A Monster Calls

I finished reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It is inspired by Siobhan Dowd’s books. There is a movie based on the book which I’m watching today.

Warning: this is a sad book.

A Monster Calls is about a teenage boy named Conor. His mother is very sick. He kept having a  nightmare. One night a monster who appeared as a tree came to him. He was scared at first and thought it was all a dream. The monster though came in peace and told him three stories. The monster wanted Conor to tell a fourth story which is his nightmare. (The stories were really good, imo.) His nightmare was definitely a nightmare. The ending was very sad.

I really, really liked this book even though it was really sad. I have one more book to movie book, but it is still on hold. While I’m waiting, I’m going to read The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry.

You can get this book at Amazon.com, Wordery.com, Kobo.com, and downpour.com.
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Odd Thomas (movie)

I watched  Odd Thomas on Friday. It is based on the book by Dean Koontz. It has Anton Yelchin, Ashley Sommers, Matthew Page, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Addison Timlin, and Willem Dafoe.

Big Warning: there is some violence and that one big sad part.

Like I said this movie was the main reason I did the book to movie marathon. There are slight differences between the book and movie. One main difference is that Elvis is a ghost he sees in the book, not a cardboard cutout. Another difference is that he visits his mother and dad. I just read an article saying Dean Koontz loves the movie. He says the mother and dad scenes were too dark in front of a test audience. He also mentions that Odd was a sculptor and not a writer in the movie (which I didn’t notice). I do agree with Dean Koontz that the music was really good in the movie. I think they a great job with the creatures too. I still would have written the ending differently.

Even though the differences, it was a great movie. I looked up to see if there will be a sequel and there won’t be. The guy who played Odd died in a car accident in real life. Next week (or maybe Friday) I’m watching A Monster Calls.

Today, pants and shoes

Happy Friday 13th!!

I do have a black cat named Lilly. I had posted her brother’s (Sneezy) picture a long time ago. We think someone took Sneezy. Anyway, I was looking at the picture a few days ago and I thought it was time to take a picture of her because she has grown.

Here she is:


In that picture, you can see my new shoes that I bought. I ended up using all my gift cards that I was supposed to be saving up for Christmas to get the shoes. But I did need them. I have been wanting to get rid of some New Balance shoes that were looking old and has a hole in the heel of them.

The new shoes are Adidas Altarun K. They are grey and pink. They are very comfortable and they fit my feet.

Also, I had ordered many months ago some pants to replace my stirrup pants. I bought some jogging pants by ToBeInStyle. I bought a red pair and a blue pair. They fit, although I might have needed a Medium instead. I love them though.

You can get the shoes here. You can get the pants here.

Odd Thomas

I finished listening to Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. It is the first book of the Odd Thomas book series. I now have the second book, but I’m not reading it yet. There is a movie based on this book which I watched today.

Warning: there are several sad parts especially one big sad part at the end.

Before I begin the summary, I need to say that this book is the reason I’m doing a book to movie marathon. Many months ago, my mother’s ex-boyfriend was telling her that he had seen the movie. My mother told me and she told me the end saying you know the movie with blank (I’m not telling the end). I didn’t know what she was talking about so I looked up the movie and found out it was based on a book. My mother is a big Dean Koontz and Stephen King fan. I never read any of Dean Koontz’s books.  My mother kept saying I should watch the movie and read the book.

Anyway, the book is about a guy named Odd Thomas. He is a short order cook and he is unique. He can see the dead. (“I see dead people.”) But they don’t talk to him. He also has dreams that sometimes come true. He kept having one dream about a lot of people that had been shot. He thought the shooting was going to take place at the bowling alley because of the uniforms, but he ends up being wrong of the place. Odd thought the killer was a weird looking guy that came in the diner. But the guy gets killed. (I ended up being right about who the killer was.) At first, I thought it wasn’t going to end like what my mother told me, but it does which is very sad.

I did like the book, but I would haven’t written the big sad part. I would have had a happy ending. Next I’m reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I’m watching that movie next Monday.

You can get this book at Amazon.com, Wordery.com, Kobo.com, and Downpour.com.


Danse Macabre

I finished reading  Danse Macabre by Laurell K Hamilton. It is the 14th book of the Anita Blake book series. There are 25 books in the series. I have been reading this book in between my book to movie books.

Warning: there is sex scenes and other weird stuff.

In the book, Anita thinks she is pregnant because she missed her period for a whole month. She actually did take a pregnancy test and it came back positive. She didn’t like the thought of being pregnant. Plus she didn’t know who the father would be. Richard, her ex, had arguments about taking care of the kid. He wants Anita to give up everything she is. (I know that in relationships, there has to be a sacrifice, but Anita is different.) Anyway, there was a master vampire that had an animal to call of a mermaid/siren. She was trying to pimp out her sons to Anita. Anita didn’t want to. Later she goes to a ballet with the others. The main vampire rolled everyone. He was wanting to see if the Mother of All Darkness (who the next book is about) was awake. Anita tells him yes.

I sorta liked this book. I’m reading next The Harlequin by Laurell K Hamilton. It is the 15th book of the series and the last book of the book set I’m reading from. I will be skipping the 16th book because I already read it.

You can get this book at Amazon.com, Wordery.com, and Kobo.com.


The Silver Linings Playbook (movie)

I did watch The Silver Linings Playbook. I ordered it from Overdrive. They do have movies too. The movie is based on the book by Matthew Quick (which I listened to last week). The movie has Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, John Ortiz, Julia Stiles, and Brea Bee.

Warning: there is some violence.

There are lots of differences between the book and movie. Two main differences are four years passed when he got out the institution, not six months and he doesn’t remember what happened to him until he watches the wedding video in the book.

Some other differences:

1. the dance competition wasn’t a competition in the book.

2. the song they danced to was different in the book.

3. they danced better in the book.

4. it tells in the movie he is bipolar. In the book, it doesn’t say what he has. (I think it is more than bipolar.)

5. Pat doesn’t know Danny is out until he is attacked in the book.

6. Pat doesn’t tell Tiffany he loves her in the book. She tells him I need you at the end of the book which is her saying she loves him.

7. there was no betting in the book.

I liked the book better. Next week I’m watching Odd Thomas.

If you want to see it, you can get it at Amazon.com.

Maximum Ride: School’s out-Forever

I finished listening to School’s Out-Forever by James Patterson. It is the second book of the Maximum Ride book series. The audiobook was another abridged version so I decided to read the ebook to get the missing chapters. I’m actually glad I did because it had some interesting images at the end of the book.

Warning: there is lots of violence.

In this book, Max does take the others to Washington D.C. But things do go badly though. Fang gets badly hurt. A man calls 911 and they all go to the hospital. Fang does live, but they have to deal with the FBI (supposedly). They later go to a real school. But the school isn’t a typical school. (read the book to know what I mean.) Max finds out the scientists have made another her. They do find out about a company who supposedly plays a role in Max saving the world. They also find out more info about themselves at that company.

I did like the book. I have the third book on hold. Monday I’m going to listen to Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz.

You can get this book at Amazon.com, Wordery.com, and Kobo.com.