Journey to the Center of the Earth

March 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm (Uncategorized)

This summer the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth came out. It made me realize I had never read this classic. Some of my favorite books are classics for example Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice or her littler known Persuasion. I enjoy adventure novels and so I thought I would read Jules Verne’s novel which the movie is based off of.

The book was extremely hard to get into. The main characters live in Germany, and one happens to be a professor and thus there are many German words and scientific information at the beginning of the book that makes it hard to follow at first. It took an extremely long time before the characters even made it into the cave through which they would journey to the center of the earth. The book eventually became interesting but I had lost interest long before and so I had just wanted to finish the book.

I would only recommend this if you have time and you can handle the long introduction to the adventure. I know it is  classic but perhaps I was spoiled by the movie, which I watched halfway through finishing the book because I was so frustrated with the slow pace.

 

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Everyone Worth Knowing

March 17, 2009 at 4:39 pm (Uncategorized)

Everyone Worth Knowing from the same author as The Devil Wears Prada follows a young graduate Bette, after she quits her comfortable but hated job at an investment bank and gets a job at a PR agency. Soon, Bette becomes the object of attention for all media outlets when she appears to be dating the catch of the New York scene wealthy Phillip Weston. All Bette’s job seems to be is planning and attending parties and eating at the hippest restaurants, her job is to be seen. A gossip columnist even starts to dish on Bette’s life. This book, is funny and cute like Prada, but shows a completely different idea of PR then we have been taught, and I don’t think any of our jobs will turn out to be like Bette’s.  

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Map of Bones

March 17, 2009 at 1:22 am (Uncategorized)

Many compare Map of Bones by James Rollins to the Da Vinci Code. There are similarities, however, there are also some large differences. When there is a mass murder in a Catholic Cathedral in Germany the Vatican calls in SIGMA an elite operative force from the states. What ensues is a chase around Europe to uncover the stolen sacred remains of the magi (otherwise known as the three wisemen) and solve an ancient societies biggest secret.  I know this sounds similar to the Da Vinci Code, however this is where the similarities end. The novel is packed with action and science.

Map of Bones Cover

Non–stop gunfire and bombing are continuous while the Sigma team attempts to stop the Guild from uncovering the secret societies’ hidden knowledge. If you enjoy action and mystery mixed with a bit of history then you would enjoy this book.

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Secret Diary

March 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm (Uncategorized)

Belle de Jour The intimate adventures of a London Call Girl another book based on a blog, this time however on Belle de Jour a university grad in her late twenties who fed up with job searching and finding nothing decides to become a call girl. The book follows Belle’s tricky life maneuvering between her secret life as “Belle” and keeping her job a secret from her family and friends except for “N” her one time boyfriend and now best friend. Belle loves sex and so she sees this as the perfect job for herself. 

There are some more explicit areas in the book describing what some of Belle’s clients pay her to do, and some areas which seem almost boring where Belle discusses her relationship issues with “the boy” her boyfriend who thinks she works as a night legal secretary. The book is compelling because you begin to think that someone you know could be a call girl with the normal life Belle lives outside of her work.

There is also a British show, now in its second season, based off of Belle’s blog titled Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Look into either, the book or show they are both good.

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Dear Fatty

February 24, 2009 at 12:24 am (Uncategorized)

Dear Fatty is a biography of Dawn French from the British comedy duo of French and Saunders, the writers of Absolutely Fabulous, and the main character from The Vicar of Dibley.  French writes her own biography in a series of letters to people who have had an impact on her life, reminiscing certain events and embarrassments. The book is specifically dedicated to her father who passed away when she was 19 and who has not been there to see her success, and so it is as though she is filling him in. This especially resonated with me as I lost my father last year and have been thinking about all those things in my life which he will miss. So I enjoyed reading how French has dealt with these instances.

The book tells of various aspects of French’s life from her childhood in army bases and meeting the Queen Mother, to her first stand-up gig, mixed with childhood letters to David Cassidy professing her love, and letters to Madonna inviting her to be on her multiple show’s and threatening to make fun of her if she does not appear (which has happened in many of French’s different shows). The book is funny and light-hearted.

Some readers will find French’s writing difficult to read for she writes as she speaks with run on sentences and random thoughts interspersed. However, if you like French as an actor you will like the book because it has her comedy throughout. Even, if you don’t read her book I would recommend checking out some of her T.V. shows.

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Cross

February 18, 2009 at 12:27 am (Uncategorized)

Cross by James Patterson was an interesting book. The book’s main character Detective Alex Cross comes up against the man who killed his wife. The game of cat and mouse that ensues is interesting but at times frustrating. In order to enjoy this book I would recommend having read other books in this series first, which I had not. It would help to have previous knowledge of the Cross character and his demons to understand this pinnacle book in the series.

At time the book can also be confusing because it changes the perspectives that the reader is reading from switching back and forth from Cross to Michael Sullivan “the butcher of Sligo”, the murderer of Cross’s wife.

The book was suspenseful, and the murderer’s mindset was fascinating; however I would not recommend this book unless you had read others from the series.

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I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

February 10, 2009 at 6:18 pm (Uncategorized)

This week I read “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” a book created from a collection of blogs written by Tucker Max. The book was hilarious. The debauchery that Max and his friends get themselves into is insane and unbelievable at times. Max graduated from Duke Law school but during his time there created a blog about his random and unbelievable nights out. The situations that Max and his friends get into are at times both hilarious and disgusting such as one night where he dances and falls in love with the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and his friends tell him the following morning that he was dancing in front of a mirror for at least an hour the night before. Or another time when he ends up wetting the bed because he was so drunk and then blames it on the girl he went home with. Max and his friends have a scale they rate women’s looks on starting at the lowest of the low the 0 star Wildebeast going to the 5 star Super Hottie, but noting that personality does not effect the scale but sexual drive can raise a girl half a point higher on the scale. There is also his drunkenness scale starting at buzzed to Tucker Max Drunk where anything can and will happen. Although, I laugh at Max’s stories I don’t think I would ever want to run into him at a bar in fear of meeting Max “Tucker Max Drunk” where at times he will verbally tear people apart for no reason except for entertainment value.  The book was hysterical but definitely had a gross-out factor so be prepared…   

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Books

February 3, 2009 at 6:56 pm (Uncategorized)

I am an avid reader. I constantly read to escape the doldrums of living in a small town. I read everything from classics, to mystery, to biographies, if its interests me I will read it. So over the next few weeks I am going to talk about the books I read. Recommendations are welcome.
The last book or series I 

truebloodread was Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. I learned of this series from the new T.V. show True Blood which is based on the books. The book follows Sookie Stackhouse in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Vampires have recently come out and told the world that they are not mythical creatures. The book and series follows Sookie a telepath through mishaps and adventures while learning that vampires are not the only mythical creatures that exist.

Some might think this series as similar to the Twilight series, and yes there are some similarities but Dead Until Dark is for a more mature audience and includes a lot more action. The stories are not centered on the relationship of the main character Sookie rather on her abilities as a telepath and the dilemmas she gets into because of them.
I’ll admit when I first stated reading the book I didn’t actually enjoy it as much as I thought I would because I constantly was comparing it to the T.V. series; and there were significant differences. Eventually, I did get into the book and thus asked for the rest of the seven books in the series for Christmas. I started the second book on Christmas day and finished on Boxing day. The rest of the books were the same way, my sisters kept yelling at me to put the books down, I didn’t. I finished the series over the holiday break. Because, I had nothing to compare the rest of the series with I was enthralled. I really enjoyed the books and I have recommended them to many, although I constantly meet hesitation because they are science fiction.

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