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video 2018-04-10 17:08

Who read these books? Or at least the first book? Meg by Steve Alten.

 

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To someone who is unaware of the source for this movie, it might come across as cheesy or a Jaws copycat, because I mean, it is based on a killer shark. I'm sure the author was inspired by Jaws, or maybe not, who knows. It's not a complete copy and the story is its own. We're all inspired by things.

 

Heck, the movie and books might be cheesy! Who cares? There is nothing wrong with a good cheesy book or movie. In fact, I really love old cheesy books and movies I used to consume from the 80s, 90s & early 00s. (I will even read current published books others might consider cheesy if I'm in that sort of mood.)

 

When I read Meg, I had no idea it was part of a series. There might have only been the one book when I read it. This was back in 2000, give or take a year. Meg was published in 1997. So I was around 14-17 when I read it. All I remember is that I liked the book and that it is about a shark.

 

The author went back and updated the first book, adding content and taking away content so that the story would flow better with the prologue and the rest of the series. I think new facts might have come to light, so he changed things in his books.

 

You know what this means, right? I have to go back and reread the updated version of Meg and the rest of the series before the movie comes out! (At the very least read the first couple books.)

 

The movie has been in the works since 1997, and hopefully the release date of August 10th 2018 sticks.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-12 22:44
Jaws by Peter Benchley
Jaws - Peter Benchley

**There is one spoiler below regarding a character death. It is marked with a spoiler tag**

 

There were a few things that I found highly unnecessary. I know this is written in a time period much different from today, but some of the outdated stuff in this did bother me a little bit.

Also the thing between two characters (you know what I mean) made me think "what was the point?" It just felt out of nowhere and what kind of people do things like that? Maybe I'm just too innocent in my thinking that most people are good deep down. However for these two characters, I did not like them at all.

The whole thing with Larry and his partners also made me go back and forth between if I liked him or not, but in the end, I just felt sorry for him, though I can't say I like him. Sure it was a crappy move what his so called partners made him do, but I don't know... I think I feel more for his poor wife.

Also the scene with the mother really broke me. In that moment, I did feel a little bad for Brody, he was trying to do the right thing from the start and the woman was in too much shock to even want to listen. I completely understand why though. 

She just lost her little boy and was in shock!

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Some people say it is dry and boring or so I've been told, but I wouldn't say that at all. I did like the book a whole lot and I think I would have loved it even more had a couple things been changed. Like the whole thing I mentioned above and some random characters/scenes that had no point to the plot.

 

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text 2017-11-09 03:47
Annotating Books & Jaws by Peter Benchley
Jaws - Peter Benchley

I've started to annotate my second book. Is it telling that this book was also written in 1974 like "Let's Play At The Adams" and I'm already have some issues with it? The book I am reading is Jaws by Peter Benchley. The only difference is though some things are angering me, I am enjoying the book.

 

***Spoilers for some cases of racism and homophobia in the book***

 

There was talk about something happening in the 50s, 60 and 70s. I can only assume the current story takes place in the 70s, but it reads earlier than that or am I just really "white privileged" because this book has brought up race several time in 77 pages. Like why bring race into it?

 

I know, because of the times this is set in this is how the people think of "the blacks" That is how they are referred as and of course they do the jobs of gardening, bartending, butlers, and maids. Also there was a black man who raped 7 rich white ladies, but when they put it in the paper, they would only say molested to save face for the small little town, and the women would never testify against the man out of shame? Shame in general or because he was black? (This wasn't in detail, just a case the cop remembered)

 

Also there was a homosexual slur on page 11, using the F word, which I hate. You know the one I mean. See, I know the author is trying to stay true to the time, but it still bothers me and I have to wonder if he goes around using the F word and calling black people "the blacks". Other than these things, I am enjoying annotating the book. So far the first movie is true to the book (minus all the racism ..etc)

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text 2017-10-06 17:25
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist - details, details
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist: (and Other Things Not to Do) - Judi Barrett,John Nickle

I came across this just now, and the cover image bothers me. Are there any sharks in existence that only have one row of teeth?

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review 2017-09-05 12:26
Wish by Joseph Monninger
Wish - Joseph Monninger

I would like to point out that I got this book on a whim because it cost .79 cents used. I am so glad I got it.

 

This book was fast paced. I did like it, though the mother annoyed me. I get why she is that way, but still!

They are on vacation for their son's wish (similar to the make a wish foundation for cancer patients. He has cystic fibrosis) and the mother is flirting around and leaving them alone to go on dates. That just seemed unusual and cruel to the kids.

I know she is craving attention from men, but the book made it sound like she was always doing things like that. A vacation should be family time, but that is my personal opinion. Making friends are fine and dandy, but don't go off leaving your kids alone all night, leaving them to wonder where they heck you are and if you're coming back.

I can understand why the kids did what they did; the mom had every right to be worried..etc, but to me it seemed like they were copying something she often did. They had no idea when she would be back and a limited time to do things. I probably would have left, too and had a mini adventure.

I do think the sister should have put her foot down about letting her brother surf. I know it was a once in a lifetime thing for him, but he really could have died. I might have let my heart win too and let him surf as well, but if I am ever faced with a similar situation, I hope I am thinking rationally. However, I can understand the brothers feelings of wanting something so bad, but your body not able to do or enjoy it.

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There are some moments that made me tear up. I love when books can give me strong emotional feelings and this one delivered.

 

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