Tara Road by Maeve Binchy–Dedication to the Wonderful People of the Ukraine
Uncategorized / January 30, 2014

DEDICATION:      This post is dedicated today to the wonderful people of the Ukraine. My heart goes out to you in your time of struggle and suffering. I wish I could fix this for you, but we all know I can’t. What you are all going through right now is absolutely terrible…you don’t really need me to tell you that. But…please know that I keep you all in my heart and extend my arms to you in love. God bless you. ________________________________________________________ Tara Road book cover image is from Amazon.com. TARA ROAD by Maeve Binchy Book Review by Sharon Powers.  Just as the Titanic, once thought to be a ship of dreams, sank and left survivors floundering and floating in lifeboats, Tara Road, is the hub around which Binchy sets the lives of the up-scale and exclusive families. They live, and seem to flounder through their lives on Tara Road, each surviving in their own individual lifeboat.      While Binchy utilizes a number of colorful and interesting characters, her focus is on Ria Lynch and the people around her that move out and away from her like the spokes on a wheel–not unlike the lifeboats floating out and away from the…

Pompeii, From the Ashes . . . Rediscovering Pompeii in Books, Movies, and Games.
Uncategorized / January 23, 2014

UPDATE TO BLOG POST, 06-10-14: This update is just to let you know that for all those interested in purchasing the movie, Pompeii, it is now available on Blu-ray/DVD. As of this day, 06-10-14, average Amazon viewers of the movie, Pompeii, rate it 2.9 stars out of 5. A fairly poor rating. Having read all the books, below, and viewed documentaries, played the video and board games, and studied the maps, I find the movie inaccurate and  fanciful. Although the movie had that artistic, big-screen feel to it, glamorous and beautiful, it just left me dissatisfied. If you are uncertain whether or not to purchase the movie, try renting it before buying. My best to you all. ________________________________________________________ Pompeii. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Pompeii, the newest movie, about the fateful city by the same name, has garnered so much interest that I felt compelled to do a posting. The movie, however, was not based on a book, but on a screen play. So…I decided to do the post on the topic of Pompeii, including several nonfiction books on Pompeii as a tie-in to the movie.       First, as I said, the upcoming release of Pompeii has stirred up interest in…

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin–Winter’s Tale Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD!
Uncategorized / January 17, 2014

The novel, Winter’s Tale, by Mark Helprin is available in hardcover, paperback, Audio, CD, Audiobook, Audible Edition, and mass market paperback. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      I balked at picking up this hefty tome since it comes in at 768 pages! I put off reading it because of its size. I remembered the time commitment to read other sizable novels like The Count of Monte Cristo (1276 pages), and Atlas Shrugged (1200 pages). I put off reading the book. I heard that it was a masterpiece by writer, Mark Helprin. I heard that it was beautiful, ethereal, and…beautiful, again. I put off reading the book.       One weekend, for relaxation with my family, I went to the theater to see a movie. While we were waiting for the start of the featured film, we were shown many movie trailers of upcoming movies. It all stopped for me when I saw the trailer for Winter’s Tale. The trailer mesmerized me. I ran home and, yes, without even contemplating the size of the book, opened its “magical” pages. WINTER’S TALE, THE BOOK: A different book cover for the novel, Winter’s Tale, by Mark Helprin. This cover shows the horse (from the…

Vampire Academy, Book I, and Vampire Academy the Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead–Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD!
Uncategorized / January 10, 2014

UPDATE TO BLOG POST–06-10-14: Vampire Academy, the book-to-movie, having already hit the big screen, is now available for purchase on both Blu-ray and DVD. On a personal note, having read and reviewed the book and graphic novel, and truly enjoyed them both, I found the movie to fall far below the quality of the books. Although there are some things about the movie I enjoyed, I thought that for the most part it was a bit cheesy and I am not planning on purchasing the movie for my home movie collection. If you are not sure about the purchase investment, consider renting the movie first from any available rental facility (or even on-line service). _______________________________________________ Vampire AcademyVampire Academy Series, Book 1 Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Today we’re going to look at two related books, Vampire Academy, Book I and Vampire Academy the Graphic Novel. Let’s look at Book 1 first, and then we’ll see how the graphic novel does in graphically portraying the Vampire Academy story.      First, why am I reviewing a YA vampire book? For those of you who have read other posts I’ve done, you may have already figured it out. I love books…

Labor Day: A Novel by Joyce Maynard
Uncategorized / January 3, 2014

Labor Day: A Novel by Joyce Maynard (e-book edition from Amazon.com). Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      As you can see from the image of the cover of Joyce Maynard’s book, La- bor Day: A Nov- el, her book is coming to the big screen as a major motion picture. This was, undoubtedly, an exciting development for Joyce Maynard and readers who are fans of the book and her writing.      I am always fascinated by the process of turning a major novel into a film. Even though I’m always fascinated, I usually end by admitting that I like the book more than the movie. Yes, I do realize that a film maker might have different considerations for the crafting of a visual story than does the author for creating a story since the scenes will only be seen as images in a reader’s mind. Nonetheless, it remains fascinating to me and, if I’m honest, I am happy that some of my favorite novels have been taken to the big screen. But first, let’s take a look at the book. I’m with this woman on this one! Yeah, Labor Day! SYNOPSIS:      The setting is Holton Mills, a smallish…