The 6th Target by James Patterson

The 6th Target (Women's Murder Club, #6)The 6th Target by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As the sixth book in this The Women’s Murder Club series, I’m beginning to see a bit of a pattern, but the plots are different enough to keep the book moving and not boring. I could have read this book in a day should I have wanted to. It kept my attention.

I don’t like that every other book or so one of the women gets shot/injured to the point where one has died and the others were in the hospital. I get that injuring your main characters makes for more dramatic plot points, but as this is a very long running series for Patterson, let’s cool it just a bit please?

On the other hand, I did enjoy the trials presented, Yuki’s character development, and Claire’s character development. What I didn’t like? Lindsay is suffering from hot woman syndrome “everybody wants me”. Yuck. Let’s cool that a bit too (and maybe it will happen in the next book!). The story left a bit of a cliff hanger, which isn’t an integral part of the book plot, but could affect the series as a whole. Interesting.

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Pearl in the Mist by V.C. Andrews

Pearl in the MistPearl in the Mist by V.C. Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read the first book in this series, plus Flowers in the Attic, I really should have seen what was coming in this book. It was even foreshadowed, but I didn’t and that is actually a good thing because it meant this book is well written.

So for some context, there was an event I DID see coming, V.C. Andrews is a master at creating drama and I knew something had to happen, which it did. This was also foreshadowed but I picked up on this one.

The other event, which is actually a series of events due to cause and effect, I didn’t see coming, though I can see where it might be going in the next book. I’ll give a little bit of a hint, not a spoiler per say (I dislike spoilers), but given that V.C. Andrews’ books all deal with generational controversy and drama (really wish I had another word for that) I completely and utterly missed it and I feel a bit of an idiot for it (I’m laughing at myself now, it’s ok).

I already have the rest of the series, am interested to see where it goes as there are three more books, and I have some idea on the next book, but the other two I haven’t a clue (though I could throw out some random guesses as many of Andrews’ books deal with incest).

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Apollo 13

Apollo 13 is an older movie now on Netflix, I’ve seen it before and still enjoy watching it. It’s a piece of history brought to light through the movie industry. Staring Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxon, and Ed Harris.

Its the story after the moon landing, how Apollo 13 almost landed on the moon, and the race to get the three astronauts home safely. It’s a space survival story that isn’t science fiction, it actually happened.

I’m no stranger to Tom Hanks’ survival movies (I have Castaway on VHS!) and I’ve enjoyed them immensely every time I re-watch them. Apollo 13 is no exception, each time I get to relive the suspense of whether or not the astronauts will get home.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – The Lovely Bones

Even though this is my third time watching this movie, I only just found out that it’s based on a book by Alice Sebold of the same name. From what I gather, the movie is a severely condense version of the book (which I have not read).

Staring Saoirse Ronan, Stanely Tucci, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, and Susan Sarandon, this is a not-so-creepy ghost story. Susie (Ronan) is murdered pretty much at the beginning of the movie, there is a little build up to it, but it’s obvious that’s what’s happening.

As the “watcher” we have omnipotence and know all. We know who murdered her (Tucci). We know what the police are doing. We know what Mom (Weisz), Dad (Wahlberg), and Grandma (Sarandon) are doing. We even know what Susie is doing.

It’s interesting to see how everyone copes with the murder, including the murderer and Susie (even though she’s now deceased). I do enjoy the ending, it is beautifully done, I think it’s my favorite part, and the movie builds up to it in a unique way.

 

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Ruby by V. C. Andrews

Ruby (Landry, #1)Ruby by V.C. Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I want to say that I’ve read this book before, or started reading and not finished. If you’ve never read V.C. Andrews, they all sort of follow a theme (at least the ones I have read ie Flowers in the Attic), which is family secrets and drama.

Ruby has a bit of family drama, but it doesn’t completely unfold until the end of the book. She’s a little girl growing up in the bayou with her Grandma. Her mother is deceased, father unknown, and Grandfather is estranged. By the end of the book she has found out her family secrets (more siblings) the reasons her Grandma kicked her Grandpa out, and who her father is.

Its dated in the past, so she couldn’t just take a DNA test and find out everything, and it’s set in the backwoods of Louisiana, so they’re a bit behind even further (no phones). It takes her awhile to acclimate to her new situation, but there is a bit of a happy ending (as much as there can be).

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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.