As a senior reader, writer and well, ...real, live old lady, I didn't think I'd like this highly hyped vampire adventure. However, my curiosity forcedAs a senior reader, writer and well, ...real, live old lady, I didn't think I'd like this highly hyped vampire adventure. However, my curiosity forced me to sit down & see what all of the hoopla was about! I found out within the first few chapters and was so enamoured that I read all of Twilight in one sitting! Meyer got it "mostly" right in this original take on a typically dark & creepy genre! In fact, it is more of a teenager's "love story" than a vampirian thriller.
Each character in this love scenario has their own distinct history & persona - albeit some more developed, likeable, detestable or believable than others. I very much like that Meyer “tweaked” the “accepted & usual” vampire history, society, visage, choice of lifestyle, “gifts“, diet, and personalities.
Some bits of poor grammar, a spot or two of "wordiness" & perhaps a tad of redundancy in the writing style, plot & dialog can be easily overlooked, if the reader will only engage their own [in my case, ancient] 17 year old ego, id & imagination. ================================== I’ve read all of the series now & I’ve also seen the movies. I must say, “Good for you, Meyer, Summit, theatrical cast & crew, et al. ” The minor literary annoyances noted above were not much improved, but again, did not significantly distract from the charm & fantasy of Meyer’s love story. I also regrettably wasted a few moments of my valuable time reading some of the more popular Goodreads’ reviews. ==================================
Note: There is a place for worthy negative reviews. They can be contemplative, constructive & informative, in many ways, to many people. However, to those “would-be writers” who have posted long-winded, voracious, impetuous & “trendy” or “techy” negative reviews, [most of which I found to be only yawn worthy, a few minimally clever & none original]: My, my ...I think I sense a bit of your protesting too much & a pitiable need for attention. Well, I can think of worse venues to appeal for recognition and given the numerous "kudo-ish" comments, ...it worked for you!
Not that my sage advise means a twit to any of you, but do try to write something that is truly original, "read-worthy" and positive. Can YOU write [& get published] a novel [however imperfect] that captures the heart & imagination of thousands of people? If so, your time is better spent doing so …if not, well, the alternative is obvious, …more of your “ho-hum” trash reviews that appeal only to equally & notably “limited” folk.
5 stars to the movie, The Counterfeiters (with subtitles) starring Karl Markovics, August Diehl and Devid Striesow was tramatic to me as the cruelties5 stars to the movie, The Counterfeiters (with subtitles) starring Karl Markovics, August Diehl and Devid Striesow was tramatic to me as the cruelties of war escape my reason.
3 stars- to the book... was easier to get through, but also not as "stick it in your heart and gut." ...more
Lilies of the Field is a story of Homer Smith, a Black-American itinerant handyman who meets a group of penniless East German nuns now living in ArizoLilies of the Field is a story of Homer Smith, a Black-American itinerant handyman who meets a group of penniless East German nuns now living in Arizona. They believe he has been sent to them, by God, to help them build a new "shapel" (chapel)... The characters are well developed and very individual. Great amusing read. Excellent 1963 movie starring Sidney Poitier. ...more
Independence Day 4, War in the Desert is based on the impressive 1996 movie, ID4 but centered in Saudi Arabia. On July 3, Captain Reg Cummins and otheIndependence Day 4, War in the Desert is based on the impressive 1996 movie, ID4 but centered in Saudi Arabia. On July 3, Captain Reg Cummins and other RAF pilots lead an attack on one of the many "city destroyers."
The pilots fight a ground war with the aliens that had survived the destruction of their ship, (in spite of the earlier military "sweep" of the craft.)
The aliens' psychic abilities, their vehicles and weapons are described in detail.
The personal relationship between Cummins and the Saudi king's daughter is also developed in this novel.
Offshoot of movie ID4, The Silent Zone details the early career of Dr. Brackish Okun (played by Brent Spiner in the movie)and also delves into the aliOffshoot of movie ID4, The Silent Zone details the early career of Dr. Brackish Okun (played by Brent Spiner in the movie)and also delves into the aliens' technology. In addition, this book discusses the crash at Roswell, New Mexico.
Dr. Okun finds a second craft in Mexico in an area nicknamed the "Silent Zone." The Secretary of Defense Albert Nimziki, director of the CIA, shreds a report by Okun on the possibility of aliens visiting Earth someday.
Independence Day is a good read... Great Movie. Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's great plot, plus the outstanding, believable special effects of theIndependence Day is a good read... Great Movie. Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's great plot, plus the outstanding, believable special effects of the film, made the movie an emotional, on the edge of your seat treat. Jeff Goldbloom, Will Smith and other stellar cast members were the hot fudge on top of this cinema sundae making this one of the best science fiction flics ever!
Also read Stephen Molstad's 1996 tie-in novel, 1998 Independence Day: Silent Zone and 1999 Independence Day: War in the Desert...more