Unlike “The Butler” where I did not realize it was a “behind the scenes” book and therefore didn’t like it because I felt duped, I knew what this book was all about in advance so I only have myself to blame if I didn’t like it. I suspected that his might be the case just based on the title; however I decide to give it a shot anyway.
My attention was up and down throughout. As predicted, I was very captivated when the subject covered a show I’d seen (Sopranos and Mad Men), I loved the tidbits and factoids, and whole TVography was interesting…. great fun! But when it came to shows I hadn’t seen, I tuned out – I really was not interested.
Not surprisingly therefore I’d recommend it to people who have watched all the shows featured – it’s way more fun that way!
I picked up this biography not knowing much about the life of Christopher Plummer, I just wanted Sound of Music scoops. I think this book would appeal more to fans of his theater work, it’s all a little too high-brow for me, but still I enjoyed it overall.
I got so much more out of this memoire than I anticipated, who knew Christopher Plummer was such player... and not just on the stage. He’s a charming, boozing, womanizing, cocky, overconfident man (I would say Captain Von Trapp comes close to being his polar opposite!) but his writing is witty, self deprecating, packed with great one-liners and so hilariously honest that it was a pleasure to read.
I didn’t get very many Sound of Music scoops, but I love that he refers to it as ‘S&M’. ha! He also says that: “watching the Sound of Music is like being beaten to death with a Hallmark card”. Hysterical!
If I knew he was Canadian I had forgotten, so it was a real treat to read about Montreal (my city) in the ‘old days’; I found myself pining for a time I didn’t know.
I think to satisfy my craving for behind the scenes gossip, I’ll give the book “Forever Liesl” by Charmian Carr a try.
It was fun to read the behind the scenes details of his various TV shows and movies - very interesting! However, I wanted more! More details, more stories, more factoids... I felt like it was just a pleasant anecdote or two per production.
On the other hand, he is so prolific that if he would have delved deeper into detail, the book would have been thousands of pages long!
I like Garry Marshall’s style and sense of humour, this was a really fun read.
The fact that this is a series is what keeps me going (12 volumes so far). The idea of a go-to series appeals to me so I am determined to get into these books!!
This instalment entertained me enough to keep going, I enjoyed the reoccurring characters, the setting, and the overall mood... I did find the pace a little slow mind you.
In general; I like it. I am up for more and hope that the more I read the more I will want to read.
The book was delightfully silly - there is not much more I can say!
I highly enjoyed this amusing little tale; the title sets the tone perfectly and the story is simply charming.
I really should read more background information on the books I buy before forking over the money!
I love Time Travel stories so I naturally gravitated towards this one, but about a quarter of the way in I felt like something was lacking. I can’t say it was bad, but the story felt a little simplistic and I didn’t like the way it assumed that the audience would readily accept certain concepts without much hesitation; it all seemed too easy. “Oh you’re a time traveller, cool, ok”
Based on the tone I started wondering if it was geared towards a Y.A. audience, and I went back to read more about the book - I discovered it was the 2013 Winner for Breakthrough Novel for Young Adult Fiction. Voila! Thought so.
I hope that this does not sound condescending, or like I am knocking Y.A.; let’s just say the genre is just not for me... possibly because I am far from being a Young Adult!!!!!
Still, once I readjusted my expectations, I enjoyed the ride.
I have not yet read a Sawyer book that I haven’t absolutely LOVED, and this is a bit of a curse because my standards for his stories have therefore become impossibly high!!
This book lived up to expectations – no question! Yet again he has come up with a riveting and original plot that had me glued to every word; I just can’t get enough!
Another hands down hit.
I am ¼ of the way into this book, and my opinion is exactly the same as “Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account” by Miklós Nyiszli... except perhaps I am not as vehement regarding the narration. Although the same complaints apply, I’d give it 1.5 stars instead of just 1. Still, it’s not much better.
Here is my review of that book:
It’s hard to criticize the content of someone’s personal recollections of what they experienced in harrowing times. It's interesting, I'm interested.
I think these things are important to learn about and remember. In some itsy bitsy way it’s giving meaning to their lives.
The narration of this audiobook however was so poor that sadly it’s about all I am taking away from it. Monotone, staccato, no emotion, unvarying in pitch, no intonation, mechanical… such a shame; it ruined the book for me.
For a story I can say I liked, I have a lot of complaints.
Something bothered me about the book… I can’t quite put my finger on it, but if I could I would have to wash it. It felt so 80s to me and I am not sure I can explain that sentiment. Is it because it was in the 80s that first read sweeping dramatic sagas written by Judith Krantz and Barbara Taylor Bradford? Normally Ken Follett’s books are great, but this one was borderline trashy.
Here are my top 2 complaints:
1 – It’s just too long. I didn’t feel that way with Books 1 and 2 (perhaps because the events are closer in time to my reality and therefore more interesting by default) but on so many occasions I felt like it was dragging on with pointless scenes and I often found myself wondering what was the point? It was as if he was writing just for the pleasure of it, as opposed to advancing the story.
2 – The Sex. Dear Lord! Ken Follett just needs to write a dirty book and get it out of his system. Skimming over other reader’s reviews, I see I am in the majority on this one. It was so gratuitous and cringe-worthy that it became simply ridiculous. Every single scene winds up with someone in the sac, or talking about it, or fantasising about it, or reminiscing about it, or planning it, or being coy and alluding to how much (and how hard) they want it. I felt like the actual story was just filler to get to yet another sex scene. It was awkward after a while and extremely tiresome.
This book could have used a strong and merciless edit to cut it down to half the length, then it would have been a page-turner!
Molly Murphy Books have turned into default reads for me, which is good and bad.
Good – well, because the stories are good! I know in advance I will like them and can reach for the next installment of the series with confidence knowing I won’t be disappointed.
Bad – because I am running out of available titles!! This was Book 10 so I only have 11, 12 and 13 left (which I will blow through in no time) and then I will have to wait until the titles are released before reading more. Book 14 is only due out in 2015.
This is also how I felt when I finished all the titles in Sue Grafton’s alphabet series: going from a new title whenever the mood strikes, to waiting years between installment.
I like having a dependable “go-to series”; you’re never at a loss for something good to read!
I am a sucker for a good idea and I was so interested in this one that is was easy to overlook the book’s short comings. It’s too long and many of the scenes are too drawn out; a good editing would have helped! Still, I found the story so novel and original that I was hooked from the start.
I can see how if you are of a certain age (under 25) many of the 80s references would sail right over your head, I was born in the early 70s so I am the perfect age for the target audience. In addition to being a unique story, it was an extremely entertaining walk down memory lane.
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