Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn–This Book-to-Movie Comes to Theaters October 3, 2014!
Uncategorized / September 25, 2014

[1] Book Review By: Sharon Powers.      Do you remember what movie plot that had a husband conspire to get his wife pregnant by Satan? More hints? Well, the husband helps neighbors drug his wife so she can’t resist when the demon rapes her. She gets pregnant and in the end she agrees to raise the “demon spawn.” The creepy horror movie is none other than Rosemary’s Baby. [2]      No, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is not a supernatural thriller with demons, nor does Flynn’s story contain fallen angels, like Azazel, in the movie, Fallen. And, it doesn’t even have a killer sniper like the movie Phone Booth. Yet, the popular novel is, indeed, a mystery, thriller–just one without a supernatural bent to it…and no snipers. [3]      I’m very excited to talk to you, today, about Gillian Flynn’s popular mystery/thriller, Gone Girl. So, let’s get started by taking a look at a short synopsis of her novel. WARNING: SPOILER ALERT! SOME SPOILERS ARE PRESENT, BELOW, IN MY BOOK REVIEW  AND ANALYSIS. SHORT SYNOPSIS OF GONE GIRL:      It’s a beautiful, warm summer morning when Nick gets up and wonders if he’s ready; he tiptoes downstairs to find his…

A Walk Among The Tombstones by N.Y. Times Best Selling Author, Lawrence Block–This Book-to-Movie Now in Theaters!
Uncategorized / September 19, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, ‘Come!’ And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.” [2]      The Grim Reaper, the personification of death, is usually depicted as a skeletal figure wearing a black cloak and hood. He carries a scythe and often is portrayed as riding a white (or pale) horse with skeletons (those whom he has slain) around him. Many times he is described as being one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. [3]      Death, another common name assigned to The Grim Reaper, is symbolized many ways, in everything from skulls, poppy plants, and tombs, to tombstones and graveyards. Oftentimes, symbols of hope appear simultaneously with those of Death, or The Grim Reaper. In Lawrence Block’s, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Ray Callander could easily be a stand in for The Grim Reaper, performing Death’s grizzly activities. Death has…

The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Book-to-Movie Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD!
Uncategorized / September 15, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      What is as fascinating and perplexing as a trip to the carnival to visit the house of mirrors? What can give the reward of a spiritual journey as you walk through a garden path or stroll through the woods? What tradition fits in with the spooky atmospheres and scary games children and adults utilize as a Halloween activity? What can be as entertaining and educational as a simple game in a Kindergartener’s coloring book? And… what prize can you sometimes get from a Cracker Jack’s box as a novelty and fun game calling upon your eye-hand co- ordination? You’ve probably already guessed that the answer to all the questions is, a maze. [2]      The Museum of Unnatural History tells us that a maze is a “confusing, intricate network of winding pathways; specifically with one or more blind alleys…” and that a maze is nothing more than a puzzle that requires a solution and, therefore, “usually has a goal which is meant to be reached.” [2] [3]      Scientists have studied rats’ ability to remember the pathways needed to work their way through mazes set up to test those abilities….

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper; The Book-to-Movie is now out on Blu-ray & DVD!
Uncategorized / September 11, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You, should be justifiably proud to have his popular book brought to the big screen. We will see the movie come to the big screen on September 12th.      Jason Bateman will star as Judd, the troubled and cuckolded husband of Jen Foxman. Jane Fonda takes the role and the lime-light as Hillary, the bosom-wielding mother of Judd; Hillary attracts all the licentious men for miles around causing consternation among her children.       After watching the trailer (you, too, can watch the trailer below, if you like), I noticed that Jonathan Tropper changed the family name from Foxman, in the book, to Altman for the movie. Also, it is really wonderful that Tropper could do the screenwriting for the movie, as well. I guess we will see how audiences take to this wildly irreverent, pithy and darkly humorous story. Meanwhile, let’s take a quick look at the book’s synopsis, so we can continue to discuss the very popular book.       SHORT BOOK SYNOPSIS: [2]      Judd Foxman quietly sneaks into his house to deliver a birthday cake to his…

The Broken Eye: The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks.
Uncategorized / September 5, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “The two Blackguards approached the White’s door, the younger rhymically cracking the knuckles of his right fist nervously. The Greyling brothers stopped in front of the door, hesitated. Pop, pop, pop. Pop, pop, pop.       “The elder brother, Gill looked at his little brother, as if trying to emulate their commander’s sledge-gaze. Gavin hated it when Gill did that, but he quit popping his knuckles.      “‘We gain nothing by waiting,’ Gill said. ‘Put that fist to use.’      “It was early morning. The White usually didn’t emerge from her chambers for at least another two hours. With her declining health, the Blackguard were doing all they could to make the old woman’s last months easy.      “‘How come it’s always me who–‘ Gavin asked. At nineteen, Gill was two years older, but they were the same rank, and they’d been elevated to full Blackguard status at the same time. The three book covers, just above, are the first three books in the The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks. A fourth book is in the works for this series, entitled, “The Blood Mirror.”  It appears that no release date has…