The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson

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by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 25, 2017  · 


I have to admit the size of this novel scared me at first…724 pages! But being in Mexico with nothing to do and all day to do it, I banged it off in about a week. I had to leave some time for drinking beer and laying around the pool.
I couldn’t remember if I’d seen the movie made from Stieg Larsson’s first installment of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I started the book with an open mind. I thought it read a bit deep and dark at first, with complex characters I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep track of, but the next thing I knew I was 300 pages into it and completely engrossed.
I’m a constant complainer of too much fluff, but I barely skimmed, finding the character traits and backstory all interesting.
The end seemed a bit abrupt, but the beginning of the next installment was included and it appears the story will go on with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.
A very good book that I had no problem giving five stars.
 

One Chance – the Paul Potts Movie

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If you’re looking for one of those warm and fuzzy feel good movies, I guarantee you’ll be satisfied with One Chance, the real life story of Paul Potts, who won the Britain’s Got Talent contest by singing opera.

 Like many others, I’d seen the clip where he blows away the audience and Simon Cowell on the talent show, but I had know idea of this man’s trials and tribulations in life, to get there. This is a Rocky story for singers, showing us how even the underdog can achieve his dreams if you take a chance.

Cathryn and I watched this movie on our lap top, through Netflix, so I have to believe it is out on video. The movie was produced by Simon Cowell.

If this movie doesn’t bring a tear to your eye it will at least give you a few goose bumps. We both give it 10 out of 10.

Timeline – Michael Crichton

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by Michael Crichton

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 14, 2017  · 


Excellent book.
If you’re looking for a story to entertain you, yet test your understanding of the world around us, Timeline is for you. It’s not about time travel…as clearly stated in the book, there is no such thing. Instead, the story explores the possibility of parallel universes, and the capabilities to visit them. The plot and characters are strong. The technical side of the story gets a bit deep, with explanations of quantum physics, but for me it was fun discovering things that we never knew in the past, and are just beginning to understand now.
I’ve seen movies made from Michael Crichton’s novels, but this was the first of his books I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Muy Bien Melaque

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We’ve been in Melaque, Mexico just over a month now, our second visit to this undiscovered gem on the Pacific coast. The towns of Villa Obregon and San Patricio help to form what is known as Melaque, a little known destination for many Canadian snowbirds. Although tiny in comparison to places like Puerto Vallarta, Melaque has a great selection of bars and restaurants to quench our thirst and satisfy our hunger. Although we’ve tried many different establishments in the last month, I am only mentioning three of our favorites in this blog post.

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Guilt – Jonathan Kellerman

15796976Guilt (Alex Delaware, #28)
by Jonathan Kellerman

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 02, 2017  · 
3.5 Stars
It wasn’t until I was introduced to the protagonists that I remembered reading one of Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware novels before. If I remember correctly, I like the last one better. I like the combination of L.A. Detective and Psychologist partner, but I felt the plot stalled about two thirds of the way through the book.
I found myself skimming to get through the painfully slow progression of the case at hand. In fairness, having been a criminal investigator, I understand how that can be in real life. Having said that, I think Kellerman stalled just a wee bit too long, waiting for the investigators to get a break in the combination of cold and fresh cases.
The story was interesting and the characters played well off each other with excellent dialogue. I think I’d give the author another shot to wow me.

Unintended Adventures

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            What exactly is an adventure and where do you find one? Touring companies offer them all the time—they must know. Usually, for a tidy sum of money, they promise unique adventures that anyone can go on. Is that being adventurous—going where everyone else has gone before? Sure it is, but we don’t need to spend our hard earned money to have someone else show us something different, off the beaten path.

            We call ourselves tourists, when we venture off to discover something new and different from the norm. Unfortunately, many of us become sheep, using travel agents and guide services to tell us how and where to find what we seek. For hard working individuals who need to get away from it all, there is nothing wrong with that.

            For real travelers, or adventurers, we know what is required. We know that you have to get off that beaten path, peek over that fence, look around the next corner, and drive down that next road to see where it leads. It’s not rocket science, it’s a yearning, curiosity, and desire to enrich ourselves and learn something new. It’s enlightenment.

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