May 21st, 2012

Books

Books 63, 64, 65: Uzumaki 1/2/3 Manga

"Ukzumaki"
by Junji Ito

Oh. My. Gawd.

HOW is this NOT an american movie yet??? (I see there IS a Japanese interpretation, but haven't been able to locate a copy- but like "The Ring" (Ringu) and "The Grudge" before it... this has AMAZING pottential for an American Horror Movie...

REAL Horror, not that blood-n-guts stuff they pass off as 'horror' nowdays...

This is the story of a village. A village infected with SPIRALS.

Oh sure. Go ahead. Chuckle.

Go, "yeah... AND?"

But really.

Think about it.

...what happens when something as simple, no... as MUNDANE, as a 'spiral' becomes greater than just one aspect of the world, one pattern... and begins to take OVER?

It's HORRIBLE.

I couldn't stop reading untill I had gotten through the trilogy- TWICE.

It would take some translating... but this, like many other 'surreal' movies (like "Ink" and "Pan's Labyrinth" would make an EXCELLENT movie that would make your SKIN crawl.

You have spirals on the skin over your fingertips you know.

...and they don't stop there.

Don't think too long, too hard, about it... or YOU could get infected, too.
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Books

Book 69: Muti's Necklace (children's)

"Muti's Necklace: the oldest story in the world"
By Louise Hawes and Illustrated by Rebecca Guay

Okay, it /isn't/ the oldest story in the world, because we DO, contrary to what the forward says, have 'written stories' from before this one. (hello, folks... really?)

Also, the Author openly admits that the 'real' tale from ancient Egypt around the time of the Pharaoh Snefru, really focused on the magician and his retrieving the precious object of the tale- it didn't actually focus on Muti, as this book does...

Now, DESPITE those things, this book would be a fantastic one to have on your shelf of books for children. It depicts a woman in an era when women were objectified, and yet it is not graphic about that, even tho it also does not dance around it! Muti is in a precarious position, and yet... she stays true to herself!

It is a great tale, gorgeously illustrated, with a strong message: Be True to what you ARE, who you LOVE, and what is IMPORTANT to you!

I think this woulod be a GREAT children's book to give as a gift- especially to pagan or non-traditional christian families... it doesn't depict ANY religon, but it does show Egyptian life, how women were treated, and how Muti keeps to her own true self. A VERY strong moral, despite the softness of the tale. Just remember that it isn't /actually/ the oldest story ever written. ;)
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Book 57: The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill

Book 57: The Betrayal of Trust (Simon Serrailler #6) .
Author: Susan Hill, 2011
Genre: Police Procedural. Medical. Crime Fiction.
Other Details: Hardback. 355 pages.

A major storm has led to flooding in Lafferton as well as part of the embankment crashing down onto the bypass. Along with earth, trees and rubble something more sinister is found opening a sixteen year old cold case involving a missing teenager. Simon Serrailler is assigned to the case and painstakingly seeks answers.

In a companion thread to the police procedural, Simon's sister, Cat Deerbon, is now the full-time Medical Director of the Lafferton Hospice, which is facing financial crises. She also has to give the news to one of her patients, Jocelyn Forbes, of a diagnosis of motor neuron disease. On receipt of this diagnosis Jocelyn decides she wants to end her life through assisted suicide before the disease overtakes her.

I love this series and always look forward to getting my hands on a new one. The quality of Hill's writing is intelligent and inspiring though always remains accessible.

While it is a police procedural, what sets it apart is the way in which Hill integrates the inhabitants of Lafferton and the city itself into the plot. As with other books in the series issues linked to ageing, mental illness, death and dying are explored; mainly through members of Simon Serrailler's family working in the medical field and those connected to them. In this novel the controversial issue of assisted suicide is in the forefront.
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11. Pig Island by Mo Hayder

pig island
Title: Pig Island
Author: Mo Hayder
Publisher: Bantam Books
Year: 2006
# of pages: 494
Date read: 3/19/2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good


Description:

"SEE EVIL

Journalist Joe Oakes makes a living exposing supernatural hoaxes. But what he sees when he visits a secretive religious community on a remote Scottish island forces him to question everything he thought he knew.

HEAR EVIL

Why have the islanders been accused of Satanism? What has happened to their leader? And why will no one discuss the strange creature seen wandering the lonely beaches of Pig Island?

READ EVIL

In Pig Island, Mo Hayder dares you to face your fears head on and to look at what lurks beneath the surface of everyday normality. It's about the unspeakable things people do to each other." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a very good thriller with lots of twists and turns. I liked the ways the characters interacted and I definitely did not expect the ending.
Liverpool

Book #31: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins



I initially assumed this would just be a straightforward romance novel, but I was proved to be very wrong. The story’s main character, Walter Hartnell, meets a mysterious woman in white on the road to meet his new employer, only to later find that she escaped from an asylum; he then falls in love with his student Laura Fairlie, but is dismissed because Laura is already engaged to be married to Sir Percival Glyde.

However, it soon becomes apparent that Sir Percival is actually a gold-digger, after Laura’s inheritance, and this leads to an intriguing story regarding the motives of Sir Percival and the identity of the woman in white, and there are a lot of unexpected plot twists, which strike just as you think you know where the story is heading.

Like the other Wilkie Collins book I have read, The Moonstone, this book is written from the point of view of several characters and gives a lot of perspectives; Walter Hartnell actually vanishes off for a large segment of the book, which then focuses on Marian Halcombe and her investigations into Sir Percival’s activities.

This book was enjoyable, but at times seemed a bit too long-winded, and some of the plot details could probably have been left out towards the end; there was a subplot touched upon briefly involving a secret society that did not seem to fit in too well with the rest of the book. This book is quite long, but is still worth reading if you are a fan of mystery novels.

Next book: Livewires by D.J. Carswell