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.



The Great Gatsby Film Review

I saw The Great Gatsby last weekend. It was definitely worth the price of admission. Normally, I don’t read reviews, but I was curious to see what the film critics thought of it. And if it would do the F.Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece justice. Despite the mixed reviews I was thoroughly entertained and impressed that Baz Luhrmann was able to pull off such a visually stunning, lavish, fun movie without watering down the themes of the story.

Baz Luhrmann, whose previous films Moulin Rouge and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, showcased his ability to incorporate pop music with classic stories. This time Baz Luhrmann used hip hop music which caused a lot of controversy before the film opened. However I didn’t find the music to be the least bit distracting at all instead it worked well with the scenes in which they were placed.

When I first learned of this latest remake of The Great Gatsby, I was curious to see how Leonardo Di Caprio would be as the mysterious self made millionaire Jay Gatsby. Not surprisely Leonardo Di Caprio disappeared into the role of Jay Gatsby with such ease that it is almost easy to forget this was an actor playing a role. As a matter of fact I was quite happy with the casting choices for Daisy, Tom, Jordan, and Tobey. I felt they all worked well together. The only issues I had with the film were the underdevelopment of the relationship between Nick and Jordan as it was in the book, and the miscast of Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson. I am guessing that Baz Luhrmann was trying to save time by not further exploring the Nick/Jordan relationship any more than he did. As for the character of Myrtle Fisher, I thought that Christina Hendricks,from the tv series Mad Men, would have been a better choice in my opinion. Simply because Christina Hendricks fit the description from the book and could do the character better justice than Isla Fisher did.

Last but not least major kudos to Catherine Martin who was responsible for the costumes. She absolutely got every detail right. All the suits and dresses were elegant, flirty, and fun. Hopefully we will see more of Gatsby’s twenties fashions as the new trend in the upcoming months.

Have you seen The Great Gatsby? We would like to know. Please kind enough to leave a comment to let us know what you thought of it.


First Year Anniversary

It’s almost hard to believe that a year has past since the Man Vs Books Club went live in 2012.  It has been a fun, scary adventure blogging.  I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team.  They are ones that made this blog the cool experience that it is. Each one has contributed to it in their own special ways.   The  Man Vs Books Club is a true reflection of our teamwork.

A special thanks to everyone that has guest blogged for us. We sincerely appreciate it.  We can wait for more future collaborations.

Lastly now that 2013 is here, we  are going to post  more great book reviews, interviews, and giveaways.  Hope that you will continue to support us.

Remember Reading is  Sexy


My NaNoWriMo Experience

I decided to participate in this year”s National November Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo challenge.  One month to write a 50 thousand word book beginning on November 1st.  Ok I can do this became my mantra for the entire month. As any writer can tell you writing can be a rewarding but often frustrating experience as you try to tell an entertaining ,coherent story. Some days the words would flow like water out of a faucet. Other days, it would be like being stranded in the Sahara Desert searching for a puddle of water to drink. On these days I read books, spent the holidays with family and friends, and survived devastating Hurricane Sandy.  I am proud to say that I completed my book on November 29th. The word count was 50,950.  After I submitted my story to NaNoWriMo I decided to take a break from it. No editing, revising, or reworking it for at least a few months. Perhaps one day soon I will revisit the story maybe even try to get it publish.  Until then I will enjoy this achievement with a well deserved pat on the back and a job well done to myself. 

We at the MVBClUB would love to read about your experiences with NaNoWriMo. Please come and share with us.

Remember Reading and Writing is Sexy.



Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a few days away. I’m still wondering where the month of November has gone. It seems as though we were just celebrating Halloween. Oh how time has flown by. But alas it is that time of the year where  families gather to celebrate what they are thankful for.  I decided to list a few things/people who I am thankful for right now.

I am thankful to my friends who make of the make up the MVBClub. Our working together has been a fantastic experience.  I look forward to celebrating our one year anniversary in a few months.

I am thankful for the people who read/follow our blog. We appreciate all of you.

I am thankful for my family and friends. They mean a lot to me in more ways that I can imagine.

I am thankful for everyday that I am alive.

I hope that everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving full of joy and laughter.  I am sure that there will be plenty of good stories to tell in the upcoming weeks. We would love to hear all about them.  Until then….


Remember Reading is Sexy.




National Novel Writing Month

Happy November everyone. It is National Novel Writing Month. For those who are unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it is an annual challenge for writers and nonwriters to write a 50K novel in 30 days. I have participated in this challenge in the past. It was a fun and rewarding experience that I encourage everyone to try at least once.

For more information visit the NaNoWriMo website at

Remember Reading and Writing is Sexy!



Hurricane Sandy

First I wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts  and prayers while we were dealing with Hurricane Sandy.  I live in New York City which has a reputation for being tough and fast paced. However, we, New Yorkers, proved that we will ban together in times of tragedy.  Thanks to Twitter and Facebook I was able keep in contact with everyone as well as get updates on what was happening through pictures and news.  Kudos to the First Responders/Firefighters/Police/Doctors/Nurses/Citizens who put their lives on the line to help people in need.

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