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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having never read Hemingway before I can now understand his presence as one of more classical and popular authors whose works stand the test of time.
The Old Man and the Sea is one of the more well known of his works, while relatively short, and few on characters (most of them being sea dwelling creatures) it tells a remarkable story of life and the challenges we face, and the not so overwhelming outcomes of our choices.
There’s not much left to spoil as anyone who is literary minded will have at least heard of this tale or the author, so without further ado… Santiago is an old fisherman who is down on his luck and hasn’t caught anything for ~85 days, his record is 87 days. Manolin is a young boy, his friend, but his parents believe Santiago to be unlucky and make him sail with another boat.
Santiago sails out farther the next day, snags a huge marlin, and fights with the fish for two days and one night, before returning home again to a very worried Manolin. The way Hemingway tells this simple tale makes it all that more interesting and more like a folktale. I liked it, and want to read more of his writings.
I’ve been to the library again. I broke out of my mold and picked up three books (which I shouldn’t have done because I was late returning them!). I picked up the next James Patterson book in the series I’m reading. I picked up a book from my favorite romance author, and a classic book I’ve never read.
The 3rd Degree by James Patterson
The Women’s Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies…and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?
Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
The reigning queen of historical romance, Kathleen offers her loyal audience an engrossing, medieval love story that is sure to delight them. Abrielle, a stunningly beautiful young lady dreads the marriage her stepfather has arranged. Desmond is an oafish, grotesque, yet wealthy squire and her greedy stepfather can’t see past his wealth. Luckily, a mysterious and handsome Scotsman, Raven, arrives. Abrielle and Raven sense an instant connection. Her beauty and intelligence and his dashing good looks and gentle demeanor complement each other. In an attempt to save the women he loves, Raven approaches Abrielle’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. He is rejected. Will their love prevail?
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.
Have you been to your local library lately? What are you currently reading?