[Netflix] Movie Review – Gothika

“A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.”

I really don’t know why I don’t have this movie on DVD. Every time I find it on TV or Netflix I watch it. It has slowly become a favorite movie of mine. It stars Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., and Penelope Cruz.

I love how everything starts out seemingly normal, well normal for a mental asylum? I’m not sure what the PC nomenclature for such places are at the moment. It’s a home for the criminally insane. There that’s what it is. Anyway.

I love how it starts normal, goes completely insane(!), and then finally the end brings a sense of “everything happens for a reason”.

It’s a creepy, dark movie, and I happen to love creepy, dark movies.

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Full Dark, No StarsFull Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stephen King is firmly lodged in the section marked “Sarah’s All Time Favorite Authors”, but what lured me to this short story collection was the fact that two of the short stories have been made into Netflix Originals; 1922 and Good Marriage.

I will also admit to watching 1922 before reading 1922. And…the movie follows the book closely. Like, really closely. I can’t think of anything that wasn’t in the book that isn’t in the movie (did that make sense?).

The other short stories are easily just as good even if they weren’t made into Netflix Originals (thought they probably could be). I related to “Big Driver”, as I try my hand at writing every now and again and have cats myself. Fair Extension is an interesting read, and I’m slapping myself for missing Good Marriage while it was on Netflix. I think I would have enjoyed it too.

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Natural Causes by James Oswald

Natural Causes (Inspector McLean, #1)Natural Causes by James Oswald

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a crime ebook from an author I’ve never read before, though I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There is a lot going on with this one. It’s a police crime novel, but our main character police man isn’t just working one case, he has three(?) at least.

I like that idea, it kept the plot moving, it kept our main character moving, and kept the reading interesting. There’s no real inkling of how it’s going to end, and I liked that too. This is a series, and I haven’t looked at the next book, but I’m left wondering how the series continues on from here.

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Cursed by J. A. Cipriano

Cursed (The Thrice Cursed Mage, #1)Cursed by J.A. Cipriano

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t know anything about mages with this book, as there weren’t any in it. There were werewolves, Frankenstein, demons, vampires, and druids though.

Allow me to be a little self-promoting here… but this starts out a lot like my book After Life. A guy wakes up without his memory in an alley… yeah exactly the same. There are a few details though, like this guy is in a dumpster.

Anyway, he meets all sorts of other people/things and while relatively short (I’m into short ebooks this year it seems) it was a good story. A good supernatural story, something I haven’t read in awhile it seems.

It is a continuing series, and I am tempted to see how it plays out.

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Meet Me at the Library

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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?

 

Keep reading little book worms!

From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

From a Buick 8From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been ages since I’ve read a Stephen King book, and I don’t know why that is because I count Stephen King as one of my favorite authors. I rectified that by reading this book. I’m not much of a car person, though I do know a few bits and pieces, but this book doesn’t really get into the mechanics of a car.

If you couldn’t tell, the title gives the plot away. It’s all about a car, a Buick 8-cylinder Roadmaster, though it’s not an ordinary car, not with Stephen King. It’s a guys book, because it’s a car, and it’s the ’70s. But, it’s still a very good read, and there are a couple of females that comment on it. But the main narrator is a guy.

They story of the Buick is told in flashbacks, how the policemen of Troop D found it, what happened over the years, and then what happened just now, and then a bit later. This book has a long timeline, almost a good 4o years worth.

It’s not scary like Cujo, where there is an actual “monster” to contend with, this is much more subtle. Even so, with most Stephen King books there is an element of “this could happen to you” and that is present here, but it takes a little more believing. If you like Stephen King, if you like cars, if you like a good horror story, see if you can find this one.

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1st To Die by James Patterson

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)1st to Die by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like James Patterson, I’ve read a few of his books now like Alex Cross’ Trial earlier this year, but this is a new series for me and I’m happy to have found the first one in this series. I found it at a thrift store, which is possibly the best place to find older books.

Anyway, it’s about a lady detective, which I like because it is usually men who are the main characters in these kinds of books, but that is getting better too. The Woman’s Murder Club comes together rather smoothly, it wasn’t forced, which I also liked.

And the plot was superb! Loved the twist at the end, though if I had paid a little closer attention to a certain character’s character I would maybe have an inkling that something wasn’t quite right either. A very good murder mystery, I hope the rest of this series is just as good as I will be trying to find the next one: 2nd Chance.

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