Monthly Archives: December 2014

Merry Christmas

Thank you all for reading my blog. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! May your christmas be filled with love, good movies and excellent books.

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So Much For That

I picked So Much For That because I liked Lionel Shriver’s book We Need To Talk About Kevin (review here). So Much For That doesn’t rise to the same level, not even close.

I try to be a positive person, but I’m more negative by nature. Regardless of my personality, So Much For That was way too negative for me. Continuous complaining, self-sacrifice and sorrow, unrealistic expectations, irrational and rational surgeries and self-inflected sickness. Too much darkness for me.

But there were also issues of human dignity and dilemmas of modern medicine. There was a daydream that came true when there was only a little time to do it, the last moment to make it real. It made me wonder that when a person has dreams, you should pursue those dreams and make them happen. You should make your dreams come true before it’s too late. The direction of life can change so fast, in a second even. You should be able to enjoy life, not just wait for something better to happen.

Maybe So Much For That wasn’t so bad after all. It made me think and that’s always a good thing. But I can’t say that I enjoyed reading this book, unfortunately I didn’t.

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Interstellar

Last sunday I went to the movies with my son and we went to see Interstellar, this time it was my choice.

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a movie full of Hollywood pathos. It’s also beautiful, touching and makes you think of what’s coming in the future. Is the earth going to be inviable? When you think about it, we’re talking about big issues here.

In addition to all of that, Interstellar was very entertaining. Both me and my son sat in our chairs, staired the movie, completely focused on what’s happening on the screen. Visually beautiful scenes and interesting plot. It didn’t bother us that the movie was nearly three hours long. I didn’t actually know (all the time, there were some elements that were predictable) what was going to happen nor how would the movie end. It was refreshing.

I have growing respect for Matthew McConaughey. Lately his roles and performances have been quite amazing.

I love Anne Hathaway.

And Michael Caine, well, he’s a legend.

I think Interstellar was much better than Gravity.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

I ordered Robert Galbraith’s book The Cuckoo’s Calling from an online shop. When the book came, I read from the books cover that Robert Galbraith is actually a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. I was surprised and a little disappointed. Last year I read J.K. Rowling’s book The Casual Vacancy (review here) and it was heavy and dark and left me with an uneasy feeling. But, as I had the book The Cuckoo’s Calling, I desided to give it a change and read it.

I must say that the book was a pleasant surprise and it was worth reading. The story is a traditional crime story and the detective, Cormoran Strike, is one of those unlucky guys that you often meet in crime novels. He brokes up with his girlfriend and at the same time loses his home, has money problems, no customers and he lives in his office. He has a prosthesis in his other leg and traumas from the war, he’s a war veteran.

At the same time he is a very hardworking, intelligent and skilled private detective. He can solve a crime that the police couldn’t. He also tries to get over his stormy relationship with his ex-girlfried and make an employment realtionship with his new secretary.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is entertaining, well written and traditional (if you like traditional). To me it was a positive surprise. I started to like Cormoran Strike. It’s interesting how one author can write books that are so different from each other. Both The Casual Vacancy (which was not a crime novel) and The Cuckoo’s Calling deal with things from the dark side of life. The Casual Vacancy I ended with a heavy heart but The Cuckoo’s Calling I ended with a positive heart, so there was a difference.

Christmas is near and I just hope Santa brings me the new book from Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm.

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