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We read to know we're not alone - C.S. Lewis

Fan Cast: The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie

Emily Trefusis - Ellise Chappell

Charles Enderby - Ben Aldridge

Inspector Narracott - Karl Davies

Ronnie Garfield - Jack Lowden

Major John Burnaby - Richard E. Grant

Robert Evans - Kevin Doyle

Mrs. Willet - Lucy Punch

Violet Willet - Lily Dodsworth-Evans

 

Episode Review: Agatha Christie's Marple 2x04: The Sittaford Mystery

 

 

Title: The Sittaford Mystery

Release Date: March 5, 2006

Starring: Geraldine McEwan

Guest starring: Timothy Dalton, Carey Mulligan, Paul Kaye, Laurence Fox, Zoe Telford

Length: 1h 33min

 

Favourite character: Violet

Crush: Dr. Ambrose Burt (Like I said in my review of the Stranger, I love Paul Kaye)

Least favourite character: Mrs. Willet

 

Mini-review: As terrible of an adaption this was, I actually kind of enjoyed this. Dr. Burt was great (Paul Kaye is always great). I hated all the changes because they weren't in the book, but for their own story, the changes were actually decent. But not Agatha Christie.

 

I really liked the relationship between Clive and Violet, because one thing that isn't spoken of often in fiction is romances with age differences and I love them so it was nice to see.

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Adaption Review: The Sittaford Mystery

 

Title: The Sittaford Mystery

Show Details: Agatha Christie's Marple 2x04

Release Date: March 5, 2006

Starring: Geraldine McEwan, Timothy Dalton, Carey Mulligan, Paul Kaye, Laurence Fox, Zoe Telford

Original Author: Agatha Christie

 

Pros: - Paul Kaye

 

Cons: - literally everything else

- one of the worst adaptions I've ever viewed with my eyeballs, and I sat through both Percy Jackson movies and the whole Hobbit trilogy.

Review
4 Stars
Review: The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
The Sittaford Mystery - Agatha Christie

Title: The Sittaford Mystery

Author: Agatha Christie

Series: N/A

Length: N/A

Format: ebook

Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: "Captain Trevelyan . . . dead . . . murder."

Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snowdrifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot. . . 

 

Favourite character: Emily

Least favourite character: N/A

Mini-review: This was a good book. I enjoyed it, even if honestly the séance scenes made me a bit nervous. I always love Agatha Christie and it was nice to read one that I haven't read yet.

Show Review: The Stranger (2020)

 

Title: The Stranger

Starring: Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Hannah John-Kamen, Paul Kaye

Rating: TV-14

Length: 8 episodes, each episode 40-60min

 

Favourite character: Mike & Wesley

Crush: Patrick Katz (I love Paul Kaye, okay?)

Least favourite character: That would be a spoiler

 

Mini-review: I loved this. I don't know if there's going to be a season 2, hence why I'm reviewing it like it's a mini-series. This was great. I can't wait to read the book and I have a lot of questions, but dude this was so well done, so well acted, so well written, so well cast. I loved this.

Slump Life Is The Worst Life

So as I'm sure you've all not noticed, I haven't been posting. Why is that? Because I was in a reading slump.

 

I thought it was a number of things but I watched The Stranger on Netflix last night (which is amazing and I will be reviewing the show and then reading and reviewing the book soon I hope) and I realized that it's because I'm not reading what makes me happy. So hopefully that will change in the near future.

Fan Cast: The Advent Bride
The Advent Bride - Mary Connealy

 

Melanie Douglas - Leighton Meester

Henry "Hank" O'Keefe - Adam Driver

 

Review: The Advent Bride by Mary Connealy
The Advent Bride - Mary Connealy

Title: The Advent Bride
Author: Mary Connealy
Series: The 12 Brides of Christmas, 1
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: 51 pages

Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Melanie Douglas attempts to connect with a troubled student using an advent box with hidden rewards. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a remarkable change in his son, he has to meet the new teacher. Will more than one prayer be answered in the small Nebraska town?

 

Favourite character: Melanie 
Least favourite character: Magda Rathbone

 

Mini-review: Oh my goodness, Mrs. Rathbone ruined this novella for me. It would've been so much better if she had either been removed or toned down by about ten, and stopped the accusations and demands. Other than that I enjoyed it. I liked the ending, but would've liked Simon's take more than "marry us we love you."

