This is the second time I read this book. I bought it in the 70's when it first came out, in fact my paperback is a first edition. My curiosity at theThis is the second time I read this book. I bought it in the 70's when it first came out, in fact my paperback is a first edition. My curiosity at the time was huge about the author's idea about what happened to my favorite mystery writer when she disappeared.
The ideas of the author all fits the actual evidence that is known about Agatha Christie's disappearance. The rest of course is the authors imagination. The book is far better then the movie. I have read a lot about Agatha Christie and there are two parts of it that I disagree with that seems to be out of her character. I won't give it away since I do think the book well worth reading.
I love the characters of Wally Stanton and Evelyn Crawley, I think they are actually my favorite part of the novel. She succeeded in making Archie Christie the villain of the piece. I am not sure he was a villain he was more of a product of his time and upbringing. Agatha was a lot like her father in both emotion and out look. I think that opposites attracted but it didn't last because Archie had so little imagination and Agatha had so much.
This is my second time reading Mr. Wagner's book and I enjoyed even more the second time. I have been a fan of his since I was a child. The first timeThis is my second time reading Mr. Wagner's book and I enjoyed even more the second time. I have been a fan of his since I was a child. The first time I ever saw him was in a movie called The Pink Panther. If you have never seen it I would recommend it highly. So when he talks about how he got the part and his long friendship with the amazing David Niven I was mesmerized. I have been a fan of David Niven forever as well. Who wouldn't feel that way he was such a wonderful, funny and talented man. Robert Wagner lets you know that is very real and that he was also a great friend and mentor.
The first TV show I saw Mr. Wagner in was It Takes A Thief. This show is not shown anymore. Such a pity because it is one of the most fun and stylish shows. It is about a thief who is taken out of prison and recruited to work for the a CIA like organization. I just loved it because it was fun and exciting. The man who played his Dad was the great Fred Astaire . Of course he was a great dancer but he was also a wonderful actor. Robert Wagner talks about how he became not only a mentor but one of his dearest friends. I loved that.
The most touching part of the book was about Natalie Wood. How they met, fell in love and married way too young. And how they came back to each other only to loose Natalie in such a heart tearing devastating way. You could just feel the poor man's heart breaking as he wrote it.
I also loved his series, Hart to Hart, he and Stefanie Powers had a wonderful relationship and you could see the friendship on the screen. It was fun to read how that came about how he felt about being a Producer and Actor in a hit series.
This is just a touch about his book, I highly recommend it for not only fans of Robert Wagner but fans of movies. It teaches us what the movie system was like, what TV in the 60's and 70's are like and how it all changed as the world changed. ...more
I really enjoyed this story. I knew very little about Dante' so I learned a lot as I always do with Dan Brown's books. What I really loved was that h I really enjoyed this story. I knew very little about Dante' so I learned a lot as I always do with Dan Brown's books. What I really loved was that he mixed it up a bit. To be honest though I love the Robert Langdon books they were following a formula so closely that I began to get a bit bored by it. Though the mix of history and places was always exciting and interesting the plots were becoming predictable.
I really like that in this book that there is that sense of not knowing what is going to happen again. It was very fresh and the characters were very rich and interesting. I also like that nothing was to be taken for granted and nothing was predictable.
The locations as always were full of art and beauty which one thing I always love from Dan Brown's books. I love how he mixes history with his fiction, unlike some people that is what draws me to his books. I have never been a purist I love to learn and have fun at the same time. If I want pure history I would get an art history book, the fun is to read an exciting thriller and to learn something is a bonus.
I think Sienna Brooks is his most complex and interesting character to date. She is an interesting mix of vulnerability and intellect. And I also like that he included an older woman this time, Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey is bright beautiful woman with a life time of experience. And yet he made this rather intimating woman vulnerable.
It was a wonderful adventure. Thank you Mr. Brown.
