Oct 26, 2009

Kiss Me Deadly - Film Noir

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, October 26, 2009 6 comments
Lately I've been really into film noir so I think I might do a series of posts on some of my favorites.
Tonight I watched Kiss Me Deadly, released in 1955 and based on the novel of the same name.

Mike Hammer a PI (all the best noir films have Private Dictectives) is driving along at night and a woman steps in front of his car forcing him to stop. She is obviously in trouble, so he agrees to give her a lift to the bus stop. They aren't driving for too long when a car pulls out in front stopping them, Mike gets knocked out and the woman, Christina, gets tortured. They are then both pushed off a cliff in Mike's car to make it look like an accident. Mike survives the crash and is determined to find out who killed Christina and why. Mike then follows leads throughout the movie to catch her killer, along the way he meets a few women who can't resist him, who couldn't resist a Private Detective? It's all very mysterious and the epitomie of the noir genre. For all those classic movie fans out there this is a must see. Filled with awesome lines like:

"Do me a favor, will you? Keep away from the windows. Somebody might... blow you a kiss"

"you were out with some guy who thought "no" was a three-letter word"

Oct 16, 2009

New Books This Week

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, October 16, 2009 5 comments
Just picked up one this week..but I don't think I mentioned the new one I got last week so I'll post that as well. Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death

After the death of Zara’s father, her mother sends her to live in snowy Maine, where she’s thrown off balance by icy roads and people who aren’t what they appear to be. But even worse than the blustery snow is the mysterious man who shows up. He’s been following her everywhere, he leaves a trail of gold dust behind him, and Zara’s convinced he’s connected to the disappearance of some missing boys in town. When Zara discovers that the mystery man is a pixie, she’s forced to fight her fears and question some of her own ideas about nonviolence.

I am reading Need right now, I'm not very far into it because I've been watching Supernatural which came from my Ziplist (similar to Netflix). Hopefully I'll get back to it soon, although this weekend I probably won't get much reading done. I'm going home for Thanksgiving, which was actually last weekend but we are celebrating it this weekend (Thanksgiving is in October in Canada).

Happy Friday!

Oct 12, 2009

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, October 12, 2009 2 comments

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Released October 2008
374 pages
Received mine from: The library

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humaniy and life against love.

Things I liked:
-Katniss, I liked that she was the stronger out of the two (meaning Peeta)
-Rue, she and Foxface probably were my favorite of the tributes (other than the obvious)
-I am undecided if I am team Peeta or team Gale. I like them both but there wasn't much time spent on Gale, so maybe I will have to decide once I read the sequel.
-I liked that the action was spread out throughout the book. Often times I read something and it's just fluff up until the last 50 or so pages then it's just straight action.
-The book had a very Ancient Rome feel to it, which tied into the gladiator games they would have back then.
-The feel of this book kind of reminded me of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, could be because I just recently read it. But I liked the feel this book had and the world that was weaved.

Things I disliked
-It was a little slow to start, and I felt that there were some parts that were overly detailed and I got a little bored with them.
-Spoiler - I didn't like it that the rules of the games were changed after 70 odd years to allow two players to team up just to accommodate Peeta's survival and a love story. Now I love romance, and I in no way wanted him to die..but to me it's just too convenient. Not every book has to have a love story to be popular. The author could have just as easily created a way for the two of them to escape from the games. Throughout the whole time they are in the arena I kept wondering why no one hit a wall or something that the could escape over?
-I thought there were a lot of times where Katniss has flashbacks of times from her childhood, I liked a few, but I thought there were too many and it slowed the story for me.
-I kind of felt that Peeta's personality changed after Katniss and Peeta team up
- Spoiler - I thought that it was weird that no one seemed to mind that the other tributes were turned into some kind of dog at the end of the games. If I was watching that I would be like "What kind of world do we live in that this is ok?". It's one thing to make people fight to the death, but it's another to experiment with them and turn them into something other than human.
-I wanted to know more about what else is out there besides Panem. Maybe that is answered in the sequel.

Overall a really good read. Although it was quit violent. I am pretty squeamish and there were some parts I almost thought were too much, but that's just me. I'm interested to see what the sequel Catching Fire will hold. I give this 4 out of 5

Oct 8, 2009

Once Dead Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, October 08, 2009 3 comments
Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, Book 1) by Kim Harrison
Hardcover: 240 pages
Released: May 26, 2009
Got my copy from: The Library

Madison's prom was killer—literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away. Now she's stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course. With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her. Well, if she believed in that stuff.

Things I liked:
-I loved this whole book, it was a little confusing at times because it was a new concept and it's not all explained at once but I actually kind of liked that. It kept me guessing. It may have been less confusing had I read the intro short story in the 'Prom Dates From Hell' collection.
-Barnabas..lets just say he is my new literary crush..can we say hottie angel..I've always had a thing for wings. Reaper is another name for angel basically, in this book anyways. (I think he may win out over Patch from Hush, Hush for me, I'm half way through that and I still like Barnabas better)
-Nakita, while she is technically a "bad guy" she's hard not to like, I love a strong female character that kicks ass.
-The reapers use these colored swords, and the whole colored swords thing reminded me of star wars..and it did kind of have that kind of that feel to it minus being in space.
-Madison, I loved reading from her POV. Anyone who knows me well knows that I prefer reading in 3rd person, but reading from Madison's POV was quite enjoyable for me.
-I loved that this book was about choice vs. fate..I don't really want to say what this means in relation to the book because it will kind of give it away but it was a refreshing to read about something new.
-I read a few reviews that said the writing in this book was dumbed down, but I didn't feel like that at all, I liked the writing style and the dialog etc.


Things I Disliked:
-I was a little annoyed by the character Grace, but I kind of warmed up to her near the end.

Overall this was a really fun read, action, adventure, sword fights, martial arts, hot angels, a twist at the end..what more could you ask for? I've never really gotten into Kim Harrison adult novels, but this was a solid book for her break through into the YA genre and I look forward to a sequel.

I give this 5 out of 5

Oct 2, 2009

New Book Arrivals For Me

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, October 02, 2009 7 comments
Just picked up The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the plot isn't something I would normally be interested in, but I have heard too many good things about it to ignore it any longer. Got it from my neighborhood library.

Also got Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, she gets bonus points for having the name Becca as that is part of my name. Got it in the mail this week, I won it in a contest from the lovely Juju at The Tales Of Whimsy

Needless to say I'm super excited to start reading these! Happy Friday everyone!
 

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