Blog Hop: Why I Review (or Don’t!)

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Do you write a review for every book you read or only review copies from publishers?

I review books when I have something to say about them.  Which is simplistic, but basically the truth!  I probably review about half (or a little more) of the books I read.  Continue reading

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Movie Review: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde-movie-poster-1941-1020452635During R.I.P. this year, I read a lot of classic horror, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  And it wasn’t very good!  But it still left me wanting to watch the movie–specifically, the 1941 one, starring Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman.  It was very much unlike the book, and so much better!

The novel puts the POV for most of the book from a friend of Dr. Jekyll’s, and keeps the mystery (that Hyde and Jekyll are one person) from being revealed for a very long time.  The movie dispenses with both these ideas.  We begin with the affable Dr. Jekyll (Spencer Tracy) who is engaged to be married to the lovely and genteel Beatrix (Lana Turner).  On a walk one night, he encounters Ivy (Ingrid Bergman), a saucy barmaid who quite likes the fine doctor–but he resists temptation and stays true to his fiancee.  Meanwhile in his work, he’s exploring the question of how good and evil are mixed in every individual, and whether there might be a scientific solution to separate them, in the interest of helping the criminally insane.  When he tests his elixir on himself, he morphs into the hideous Mr. Hyde–who has no moral qualms about seeking out Ivy.  Hyde begins a depraved affair with Ivy, while Jekyll grows increasingly conflicted…and increasingly loses control of his darker half. Continue reading

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Quotable Jessamyn West

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”
― Jessamyn West

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Book Review: The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare

After falling madly in love with the reincarnation premise of My Name Is Memory, I of course had to try The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen.  And now that I have, I feel…deeply mixed.  I enjoyed the read!  But not without reservations.

Seventeen-year-old Alex Wayfare is living her 57th life.  She doesn’t know that–all she knew is that she sometimes has disturbing, vivid visions of past times–until she meets Porter, a friend from her previous lifetime who can explain the truth.  Alex is a Transcender, with the ability to Descend into her own past lifetimes by passing through Limbo.  Porter serves as Alex’s mentor and her guardian, protecting her from an enemy made in her previous lifetime.  But Porter won’t tell Alex everything and mysteries abound…and there’s this boy.  Alex meets Blue (not his real name) first in Chicago in 1927–but then she bumps into him again in 1961–and in 1876…

So to begin with: very cool concept here!  For science fiction, this was light on explanations, but I was willing to take it largely as though it was fantasy and not ask too many questions, and that seemed fine.  The idea of all these lifetimes in different centuries is so intriguing, and the shadowy forces stalking Alex are suitably sinister.  Continue reading

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Blog Hop: Reading Stats

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: How many books do you read in a week? How many hours do you spend reading a day?

I usually calculate per month, and average about 12-15 books a month.  So I guess that’s…3 to 4 per week.  I hit the higher numbers when I read shorter books, obviously!  :)

I read for about an hour and a half a day, mostly over meals and on my lunch break.  Sometimes I’ll read for up to another hour in the evening, although not all the time and rarely more than that.  If I had more free time, I would spend more of it reading…but as it is, I read fast and get through a lot anyway.

One of my favorite things about reading other book blogs is finding bloggers who read even more books than I do! :D

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