Tuesday, October 30, 2012
All over the world, brutal attacks are immobilising entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear.
With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it is too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning - soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.
Quote: "Back in Africa, when night fell, I had resigned myself to my death. I started praying to my grandfather, saying that if I had to die, that maybe he could help somehow. That it would be quick. The next day, I was about to give up hope. Then I looked up, and you were there."
Why this book speaks to me: James Patterson is one of my all-time favourite thriller writers, and here he has done it again.
I loved the fact that this is so different from everything else he has written, it is mostly about the changes in the environment caused by all the energy we use - including cell phones, etc -, he even goes as far as making every animal in the world crazy and hungry for humans due to the signals they are receiving from our echo-system.
Overall, I found this very up to date, interesting, and kept me reading all the way. The only drawback, in my opinion - and I do not mean to ruin the ending for anyone - is that there is no proper end to this since humans are too selfish to give up such lifestyles.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Astérix et Obélix: Au service de Sa Majesté (René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo, Laurent Tirard, Grégoire Vigneron)
Asterix crosses the channel to help second-cousin Anticlimax face down Julius Caesar and invading Romans.
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Edouard Baer, Fabrice Luchini, Catherine Deneuve, Bouli Lanners, Jean Rochefort, Gérard Jugnot
My thoughts on this film: I have always loved Asterix and Obelix books, so I had to go and see it. The casting was great and everything was well done, really funny, worth the money, if it were not for a tiny hiccup: the film is in 3D.
I still believe that 3D movies are a waste of money, you pay €2 more for something you could see as well in the normal format, there are no special effects worth seeing this in 3D!
Rosie Gilmour, tabloid journalist and crusader for justice, receives evidence linking police officials with Tracy's disappearance.
Digging deeper, Rosie uncovers a sickening network of corruption and abuse leading back to the very top of the establishment - and to powerful figures who want their secrets kept hidden.
Rosie has found the story of a lifetime. Yet living to tell it will be her greatest challenge.
Quote: "Rosie laughed as Gemma said she might get a boyfriend soon. They were so innocent. She could picture how they would be in a few years time, and her heart sank."
My thoughts on this book: At first, I was concerned that this was going to be boring because it seemed like the whole plot was being told straight away... But then the story evolved and soon it had my undivided attention!
This brought me back to a recent scandal in Portugal, where kids from a Portuguese school/orphanage were being taken by a caretaker to meet and be abused by High Society individuals. The story is exactly the same and so are the problems connected.
At the time of the scandal I was working in a newspaper as a training journalist, so I actually witnessed the issues journalists had to deal with and overcome in order to have their findings told. It was not easy!
More than a thriller, this is a touching story of what many kids go through in foster homes - what creates their future!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
In the year 2044, a man working for a group of killers called 'Loopers' - who work for the mob and kill people sent back in time - recognises a victim as his older self. A life and death chase begins...
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Pierce Gagnon, Qing Xu, Frank Brennan
My thoughts on this film: What can I say?
The first half was completely boring, probably because I could not understand what was going on...
The second part became more interesting in terms of figuring out who was going to die and whether they were going to get the guy in the end.
The ending was very surprising yet weird.
On the other hand, the characters were well put together, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was completely unrecognisable since he was made up to look more like a younger version of Bruce Willis.
The acting was good and the story had everything to be a success - with the whole time machine idea -, there is so much you can do with it; unfortunately I feel like the writer went the other way and I was left wondering what the whole point was.