Friday, June 25, 2010

Flash Forward, by Robert J. Sawyer



Wow. For a book with so much quantum physics in it, this was a pretty easy read. It was very different from the TV show (I like both) and quite compelling. I doubt I'll start reading sci-fi all the time, but I liked this.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Death of a Gossip: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, by M.C. Beaton


The first one! Finally I get to meet all of the characters for the first time. Angus is just a poacher and not a so-called seer, Blair is not so bad as he seems in alter books, and Hamish is already 35! If he were that old in 1985 when this book was written, that would make him 60 now! It would also mean he'd been pining for 25 years for a woman with whom he barely had a relationship and who is still single at almost 50! I guess the books don't progress with age that way. Will Hamish be about 35 forever?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Death of a Hussy, by M.C. Beaton



One of the earlier books in the series, this small book (151 pages) has the character of Hamish Macbeth in his near infancy. This is the book in which we see Hamish convince Lord Haliburton-Smyth to convert Tommel Castle into a hotel to solve his money problems

Friday, June 11, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert


Well, I didn't care for the "pray" part and the whole thing was wildly self-indulgent. But it had its moments. I liked the travel diary aspect of it, but no the "spiritual memoir" element. I didn't care if she found herself--I just wanted to know what she had to eat!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Death of a Valentine: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, by M.C. Beaton



Just when I thought the series was starting to get stale, Ms. Beaton changes it up a bit! From the suspenseful flashback/flash forward format, to the amusing attempts to be current, to the fact that we see lots of things from perspectives other than Hamish's, it's all very refreshing. It seems M.C. Beaton is showing no signs of slowing down!

Friday, June 4, 2010

How to Survive a Horror Movie, by Seth Grahame-Smith



Very cute. So far my favourite Quirk book. It makes great bathroom reading and also cleanses the palate after some heavier reading.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Push, by Sapphire



So powerful, compelling and sad. The movie is very faithful to the book and makes a lot of good cinematic changes, but the one thing that really bothered me about the movie is that the director really made a much bigger issue of skin tone than the book did. Precious definitely mentions it in the book--being dark, wishing she was light, thinking that being light would solve all her problems--but in the movie he elevates this to an obsession. In the movie, Precious constantly fantasizes about having a white boyfriend and she thinks all light-skinned people are beautiful. In the book, Precious starts to change her views on colour when she meets some people with dark sink who she starts to see as beautiful like her teacher, Mz. Rain. But in the movie, director Lee Daniels casts a very light woman to play the teacher, and also casts light-skinned people to play all the parts of people who "save" Precious (and dark-skinned people to play those who abuse her), thereby confirming her views on skin tone. Lee Daniels is light-skinned himself--I wonder if this was conscious?