Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What Has Everyone Been Reading?

Just finished LAIDLAW by William McIlvay. Now I am reading WOMEN IN THE WINDOW by A.J Finn. Have not exactly read up a storm here because I have doing publicity pieces for I BRING SORROW on this INFERNAL MAC. I lose half of what I write most days.

So what are you reading?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Forgotten TV Series: CASE HISTORIES

It is funny how often something that worked beautifully in a novel doesn't in a two-parter. I think a book allows a story to unfold more slowly. What seemed thrilling in this book when I read it probably nearly a decade ago seems like a jumble of too-similar plot lines in this production. Two dead girls, two missing girls: how to keep the storylines apart.
Jackson Brodie (Jason Issacs) takes on three cases all dealing with girls. Then, of course, there is his own daughter and girlfriends. Two many women to keep straight. A disappointment and you know what, I think I saw it in 2011 when it came out. It is followed by her other three novels and two original scripts.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Things That Are Making Me Happy

Continued perfect weather. Hard to imagine what Sarasota looked like during the hurricanes.
We drove up to St. Petersburg to see the Dali Museum. The building was a beauty but I have to admit neither of us really care for his art. We probably should have done a docent tour.
We met Erin Mitchell for lunch. She is heading up the Bouchercon conference this year and she told us about the plans. Sounds like it will be a great conference and the location is terrific.
Although Dali made some sense along with the RHINOCEROS which we had seem the day before. A great production of the Ionesco play. We also saw a contemporary play, NATIVE GARDENS, which I liked more than Phil.
It certainly is nice sitting at the pool and reading every day. It will be a long time before we can do that again. We return to Detroit on Saturday.

What about you?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday's Forgotten Books, February 16, 2018



Todd Mason will have the links today and next Friday. HATE MACS.

Terrific piece in NYT today on Alistair MacLean by Alessandra Stanley. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

We went to see the 2018 Oscar-Nominated shorts yesterday and what a strong bunch they are.

DeKalb gives us a twenty-minute showdown between a man armed with a gun and the school receptionist who tries to talk him down.

The Silent Child concerns a confrontation too between a sign language specialist and the mother who decides it's better for her child to read lips than become part of the sign language community.

My Nephew Emmett is an artful look at how Emmett's uncle tries to rescue him from the white racists who came for him.

The Eleventh Hour is a humorous short about a psychiatrist and his delusional patient.

Watt Wofe: All of Us is a harrowing bus trip with both Muslim and Christians onboard.

Every short was terrific. Hard to choose a winner. Worth a look if it comes your way.



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Why I Walked Out on the Greatest Showman


Being in Sarasota, home of Ringling Bros circus, it seemed destined that we would see this story of P.T. Barnum. So ignoring the terrible reviews, we went with the high approval rating by viewers. We made it through an hour-an hour filled with little authenticity, little based on fact. But when Jenny Lind stepped onto the stage circa 1850 and sang a song straight out of AMERICAN IDOL, with no resemblance to an operatic aria such as what she sang back then, we eased our way out. The audience around us was obviously enthralled with the film, but we just couldn't overlook the historical inaccuracies. The movie was unwilling to look the sideshow characters he collected in the face. They were kept in the background so we could admire Jackman and Zac Efron instead.
It was probably us. Either you are swept away or you are not.