Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Fan/Not A Fan

FAN:

"Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - Super book. I highly recommend it. I will warn you that you might be quite annoyed with the protagonist, Eleanor Oliphant, in the first few pages but please, soldier on. I almost slapped this book shut (metaphorically speaking since it was an ebook I borrowed from the library) after 3 pages but something made me stick with it and by the end of the first chapter I was in it for the long haul. Click the link above if you want an overview of the book but most definitely give this book a read. You will love it. You will also grow to like, if not love and care about, Eleanor Oliphant. Just stick with it - so worth it.

The "in Death series by J.D. Robb. Who is also Nora Roberts. There are now 48 books in this series and I have probably read most of them. My husband bought the ebook version of the latest and after I finished that I checked to see what my library had and 'picked up' one of the older ones - I think it's the 35th in the series - which I hadn't recalled reading.

Nora Roberts is well known for writing romance novels and I admit to reading a trilogy of hers, The Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy Now I don't normally read romance novels but I do read paranormal stories, stories about 'witchcraft', stories about ancient Ireland and Scotland etc. As I recall I liked this trilogy a lot.

Nora Robert/J.D. Robb has written 225 books at last count and I do wonder if she has a stable of ghostwriters ala James Patterson or whether she writes them all herself. There are debates about it.

At any rate, I do love the In Death series - and, interestingly enough, it could almost be called science fiction because it takes place in the future, of course given the current date of 2020, 2060 doesn't seem that far into the future. Still - I really like these books, this series, and I look forward to the news ones. They never seem to disappoint. I don't think there is one unlikable character, the crimes and their solution are interesting, hell. I just like everything about this series.

And speaking of science fiction -

Not A Fan -

Netflix just put up a new series Another Life, which I suppose qualifies as science fiction since it takes place in the future, involves an alien artifact and space travel. I don't know what other bases it covers since, after 2 episodes I took it off my watch list.

Now, as I said, I am not a science fiction fan but I do like stories about alien contact - such as "Close Encounters of  the Third Kind" or "Contact" - any movies like those I have probably seen. And liked. This crap that Netflix is peddling - OMG!

It is a pastiche of every other alien contact movie ever produced.  It is just friggin' insulting, is what it is. You sit and watch and just start ticking off all the other movies it has incorporated into it's so-called plot. It just pisses me off. Plus, you know, bad writing, bad acting - just flippin' bad.

So - whatever you like to read, most definitely give 'Eleanor Oliphant' a chance. If you like crime series, definitely give J.D. Robb's "In Death" series a go and if you like science fiction movies/tv shows, skip "Another Life" on Netflix.

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