Reading Gone Girl

 

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I have a confession….I love mysteries. It is a major thrill for me to guess whodunit along with the protagonist of the story. I had seen various advertisments about Gone Girl. Since I had never read Gillian Flynn’s work before  I decided to try this book. I am glad that I did.

Gone Girl is about a Nick and Amy Dunne who are about to celebrate their 5 year wedding anniversary. Until Amy disappears. Immediately Nick Dunne becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance.  This story has a lot of similarities to the real life high profilec murder cases of  Scott Peterson and Drew Peterson who ultimately were convicted  of murdering their wives.

Nick steadfastly proclaims his innocence even though the evidence continues to pile up against him.  The story takes quite a few twists and turns which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read the book yet.  You may find yourself rooting for an unlikely character after certainly details are revealed.  Gone Girl is not a straight forward mystery where everything is as it seems. It is more like  the story of the highs and lows of this Nick and Amy Dunne’s marriage from when they first met until their fifth year wedding anniversary.  One of the major takeaways from Gone Girl is …do you really know the person you are married to/in a relationship? Or do you know a version of themselves they want you to see?

Next week the film version of Gone Girl is going to be released in theaters. I am definitely to going to see it. It will be interesting to see how the film compares with the book. Either way I will be posting my thoughts  on film vs book.  Until then feel free to leave comments on this post.

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Steve Jobs Biography – My Review

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I recently finished reading the Steve Jobs biography. I was slightly shocked at how revealing this biography turned out to be.   Walter Isaacson stated that Steve Jobs requested that he write his biography so that the world would get to know the real Steve Jobs and  not the image of a visionary.  The end result was a  wonderful, comprehensive look at a man whose personal philosophy would change the way people would work, play, and live.

Some of my favorite chapters  are  the ones about the creation/airing of the famous 1984 Super Bowl commercial for the MacIntosh computer; Steve Jobs buying Pixar; Steve’s successful return to Apple;  and the creations of the IPod/IPhone/IPad.  Each one of these topics brought back special memories for me  because I realized that I was witnessing history in the making.

This book is  by no means a love letter to its subject.  It reveals the bullying and nasty side to Steve Jobs.  One of the main themes was Jobs’ ability to charm you one minute and then make you feel like garbage the  next one.  He didn’t have any qualms about pushing people  to their breaking points as stated  by friends and employees interviewed for the book.  These same people now acknowledged that Jobs’ abuse and obsessive behavior led them to create some of the  best Apple products possible.

Lastly, the main takeaway I received from this biography is that  never settle but always look to improve and create. I hope everyone reading my review will go and read this book. It would leave you with  a different view of technology and possibly… life.

 

 

 

 

The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney My Summer Review

Summer time is one of my favorite times to read chic lit books. Since the temperatures soared into 100’s, I thought it was the perfect time to read The Star Attraction which I found out about through some of my twitter followers. This book was written by Alison Sweeney who hosts the reality show The Biggest Loser and stars on NBC hit daytime dram Days of Our Lives. This marks Alison Sweeney’s first time writing a fictional novel after her previous two nonfiction books. Kudos to her for a job well done.

The synopsis from the book jacket is as follows:

Sophie is a Hollywood publicist who has a fabulous job, a fabulous boyfriend, and a fabulous life. She evens scores her PR firm’s most important actor client and every woman’s dream- Billy Fox. But will a steamy make-out session in a restaurant alley with her big name client cost Sophie her job? And does she really want an escape from her and her loving, if imperfect, relationship with her investmment banker boyfriend? The Star Attraction takes us on a wild ride through one woman’s daytime soap come to life.

At first I was a bit skeptical to read this book. The synopsis sounded like the typical summer beach read. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how funny and entertaining the Star Attraction turned out to be. I actually found myself rooting for the book’s spunky heroine Sophie Atwater to succeed in her quest to find love and happiness. I am recommending The Star Attraction to anyone who is looking a fun, quirky read that will make you laugh out loud. Have you read the Star Attraction? If so let us know what you think. If not what are you waiting for? Until next time…stay cool and keep reading.

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To Read or Not To Read…World War Z by Max Brooks

Happy Summer Everyone. I know I am a little bit behind on the current releases. However I have been meaning to see World War Z in the movie theater. However after learning it is based (in part) on the book by the same name. I am wondering if I should read the book first? Or see the film first? I am already aware that changes were made to fit into 2 hour plus film. So I am wondering is it worth to read the World War Z book? Also, I would love to read your reviews so feel free to leave comments to this post. Thanks.

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Man of Steel My Review

I really liked Man of Steel. It is a gritty, realistic departure from the previous colorful comedy laden Richard Donner/Christopher Reeves films. Don’t get me wrong I am a fan of the original films. However, this film features more of a science fiction theme when it explores the backstory of the Superman’s birth and the ultimate destruction of Krypton.

Henry Cavill, best known for his role as Charles Brandon on the Tudors, was perfectly casted as Superman. His Clark is a tortured soul searching for anonymity…his Kal-El is a stranger, a true alien to fellow Earthlings and his Superman was heroic, vulnerable, edgy and even handsome. He is a really good Superman.

Michael Shannon was ruthless, and completely believable as the psychopathic yet nationalistic Zod. Costner and Crowe were excellent as Clark’s biological and adopted fathers. Diane Lane was very good Martha Kent. Both death scenes were very well done, but Costner’s farewell ripped my damn heart out. However, I feel that manage to give a decent portrayal of Lois Lane despite looking nothing like what I’d picture Lois to look like.

I thought it was best to comment on the story/plot last. Since it is an origin story the majority of the audience knew what it was going to entail. However I thought David S Goyer took a fresh approach to it using different Superman graphic novels as source material.

Overall I thought this was a great reboot of the Superman franchise. I am hoping that this will lead to more sequels and ultimately to the Justice League movie that we fans have wanted for so long. Kudos to the cast and crew of Man of Steel for an enjoyable summer film.

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Anticipating Man Of Steel Film

It is hard to believe in almost a week Man of Steel will be opening in the theaters across the United States. I have been eagerly been anticipating this film since I learned it was greenlit by Warner Bros a few years ago. Initally I was a bit skeptical of this Superman reboot after the debacle that was Superman Returns. However, I decided to give Man of Steel a chance once that I learned that Christopher Nolan was producing it. Christopher Nolan did wonders with rebooting the Batman franchise. Now it is Superman’s time to shine.

So far the promotional trailers and posters have really showcased the wonderful elements that made Superman one of my favorite superheroes. Henry Cavill definitely looks the part of Superman. I am curious on how he will be as Clark Kent. I am hoping that he is able to play both parts equally as well. From the early buzz from people that have seen Man of Steel so far it sounds as though this might be the summer blockbuster film of the season. We shall see. Until then…my countdown continues.

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