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This book was a fun read.  The author is a former high school classmate of mine, so we both hail from Western New York State where the story is set, and when it comes to reading enjoyment, for me, a great deal is about the setting.  So being able to relate to the actual places described in the book was a big plus.  Written in first person with a gruff and gritty dialogue style, the main character came across  as realistic and down-to-earth, and most of the secondary characters were developed enough to make the story come alive.  One caution: the book could use another round of editing for punctuation and word usage, although I think too much refinement in this case could distract from the style of writing and the feel for the main character. All in all, the story seemed to work for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Jim, I’m looking forward to your next book.  Keep up the good work!

“The Good Wife”

The Good Wife       Dynamite episode of “The Good Wife” last night on TV!  The show has really stepped it up a notch lately, and this episode was non-stop action, twists and turns. Alicia and Cary have left the firm, and the war is on!  I can’t wait for next week to see how it’s all going to shake out.

 

They clean up pretty good, don’t they?

No Way Back

Just finished “No Way Back”, Andrew Gross’ new book. He manages to keep the excitement going throughout, as usual, while getting you personally invested in the characters, and I love how he manages to weave real-life events into his plots. Looking forward to the next one, Andrew!

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I took the Game of Thrones Personality Quiz on BuddyTV.com, and I am Catelyn Stark!.

Can’t wait for tonight’s show!

It’s official- I have become a “Game of Thrones” junkie.  Nobody dares disturb me from 9:00 to 10:00 on Sunday nights.  But I don’t know if I’ve spoiled it a little for myself by reading ahead in the books.  I suppose it takes some of the surprise off, and my emotional reactions are tempered a bit since I can anticipate most of what’s going to happen, although the series in regards to at least one story line (Theon Greyjoy) has jumped ahead into Book 5, I believe. So there are surprises there for me.

I have read all of Book 3, “A Storm of Swords”, by George R.R. Martin, and I must say I am hooked. It’s marvelous how he can A Storm of Swordskeep so many characters and story lines going at once, and as soon as I think I have figured out what’s going to happen next, the author manages to astonish me with a twist I never saw coming! And even though I have seen every TV episode at least 2 or 3 times, I always manage to pick up some tidbit or nuance I didn’t notice before.  I guess I love the complexity.  Some sections tend to bog down, but I just skim through those, and some important events need to be read twice to really understand what all is happening.

Even though I am not surprised at everything that happens on TV, I still delight in the reactions of my friends who have not read the book when we share observations on Monday mornings.

So the question is, should I continue to read ahead with the next book, or am I missing out on some of the fun of the TV series?  Any thoughts?

Movies and Other Updates

I finally saw the movie, “One for the Money”, based on the Janet Evanovich book, and was pleasantly surprised.  It even kept my husband interested, and he’s not a movie person.  But I would have done some of the casting differently.  I would have liked to see Sandra Bullock as Stephanie (she would be a better tough Jersey girl, but they probably wanted someone younger for the part) and Debbie Reynolds was entirely too well coiffed and, for lack of a better word, too “normal” for the way I pictured Grandma Mazur.

Shemar Moore would have made a good Ranger, but Daniel Sunjata was fine.  I would have preferred a “prettier” Joe Morelli.  Any casting suggestions?

I also saw “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” from the Stieg Larsson trilogy, and loved it.  It might be hard to follow though, if you haven’t read the book.  The movie of the next installment is in the planning stages, and I can’t wait!

As for “The Laws of Our Fathers” by Scott Turow, I finally finished that book, but I can’t really think of anything more to say about it than I already have.  I’ll only say if you enjoy legal thrillers and appreciate good writing, it’s well worth your time.

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