Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Blue Bicycle

I have had this book for over a year, I had gotten it since I had heard that it was basically a rewrite of Gone With the Wind, the author was sued by the estate of Margaret Mitchell and lost, but won her appeal.  It was claimed that after the first 100 pages things went into a different direction, while that it true, remembering the beginning I still found it very similar to the basics plot.  I did enjoy reading it and I'm glad that I got the other two books to find out what happens next, I didn't love it.  I would much rather read Gone With the Wind again.  About this book, and here is a spoiler.....Lea (Scarlett) doesn't just kiss Laurent (Ashley) but sleeps with him.  There is a lot of sex in this book, after reading this I think I actually like Ashley a lot more than I did previously, the Melanie character is Camille and I found her so irrataing.  I do like that the sisters get along better than they do in Gone With the Wind.  Francois is Rhett, and to me doesn't have the appeal that Rhett does, but he's more like able than Laurent is.

Would I recommend this?  I think I might only to see what others think about how close the book follows Gone With the Wind.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


It's been years since I've read a Roald Dahl book, I don't remember how old I was when I read this one, but besides Matilda this one has always been one of my favorites.  The category for this selection was a banned or challenged book.  I read that it was banned/challenged because:
  • Too mature for the intended audience
  • Teaches poor moral values
  • Cannibalism
I found the book delightful.  I don't think that it teaches poor moral values at all, I can understand the Cannibalism, but honestly it's giants, not Hannibal Lecter.  I suppose Hansel and Gretel is challenged as well for these reasons. 

It was a quick read and I think that I'll have to go out and buy Matilda soon.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice

This was the cutest book, it made me want to have a Guinea Pig again so that I could dress them up and have them play out a story of their own.

Lost Laysen

So on one of out many trips to bookstores I happened upon a copy of the only other published work by Margaret Mitchell.  The book included a bit about Margaret Mitchell and how this novella came to be.  It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it, there were some similarities in these characters and ones that would be in Gone With the Wind.  I think the one thing that I got out of this the most was that it's a shame that she never had anything else published.

Jessica Jones: Alias

So I finished the Netflix series a couple weeks ago, so when I went to the bookstore when my Dad came out to visit, I picked this up.  It was interesting, but I was hoping it would have been a back story to Jessica, but it was just another story.  It was good, but not as good as the show in my opinion.

Crimson Peak

I really enjoyed the movie Crimson Peak so when I found the novelization I had to read it.  I enjoyed it as much as the movie, I really liked how the book expanded on some of the characters that didn't get as much screen time, and it explained somethings in more detail that I think I might have missed when I went to the movie.  I can't wait for the movie to come out so I can see it again.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

In A Lonely Place

I just finished this book this morning, I had heard about the movie on the podcast You Must Remember This in the episode about actress Gloria Graham.  It sounded interesting, so I checked it out, when I found out that it was a based on a book I looked a bit further into it and found out that there was a lot of differences from the book to the movie, and I was interested to see what they were.  I'be read several books from the time period that this was written in but none were as adult as this with the expection of The Postman Always Rings Twice.  Looking back and comparing the two, I am finding it hard to decide which I liked better, since they are so different.  I liked the style that Dorothy B. Hughes wrote in and am interested to read some of her other books to see how they compare.

So this leaves me with what book to read next, it's between two choices, and I think that I'll read the first chapter of each and see which hooks me quicker.