I really enjoyed this third book of the series. I loved the new characters introduced especially Zoe. I thought she was an interesting and complex ch I really enjoyed this third book of the series. I loved the new characters introduced especially Zoe. I thought she was an interesting and complex character. I also really enjoyed Thalia, she's a really good and brave girl. She was truly the child of Zeus in it and was a great friend to Percy. The story line of how Riptide came to be was truly fascinating. And I also loved the new kids Bianca and Nico. I thought that they were also interesting and complex. I really missed Annabeth through most of the text. She and Percy had such a great bond in the previous to novels. I also thought the new Gods and Goddess introduced were wonderful. Two of my favorites were in it. I don't want to give anything away I just kind of hinted at it but you should really read this one it is a fun book and I look forward to reading the next one. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I really understood the Mother/Daughter relationships in the book. I really think all women can in one way or another. NotI really enjoyed this book. I really understood the Mother/Daughter relationships in the book. I really think all women can in one way or another. Not the drama of story but the underlining love in it. An excellent read!...more
I just finished the book, it was lovely. It is full of good advise and great ideas. She did a lot of research which I appreciated and I did learn a loI just finished the book, it was lovely. It is full of good advise and great ideas. She did a lot of research which I appreciated and I did learn a lot. I feel it is full of love, hope and true guidance. I think that it shows the beauty of all women and the hope that respect and self love would do for our sex. It is a very positive response to the current world view.
The only thing I really did not like was the beginning. The section entitled; This I Believe was really difficult to read because it was repetitive and the first chapter was really slow.I know it was because she was setting up the book but it just didn't flow like the rest of the book.
I think once I got through that part, it was smooth sailing. I really enjoyed it. The most touching stories of course were the stories she told from her own life at the end of the book. They were full of self reflection and honesty. I loved that part very much.
It is worth reading and I am very glad that I did....more
I really enjoyed the book, it gave a sparkling account of a sparkling life in the acting world. I agree with so much she says about theater and what iI really enjoyed the book, it gave a sparkling account of a sparkling life in the acting world. I agree with so much she says about theater and what it means. I really agree with what she says about young people today needing to know of the history of the proffesion.
I loved to read about her family and life outside of the theater the small glances of it. I completely respect her privacy so I am very happy with what she has shared.
This is a very fascinating read. In the book he explains he is only repeating what his teachers (some world renowned scientists) taught him. The way hThis is a very fascinating read. In the book he explains he is only repeating what his teachers (some world renowned scientists) taught him. The way he brings his beliefs effortlessly with scientific learning and showing both are important and that they are very compatible is nothing more then brilliant. You have to read it a couple of times to understand some of it because it is very highbrow. I am not stupid but some of the concepts went over my head and I really had to break it down to understand it but once I did I marveled at his very reasonable arguments. Well done. ...more
This is such a good book, I couldn't stop reading. Wow! such drama. I was amazed where Jill Paton Walsh took Peter and Harriet, I was sad about partsThis is such a good book, I couldn't stop reading. Wow! such drama. I was amazed where Jill Paton Walsh took Peter and Harriet, I was sad about parts of it. I was very happy that she helped to bring Peter and Harriet to the next level.
There were parts of it that I was very shocked and involved in. The description of the blitz had me crying my eyes out. I felt so stricken at the descpription of the aftermath. I am mush but it was soooo sad.
I was also stricken about what happened to some of the charachters and the Denver estate. I loved how well their kids were coming along. Wow! They are great kids, So is the Bunter's boy Peter, he is a doll.
I had seen the David Suchet version and really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the book and there were some points in it that struck me that I would neveI had seen the David Suchet version and really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the book and there were some points in it that struck me that I would never had gotten had I just seen the tv movie. This my own little thing that has been running in my head...
I think Agatha put a lot more of herself in the book then she meant to, I saw her as both Gerda and Edward for different reasons. John Cristow was Archie, and from what I have read she was the worhshiper just as Gerda was. He tumbled off the pedistal in much the same way but instead of killing him she pulled off the disapearance of the century. Much better really, torchure him, and get to watch it from a distance. I think she poured all her reasons for loving and worshiping Archie into John Christow(even the name) and then she revealed all his flaws that led to his murder. Through Gerda she got to show all her sadness, confusion, anger and depression. I don't think I would picked up from a movie, even from the greatest actress on the planet.
Edward sinking so deep in depression that he attempts sucide and her description of that depression lead me to the conclusion she suffered from clinical depression herself. I have never suffered from that but I am a great fan of another British novelist who did, Jo Rowlings who invented the Dementors, a creature invented from depression. Agatha Christie description of Edward sounded just as Jo Rowlings described her fight with it, in both the Year in the life and the interview she had with Oprah. I just had to say somthing because it hit me on the head and I couldn't shake it out. So now I am free of it, thanks for letting me:)...more
I really respect Bethenny for all she has earned in her life. Not money but acheivements. She has gone through so many struggles and have over come thI really respect Bethenny for all she has earned in her life. Not money but acheivements. She has gone through so many struggles and have over come them and found her place in the world. I learned a lot from this book, I treated as text book and when I am in need I go back and refer to pages. It is well written, enjoyable and very helpful....more