Friday, August 22, 2014

"Life of Pi" DVD is better than the book!

I read Life of Pi by Yann Martel back in April of 2008, but just watched the movie on DVD this past week.   I enjoyed the movie much more.  The part I found boring in the book was condensed and went quick in the movie and the lifeboat scenes were very well done!  Also, the movie wasn't as confusing as the book to me.  Richard Parker, the tiger, and Pi are both great!  It was fun seeing their relationship develop and that was my favorite part of the book as well.
(Karen's review, 5 stars)

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

"Cop Town" by Karin Slaughter Has Plenty of Action



Cop Town by Karin Slaughter is fiction about two female police officers hunting for a killer—a cop killer!  There is plenty of action in this that kept me turning pages.  The language is a little on the rough side which I did not care for.  However, the twist in the middle of the book turned this into a 5-star read for me and I loved the ending!  I wouldn’t say this is a “must read” but it is well worth reading.   
(Gerard's review, 5 stars)
 

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Merle's Door--Lessons from a Freethinking Dog" by Ted Kerasote (UPDATED)

 Merle's Door--Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote is the true story about a man named Ted.  One day while he was camping, a dog came and claimed him.  He agreed and called the dog Merle.  Merle was an amazing dog!  His story deserved to be told and Mr. Kerasote does it so well!

This is a fantastic read!  The two best dog books I ever read were A Pack of Two and Rose in a Storm, but this book now makes the list three.  It's right up there with my other two!  I LOVED IT!  If you are a dog lover, it's a must read.  Bring tissues but do not let that stop you.  So far, this is my book of the month!!  Love you, Merle.
(Gerard's review 8/14/14, 5++ stars)

I liked Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote because Merle was such an adventuresome dog and the bond he had with Ted was heartwarming.  I could have done without the research side notes that the author included about history of dogs and studies that have been done but am sure some people would find all that interesting.  Personally, I liked the parts about Merle and his adventures, his bond with Ted, and his encounters with other dogs and wildlife.  Of course, the ending made me cry but if you don't want to read the sad part, just stop before the last couple chapters.  It is a good book and I enjoyed it, probably because Merle reminded me of our dog in some ways.
(Karen's review 8/21/14, 4 stars) 


Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Dear Daughter" by Elizabeth Little - Recommended by PEOPLE Magazine



Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little is about a young woman who is accused of killing her mother.  After years of being in prison, she gets out on a small technicality.  Most of the public thinks she is guilty.  She goes back to the small town she lived in with her mom to find out who really did it.  There is a small reward for anyone who spots her that is given by the press.   

This book was in PEOPLE magazine for one of the books of the week.  It’s pretty good in parts, but to me there was just not enough action in it.  That being said, it is well worth the read and the ending is very good!  
(Gerard's review, 4 stars)
 
Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tuesday Teasers: FIVE Today--some were too good not to do a teaser from!


Gerard's:

But despite the legions of paparazzi that have descended on the remote island, no one has been able to uncover any sign of Jenkins.
At least not yet.
 From page 27 of Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little.

There was no other way for me to start a family, and I was naive. I didn't think the identity of Rosie's father mattered, but it does.

From page 6 of Identity by Ingrid Thoft. (See my review--too good to not have a teaser from it.)

The first miracle, though, is that the dog wasn't killed outright.  Somehow, as the goods train bore down upon him, he managed to flatten himself against the track-bed and avoid fatal injuries.
From page 4 of haatchi and little b by Wendy Holden.  (click link for my review)


Karen's:

Everything in me was screaming, Run!  But I couldn't move.

From page 52 (Loc. 819 on Kindle) of The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate.

Gingerly, he put his head into the opening, and I let down the flap.  He paused, guaging the intent of the strange thing on his neck.

From page 182 of Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should  Be Reading. Anyone can play along, so I thought  I  would play for fun! Just do the following

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