Sharp Objects blunted by twist ending

This post contains spoilers. If you haven't seen HBO's Sharp Objects, you're in for a treat, go watch it. Then come back and read.   Sharp Objects is a show you have to pay attention to. It's smart, and subtle, and you can miss entire plot points if you look away for even a few …

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The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

The Talented Mr. Ripley did not end the way I expected, though, if I'd noticed that it was part of a series maybe I would have guessed. I really enjoyed this book. The protagonist, Tom, is a disgusting creature, but consistently interesting. He, like any good villain, does not realize what he's doing is wrong, …

Manipulators

I've begun reading The Talented Mr. Ripley¬†and am finding the character, Tom, very interesting in a 'look at that crime scene' kind of way. I only vaguely remember the movie, but so far the story of the novel is about a small time con artist, and very charming man Tom Ripley being sent to Europe …

The City and the City, by China Mieville

I finished reading The City & The City and was impressed, intrigued and am interested in reading some of his other books. A murder investigation in a foreign city which is actually two cities who spend their days ignoring each other... what could go wrong? I found this crime novel to be very creative, and …

Fargo season 3

I finished this on my long plane rides too and from Singapore these past weeks, and enjoyed it quite a lot. I could not get into season 2, and gave up about halfway through and had no plans to watch this season until a co worker highly recommended it. I'm glad I gave it a …

Replay, by Ken Grimwood

The worries I wrote about in my previous posts on this did not come to be, and the book ended up being less infuriating than Harry August, but also less interesting. Jeff Winston is living twenty-five years of his life over and over again. Each time he dies of a heart attack at exactly the …

The Book of Strange New Things, by Michel Faber

I recently discovered that my favorite movie in recent years, Under the Skin, was based on a novel by Michel Faber. I'd never heard of him and decided to try this unusual, sci-fi drama. The plot centers around a Christian Missionary, Peter, who is traveling to a distant world to minister to alien creatures. This …