Teaser Tuesday: Aug 4

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

So I have been a little quieter this past week or so because we are trying to find and buy a house in a brand new city (very time-consuming, unrewarding and exhausting task), so I have been spending all my free time researching, and trying to find a house we’d like. But I am trying to read as much as I can in my free time. This week I have started The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I have heard so much about it via internet an friends, I had to pick it up. Sounds like a similar genre to Gone Girl, which as you know I loved. Without further ado, here is the teaser for this one!

“I feel uneasy. I walk around the house; I can’t settle, I feel as though someone else has been here while I was sleeping. There’ s nothing out of place but the house feels different, as though things have been touched, subtly shifted out of place, and as I walk around I feel as though there is someone else here, always just out of my line of sight.” (68)

Have you heard of this book by any chance? Have you ever experienced the stresses of moving house and keeping your life organised?!

Book Review: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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Published: 2011

So I am going absolutely gaga over this series and I am not going to lie, immediately after reading this book I had to physically pull myself from ordering the remaining books in the series from the Amazon page. Yes, I think the last time I got such a thrill from reading a book was from the thriller Gone Girl that I read last summer. It’s definitely a different type of thriller with Gone Girl, but both leave me hanging after every chapter and after the ride was done I was left astounded and a little empty. What was I going to do for the rest of my life without that book in my life?

So, just a quick like synopsis here, the Maze Runner survivors are back, this time facing even more gruelling and life-threatening tasks than the ones in the Maze. Similar to the first book, the scorch trials that they must endure not only tests their personal mental and physical strength but also tests their relationships. And let me tell you, there are going to be some shockers in there!

Maybe because the reader has the ability to see into Thomas’ thoughts, but I have to say I prefer his character in the book than in the film. He seemed very distant, unlikeable and acted too much like a stock hero character, but in the book I feel like we get a better sense of his personality and his objectives. I can also appreciate the fact that he’s not perfect.

I have to say that in the thriller/dystopian genre, I am not sure I have read something as thrilling. I much prefer this to the Hunger Games actually, and I can guarantee that once you start you will not be able to put it down until you have read the final word in the book.

Having said that, it’s no C.S Lewis or Tolstoy, meaning that although the diction encapsulates it’s readers it’s far from poetic or beautiful. There are no hidden metaphors or memorable/witty quotes that summarize some aspect of life. I definitely have to say that this book is a very entertaining and pleasant read, but I don’t think you will find any lingering after thoughts (aside from “wow, what a thrill” or “I need to know what happens”). I suppose that is why I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Have you started the Maze Runner series? What are your thoughts so far?

Wednesday Wondering: The dreaded Movie vs Book debate

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Wednesday Wonderings: A chance for me to muse about anything and everything literature.

With the hyped-up anticipation of Gone Girl (the movie), I was inspired to re-think books turned movies. After reading the book I was actually surprised that they were doing a movie of it as a big bulk of the movie was Amy’s diary entries and feelings discussed. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s gotten 8.6/10 on IMDB which is promising.

There is a huge list of books turned movies that didn’t live up to the hype. Some would argue The Lord of the Rings series, although impressive, never lived up to the amazingness of Tolkien. Harry Potter series especially did not do the series justice. I remember re-reading The Order of the Pheonix a week before the movie came out and being immensely disappointed with just how much they’ve left out.

Then there are those books that are very psychological. I don’t mean psychological as in disturbing, but rather that they deal with the character’s emotions, thoughts and mental being. There has yet to be a film technique to transcribe character thoughts properly. This is one of the powers of the novel. We can properly dip into the mind of the character (if it’s first person narration mind you). It’s what makes books amazing, as they can create a world that isn’t necessarily physical and they are able to make it personal. In movies, you never really fully understand the characters. Frequently, their reactions are overemphasized to try to indicate a certain emotion that isn’t necessarily realistic.

In reverse to that I find that action packed movies are better than action packed books (yikes, what a bold statement!). I couldn’t imagine reading Star Wars and enjoying it like I had the movies or say like the Jason Bourne series with the music, and the car chase scenes. For example the recent thriller I have read, I Am Pilgrim, I could see how amazing it could be in movie format, but I just felt like it lacked in book form. Maybe I am just not as imaginative as I had thought?

What I have learned about movies and books is that you have to do just that, treat them as different entities. When younger, I used to get angry when films did not interpret the books the way I had imagined when I had read the book. But now, I just try to treat each film as a single interpretation of the novel. There is a reason why there is a disclaimer at the beginning of movies, it’s just “based” on a book not identically copied.

