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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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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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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

First thing that comes to my mind when I think about Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is the stunning realization. The apes were so realistic that I had to remind myself that those apes were not real apes.

Another good thing about this movie was that, in my opinion, it has a message. The human race has good people and bad people. Other species has both too. And you can’t automatically assume that the other is better than another. Respect is the point.

I couldn’t help but compare this movie to the earlier movie, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, with James Franco. Dawn was a little diffrent, but these two movies both have a message and I liked them both equally.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was a little bit above mediocre. It was entertaining, had a message and it was visually beautiful. It offered  entertainment for two hours, but still, to me, it was not the best movie of the year. It was okay.

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Chain of Events

Chain of Events, first book of an author Fredrik T. Olsson. Another Swedish author that has written a relatively good thriller.

Fatal code, missing cryptologist, expiration of time. This sounds like something Dan Brown would write. But the fatal code was something else, something new. I’m not going to reveal any details but I must say that the theme in the story of Chain of Events was something I’ve never read before. It was fresh and interesting. Scary too.

On the whole, the story was a basic thriller, fluent, upbeat and full of chains of events. And, as almost every time, the rescue of the world lies in one person’s hands.

Chain of Events was entertaining. It was not the most brilliant thriller in the world, but it fulfilled my expectations and was just what I wanted it to be, good entertainment, suitable for midsummer night.

I hope Fredrik T. Olsson continues to write books. If he does, I will read them.

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The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair

Joël Dicker has written a thick novel, the edition that I read had 809 pages. I was riveted by the story from the start.

Fist I must share with you my thought, that goes for books as well as movies. To me, most of the time, the main issue is entertainment. Of course the story has to be good and well written, but it doesn’t have to be “high culture”. I’m very happy when I’ve read a book that has captured my attention entirely and has offered me hours of interesting moments with the characters and the story. Same with movies. That entertainment factor may not be the same for everybody but who would read a book (or see a movie) that wouldn’t entertain? I wouldn’t.

Back to the main issue. The truth about Harry Quebert affair has twists and turns, some of them are believable some aren’t. Still, it was good, well-paced and full of surprises. The thing that bothered me is, that at the end of the book there were a lot of twists and turns, maybe even just a little too much. Somehow it was not in line with the atmosphere of the rest of the book.

But, I enjoyed reading this book and I think that The truth about Harry Quebert affair was a fine mystery and one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. Not the most shining star but a bright one.

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Transcendence

I went to the movies twice this week. The first movie was Transcendence so I will write about it first.

I was so excited when I heard that there was a new Johnny Depp -movie (as he’s one of my favourite actors). However, I was a little suspicious because the movie was science fiction, it’s not my favourite movie genre. But, as I’ve decided, I’m goint to go and see every movie where Johnny is acting so I went to see Transcendence with my son.

Transcendence was average. It had it’s moments but at times it was a little too slow-paced, yet not boring. The topic was interesting but it was handled in an usual way. Humans try to control with technology but everything turns upside down and the technology starts to take power over humans. In Transcendence there are some great actors, in addition to Johnny Depp, such as Morgan Freeman and Paul Bettany. Those excellent talents don’t lift the movie higher. What would’ve Transcendence been without these talented people? And what about Rebecca Hall, the leading lady in this movie? There’s something about her that I don’t like much. I think she’s a little stony. It feels like she doesn’t give her heart to the role. I may be wrong, but that’s how I felt.

Transcendence entertained me for two hours, but would I watch it again? Probably not. It was a mediocre Johnny Depp -movie. Though, I must say, it was much better than the previous movie, Lone Ranger (review here).

I admire Johnny Depp. His careless, cool and ageless style and his talent. Yet, he hasn’t made very good movies over the past years. All of them have been a little indifferent. It’s a shame because I think he could do so much more. Or maybe he doesn’t care if the movie is a hit or not.

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Gone Girl

When I started Gone Girl, a book by Gillian Flynn, I wasn’t very impressed. The first half of the book was ordinary, it had nothing special and there’s not much to say about it.

Then something happened. The second half of the book turned the story in to a completely new direction. The second half twisted the plot to a devious, troubled and brutal direction. The main characters Nick and Amy are both very unpleasant and disturbing people. It seems that their life is based on a lie and is maintained with more lies. Both, especially Amy, has a sick and twisted mind. So disturbed that it made me a little uncomfortable. I had no sympathy for these characters, not in any way. And when I thought of the marriage of these two people… toxic, abnormal and depraved game. Utmost dependency. Lies.

Gone Girl has some surprising elements that I haven’t read in another books. A well woven tale that gets better in the middle. The end was not a surprise. I’m a little dissapointed, because somehow I knew what was going to happen. The end is not what I wanted it to be, it’s as sick as the whole story. At the same time it’s very convenient. It’s suitable for Nick and Amy.

Weird book, with good and bad elements. Gone Girl doesn’t rise to the level of the best thrillers I’ve read, but it was a good read and entertaining, in a twisted way.

The story made me think. When does a person really is who he or she genuinely is? We all have different roles and mask that we choose to use. At work, with friends, with strangers… When I’m really me, just me? Is it when I’m alone?

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