Actually, I would give it three and a half stars if I could here. Good interesting well-defined characters in this story, somewhat interesting story....moreActually, I would give it three and a half stars if I could here. Good interesting well-defined characters in this story, somewhat interesting story. However, there is lots of druggies, drug use here which ramble too much, ruminating on their thoughts, feelings, and that gets old half-way through, for me. The theme is the late 1960's, a private eye, his friends, the cops who hound them, a mystery about the whereabouts of an ex-girlfriend of the private eye. It was an interesting change of pace for me but not sure I could recommend it to others. I think it will probably make a better movie than book as the visuals and sixties sets will most-likely help.(less)
Heartbreaking...shocking...vulgar...violent...crude...real...so many stories interwoven, well-defined characters....so many thought race around in my...moreHeartbreaking...shocking...vulgar...violent...crude...real...so many stories interwoven, well-defined characters....so many thought race around in my head as I finish this book. It's a book to be mulled over, thought re-digested before even attempting to review...to decide if it's liked or appreciated. It's definitely not for everyone...but definitely thought provoking. The stage is set in Hollywood but I feel that the very human wants and needs shown here are universal.(less)
This excellent book, What Falls Away written and narrated on audiobook by Mia Farrow. It is a unique memoir of a very private person who has lived a...moreThis excellent book, What Falls Away written and narrated on audiobook by Mia Farrow. It is a unique memoir of a very private person who has lived a very public life. Born into a large, Hollywood family, Mia Farrow has met and often befriended an eclectic group of friends--from Salvador Dali to the Beatles to so many of 'old Hollywood' such as Charles Boyer, Hal Roach, and Elizabeth Taylor and their children.
The three loves of her life, two of which she married--the legend Frank Sinatra, musician Andre Previn, and filmmaker Woody Allen were all very different people and the relationships were all different.
She has given birth to four children and adopted ten others (Some of which were disabled). A great humanitarian, she has worked to raise the public conscience about handicapped, disabled children of third-world countries.
A naturally quiet, shy person, she has withstood great highs and lows in her life, also withstood controversy with determination and courage.(less)
I have just finished reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. It is an intense thriller...physically and psychologically violent. Clearly written for adult...moreI have just finished reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. It is an intense thriller...physically and psychologically violent. Clearly written for adults, the plot unfolds as quite graphic. This is not the kind of book i normally gravitate to but as I got into this book i found I was riveted to it and could barely put it down.
Most of the story takes place in and around Moscow in 1953, the year Stalin died. The protagonist is a Leo Demitov, a former military hero, now in the secret police, known as the MGB. His wife, Raiasa, also figures prominently in the story. There are secrets and lies, trust and distrust, plot twists and turns. It is all very exciting.
I found the book spellbinding in a way books very rarely are.. The characters change, develop into wiser, more mature people as the layers of the story play out. By the end of the book Leo and Raisia may look much the same but they are so different on the inside.
I recommend this book to all who enjoy adult mystery/suspense novels and thrillers. i can't stress enough that they need to be mature adults themselves to appreciate this book. This book is violent, in a physical sense and a psychological sense. It is in places very disturbing. I think this book is well written and the plot well thought out.