The ABC Murders miniseries

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Hello, everybody! Welcome back to my blog! I have been keeping busy with my school work but have found time out of my schedule to finally post something. So, I was on the internet the other day trying to find out when the show 911 comes back on (it’s March, 18 if any of you watch it) and I found out that Amazon has done a miniseries on Agatha Christie’s book the ABC Murders. I. Was. Shook! Now to be honest, I wasn’t sure how the show was going to drag out a murder mystery and the show ended being three episodes long. Again, to be honest, I didn’t really see a point to making this whole production but that didn’t stop me from immediately heading to Amazon and watching.

Let me give you guys a little background on the book itself. There is a killer out in England who is murdering people alphabetically; Alice Asher in Andover, Betty Bernard in Bexhill and so on. And who better to solve the case than famed detective Hercule Poirot?

Like a lot of Christie’s books, the big reveal you do not see coming. AT. ALL! The show of course was a bit different. First off John Malkovich plays Hercule Poirot. This was unexpected. As unexpected as Rupert Grint playing the new man of Scotland Yard, Inspector Crome. As I got into the series, however, I rather enjoyed seeing them work together. I think it worked well because of the age difference between not only the actors themselves but their characters. Poirot is an older man now who’s not really needed anymore, while Inspector Crome is a young individual trying to make a name for himself. So seeing that dynamic being Malkovich and Grint made the series all the more entertaining. There is this one actor in the series who I am not familiar with; Eamon Farren. He is an Australian actor who has done quite a big of work but he played his role in the ABC Murders so well! I honestly wish to see more of him.

The series was different from the book in that, Poirot is a washed up has-been who’s services are no longer required. With that being the case, he doesn’t have his sidekick, Hastings, and his good friend Inspector Japp (Crome’s predecessor) has retired. Because the series was so short I think they made the right call not having Hastings present because there was no point. I also think that having Poirot as an older gentleman gave the audience a chance to see how he deals with the fact that he’s not as famous as he once was and having to deal with some personal issues that was revealed in the show and not in the book. Poirot’s background was that he use to work for the police department before he went solo. In the series, his backstory was switched up a bit to reveal why he does what he does and why he takes his job so seriously and I loved this new backstory.

As I said before, I don’t think there was a point to making this production since it was so short but I loved it. The dynamics between the actors were great, the filming itself was great and it was nice to see both Malkovich and Grint in roles that you wouldn’t necessarily think they would take on.

Overall, I give the show a 5/5.

Until next time!

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Zoo

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Hey, everyone! So, tonight is my last night at home for tomorrow I return back to school for the spring semester. I am excited and nervous for this semester because I have anatomy and physiology as well as clinicals this term. I heard A&P is pretty intense but we shall see. Anyway, I finished Zoo by James Patterson today and I returned it to the library just before closing (thank goodness). I love James Patterson and have been wanting to read this book for a while now (what else is new)?

Jackson Oz is a biologist who has noticed an strange increase in animal attacks worldwide. Since nobody believes him, Oz travels to Africa to investigate first hand which leads to an even bigger problem.

One thing I like about Patterson is that his chapters are pretty short; about 3-5 pages so it doesn’t seem you’re reading such a long book. Another thing I like with his adult books is that it’s easy to comprehend. A lot of time when books are made from an adult’s point of view, especially from someone very mature in age, the context is a little challenging to follow but not with Patterson. The plot of the book was interesting and, honestly, terrifying. Imagine your cat or dog suddenly attacking you for no apparent reason. Then imagine that the reason for such behavior was because of human advancements. Go figure. The book was evenly paced but the ending was a little too….for lack of a better word, simple. In addition when the scientists came up with an explanation as to the attacks it made sense but once again I was hoping/expecting something more complicated or sinister. From what I understand there is a second book out which makes sense because the book didn’t end like I expected it too. Furthermore, it wasn’t as thrilling and heart pounding as I thought it would be but it’s still a good read though.

Overall, I would give the book a 3/5.

P.S. CBS made a TV show based off of Zoo and I might watch it. I’ll let you guys know.

Until next time!

