Monday, February 4, 2019

Molly's Game by Molly Bloom

Molly's GameMolly's Game by Molly Bloom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A few days ago, when I was skimming through the channels of my TV, I stumbled upon a movie starring marvelous Jessica Chastain. The movie was called “Molly’s Game”, and it started like yet another sports drama. But the things were happening rapidly and I kept watching until I was totally hooked. I’d never heard of Molly Bloom and I’m not a poker player, but I watched the movie in one breath and even rewatched it the next day. I loved Molly’s story and during the end credits I was already downloading the book to my Kindle. Who doesn’t love a good story about a strong, determined and fearless woman doing her own thing on her own terms.
Unfortunately, the book wasn’t as captivating as the movie. It was still an interesting story, but quickly became a bit boring and was lacking tension and passion. The movie told a bigger story as some of the events happened after he book had come out, and I’m glad to know that Molly Bloom wasn’t sentenced. As the judge said, people have been doing so much worse and getting away with it. Molly Bloom was organizing poker games for rich men in L.A. and later New York. There was a bit of Hollywood gossip in the book, some A-list actors, a lot of poker playing and money collecting, some scary encounters with the Italian mafia, more friendly encounters with the Russian mobsters, and a lot of money. Whoever wrote the script for the movie did a great job eliminating the boring parts of the book and adding more tension.
Overall, it was an interesting look into the life of underground poker in Hollywood. You need the guts to do something like that for so long.

P.s. I was surprised to see that the book had been traditionally published. Considering the amount of punctuation and grammatical errors, I thought it had been self-published.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry

Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can TooPlastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Plastic-Free” is the best book I’ve read on the subject. Beth Terry has done an incredible research, covering all the aspects of our lives and teaching us how to use less plastic. Only after you start reading this book you realzie how deeply we’re stuck in this endless plastic pit. Beth manages to tell about the horror that’s happening in the world right now and manages to sound unpreachy or condescending.
Once I began reading I kept highlighting important passages, but soon realzied that this is the kind of book where every sentence gives the reader valuable information. I’ll probably read it again this year and will recommend it to all my friend who, like me, are into zero waste and minimalism lifestyle.
Very big “thank you” to Beth Terry. You opened my eyes to a lot of things I didnt know.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

God, I feel so guilty for not liking this book. It had everything I love, and Mr. Pratchett’s imagination is something that needed insurance, but every time I picked this book up, I had to put it down again. I was losing the thread. It’s not Pratchett’s fault, it’s me and my attention deficit disorder. I’d start reading, then realize that I haven’t been paying attention for many, many pages. That’s a shame, ‘cause I’d thought this was going to become a favorite. But after 3 honest attempts, I have to put this book away and move to something else.

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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Anansi BoysAnansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think after 5 Gaiman books I finally understood my problem with them: I don’t like Gaiman’s protagonists. Not one of them. I find them all whiny, weak, and uninteresting. Throughout the book I never once cared about Charlie Nancy. He was annoying, mopey, couldn’t stand up for himself, and so uninteresting that I didn’t care if over the course of the book he was going to change. He just wasn’t interesting enough for me to follow his possible growth. There were other characters too, and again I didn’t care for any of them. I kept putting the book away, then picking it up again, hoping the story would keep my interest, but somewhere in the middle I jumped to the end, just to be over with it.
Well, at least now I know my problem with Gaiman’s book and in all probability I will be skipping them from now on.
I have to admit that I quite enjoyed the chapter at the end of the book titled “Where do you get your ideas?” I loved it. And if Gaiman ever writes a non-fiction, I’ll give it a try. :)

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Woman in Cabin 10 By Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a bad detective story, but oh so predictable. Reminded me of my beloved Christie’s books. Only, with Dame Christie I almost never could guess the identity of the bad guy, while with “The Woman in Cabin 10” I knew what had happened when I was 30% into the book. Or maybe even earlier. But then, it’s probbaly because I read Christie when I was a kid. I’m 20 years older now and have read a lot of detective stories, so the twist has to be something really incredible for me not to guess it.
Still, I was enjoying this book until the heroine (who was very, very slow) learnt the truth. After that it kind of became slow and a bit tedious. So much that I was ready to abandon the book without reading the last 30 pages. I persevered, of course, and the ending was a bit disappointing. You really need to suspend disbelief to believe that the things could end up that way for a certain character.

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