Book Reviews

Shirley Jackson – The Haunting Of Hill House Book Review

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

Thus begins one of the scariest novels written by Shirley Jackson in 1959, describing a doomed mansion and leaving the reading with an ominous warning: “whatever walked there, walked alone”.  Shirley Jackson was a writer who understood that good scares come to those who wait, but she also knew how to get to the point.

Book Reviews

Insurgent * Veronica Roth (Book 2)

“Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.”

Insurgent takes off where Divergent left off. It is literally like we turned over the last page of Divergent and ended up in the beginning of Insurgent. Tobias, Tris, Marcus and Caleb travel with the remaining Abnegation to seek refuge with the Amity. The Amity live amongst the orchards and farms, just beyond the gates guarded by the Dauntless. It is not long however before they are discovered by the Erudite’s and must seek assistance from the only allies they have left, the Factionless.

“Insurgent, he says. Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent

Book Reviews

When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man – Jerry Weintraub

“What you have been given is yours to understand, but the rest belongs to me.”

Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary deal maker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him–the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York’s Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood–he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door. “All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage,” he writes. “I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: ‘Jerry Weintraub Presents.'”

Stephen King

5 Books from Stephen King that should be made into movies

The Shawshank RedemptionThe ShiningThe…Night Flyer? Film adaptations of the works of Stephen King can be hit or miss, but there is no denying that Hollywood loves to mine the depths of King’s twisted, macabre mind.  The Dark Tower was released last year, so was Gerald’s Game and IT and 1922.

While some of you King aficionados might bemoan the omission of a particular title, keep in mind that all of the entries on this list are properties which, as of this writing, do not have a production deal in place.

While Mr. King has a ton of work being optioned right now, we can only cross our fingers and hope that the following works will be given the Hollywood treatment at some point down the road.


The Philosophy of Time Travel – A fictional book created by a fictional character

   The “Philosophy of Time Travel” is a fictional book written by character Roberta Sparrow, or more commonly referred to as “Grandma Death”. Dr. Kenneth Monnitoff gives this book to Donnie during one of their conversations about time travel. Since Roberta Sparrow is a fictional character in the movie Donnie Darko, it is not clear who has written this book, but it was most likely the director, Richard Kelly or his staff. It was included on the Official DVD to help viewers understand the plot of the movie and to help explain many of the occurring events. The book has chapters missing from it, most likely on purpose to give it more of an authentic feel, since if such a book existed, it would probably contain large amounts of extraneous information which is not needed to understand the plot. Below is a copy of “The Philosophy of Time Travel” with comments and examples I have added to help show the relationship between the book and the movie ( * denotes a comment).

The fact that Roberta Sparrow has written this book, and overnight completely switched from being a nun to a science teacher, leads us to believe that she has gone through what Donnie is going through in this movie. There is no actual proof that she has gone through this since there would be no evidence of it ever occurring.


Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Movie is finally coming!

I was so excited when reading the books thinking on how they could adapt it into a movie and I had to say I sighed happily when I heard Tim Burton is going to be doing it.

Here’s the trailer!

‘Air – it’s my peculiarity. If I show you the rest you have to promise not to run away.’

Book Reviews

Honeymoon * Susan Elizabeth Phillips

honey-moon-susan-elizabeth-phillips-paperback-cover-artAfter the dreary “Host” from Stephanie Meyer, I felt like laughing again so I picked up a book from 1993 written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I read (or mostly listened to it being read by Anna Fields in my car) the previous novels called “Hot Shot” with the troubles of a woman in a start-up business with electronics and another one from the post-civil war era of a mismatched romance between a Yankee and a Confederate called “Just Imagine“.

I knew what I was in for – a thrill ride, well written and full of humour and I was not disappointed.

Honey Jane Moon is only 16 but has been her family’s commanding force for years when she decides to drive her pretty cousin Chantal Booker from South Carolina to California to audition for TV’s Dash Coogan Show. Dash, “the last of America’s movie cowboy heroes” is indeed impressed–but by Honey, whom he picks to play his daughter. Although suddenly tossed into life’s fast lane, Honey still wants just what she always wanted: a close-knit family and some affection. Her South Carolina kin live with her, but their closeness resembles the adhesion of leeches. Dash, who learned about relationships from his ex-wives, turns a cold shoulder to Honey, who desperately needs him to be a real-life father figure, while Eric Dillon, Honey’s “dark, sullen, and gorgeous” co-star, stomps on the puppy love she has to offer. Yet it is only through their complicated relationships that Honey, Dash and Eric can finally exorcise their personal demons.
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Growing Up

A daughter-dad talk that made me smile (The obvious child)

“When your mom and I split up, I thought my life was over.
You know what saved me? A long walk with your Uncle Jim. We walked, we talked, and we talked about life, and spirituality, and identity and racism. And by the time
the sun came up, we had the premise for our first TV show.
You know, creative energy sometimes comes from the lowest point in your life.”

You know, creative energy sometimes comes from the lowest point in your life.

“But, dad, you had a partner to do all of that with. I’m just up there alone by myself just beating myself up.”
“Well, negativity will either be your best friend or your worst enemy. How do you want to approach your fears?”
“Tylenol pm.”
“No. Living. Living is the best revenge.
So eat up, and then when we’re finished, you’re gonna go visit your mom. She’s worried about you.”

You guys need to know there are some children out there who don’t talk to their parents for months. Like, even on the telephone. Really? Really?

“Are you proud of me?”
“I’m very proud of you.”
(Both laughing)

The Obvious Child
The obvious child – a rom-com

Obvious Child (2014) on IMDb