One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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Wow! It has been one hell of a holiday break. I feel proud of myself for getting back into pleasure reading. This is the fourth book I have read since I have been home and I plan to get to number 5 before I have to go back to school on Sunday, which is in 5 days! But anyway, on with the review.

This book is set in a psychiatric ward in 1960s Oregon. R. P. McMurphy is the new man on the ward and he is determined to have fun and to get under the skin of the Big Nurse; the strict, calculating woman who runs the floor.

I normally don’t read too many books set/made in such a time period but it was an OK read. I think that at the time of the book’s release it was pretty different and interesting but as a whole it didn’t impress me. I did, however, enjoy McMurphy’s antics and his ability to instill confidence and rebellion into the patients. From what I understand this book was actually banned from a few schools beginning in the 1970s. One school stated that is was pornographic and that it tended to corrupt young people. I guess back in those times people were convinced of this but nowadays I didn’t really see that. Besides there a probably thousands of other books that are worst than One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I did like that fact that it took us into the world of mental patients. However, reading about each patient’s individual story I personally don’t believe that half of those men even belonged in a pych ward. Which brings about how much the world has changed when it comes to mental health. Back then people were so convinced that the slightest indiosyncracies were due to mental problems (and some of them could have been) but most of the time these individuals were just locked away convinced that there was something wrong with them when there wasn’t. There are a few parts where an administrators of the hospital states that things have changed/improved from years prior, including the use of electroshock therapy and lobotomy. I’m not really sure if the country has completely gotten rid of those techniques but as a whole there are more “humane” steps being taken to rehabilitate psych patients. So I did understand the underlying themes to the story. As I said before, it didn’t really impress me on a great scale but it was decent.

Overall, I give it a 2/5.

Until next time!

 

Fallen film review

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What’s up everyone! I am back with another post here. This time it is a film review of Fallen. Fallen is based off of the Fallen series written by Lauren Kate. So in Fallen a young woman named Luce is sent to Sword and Cross reform school where she meets Daniel. For some odd reason, she feels as though she knows him even though he claims they have never met before. Later, Luce discovers that she is Daniel’s lover reincarnated and is caught in a battle between the fallen angels.

I enjoyed reading this book so when the movie came out I was pretty happy about it. So, I finally watched it today and…it was just as I thought it would be like. I read the Fallen series back in middle school so it was pretty frustrating watching the movie after such as long time and not fully remembering what has happened. I had to go on Wikipedia to get the full story (which I am not ashamed to admit). The book itself wasn’t action packed so I wasn’t surprised at how slow and, honestly, boring the movie was. Of course there were parts in the book that weren’t in the movie but what else is new? The acting wasn’t too bad; I’ve seen worst. My favorite character, however, was Penn played by Lola Kirke. Penn was this babbling, introverted girl who befriends Luce and I loved her. I think Kirke really brought Penn’s character to life. One character change I would’ve made was Cam’s character. I wouldn’t change the actor, however, but despite the fact that Cam’s a bad boy I think him having long hair and wearing multiple rings and the leather jacket and motorcycle was a little too on the nose. If his hair was shorter and he didn’t wear the “bad boy jewelry” I think he would’ve looked better. All in all I wasn’t expecting too much from the movie. If they make a second one…..hopefully it’ll be better than the first.

Accuracy wise: 2/5

Overall: 2/5

Until next time!

Dave vs the Monsters: Ascendance

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Hey everybody! Happy Saturday! I am coming at you with another book review. This time it is the third and I believe final book to the Dave vs. The Monsters trilogy by John Birmingham. You can read my review of book number 1 here and book number two here. So, without further ado let’s get started.

The battle between the humans and the Hunn Horde is still ongoing but Dave is not alone this time. He has a new superhuman sidekick and together they continue to battle the monsters who try to take over their world.

This was actually the slowest book out of all three books and it was…interesting. The new sidekick is a stark contrast to Dave. Unlike Dave who is essentially your average Joe this person is a trained professional who loves to take charge and I enjoyed the differences between them and Dave. The sidekick also as a few tricks up their sleeves that they utilize to their advantage and Dave doesn’t like it and I had to agree with him on it. Despite the fact that their tactics were necessary i didnt feel comfortable with them taking advantage of certain people. That’s just because I’m a sensitive person. But that’s a minor problem. I did think the inclusion of a sidekick was well played. Even though I know Dave is a douche bag it was still pretty annoying hearing him speak in certain ways and it grated on my nerves. However, it occurred to me that maybe the author made Dave who he is because whenever he does something selfless and good it makes the reader sympathize with him. And pity him in a way. I would still like to know who/what was the inspiration behind Birmingham’s Dave Hooper. All in all it was a nice read.

