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What I thought of….. Single Woman Seeks Revenge #book #review

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“She was a Jenga stack on the brink of collapse, just waiting for someone to take out the wrong block.”

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you might have wondered why I post fairly regular reviews about films I’ve seen, but not much about books that I’ve read. Why is that? Do I not read books?

Well of course I read books! But – well – I’m quite a critical person when it comes to literature (and movies, and food, and well, ok, everything), and I find it hard to reign in my thoughts if something is, in my less-than-humble opinion, slightly less than perfect.

This isn’t a problem when it comes to films. I’m unlikely to bump into Tom Cruise any time soon, or anyone else in the movie biz – but when it comes to books… well these are my peers. And us writerly types are a sensitive bunch. And it’s hard enough to make money at this game without me throwing my ten penneth into the mix and potentially messing it all up for someone who’s worked really hard to get this far.

So it’s with some trepidation that I’m going to review Single Woman Seeks Revenge by Tracy Bloom.

Here’s the gist: Local newspaper columnist & agony aunt Suzie has just been ditched by Alex – the smooth talking, devilishly handsome, sales executive who works for the same paper. Suzie, it seems, has a somewhat disastrous track record when it comes to romance, and her work desk has become a shrine to various multi-coloured ‘Troll’ dolls, each of which represents a failed relationship. Come on! Don’t tell me you don’t have a troll collection of your own – real or imaginary. We’ve all been there.

Actually, someone who doesn’t appear to have been ‘there’ is friend and long-suffering, sensible work colleague Drew. And whilst he clearly likes Suzie (but how much, we’re forced to ask ourselves) he’s ‘happily’ engaged to the lovely Emily. Well, I say lovely, she’s more ruthless than lovely. But ruthless in a cuddly divorce-lawyer kind of a way. ie. Not cuddly. You can see where this is going can’t you.

Meanwhile, our Suz has decided to take revenge on every man who’s ever broken her heart, ever – and pretty soon she’s dishing out advice to her love lorn readers about how they can do the same. Until… well, I’ll just leave it there for you to find out for yourself.

Did I enjoy it?

Of course I bloomin’ did. It’s quirky, comical, and pacy. What’s not to like? And if you’re looking for light hearted read this summer, and you’re a fan of rom-coms, well this might be right up your street. Find it on amazon here.

Phew! That wasn’t too difficult was it. Nobody died, nobody got offended. But maybe I’ll take a lie down in a darkened room for a while…

 


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Hot news; my debut novel The Good Guy’s Guide To Getting The Girl is part of Amazon’s 99p Summer Book Promotion. Get my quirky, lad-lit, rom-com for less than a quid! But hurry – the promo is for July only!

The film will be along some time in the next decade.

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What I thought of… Danny Collins #movie #review

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Yesterday I went and saw Danny Collins. The story is based EXTREMELY loosely on a real-life incident where a letter from the late John Lennon finally found itself into the hands of its intended recipient, albeit forty years late. In real life, that recipient was folk singer Steve Tilston, but in the movie the recipient is fictitious rock star Danny Collins (played by Al Pacino) who, although still packing out concert venues, is somewhat jaded from a brutal life of relentless fame, fortune, drink, drugs, fast cars and scantily clad women less-than-half his age.

Then his manager gives him the letter from Lennon (written in response to an interview Collins gave right back at the start of his career) as a birthday gift, which sets our Danny off on a quest of re-discovery, and to set things right with his estranged son. Along the way he meets slightly frosty hotel manager Annette Bening – as well as a granddaughter he never knew he had.

It’s an interesting movie. Beautifully acted (as you’d expect from such a strong cast), and on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed it – although about three quarters of the way in, the film did seem to be struggling to spin all its plates; was this a cautionary tale about the nature of fame? A romantic comedy about a rock star and a slightly conservative hotelier? Or perhaps a movie about a rock-star come-back? Or maybe it was something else entirely? Ultimately it didn’t seem able to make up its mind and the film just kind of …ended, with Danny pretty much the same person he was at the start of the movie, and me feeling just the tiniest bit let down.

But maybe I got it all wrong. Would love to know what you think.

 


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Hot news; my debut novel The Good Guy’s Guide To Getting The Girl is part of Amazon’s 99p Summer Book Promotion. Get my quirky, lad-lit, rom-com for less than a quid! But hurry – the promo is for July only!

The film will be along some time in the next decade.

What I thought of… The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Definitely, Maybe #Movie #Review

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Saw two films over the weekend. One that I really wanted to see, one that I didn’t. One that blew me away, and one that I switched off half way through and vowed to slaughter the cast and crew and should I ever meet them.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was DREADFUL – which was doubly disappointing as I’ve been wanting to see it for ages. It starts really well, very quirky, nice set up and then it’s like, “hey, did anyone write a script?” “Er, no” “Oh, ok, no worries, we’ll just wing it – that’ll work right?” The result is a weak story around a missing photographic negative, interspersed with odd fantasy scenes that fail to move the story on, and a romance sub-plot that’s stunningly rubbish.

Below is the trailer, or you can watch it here.

Definitely, Maybe on the other hand looks like it’s going to be awful (even this trailer is somewhat cringeworthy) – I literally only watched it because there was nothing better. But, it turns out to be an absolute delight. If you’re a fan of good rom coms, tight scripts, and clever dialogue, this should be right up your street.

Click below to watch the trailer or watch it over on youtube.