I feel like that is a reason why books are still so amazing today. There are able to discuss and bring to light elements of human psychology that cannot be transcribed on the cinema screen.

What are your thoughts on movies turned movies? How to you handle the frequent disappointment?

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Published: 2012

What. A. Ride. Indeed.

The adjectives used to describe “Gone Girl” were actually what attracted me to this book.

“The addictive No.1 Bestseller.” “Deviously good.” “Gripping tale and page turner.”

I kept telling myself not to be sucked in by their clever marketing.

Actually, what helped convince me were not these fanciful words, but rather seeing two separate people reading it on the tube. At the very least it’s constant reappearance in my life helped ensure I engrain the title of the novel in my head, as I have a terrible short-term memory.

I am so glad I did.

Gillian Flynn did a spectacular job at giving me one hell of an emotional roller coaster that I can’t recall another book doing in recent memory. I couldn’t put it down. Literally, got off the tube stop at my work and just stood by the vents, underground to finish the chapter before heading into the office. I hated Nick. Then I felt sorry for him. Then I just didn’t understand how anything could possibly turn out. Then when we are revealed a big secret, I can’t contain my shock. Enraged with certain parts of the book I ranted to my boyfriend via email that I despise the male race. He wrote back some reassuring message and my opinion has changed.

The themes that she touches upon surpass the average thriller or detective story. The focus is much more about marital relationships – it’s common errors and downfalls. Loneliness, how people cope with it. The judicial system is very clearly commented on, it’s flimsiness, hastiness to find blame, and the influence of the public mind over it. The modern life is scrutinized in all of its drawbacks. The direct affect of the economic reconstruction – particularly the influence of technology on employment.

To be fair, the ending was a little bit of a disappointment (hence only 4 stars) and a flop to be honest. It’s hard to tell whether or not that was really what I thought or whether I had just become neurotic due to constant exposure to her writing. She really swept me away. I felt myself changing; my emotions fluctuating from page to page. I do feel that the beginning she set herself a high bar, but as things were revealed things got really dark and twisted quite quickly. I wasn’t too pleased with the outcome at all, and near the end I was kind of confused.

 Verdict: An absolute must read. Avoid spoilers at all cost. Read anywhere. Leave yourself at least 24 hours to read. This is a thriller/dark novel, definitely not a friendly, upbeat beach read. BRACE YOURSELF and tell me what you think.

Have you read Gone Girl? What did you think?

(Late) Teaser Tuesday -July 30

GAAAHHHH I am such a terrible person, I chose to forget to write this Teaser Tuesday’s post last night for two reasons:

1. I wanted to watch two episodes of this new show I started wasting my life with called QI. Brilliant show, entertaining and I learn lots.

2. I was too busy taking the emotional roller coaster ride of the current book on the docket; Gone Girl. I literally can’t put it down. After getting off the tube to get to work, I stood by the vents, in the underground, because I had to finish reading the chapter. I also stayed up until my eyes could no longer manage to strain of the light, flying through the chapters. Before I accidentally say more here are this Tuesday’s goods.

Summary: Many questions pound Nick Dunne’s mind on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when without a trace his wife Amy disappears. After finding some shocking evidence the police see Nick as main suspect. Amy’s friends reveal she had secrets from him. There are persistent calls on his mobile. So what happened to Nick’s stunning wife?

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“Back to the far back of the yard, on the edge of the tree line, there was the shed. I opened the door. Nonononono.

Book Haul/Update

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Hello there fellow bookworms!! I am pleased to announce that my large Amazon order came through, so thankfully I will be able to give my literary aspirations a jolt. I do apologize for being rather quiet the past few days. Or maybe you didn’t even notice. I guess I just felt I’ve been abandoning my literary passions (I have been trying to get through a tiny 150 paged book for the last 4 days). I know, so embarrassing. There is nothing wrong with the book, I’ve just been reading the Metro newspaper each morning on my way to work and have been attentively perusing the Runner World magazine for this month on my ways home.

But no fear because I have 4 books waiting to be read now! I thought I would give you quick synopses of the these to get you excited, if you haven’t already read them.

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? (Goodreads)

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.(Amazon)

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All four children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear them apart. The years pass and the children become adults and begin to develop their own quite separate lives. Soon it’s almost as though they’ve never been a family at all. Almost. But not quite. Because something has happened that will call them home, back to the house they grew up in – and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.(Amazon)

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What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.

Have you read any of these? Good/bad? Anyone else has these books on their lists? PS-I apologize for the odd tabbing, I am trying to insert columns via css and it’s proving challenging. If you know how to make it normal I am all ears!