Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I did read Gone Girl. And saw the movie.

Both quite good.

Her earlier (2009) novel is even better.

It centres around a farm family massacred in Kinnakee, Kansas.

The 15-year-old son is locked up as the killer. Only the youngest girl  — Libby Day — survives.

Twenty-five years after the massacre, Libby, in need of money, meets with a group of amateur investigators who believe that her brother is innocent. She starts to believe her brother might actually be innocent.

They made a film of Dark Places (2015) too but from the trailer it looks to me they’ve changed the story quite a bit. It tanked. And has only 24% approval on Rotten Tomatoes.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

So skip the movie. Read the book.

The author was born in Kansas City, Missouri. And this book is set just outside of Kansas City, Missouri.


Grisham – The Firm

Though the story seemed VERY familiar, I don’t believe I ever read The Firm. Until now.

It holds up.

I’m guessing it was the film that stuck in my brain. Many thought the movie was better than the novel.

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The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller by American writer John Grisham. His second book, it was Grisham’s first which gained wide popularity; in 1993, after selling 1.5 million copies, it was made into a film starring Tom CruiseGene Hackman and Jeanne Tripplehorn. …

John Grisham was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

I am a big fan of the Millennium series of Swedish crime novels written by Stieg Larsson.

Punk super hacker Lisbeth Salander is one of the most compelling characters in modern fiction.

I actually like Mikael Blomkvist too.

Both the Swedish and America film versions were excellent as well.

Stieg Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004.  So The Girl in the Spider’s Web (original title in SwedishDet som inte dödar oss, literally “That which does not kill us”) is the fourth novel … written by David Lagercrantz.

Lagercrantz was given free rein by Larsson’s estate. Personally I think this book is better than the first three.

The plot is action packed: hackers, an autistic boy genius, Lisbeth’s twin sister.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer of the 2018 film version on YouTube. This film doesn’t seem to have much to do with the book, however.

And it lost money at the box office. AND it’s only 41% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’d still like to see it.




important film – Minority Report 2002

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story “The Minority Report” by Philip K. Dick. …

The film’s central theme is the question of free will versus determinism.  …

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Eye in the Sky with Helen Mirren

Though gripping and fantastic, very few people saw this movie.

It’s got 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Eye in the Sky is a 2015 British thriller film starring Helen MirrenAaron PaulAlan Rickman …

… the film explores the ethical challenges of drone warfare. …

It is the last live action film to feature Alan Rickman, who died in January 2016.  …

Terrorists are targeted in NairobiKenya .


Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

I highly recommend the 2011 biography. Even if you have no interest in Apple or Jobs. It’s a fascinating and very well written book.

Surprisingly, Jobs cooperated with this book. He admired Isaacson.

It was published 19 days after Jobs’ death.

Steve asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against.

His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

The 2015 film was based on this book but really doesn’t have much of a connection to it. Personally I did like the film as did Rotten Tomatoes, but it did lousy box-office

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs‘ first book.

Published 2011.

Teenage Jacob Portman is the lead character. And the book seems written for teenage boys.

I didn’t see the 2016 film, but the trailer gives you a quick look at the plot.

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Director Tim Burton changed / improved details in the book, I’d say.

Movie reviews are mixed / average. I don’t plan to see it.

This young adult book was originally intended to be a picture book featuring photographs Riggs had collected, but on the advice of an editor at Quirk Books, he used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. …

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a story about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather’s old photographs, tales, and his grandfather’s last words which lead him on an adventure that takes him to a large abandoned orphanage on Cairnholm, a fictional Welsh island.

I’ve no particular interest in reading any of the sequels.