watch this movie until the second one came out, and I haven't read the novelization until after I saw the third one (in the theatre and in 3-d). Quite frankly, the third movie is the best of the three, but I find this reboot to far superior to say Star Wars Force Awakens.

But about this novelization. It's a good novelization. Foster has little touches that work nicely, and in particular gives Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov more to do (he even, to my mind, improves upon a weak point in the movie). Of course, when takes a step back and starts looking at plot, there are a couple issues - and not just how Kirk is a special snowflake in this movie and book (where he really wasn't in the OST).

Still, a nice enjoyable quick read.

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review 2016-07-21 08:29
The Woman in the Movie Star Dress by Praveen Asthana
The Woman in the Movie Star Dress - Praveen Asthana

The Woman in the Movie Star Dress by Praveen Asthana has an intriguing storyline but needs editing for homonyms and typos. This does not reflect on the writing of this author. The premise is an excellent one: that a person's soul can be imprinted on the fabric of their clothing. Unfortunately the repetitiveness of the words "transference" and "chi" became distracting. Half of the references could have been omitted. I gave this book three stars.

 

Genevieve, the protagonist was born Daisy Bear Nightcloud, but changed her name after what was called "The Incident!" She lives at home with her father, Jimmy an alchoholic and brother, Travis who is mentally unstable and bent on revenge.

 

She works for Annabel at Mel's Hollywood Clothing Store where they sell clothing that had been used in movies. The Store specializes in costumes and clothing worn by movie stars and set extras. She works with Gretchen who entertains her by discussing her sexual escapades as they sell items and gossip. Genevieve has a cavalier attitude about the store inventory and treats it like her personal wardrobe without the knowledge of the owner.

 

She steals her father's peyote to help her feel more confident and to establish a better connection with the stars who wore the clothing.

 

She ends up with three possible men: Cameron Scott, who raped her mother and had just been released from jail; Todd, who she grew up with and finds him a bit boring; or Renzo, the mysterious guy who sells murder memorabilia. I was puzzled why she would consider dating the man that attacked her mother. She is promiscuous in her interactions with strange men she selects at Hollywood parties.

 

I received a complimentary kindle copy from Doublewood Press an Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and NetGalley.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Movie-Star-Dress-ebook/dp/B00R9WTCD8

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review 2016-05-17 00:00
Seduced by a bad boy millionaire movie star
Seduced by a bad boy millionaire movie s... Seduced by a bad boy millionaire movie star - Emme Cross St. Barts is a wonderful series of a Hollywood bad boy finding his home in the arms of a woman who is the antithesis of Hollywood. The series follows the romance and trials of Sunny O'Hara and Sven Larsen that begins on a beautiful tropical island and takes you pretty much all over the world. Readers may feel that Sunny is too good to be true, but her character was quite refreshing and I enjoyed her positivity and optimism. Sven, on the other hand, is the typical Hollywood playboy and several times I wanted to whack him upside the head. But his journey with Sunny leads him to realize the gem he has in his life in the form of Sunny. Together they go through the worst that can possibly happen but also experience the best that love has to offer. The series also aptly displays the evil downside to fame and fortune and to what extent Hollywood players can go to achieve their dreams. But it also explores the depths of family and friendships; how those people in your life make it all worth it.

Each book pulls you in. And not one is without tears but there is an abundance of love and laughter along with thrills, intrigue, and mystery. An all round balanced saga about life and love on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review
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review 2015-09-12 00:00
The Movie Star: A Lesbian Romance
The Movie Star: A Lesbian Romance - Lydi... The Movie Star: A Lesbian Romance - Lydia Rose This feels like an automated novel. I never got to know the characters, but knew the ending way too soon.
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