 

Fan Cast: Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport
Accidentally Amish - Olivia Newport

Annie Friesen - Jennifer Lawrence

Rufus Beiler - Kendall Schmidt
Rick Stebbins - Alan Ritchison
Ruth Beiler - Billie Lourd

 

Review
2.5 Stars
Review: Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport
Accidentally Amish - Olivia Newport

Title: Accidentally Amish
Author: Olivia Newport
Series: Valley of Choice, #1
Format: ebook
Length: 788 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 2.5 stars

 

Synopsis:

Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?

 

Favourite character: Ruth
Least favourite character: N/A

 

Mini-review:

This felt confusing, not gonna lie. It’s four stories combined into one and the only thing really holding it together is their family tree, one of the stories taking place in the 1700s, which made it feel a bit…I don’t really know what the word is, but longer than necessary, I suppose. Then there was the fourteen different ways of spelling Beiler. It was also very stilted in writing, kind of like like the British or a robot or a British robot. Except for “I’m” there were no contractions, which you could expect from the Amish, but it’s everywhere and everyone, from the Amish, to the English, to the descriptions. It was “do not” instead of “don’t.” Which is fine, but when there’s one on every page, you start to pick up on it. It just doesn’t feel natural. Despite all of those things, I enjoyed it. I will most likely be finishing the series.

 

Fan Cast: They Came To Baghdad by Agatha Christie
They Came to Baghdad - Agatha Christie

 

Victoria Jones - Lily James
Mr. Dakin - Peter Capaldi
Edward Goring - William Moseley
Henry Carmichael - Noof McEwan

Richard Baker - Tom Hiddleston
Dr. Pauncefoot Jones - Jim Broadbent

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Review: They Came To Baghdad by Agatha Christie
They Came to Baghdad - Agatha Christie

Title: They Came To Baghdad
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: N/A
Format: hardcover, bind-up
Length: 280 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

 

Synopsis:
Baghdad is holding a secret superpower summit, but the word is out, and an underground organization in the Middle East is plotting to sabotage the talks.
Into this explosive situation appears Victoria Jones, a young woman with a yearning for adventure who gets more than she bargains for when a wounded spy dies in her hotel room.
The only man who can save the summit is dead. Can Victoria make sense of his dying words: Lucifer… Basrah… Lefarge.…

 

Favourite character: Victoria
Least favourite character: N/A

 

Mini-review:
I was super confused through parts of this, as it is very political and I know zilch about politics. Other than that it was a good book. Maybe not one of Agatha Christie's best, but it's a good mystery, even though the murder doesn't take place until halfway through the book.

 

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Review
3.5 Stars
Review: The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Dead and the Gone (The Last Survivors, Book 2) by Pfeffer, Susan Beth [Hardcover(2008/6/1)] - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Title: The Dead and the Gone

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Series: Last Survivors, 2

Format: ebook

Length: 636 pages (iPhone)

Rating: 3.5 stars

 

Synopsis: Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

 

Favourite character: Alex

Least favourite character: N/A

 

Mini-review: While not as shocking as the first one (because we know what to expect, it's the same things from someone else's perspective) it's still very hard-hitting. It's scary to read about and I like how Alex was left in charge of his sisters and he had to battle with the thoughts of being man of the house, a man his somewhat abusive father would be proud of.

I loved the Catholicism aspect.

Fan Cast: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Miranda Evans - China Anne McClain

Laura Evans - Danai Gurira

Matt Evans - John Boyega

Jonny Evans - Caleb McLaughlin

Mrs. Nesbitt - Hayley Mills

Dr. Peter Elliot - Sean Murray

Megan Wayne - Cailee Spaeny

Mr. Evans - Anthony Mackie

Lisa Evans - Kate Mara

Dan - Alex Wolff

Sammi - Gracie Dzienny

 

Movie Review: A Christmas Carol (1999)

 

Title: A Christmas Carol

Release Date: December 5, 1999

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Dominic West, Ian McNeice

Length: 1h 35min

Rating: PG

 

Favourite characters: the Ghosts

Crush: Bob Cratchit

Least favourite character: N/A

 

Mini-review: I don't know if it's the fact that it was made in the 90s (no hate, just being honest) or if it's because a Hallmark movie, or if it's because it's a 90s Hallmark movie, but I found this almost awkward. Not the CGI ghosts or anything, that actually seemed okay for it's time. It was the acting. Actors who are normally AMAZING like Patrick Stewart and Richard E. Grant, felt like they were giving half-hearted performances. Don't get me wrong, they were good, they just felt weak. Like I know that Cratchit is supposed to be a gentle and quiet kind of dude, but he felt too quiet and gentle. Ian McNeice was fantastic, he always is.

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