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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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Dark Places

Dark Places take you to dark places, that’s for sure.

In this book, as in Gone Girl, people are sad, mean and horrible. There’s not much hope, life is an awfully dark place and no one loves you. Some people are greedy and want to take advantage of your misery. Sometimes even your parents are nasty people. The atmosphere in this book is definitely gloomy.

But there’s a little hope too. Sometimes injustice comes out in the wash and can be fixed.

But what can you do when you have been broken and confused for so many years? Can you ever be completely healthy and in peace? These questions came to my mind when I read this book. Past will always follow you, no matter what you do.

Gillian Flynn writes beautifully and tells many perspectives of the story side by side. There’s that feeling that you can almost see what’s going on, but just almost and you want to know more. That’s what makes you wanna read this book from page 1 to the end in one day.

Dark Places is not a pleasant book. I can’t say that I liked the characters. Still, I liked the book and I wanted to continue reading it. It wasn’t the greatest book of all times and it wasn’t as good as Gone Girl but it was worth reading.

Let’s wait and see how the movie turns out to be.

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Peter Pan Must Die

I’ve read John Verdon‘s books Let the devil sleep and Think of a number and now it was time for Peter Pan must die.

It was like meeting and old acquaintance. You start to read and there he is, Dave Gurney, retired and restless, eager to solve crimes although he shoudn’t. He just can’t stay away, solving crimes is in his blood and he’s good in it.

Dangerous situations, intelligence, death and murders, risks and worry, that’s Peter Pan must die. There’s also portrayal of the relationship between Dave, his wife and his son. And there’s that accident, tragic death of his younger son many years ago that still tears Dave’s heart apart and affects everything that he does. I like how John Verdon pictures the characters in his books. They are real and they could exist.

The crime in this book is complex but Dave solves it, of course. I think Peter Pan must die wasn’t as good as, for example, Think of a number, but it was still a solid and good crime novel and I enjoyed reading it.

I leave here and wait for the next John Verdon’s novel. I will surely read it. Let’s see if Dave Gurney is still solving crimes in that book.

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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 Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Oh dear, what a story.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, written by John Boyne. Innocence of childhood and open-mindedness is the heart of this story. Two little boys just don’t understand why they have to be on different sides of the barbed wire fence. Why can’t they just play together? What is happening on the other side of the fence? Why all those people look so sad and wear striped pyjamas? Curiosity, nothing good came of it in this book.

Children are not prejudiced by nature, they learn it from other people. When they are little, they are open-minded and show honest interest in things. I wish we could all keep that when we grow up.

This book will definitely stay in my mind for a long time. When I realised what’s going to happen, I put my hand to the front of my mouth, I was so shocked. What a sad story. Beatiful in a way, at the same time very, very ungly.

I heard, that a movie has been made based on this book. I’m not sure I want to see it.

One unforgettable book.

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The Drowning

First a word or two about Camilla Läckberg. She has written crime novels, children’s books, cookery books and short stories. In addition to that she’s part-owner of the jewellery company Sahara Silver and she’s an ambassador for the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation. She’s truly a multi-talented writer.

I’ve never read Läckberg’s books before. I while ago I bought The Drowning, a crime novel written by her. The book was a positive surprise. In the beginning the story moved on a little slowly but after a few dozen of pages it started to take a run-up and  I was hooked.

The story, the things that had happened in the past, was disgusting. Horrible things happened to innocent children. How much one person can bear without breaking? In this book he broke, badly. Disturbance of the mind can lead to serious results. And other people can feel guilt for the rest of their lives. Others have no feelings of guilt, nor regret. Interesting journey of exploration to people’s minds.

I could see some things coming but The Drowning wasn’t too foreseeable. I enjoyed reading a good crime novel, yet again written by a Scandinavian author. The only flaw was the slow start.

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Bridget Jones – Mad About The Boy

I love Bridget Jones -movies and I’ve read the books also, so I was excited to hear that there’s a new Bridget Jones -book. Mad About The Boy.

What I love about Bridget is that she has the ability to laugh at herself. The books (and movies) have humour, love and silly everyday events, and the reader (and the viewer) can relate to them. Bridget is a girl next door, added with little silly features.

Mad About The Boy was also funny, there was love and silly everyday events. There was motherhood and children, lice and bedtime stories. It has a happy ending.

But I also felt that Bridget was a little too immature and very desperate. By desperate I don’t mean her grief over dead husband Marc but the despair about ageing and finding a man in her life. Nonetheless, these are the topics that are familiar to many women. Ageing scares people, so does loneliness.

Besides, it sucks that Marc died. Why couldn’t Bridget have her happy ending with him after all the fuss? That would have been a good way to finish the story of Bridget.

Mad About The Boy was a good read, one time. If they make a movie of it, I may see it. Another book to leave behind.

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