Monday, March 18, 2019

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs  (Hannibal Lecter, #2)The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hannibal Lecter is unarguably one of the most chilling and creepiest book characters. And the scariest thing is that he’s not just the product of the author’s imagination. Serial killers like him lived through us, and my god, they still might be among us.
I decided to read the book after I rewatched The Silence of the Lambs few weeks ago. That movie is outstanding, and of course i was curious to get to know the source material. This is one of those rare cases when the movie is as good as the book, maybe even slightly better. Mostly because of Hopkins’s performance. I also think that they did some things better in the movie, like showing Buffalo Bill applying make up and dancing naked near the end of the movie, unlike the book. That scene in the movie made the hair on my nape stand up. It was the moment when I realized that he can never be reasoned with, and that made him so much scarier.
But back to the book. My favorite parts were of course the interaction between Lecter and Clarice. Whenever Lecter appeared on the pages, I’d read his scenes slowly and meticulously. The most interesting aspect of Lecter is that he can’t be categorized, ‘cause he’s simultaneously too smart and too evil. Is he a psychopath? Sure. But why? That’s the interesting part about him: the reason. Why is he a psycho? The book doesn’t give an answer. And it ends with him gaining freedom, making the story even scarier, leaving the reader with the knowledge that this person with no feeling of remorse or love is out, hunting someone just for fun.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

E-books vs Paperbacks

I took this photo for my instagram page and it led me to this thought: how many people still buy paperbacks?

I know I don’t. And probably never will. I just don’t have space for paperbacks anymore. But it’s not only that. Recently I received paperbacks as gifts, and I still haven’t touched them. I think I’ve become too used to a Kindle and don’t want to go back to leafing through a book, feeling it’s weight in my hands, to not being able to highlight a line or click on a word and instantly know what it means.
E-books changed my life. I love them.
And it seems that 99% of my readers are like me. I sell 1 paperback against 100 e-books.
And that’s just great!
The day is close when print-on-demand will be the only way to buy paperbacks. I don’t see anything tragic in that. On the contrary, this is one of the better changes happening in the world: saving trees.
I know that e-books are also about spending resources, but one e-reader against thousands of printed books is a good solution.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Happy women’s day, beautifuls! 💖🌟

I love female characters. 
In my books they are always colorful, fun, and oh so unique 🧛🏻‍♀️🧝🏻‍♀️🧙🏻‍♀️🧜🏼‍♀️🧚🏻‍♀️
My characters aren’t just international, they are interracial: #dryads, #nymphs, #mermaids, #elves, #faes and many other #fairytale creatures dwell on the pages of #Abracadabra. They are magicians, witches, spellbinders, and sorceresses 🔮💫🦄 
And of course young #magicians!
Writing them was so much fun 🖊📖

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The VegetarianThe Vegetarian by Han Kang
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A very strange book, and sadly not in a good way. This is not about a woman’s journey to become a vegetarian in a society which looks more than strangely at people who refuse meet. This was about repressed desires and childhood traumas.
I think the story tried to touch too many subjects simultaneously: women’s position in society, domestic abuse, human indifference, anorexia, and mental illness. There was too much of everything in this single short book, and the story had no closure. I’m not looking for happy ending in every book I read, and I don’t mind sad and depressing stories, but I wish author made a point with the story. Or maybe the point was there, but I just coudn’t see it.
Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book. I wish I had picked up something else for the weekend.

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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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