Thursday, December 17, 2009

Friday Night Knitting Club

Since I have become a recent knitter my friends might of thought i picked this book up because of the knitting aspect of it. The truth is that it is the second book that is focused around a group of women knitting that i have read and the first one i was not even thinking of knitting yet.

I really enjoyed this book. It is about a group of women in NY city trying to figure their lives out in one way or another. They all come to Walker and Daughter, the knitting shop, every Friday to get together and knit even though sometimes they just sit and talk, or joke around. Each women has something different going on in their lives that you hope will turn out right for them.

I will spoil a little by saying the ending is very sad. I was listing to this book and i was on the bus when i got to the part that i wanted to cry at and had to hold back my tears because i will not be that person crying on the bus.

While looking on the Internet about this book, i found out that it is being made into a movie with Julia Roberts playing Georgia Walker the owner of the shop. I can not wait to go see it but who knows when it will come out. The first website said 2009 but it is almost the end of 2009 and i have not seen anything about it. The another post said 2010 which seems more likely. I will wait patiently for its release by reading more books, watching more movies, and knitting my ass of.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Acclaimed Thai action director Prachya Pinkaew helms this martial arts drama, which follows Zen (JeeJa Yanin), a young autistic woman who discovers that she has the uncanny ability to absorb precision fighting skills just by watching martial arts movies. When her cancer-ridden mother's creditors come calling, Zen attempts to settle the debts by standing up to a hardnosed gang of criminals who have wrongfully swindled money from her family.

Now that you know what netflix says the movie is about let me give my thoughts on the film.

Yes, it is about an autistic girl who's mother is dying form cancer and learns martial atrs by watching movies. But she does not know what she is doing when she is fighting the bad guys. She just knows that they have money that belongs to her mother and she will get it back from them. Then at the end she just wants to get her mother back from the bad guy and then to stop him from hurting her mother.

This was a good movie and I recommend it,especially if you like kung fu movies. I do not know what it sounded like dubbed but the subtitles where good and you needed them even when they spoke English since they had such strong accents you would not of been able to understand them anyway.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sugar Queen

The Sugar Queen by Sara Addison Allen was a very good book and i recommend it to everyone. It is about a group of women who are stuck in their lives when something happens that makes them move forward. Josie, the main character, is stuck taking care of a mother who does not love her but Josie feels sham for what she was like as a child so puts up with the criticisms her mother doles out to here. To escape she eats sweets and reads romances novels in her closet and will not throw away a red sweater her mother hates. Not much of a escape but it keeps her slightly sane.
Then one day Della Lee Baker shows up and has taken up residence in her closest and tries to help Josie out of the life she is in. First she sends her out for a sandwich from Chloe who is having her own problems. Josie becomes good friends to both women. Each one of these three women are unique and have something special about them.
I did listen to this book, not read it. But it was one of those books that i could not stop reading. I took my player everywhere with me so i could keep reading the book. It is definitely not one to put down.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Twilight - book and Movie

So, I am a total slacker on this as anyone who knows me can tell you. which is fine since i do not think anyone actually looks at this blog. I now have a counter on the bottom to see how many people might actually look at it. Since it counts me i will see how many times i visit it :)

So, Twilight....I have not figured out why so many people love this book. I have read many vampire books because i have an addiction(My name is Laura, and i am addicted to Vampires...Hello Laura) I want to say that the reason i did not like it was because of the vampires in it but i thought the concept of the vampire in the book intriguing minus the sparkly thing that the sun does to them. No, I think it was the girl Bella, who reminded me of teenagers from high school who drove me nuts in high school. She might say that she is a mature teenager but i thought she acted like any other teenager. Sure, she cooked dinner for her father and looked after her mother but that is what she wanted to do, she did not have to do that. The whole book was her getting used to a new life and meeting a boy who first ignores her then pays attention, then ignores, then gives her more attention, then tells her a secret. A really handsome boy. It took me 8 days to read the Twilight. Since it took others i know only a day or two to read and i am known to read books that i like just as fast, i definitely figured i am not a Twilight person. Then i tried to read New Moon, but Bella stated complaining right from the start and i just could not do it. With Twilight, I had to force myself to read it but i have decided that i do not want to wast my time on reading the rest of the series. I will just watch the movies since all the books will become movies. Of course I will not wast money to see them in the Movie theater(especially since i would complain and get booed out by the fanatics) but will rent them when they come out on video and watch them with another friend who is not a fan.
Now lets talk about the Movie. Some of friends who love Twilight think they like it because the saw the movie first and then read the books. I do not think that would of happened to me because i have seen many movies and then read the books. I liked the movies but hated the books.(OK there is only one that i can think of right now even thought I do not remember the name right now) The movie though never looked appealing to me when i watch the previews so i do not think i would of liked the series if i watch the movie first. What i did like about the Movie was that it was only two hours long. It was not 300 pages until they got to anything interesting. Then i was not sure if the actor who played Edward would do a good job since while i was reading the book i kept picturing him and he did not fit my image. But he did do a great job. I was little disappointed they did not look at that one vamp that can see into the future as much or say how the bad guy had a role in her becoming a vamp, but there is so much one can put in a movie from a book, which makes me wonder what i will miss by not reading the other books.
So now i will have to wait for New Moon to come out on Video to see if i will be able to watch the last two. But i will not read those blasted books.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

No Angel

This book was very good and i highly recommend it. It starts before WW1 and is about the trials and tribulations of one family. There are times when i wanted to kill the author though. She would have this horrible thing about to happen and she go back and froth until you where about to scream because it would be horrible if it did happen. and she did this many times through the book. Everything always turned out good in the end. The characters are strong characters that you fall in love with and want to know what happens to them. It is a long book though so be warned.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Seventh Son

I just finished the second book in Orson Scott Card's series of Alvin Maker. Let's just say that it was fantastic and i can not wait to read the next 4 in the series.

Card says he based these books on an epic poem he wrote and all i can think is that it was one big poem. He did say he added to it but still. There are six books now with a seventh still in the making.

The story is about Alvin Maker who is the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. If anyone knows their fairy tails, they know that the seventh son is very special and a seventh son of a seventh son is even more special. A great evil tried to stop the birth of Alvin because he is to change the world.

Also the books are an alternate history of America. It is kind of hard to explain it, but what i got from it was that witches did not get burned for practising witchcraft. Many of the people were actually sent to America from England because they were witchs. There are still holy people who look down on it but a person is not punished because of it. There are also wizards and one of the most famous was Benjamin Franklin.

Then the Indians have a different power then the whites which is showed in the second book. It is close to their beliefs with the worship of the nature. Napoleon is also in the second book with the ability to make people love him by touching them. He is sent to America to defeat the English.

So I recommend these books for people to read. I got so engrossed with the second book, that i could not get any work done while i listened to it yesterday. I have to wait for the other books until they are available to borrow from the library, which is probably a good thing or i will never get anything done.