Book Review: On Writing, by Stephen King

Again…I’ll say it. Stephen King…love his work or hate it. This time around, I LOVE IT!!

I have been incredibly inspired by this book. King has given me a new outlook on completing Purloin, a novel of mine that I’ve been working on for five, yes 5, years. I guess five years isn’t so bad. Better than saying life long work.

Anyways, On Writing reminded me that writing can be easy. Hell, I did it for almost 20 years, writing nonfiction, and writing was always fluid once I understood the subject. King says to just sit down and write 1000-2000 words of new story a day to get your first draft done. I know I can do this. I’ve done it during my career. Now, for the past couple days I’ve done it and boy has the pressure released. WHOO HOO!! It’s working!!

If you’re an author, read this book.

RATING: 5 out of 5

Movie Review: Sunshine

I had a hard time getting into this movie because I started watching too critical of the science of making a space ship that could fly so close to the sun, not to mention all the other things they were attempting to do to restore the sun’s energy. Don’t do this if you decide to view the film. While this movie is visually stunning, the plot is more about the decisions made by the crew. As decisions are made, bad results follow, although their judgment was not necessarily incorrect. Most disaster movies are all about the disaster, but with this film you have to think philosophically while disaster after disaster occurs. Once I realized this, I enjoyed the film.

RATING: 4 out of 5

Book Review: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Have added it to my list of favorites on Shelfari. This is the first book I’ve read by Cormac McCarthy and he left me wanting to read more of his books.

The road is one of the most emotion provoking novels I’ve read, bringing out few of the positive kind. While the setting of the book occurs after a world wide catastrophe and survival is the objective, it also speaks so much more about the necessity of a guiding relationship between a father and son.

This book reads quickly. One evening I sat down with half the book left to read and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it.

Don’t pick the book up unless you’re prepared to read a really depressing book. I had suggested The Road to a friend and she couldn’t get through the book. I had to tell her how it ends.

BOOK RATING: 5 out of 5

Movie Review: 30 Days of Night

I watched 30 Days of Night because I loved the idea of vampires taking over a town in Alaska during 30 straight days of night. Unfortunately it fell short, primarily because they followed the typical Hollywood horror/thriller movie formula–bad guys come to town, bad guys kill the people, heroes fight bad guys and survive.

What did I like? I enjoyed the cinematography and the fresh story idea (not the story line), as well as appreciated that the acting was pretty good. I also liked that the vampires spoke in a different tongue.

What did I dislike? The movie had a weak story line and wasn’t nearly gory enough for me. I would have liked to see the vampires torture their victims a bit more. Considering their prey was trapped, they could have had more fun with their meals.

All-in-all this movie really doesn’t stand out among horror movies, but it’s worth watching.

MOVIE RATING: 3 out of 5

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