Blog Alert: Domain Name Change

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Dear friends and fellow bloggers, my domain name will change after 6/18/16. That means that avidmysteryreader.com domain name will no longer belong to me. I asked WordPress forum moderators/happiness engineers what would happen when I let it expire and someone responded saying readers wouldn’t see my blog anymore. My  domain name after 6/18/16 will be avidmysteryreader.wordpress.com. So if you still want to read my blog (and thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who do!), you may have to update your feeds or bookmarks at that time. I think if you already follow me on WordPress.com that shouldn’t change anything. I think. We’ll see.

 

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Why Do I Keep Changing My WordPress Theme?

WordPress Logo (Officially)

WordPress Logo (Officially)

WHY DO I KEEP CHANGING MY THEME: Simple answer (to those who actually visit the blog) – I’m never satisfied with the look and I like to change it up. That’s it! However, the one I keep coming back to even though it has its drawbacks is the Twenty Ten theme. So if you wonder why one day it’s this theme and you come back later and it’s another theme, well, that’s why (see above). I really must stop and pick one. Right now I really like Twenty-Eleven but that can change at anytime.

To those baffled by these types of unfiltered posts, I actually have these thoughts running in my brain and I shouldn’t always share them publicly but it’s fun for me and bad news, it’s an added new feature. But please skip over them if these posts drive you crazy or don’t make any sense. No hard feelings and all of that.

However, I promise I am reading a real book and I plan to get back to reading my classic mysteries. I’ve been in the middle of Have His Carcase  (Lord Peter Wimsey) by Dorothy L. Sayers since the beginning of the year. Not a bad book but it’s a bit uh long-winded. If you made it down this far, what are you reading?

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Spoiler Policy: Is it Good to Have One?

oopsSPOILER POLICY: Actually, I don’t have one.  Maybe I should do one. You see, I don’t find spoilers a problem. Instead of ruining anything, spoilers actually increase my anticipation for whatever it is. Honestly, who writes anything without spoilers? Personally, I haven’t seen it. I know some people claim to not write spoilers but labeling something a spoiler is very subjective and how would you know that you’re not spoiling it for someone else? Even with the little info that’s provided, it can still be a spoiler for someone out there. Some readers find blurbs problematic or plot summaries. I don’t disagree  with them either but if you’re online there’s no way to avoid them.

In my 5+ years of blogging, I’ve received one email or comment complaint about spoilers. That doesn’t mean that others don’t feel the same way but why read reviews if you’re not wanting to be spoiled a little?  I’m sure you can write reviews without spoilers but I find such reviews not really helpful to me. Sometimes I need a little more info to help me in my decision-making process. But the bottom line is that I’m not out to ruin your reading experience. But this is not a spoiler-free zone either. Sorry.

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Book Review: The Night Manager, by John le Carré

David Cornwell aka John le Carré can spin a good tale of espionage. I loved The Spy Who Came In From the Cold. The Night Manager is a different type of reading experience. It’s my second book by him. AMC adaptation of the book made me want to read it. I finished it today and it wasn’t with any great joy. I consider the book an uneven read. There were parts of it that were engrossing and other parts that made me frown. The ending is ambiguous. Supposedly that’s his trademark. Continue reading

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Film: Blood Simple (1984)

Blood Simple is a 1984 movie written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen who are professionally known as the Coen Brothers. Blood Simple is categorized as noir and takes its title from a line used in a Dashiell Hammett novel, Red Harvest. The Continental Op says in the book: “This damned burg’s getting me. If I don’t get away soon I’ll be going blood-simple like the natives.” That line is supposed to describe a person’s mindset when confronted with a series of violent situations. This was their first movie.

Frances McDormand plays Abby, a woman cheating on her husband, Marty (Dan Hedaya). Her husband suspects her of cheating on him and for quite sometime. So, he hires this sleazy investigator to catch the couple in the act. M. Emmett Walsh plays the detective – Loren Visser, who catches Abby and her lover, Ray in a hotel and takes photo’s of them and gives them to Marty. Continue reading

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AMC’s The Night Manager

OKAY SO I LIED ABOUT NOT POSTING ANYMORE THIS MONTH but I am watching AMC’s THE NIGHT MANAGER (2016-) which premiered in the US on April 19th. I feel like sharing my thoughts on the series as I read the book with no spoilers. Eventually there might be spoilers if I continue to post as the series goes along but you’ll be warned ahead of time. Also, if you’re interested in discussing the book or the series you are welcome to comment. If you’re reading the book or watching the series, let me know.  Continue reading

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