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.

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.

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Rebecca My Review

Over the Christmas Break in between Turkey and Family time I read Rebecca by Daphne Du Marnier. This was my first time reading anything from this author. My expectations were borderline. I can be a picky reader sometimes. However the synopsis on the back cover peaked my interest.

The story begins with the words “Last Night I Dreamt I Went To Manderley Again.” Spoken by the narrator/second wife of Maxim De Winter. Interesting tidbit Ms. Du Marnier never gave her a first name so she is only known as Mrs. De Winter through out the book. After a brief courtship Maxim marries the Mrs De Winter. Now the real mystery begins as Mrs De Winter learns more about her new husband and of the previous his relationship with his first wife Rebecca.

As Max and Mrs De Winter return to his estate Manderlay on the Cornish coast!, we meet the mysterious servant Mrs Danvers who is still fiercely loyal to Rebecca. Throughout the book Mrs. De Winter unravels the mystery that is Rebecca and continual hold that she possess over Maxim De Winter and Manderlay.

Daphne Du Marnier does a wonderful job of making you feel as though you are experiencing everything first hand. I am highly recommending this book for anyone who loves suspense stories with lots of plot twists and turns.

Remember Reading is Sexy!!!

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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

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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.

 

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Halloween Reading

Happy October everyone. Halloween is rapidly approaching.  I usually like to read something that is scary or suspenseful.  One of my favorite books is The Dark Half by Stephen King. It has a great combination of suspense, spookiness, and a touch of humor to keep you reading to the last page.  We would like to know what is your favorite scary book? Which author makes you want to hide under your bed covers?

Remember Reading is Sexy and Spooky Good

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