Book Review: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

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It’s time for another post on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I finally finished part three, The Miserable Mill!

Goodreads-Cover for The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Goodreads-Cover for The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

 

The Plot:
After their last encounter with Count Olaf, the Beaudelair Children are sent to the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. It soon turns out that many things are quite irritating their: the workers get paid in coupons, only get chewing gum for lunch, and the kids (including Sunny) have to start working at the mill. So far Count Olaf is nowhere to be seen, but why does the house across the street look like his tattoo?

 

The Rating:
I have to admit, so far this is my least favourite book in the series. There’s a lot of stuff going on but it feels just a little more superficial than the novels before. Although there were some funny and sad moments, The Miserable Mill failed to pull me in as much as the rest of the series did. Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: 2 Broke Girls

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Today I have one of my current comedy favourites for you: 2 Broke Girls. It’s been running for 6 six seasons so far and there is no end in sight!

 

What is it about?
Caroline Channing’s life is shattered. She grew up as the daughter of a billionaire but now her father is in jail, all the money is gone and she is stranded and basically homeless. However, things turn around when she meets Max, a tough girl working at a diner. Soon the two very different women share the same dream: Opening up their own Cupcake business. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Brighton Rock (2010+1947)

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I recently stumbled upon an interesting adaptation of Brighton Rock, one of my favourite books, on late night television. It was the 1947 version in black and white! Immediately I was inspired to go for the newer take as well!

 

The Plot:
Pinky, far to young for the job, is the leader of Brighton gang. When they murder Fred Hale he has his hands full trying to cover everything up. Most of all he needs to take care of Rose, a young waitress who is a witness… Continue reading

Movie Mania: Catch me if you Can

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Today I have one of my favourite Leonardo DiCaprio movies for. He starred in many great production but this one is funny, sad and has his perfect antagonist: Tom Hanks! What makes it even more interesting: It’s based on the real story of Frank Abagnale…

 

The Plot:
The teen-aged Frank Abagnale has a wonderful but when his loving family seems to fall apart he takes drastic measures. His father loses his job and soon after his parents get divorced. Frank runs away. You’d think a young boy would run out of money soon, but Frank is clever. He begins forging checks and poses as a PanAm pilot. And that’s only the beginning… Continue reading

Top 5 TV Show Couples

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It’s time for another list! Today I want to talk about my all-time favourite couples in TV shows. There are tons to choose from, it definitely wasn’t easy picking just 5!
So halfway through writing this post, I decided that there just has to be a part 2. To be continued πŸ˜‰

 

#5 Cosima and Delphine (Orphan Black):
First of all it still is kind of ground breaking to have an openly lesbian couple in a TV show. I just loved how nobody shrugged a shoulder about it! Another point about this relationship that I find inspiring is how the two match perfectly also in science. They are super smart and together than can basically do anything!

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Book Review: Cold Calling by Haydn Wilks

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It’s time for another book review! This one actually marks a premier for me. The author approached me and provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for a review. So here we go!

Cold Calling Haydn Wilks Goodreads Cover

Cold Calling by Haydn Wilks, Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
We closely follow the life of a call center employee. His time at work, his time at home, his time out and about. But then he gets drunk and does something unbelievable…

 

The Rating:
Well, I had my problems with this one. Haydn Wilks names Bret Easton Ellis (among many others) as his influence and that shows. To be honest that’s not a writer I fancy at all, so I had my problems getting into the book. Just like with Ellis’ works I never find any connection with the characters, nothing relatable no matter how hard I try. And the constant listing of daily activities usually annoys me.
Wilks does the same but as his main character hasn’t much going on, it’s quicker to go through and made it more enjoyable for me.
It’s a rather short book (63 pages) so the story doesn’t have ages to unfold. I like that things are sped up but I still have my troubles grasping the characters real intentions and whatever goes through his brain.
I’m still not sure whether I like the abrupt ending, although it was a smart move.

So, if you like writers like Bret Easton Ellis, I’m 100% sure that you’ll love this book. For me it was just not quite right.

Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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