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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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Frankenstein

I ended up reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I must tell you why.

The movie theatre in my city showed National Theatre Live’s Frankenstein last monday. It’s a play, not a movie, but I’ll say a word or two about it anyway.

Two great actors performing this sad story. Benedict Cumberbatch (always brilliant) played The Creature and Jonny Lee Miller played Victor Frankenstein. Two actors who have played Sherlock Holmes on TV.

The beginning of the play, when The Creature is born, was a little too long. Acting was great, though. When the play moved on it got better, up to the point of being great. Stunning acting, especially from Benedict Cumberbatch, and, I believe so, physically very demanding.

The story is sad. People don’t accept difference very well, that’s current even now. Loneliness, revenge, ostracism, sadness, abandonment, cruelty, violence, compulsion. Those are just some words that come to my mind.

Great play. And there’s an interesting thing about this play. Cumberbatch and Miller change parts. Not in one play, but in showings. Miller plays The Creature, Cumberbatch plays Frankenstein. I wish I could’ve seen that version too.

And then, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It’s amazing, that this story was publiced for the first time in 1818. It must have been a strange situation that a woman wrote this type of story in 1818.

In the book, there are moments that there’s too much description of events, moods and landscapes. These days, when violence is daily on TV and movies, this story is quite tame. It’s a horror story but it doesn’t strike so. Yet, it’s a good book and worth reading. I wonder why I haven’t read it before? It just hasn’t occurred. But now it did and I’m pleased.

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Il mercante di libri maledetti

Il mercante di libri maletti, freely translated, The seller of damned books ( I don’t know if this book has been translated into english), was a historical novel. There was a mystery to solve, bad people, deceptive friends, rituals and a lot of action.

I chose this book because of its title, it interested me. The title of the book gives a little wrong image of the book. The main character doesn’t sell anything.

I haven’t got much to say about this book. Il mercante di libri maletti was an average book and I will probably forget the story very soon.

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Hero

I admit, I’m a bit of a fan of the books of Rhonda Byrne. I’ve read The Secret, The Power and The Magic. Now it was Hero.

I think that there’s two ways to react to these book. You either think they’re an absolute nonsense or you find something interesting from them. The latter happened to me. Belive me, at first I was very skeptical.

I started to think about my own attitude towards life and realized that I was a very negative person. I truly belive that your thoughts do affect your physical health. I’ve experienced it myself. When I’m stressed my stomach hurts and I have a headache, I get a rash and I feel physically bad.

Hero made me think too. Maybe I could achieve my dreams. There are a lot of people who have started when they had nothing. They were tenacious and they made their dreams come true. Your dream can be small or big and most of the time fear prevents you from doing what you would like to do.

The best part, the best offering, of these books is that they made me think of my own behavior and they made me want to be a better person. I want to improve.

Hero made me think about my dreams and I saw that most of them are very realizable. I just have to start doing them.

Sometimes you are so focused on the negative things in your life that you need a wake-up. You get blind and you just spind around in the same circle of negativity and you don’t see anything else. Sometimes you need someone else to say to you that you can do things differently. To me this someone was Rhonda Byrne.

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The Lost Boy

After The Highly Sensitive Person it was very refreshing to read a good crime novel. The Lost Boy written by Camilla Läckberg.

You know a good book when you don’t want to put it down, you just want to read. Another page, another chapter, one more, just one. And suddenly you notice that you’ve read the book in just a couple of days (or one day).

The Lost Boy was like that. This was my second Camilla Läckberg -book (review of the first here) and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one. Some people just have the talent to tell a good story and make it so thrilling that it attracts you like a magnet.

The beginning The Lost Boy was a little bit confusing. There was so many stories and people, that I got just a little lost. After reading a moment I started to get the hang of it and began to enjoy. Towards the end all these stories unite and the end was a surprise, at least to me.

Enjoyable. Thank you!

“One thing I will surely miss is that I couldn’t read all the good books in this lifetime.”- Amit Kalantri. Oh, so true.

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The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You

I’ve been on a summer holiday and I was also in New York. What a great trip, I’m happy. Oh well, back to everyday routines (that aren’t so bad either) and books and movies.

I’ve tried to read a book about highly sensitive people. The book is The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You written by Elaine N. Aron. I recognize that some of the features of highly sensitive person apply to me, that’s one of the reasons I chose this book to be in my reading list.

I’m not a fan of categorizations, I don’t like people to be typecasted. Still, I have to say, that some of my own qualities have been a problem to other people. My sensitivity to loud sounds and smells, my low tolerance to commerce and big crowds, my need to be alone more than a “normal” person. And those are just a few things. Those other people have categorized me because of these qualities. I’ve been shy, proud, difficult, timid, touchy, selfish, inhibited, introverted and so on. None of these terms are positive. Why?

What if I’ve born with those qualities. In the book The Highly Sensitive Person Elaine N. Aron explains that these people have a very sensitive nervous system and they are more easly overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment.

So, the idea is good. And the book? No. I have no idea to whom she has written this book, is it for the man in the street or to a doctor. There’s just too much analysis of childhood and some irrelevant matters (I’m not saying that persons childhood is irrelevant).

I still think that many people should tolerate difference more. It’s hard to be the quiet, shy and surveillant person in the corner of the room trying to tolerate all the noises, smells and social situations. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to be a little more quiet and thoughtful. I think that some of my highly sensitive person -qualities are actually my best qualities.

In my opinion this book  brings out the highly sensitive people in a negative way. Or was it just that the book was so bad?

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One year

Exactly one year ago I started this blog, July 8, 2013. Since then I’ve written to you about every book I’ve read and every movie I’ve seen in a movie theatre. I’ve watched boadloats of movies at home, but I’ve left those movies out of my blog.

Anyway, I just wanted to say THANK YOU all for reading my blog. I hope I’m able to share good, average and bad books and movies with you for a long time.

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