There’s an interesting trilogy I want you to check out. Today I want to talk about the first installment of A. R. Kahler’s Cirque des Immortels series. So let’s find out about The Immortal Circus: Act One.
Immortal Circus: Act One (Cover from Goodreads)
You know the expression “to run off and join the circus”? Well, that’s exactly what Vivienne did. The weird bit: she barely remembers a thing about her past. When a troupe member is killed, she realizes that it isn’t an ordinary circus. It’s run by Mab, Queen of the Faeries, who’s at the brink of war with Oberon…
I’ll tell you upfront: this is not the most amazing book out there. You can tell that Kahler hadn’t been a seasoned writer yet and this was one of his first attempts at a novel.
Nevertheless, I think he did a decent job.
The story is interesting enough and surprising at times. It wasn’t quite what I had expected from the title, but hey – let’s just go with the flow. Some characters have more depth than others, meaning that many of the side characters will feel like a bit of blur as some of them are rather similar. Continue reading
It’s book vs. movie time. Today I want to write about the very moving novel (and the adaptation) Still Alice. Let’s see what I think about it!
Alice Howard is a smart and successful woman. She’s a university professor But when Alice approaches her 50th birthday, she starts to notice changes in her ability to remember. It turns out, she’s suffering from early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease…
I’ll begin with my thoughts on the book. Lisa Genova wrote a compelling novel that is absolutely haunting. I’ve read my share of horror literature but nothing has ever frightened me as much as this story.
Genova paints a picture of a bright woman who has to watch her mind change without really being able to do something. No matter how hard she tries, there’s no way of stopping the disease, all she can to is waiting and watching her abilities decline. The scariest part of it all is how relatable it is. It could happen to anyone. It doesn’t have to be Alzheimer’s, there are lots of diseases out there. Still Alice got under my skin, I swear even weeks after I finished the novel I would get the chills whenever I forgot something and started to wonder. Continue reading
I’ve been re-watching some Disney classics lately. This time it was the Hunchback of Notre Dame, one of the darker productions. Let’s see whether it’s still good after so many years!
You all know the story. Quasimodo, the titular hunchback lives at the cathedral. He is an orphan, his mother was killed by Judge Frollo, an evil man with a hatred for gypsies.
Quasimodo is a shy yet kind guy, who is usually forbidden from leaving the cathedral. But for the festival of fools he dares to venture outside – and promptly falls for Esmeralda, right before the townsfolk shun him for his deformity…
I honestly didn’t remember much about his particular Disney production. But when I re-watched the film recently I surprised how dark the tone is. The film basically starts with Frollo killing Quasimodo’s mother and then planning on drowning the baby. That’s not exactly family friendly, right?
However, Disney did an amazing job with Victor Hugo’s story that had been even darker. They managed to create a version that is palpable, colorful, sometimes even funny but never distasteful. It’s tricky to keep the balance when dealing with the topics featured and simplifying and smoothing things for children. This could have gone downhill easily. Continue reading
Today I want to introduce one of my new favorite shows to you! Good Girls Revolt is one of Amazon’s very own production. Unfortunately they cancelled it after one season and I am so sad about it 😦
Anyway, let’s talk about the brilliant season we got!
A few weeks ago I wrote about Lynn Povich’s book The Good Girls Revolt. She essentially tells the tale of her coworkers and her suing their employer, Newsweek magazine, for unequal treatment.
This show picked up the story. In the first season we follow the build-up until the women actually file a complaint and go public in the very last episode.
Why should you check it out?
Good Girls Revolt is an amazing representation of the 60’s. I love the fashion, the hairdos and most of all the music. There’s a playlist based on the shows soundtrack and I’ve been listening to that non-stop.
The cast was mostly unknown to me, but I there was not a single person there who disappointed me. Among the few big faces, especially the actresses playing the “good girls” had a hard time but they all did extremely well. The show features some real life people so it was even more of a challenge to get those to look authentic.
In general they did a very good job getting the whole 60’s vibe across! Continue reading
I just finished the latest part in Rick Riordan’s series about the Norse Gods. It’s called the Ship of the Dead, so let’s see what it is about!
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Cover)
Magnus and his friends have to save the world by preventing Ragnarok. That basically entails defeating Loki and stopping his ship of the dead from sailing.
Piece of cake, right? The have a nice handkerchief that unfolds into a violently yellow boat to send take them through the nine worlds…
I’m sure that by now you all know that I’m a huge Rick Riordan fan. After reading all his books dealing with Greek mythology I was excited about this new series about the Norse Gods.
So far, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard has been a fascinating insight. I already learned so much!
The first two books were impossible to put down, so I was very excited to finally pick up book #3. Continue reading
It’s book vs. movie time. This time I took a look at Rosalie Ham’s and the 2015 adaptation starring Kate Winslet!
Tilly returns to her home in the Australian outback after 25 years. She’s an entirely different person than she was when she left. However, the only thing that’s changed about the town is her mother being ill. Tilly still struggles with a dramatic event that occurred in her youth and wonders whether she might have been cursed since then.
While she tries to figure out her past, dressmaker Tilly will certainly bring some fresh wind to this dusty bit of world.
Book vs. Movie:
I usually read the book first, but in this case I stumbled upon this flick on TV and only found out later that there actually is a novel. So today, I’m gonna kick off with the film!
First of all, Kate Winslet is absolutely wonderful. We all know that she certainly knows what she’s doing and doesn’t fail us with this performance. She has some great additional cast, but Kate is the shining star here.
Let me warn you. This movie might not be what you expect. It has some dark moments but also some rather weird humor. It’s the kind of thing you either love or hate as it can be somewhat irritating. However, it’s exactly down my alley. Continue reading