House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House RulesHouse Rules by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having never read Jodi Picoult, but having seen ‘Mys Sister’s Keeper’ in theater as my only basis, and then informed that I need to read that book… I read this book. It was going around my work place and offered to me to read.

My co-worker that started this book through the work place reads quite a bit of Jodi Picoult and the co-worker I got the book from afterwards does too, and told me that Picoult writes about controversial topics, and from watching the movie and reading this book I have to agree.

It’s not the center of the plot, but whether or not to vaccinate your child does come in discussion. I also like how the book is written from each person’s point of view and changes throughout the story. Jacob has Aperger’s and really loves criminal forensics, this of course gets him into trouble, leading to a court trial, and lots of information on how Jacob’s diagnosis is important to the case.

I was mad at the ending(?), because it ended, but it wasn’t really an ending. But, having said that, books that elicit strong emotions from me, are often the best kinds of books.

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[DVD] Movie Review -The Man in the Iron Mask

First, I would like to point out that this is the very first DVD I’ve ever purchased for myself, and probably the first I ever owned. And, after a bit of research, it is based on a story by Alexandre Dumas (wiki). There are also quite a few well known actors here, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich, even a young Hugh Laurie makes an appearance.

With that said, and my personal bias explained, let’s get to the movie. This movie takes place after the events of the The Three Musketeers story line. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis have all retired and D’Artagnon is now guarding the king. Well, the king isn’t really reigning all that well, and starts courting the wrong woman. There really is more to this plot, but it’s so complicated and involved that I could hardly do it justice.

Anyway, the man in the iron mask is the key to France’s salvation, and Aramis works to this end, an end to the tyranny of the king. Now, this does not follow the exact plot of Dumas’ work, as some of the characters do not appear in the movie, and not everyone dies at the end.

Obviously, I like this movie. I like the very full plot, but it’s still easy to follow, and continues the adventures of The Three Musketeers.

[Theater] Movie Review – The Mule

The Mule is Clint Eastwood’s most recent movie as of this review. Clint has been a staple in my parent’s household since his days of westerns and no name cowboys. So it wasn’t that far a stretch to go see this movie in theaters.

It was a full theater when I went so I had to sit right up front and all the way to the right. I found a comfortable position and watched. Clint’s dry humor shines throughout the movie, and gives into elderly humor, including a Ben Gay gag, some unknowing use of somewhat racist terminology that turned into a learning experience, and lots of cellphone education.

The storyline is a sad one, so the ending isn’t exactly redeeming, but it fits with the storyline so I was happy with it. I don’t know if it’s worthy of buying the DVD, but I’m sure I’ll be getting it to add to my parent’s Clint Eastwood collection, it’ll sit next to Gran Torino.

The Mating by Nicky Charles

The Mating  (Law of the Lycans, #1)The Mating by Nicky Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I’ve mentioned it before, that if I really fall into a book, it doesn’t take me long to read it, no matter how long it happens to be. I’ve had this little Smashwords book in my library for quite some time before finally reading it.

If it’s not apparent, this is a book about werewolves. The plot is fairly typical, in fact I could see what was coming long before the book even hinted that it was coming. In spite of that, I still enjoyed it, and even anticiapted how the characters would react.

It’s a supernatural romance that starts off a whole series of supernatural romances (I haven’t read the sequels…yet). I’m not currently in the market to buy more books, but I would definitely put the next book in this series on my “to buy” list.

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Imortal War by Justin Somper

Immortal War (Vampirates, #6)Immortal War by Justin Somper

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I saw a title like Vampirates, I really wasn’t sure what I was getting in a book from Dollar Tree. I thought to myself, this could be decent, or extremely cheesey. It wasn’t either, it was actually pretty good once I got into it.

It’s the sixth book in a series, and while I think I would have benefited from reading a previous novel in this series, I wasn’t completely out of the loop with the plot. It’s set in a world of ocean going pirates, nocturnals (vampires), and vampirates (vampire pirates). Once I had it figured out who was who, the plot became much more interesting.

It was much more sophisticated than just vampires riding the oceans in search of their next meal, it was vampires riding the oceans to control the oceans and secure the future of their kind. Toss in a 500 year old prophecy, two sets of twins, and romantic rivalries and this book is far from cheesey.

Even though it seems I read the last book first, it would be interesting to read previous books in this series to see how it all led up to this book.

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Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken

Last Dragon Standing (Dragon Kin, #4)Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a very involved book. For one, it was hard to decipher if the dragons were in their dragon forms or in their human forms unless you read through the subtle clues given while reading. That made things a little difficult when attempting to sort out whatever the situation was in my head.

Apart from that little quirk, this was a politically based book, feuding royals, long grudges, coming of age dragons, centaurs, actual humans, witches, and many other unique things kept the plot moving. Though the book makes it seem like it’s only a fantasy romance, it is much more than that. In fact, the majority of the book revolves around the Kyvich, a faction of witches coming down from the north.

This is also part of a series, the fourth book and I haven’t read the first three. Now I like series where the books can stand alone, apart from the series, where each book builds on the other, but you can jump in with any book and know what’s going on. This book does this, so in all, I liked it.

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No Way Out by Christine Kersey

No Way OutNo Way Out by Christine Kersey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m guessing this is what’s called a “Cozy Mystery”. The main character is a woman, there is no blood, guts, murder, or violence to speak of either. What happens is her husband disappears, then there are rumors he’s done something illegal, which stretches the boundaries of their marriage.

The pacing is alright, the characters are believable, I’m just not sure I’m a fan of this genre? I’ve honestly not read a cozy mystery either in a long while or ever, so I’ve no frame of reference for this. Also, it plays off as a crime/mystery novel which more reminds of something that James Patterson would write, but this isn’t that.

It’s not terrible, it’s just not my cup of tea.

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