This post is for all the comic book/Marvel fans. I finished watching all 13 episodes of Netflix’s Marvel adaptation of Jessica Jones aka Alias and enjoyed it. I read part of the original comic book series, Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, in 2011 and loved everything about it: the dialogue, the stories and Jessica Jones herself. I tracked down all the stories I could find in the series. They weren’t all collected in one volume yet. I can’t claim to have finished them all but for the most part, I did enjoy reading about her and her adventures. As a character, she’s a breath of fresh air.
The Unfinished Clue, published in 1934, is my third Georgette Heyer mystery. I enjoyed Envious Casca a lot but didn’t really care for A Blunt Instrument (1938). I agree with everyone else: it’s an overpraised novel. Anyway, Heyer’s mysteries are fun. Her characters are snarky. The best thing about her mysteries are the characters and the interactions between them via the dialogue. Other than that, well, she’s no Agatha Christie.
Heyer wrote country mysteries that feature characters in high social positions. These people are the most disagreeable group ever to assemble. Some of the one liners are wow (see Envious Casca). After reading two of her mysteries, I know the plot by rote. They go something like this: there is an angry tyrant that’s head of the family who disagrees with son/daughter/whomever marriage plans. The head of the family is often killed among a houseful of guests usually during the dinner party over the weekend. Everybody there is a suspect and almost everybody there has a motive. Scotland Yard comes in and unearths the killer and if the author did a good a job then the culprit is usually a surprise. This ending surprised me. Continue reading The Unfinished Clue, By: Georgette Heyer (1934)→
Today is Halloween and it’s raining. Supposed to rain all weekend. The book I wanted to read and post for today isn’t happening. I’ll still read it but will post it later. Meanwhile, TV is one of my biggest distractions of late. I got behind in several series but have caught up and wanted to share my thoughts on them or maybe even discuss if you’ve seen these TV shows or not. These are in no particular order: Continue reading TV Series I Just Finished Watching→
I just wrapped up reading this wonderful story by Shirley Jackson (1916 to 1965), We Have Always Lived In The Castle, published in 1962. The story is short at 126 pages that’s about crime and persecution. The narrative is in first person. I did a little reading up on the author and learned that her best known work is a short story called, The Lottery (1949) and it sounds downright sinister. Shirley Jackson mainly wrote horror stories and she also wrote stories that revolved around psychology and “existential disorientation.” This book reads more like a mystery and gothic tale. Continue reading We Have Always Lived In The Castle, By: Shirley Jackson→
A Case of Need (1968) by Michael Crichton is a fast paced medical mystery that is most assuredly a product of its time. Originally published in 1968 under the pen name of Jeffery Hudson, A Case of Need won the Edgar Award in 1969. I’m not a fan of medical thrillers. In searching for a 1969 book, I ran across this one. I have nothing against medical thrillers but like legal thrillers they are low on the totem pole for reading interests. I guess what makes this book stick out was how quickly the story pulled me in. I read ten chapters straight on a work night and had to force myself to put it down so I could get some sleep. However, my overall rating for this book borders on average because I found the story overly long, full of info dumps and predictable. Continue reading A Case of Need by Michael Crichton (1968)→
Hope you all are enjoying your Saturday. I just watched a movie that is still on my mind from last night. Still Alice (2014) was on one of the premium channels last night, Starz, I believe. I knew what the movie was about – Alzheimer’s Disease, but didn’t have any interest in watching it. I figured it would be depressing as heck. However, one scene caught my attention – where Alice is getting ready to run with her husband and has to use the restroom and forgets where it is in her house. That’s when I went back to watch it from the beginning.
This movie was positively received by critics. Julianne Moore, who plays the title role of the renowned college professor of linguistics at Columbia, Alice Howland, develops early onset of familial Alzheimer’s Disease at age 50. Julianne Moore won the Academy Award best actress for this role and she earned it. Alec Baldwin plays her supportive husband, John and Kristin Stewart plays her youngest, rebellious daughter Lydia, an actress of course, who her mother is always trying to get to go to college and forget about all this acting stuff. Note: There are other actors listed but those are three I recognized.
The movie does have a depressive feel to it in giving viewers a stark, brief look at what someone goes through when diagnosed with this devastating disease. Imagine doing a routine lecture and you awkwardly forget your next word and blame it on the champagne from last night and the situation get worse everyday to the point that you have to see a neurologist. Continue reading Movie: Still Alice→