Anna Recommends

This is going to be a short review as I don’t want to include spoilers.

“Moonraker” was a very well written story with some intriguing characters. The plot was unlike anything I have ever read before which is most definitely a positive. Ian Fleming expertly incorporated the technical aspects of aeronautics and science into “Moonraker” without turning the story into a textbook full of “foreign” words and meanings. He created the characters in such a way that you believed what they said – even if it was scientific jargon. It made sense for them to say certain things or speak in a certain way.

On the other hand, I found this novel to be rather predictable. However, Bond doesn’t always get the girl.

Overall it was a decent read, so I will give “Moonraker” 3/5 stars.

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After I finished reading this book, I went Googling to find out a bit more information. You know when you read a book that has so many different characters and individual scenarios, that you want to consult Google to make sure you aren’t wrong? Well, that was me. And while I was Googling, I found out that this was one of Agatha Christie’s earlier novels – published in 1924. I would not have guessed that! Agatha was definitely ahead of her time.

Getting back to the novel itself.

The story starts off with the main protagonist, Anne Beddingfeld, telling us about her early life, her thirst for adventure, and the death of her late father – a renowned archaeologist. It is not until Anne witnesses an accidental death whilst waiting for the Tube that the story starts to pick up speed and intrigue. The story takes the reader on a an exciting journey from London to South Africa.

Anne is a witty, strong-minded, strong-willed, articulate young woman who makes arbitrary decisions, and thrives on the adrenaline of an adventure. Couple all of this with bit of good luck and quick thinking, and you’ve got a top heroine.

All of the other characters were necessary in order to make the story flow and make sense. Even the antagonists were great!

Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the Queen of Mystery/Crime. She writes a page-turner of a story so beautifully.

Hence why I give this book 5/5 stars.

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I am a believer in the unknown – ghosts, aliens, ghouls. My reasoning is that the universe is too gigantic for us to be the only ones inhabiting its realm. There are too many strange and disturbing occurrences that we have no answers for; and what went down during the 28 days that the Lutz family lived inside 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville is full of them.

The book starts off with the Lutz’s viewing 112 Ocean Avenue and falling in love with it. The most appealing aspect to them was the price of the house, considering how grand the house was (three floors, a boat house and a pool), it was a bargain. It almost seemed too good to be true, so they asked the realtor why 112 Ocean Avenue was such a bargain. The realtor informed them that Ronald DeFeo killed his entire family inside the house. (Google the DeFeo case – it is very interesting). This didn’t phase the Lutz family, so they moved in.

As their time inside the house ticks by, the disturbing things George, Kathy, and their children, Christopher, Daniel and Missy experience exponentially – almost to the life threatening stage. The nasty encounters also reach people beyond their new home.

So as I said at the beginning of this review: I am a believer in these sort of strange and disturbing phenomena. I know that there are people out there that fiercely oppose my views on this because no one has found scientific proof. I believe that some things in this world are simply beyond our ability to explain or to fully understand.

This was a very, very interesting and intriguing story. I am definitely going to research 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville some more. The book was well written, but I found it annoying/silly when Anson placed exclamation marks after a shocking or scary encounter between a ghoul and the Lutz family. Let the spookiness speak of itself, man.

Aside from that nit-picky aspect, I found it very hard to stop reading this book.

Therefore I am going to rate it a solid 4/5.

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James Bond is a 007 Secret Agent with the Service – possibly one of the most famous Secret Agent’s in the fictional world, which is why I was curious to read “Casino Royale.” (James Bond #1).

I am going to be blunt. I was not as taken with James Bond as I thought I would be. I thought that it would be action-packed with action, and Bond taking on a couple of villains at once. This does show us that although Bond is a master at what he does, that he is still only human, and is susceptible to temporary defeat just like the rest of us.

I wasn’t completely sure as to why Bond was trying to bankrupt La Chaffre – I think it was because La Chaffre was doing some shady dealings somewhere, and was a traitor to his country.

I am going to rate this novel 3/5 stars.

It didn’t grab me like I thought it would, but it had a few tense and climatic moments that kept me reading. The way in which Fleming molds James Bond makes him a very iconic character – ruthless, cold and irate, but with a good heart; desirable, sexy.

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16/09/2018

I am a MASSIVE Stephen King fan so I was very eager to begin reading this book! I purchased it from a local second hand book store, and although the blurb didn’t immediately grab me, I thought that I would give it a go. I mean, you very rarely go wrong when you purchase one of King’s novels 🙂

As far as the story goes, it somewhat grabbed me at the beginning when the characters were being established. I found Thad’s situation as a youngster rather intriguing. From there, I was still intrigued, but had a feeling that the book may not fully have me hooked. Being a dedicated King fan, I continued reading and I did not regret it.

King’s ability to weave a psychological horror story is amazing. There are times when you think you pretty much know how the whole business will end up, but then King throws in something that makes you second guess your assumption. You begin to think: maybe Stark and Thad are the same person – like a split personality scenario. But then something happens and you realize that Thad couldn’t have done that because he was in a different town at the time. Stuff like that.

I also liked how King added in the subtle but prominent symbol of the sparrows. That probably doesn’t make an awful lot of sense. But basically, he made references to the sparrows but didn’t overkill it.

Overall, I rate this book a 5/5. The story was solid and brilliantly crafted.

(Stephen King really is the Master).

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02/09/2018

It is not unknown that Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime, and a genius when it comes to plotting a great story. And this one is no exception.”The Murder at the Vicarage” is the very first Miss Marple novel that Agatha Christie released, and it is masterfully plotted with many twists and turns.

I love a good Miss Marple Murder Mystery, so I was very excited to sink my teeth into this book, so to speak. The story is written from the perspective of the local Vicar – Mr Leonard Clemet – who details the gossip and chaos his village is thrown into after the sudden murder of Colonel Protheroe.

As you read further through the book, your suspicions of certain characters will make sense. Then you keep reading further which makes you think that maybe your assumptions were wrong. But by the end of the book! Oh boy! Every little detail each character mentioned; each little hint or nuance will make sense; and by the end of the book, you will be thinking: “Wow. Just wow.”

“The Murder at the Vicarage” is ingeniously plotted and beautifully written.

5/5 Stars.

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26/08/2018

I have just finished reading “Wonder” by R J Palacio. 😊📚👌 I loved how the book was written from different perspectives – all of which you could understand.
August was a fantastic character – by the end of the book, it felt like August and I were friends.
It is a book that will make you think about how you treat people that are “different” from you.
I don’t want to give away too much, but this book is simply fantastic! ❤️📚😊👌

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