Overall I give it a 3/5.

Until next time!

Widows

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Hello, Beautiful People! Happy New Year! I hope 2018 has been good to you and I hope 2019 will bring even better things. It has been a while since I’ve blogged and to be honest I have missed it. I have been so busy with school and finals but now I am on break. I recently came back from a holiday Carnival cruise with my family and I am back in action!

So, yesterday I have finished the book Widows by Lynda La Plante, which is also a movie that recently came out starring Viola Davis, Liam Neeson and Michelle Rodriguez. I unfortunately have not seen the movie yet but it looks so good! So without further ado let’s get down to the book review.

Three women are left widowed after their husbands were killed in a bank robbery gone wrong. With the gang’s leader out of the way the competition is trying to muscle in and Dolly Rawlins isn’t having it. She convinces the other two widows to complete the robbery that her husband couldn’t.

The book is set in London and even though I have yet to see the movie I highly doubt it’s set in London. The plot was creative and the story was evenly paced which I’m a stickler for. I watched the trailer before I read the book so because I know which actor is playing which character it was difficult to try and come up with my own interpretation of what each character should look like. But that’s a semi-minor problem. The book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. However, once I got towards the end of the book I got really, REALLY scared because a revelation was made concerning Dolly’s husband and what really happened during the botched robbery. But I don’t want to give too much away. Even though the book had me intrigued there wasn’t too much action going on. It was mostly the women just planning out and preparing for the job. There was violence and conflict but only at certain times. Hopefully, the movie will be dramatic. There is another book after Widows called Widows: Revenge and I will definitely be reading that.

Overall, I give it a 4/5.

Until next time!

Auntie’s Place

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Hello everyone! I am coming at you with another English piece written by yours truly. I truly can’t wait for this semester to be over so I can pleasure read again. I have been so busy with class! I know that it’s no excuse but I would not be able to focus on my book if I’m worried about class and studying and planning future courses….ugh! But I digress. So this poem is basically describing a place from my childhood where I feel completely safe; my aunt’s house. As A kid my cousin and I would spent the weekend at her place and it was so fun. We would bake cookies, make doughnuts, paint our nails and watched Looney Tunes. It. Was. Wonderful! So without further ado here is my poem Auntie’s place.

Poems, poems, poems

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It has been a while since I blogged. I started school at the end of August and I knew that I would not have time to pleasure read, therefore, no new book reviews from me 😦 However, I still have a few pieces written that have not been posted yet. These poems that I am going to post are pantoum poems. A pantoum poem is similar to a villanelle poem where the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first in the next one. So without further ado here are the two poems. I hope you enjoy them.

The Art of Money-Pantoum poem

Lit. Journal pantoum poem

Until next time!

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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It’s that time of year again, you guys. Back to school! For me personally I go back to school in two days. Which means, unfortunately, pleasure reading will be on hold for a few months 😦 I have been so busy doing laundry and packing for school that I almost forgot to do a review on the latest book that I have read.

This book is written by the queen of mystery herself Agatha Christie, whom I love. Roger Ackroyd has been murdered and his niece engages the help of famed detective Hercule Poroit to solve the case.

Like most of Christie’s novels there is not a lot of action, blood or gore but it’s fun trying to solve the mystery using the clues that are given. One of the things I’ve noticed in Christie’s novels is that the killer’s motive is rarely straightforward. However, this killer’s motive was straightforward. And you won’t believe who the hell the killer was! Like Murder on the Orient Express it threw me off! Because of the time period of Christie’s novel majority of the time the women are hysterical and fragile and always in need of a man. It gets annoying a lot but as I said before, in that time period…I won’t say this was the best Poroit novel I have read but regardless I enjoyed it.

Overall, I give it 1 2-3/5!

Until next time!